Statistical Analysis: TPA Scout Day


Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

PBR of North Carolina was on hand for a scout day with the TPA Organization at Jim Perry Stadium on the campus of Campbell University. The scout day featured players from the 2022-2024 classes with a total of 41 players working out throughout the day. 

The day started with catchers going through their defensive workout making throws to second base with the radar gun measuring velocity and scouts grading accuracy and carry. Then pitchers threw a controlled bullpen of 15-20 pitches with Trackman collecting ball flight data. After the bullpens players ran a laser timed 60 followed by batting practice on the field with Trackman gathering ball flight information. Infielders and outfielders went through a defensive workout to finish the day. Below we take a look at some of the numbers recorded during the workout. 


By the Numbers

  • 6.56 was the top 60 time
  • 10 players ran a 7.22 or better on the lasers
  • 82 mph was the top infield arm velocity
  • 2 outfield arms topped at 87 mph
  • 5 catcher arms reached 74 mph or higher
  • 3 pop times were recorded at 2.09 or better
  • 98 mph was the top exit velocity  
  • 10 hitters had an exit velocity of 91 mph or higher
  • 85 mph was the top fastball
  • 2579 rpm was the top fastball spin
  • 2497 rpm was the top curveball spin

Statistical Leaders

 

THE 60 YARD DASH

Players ran a laser timed 60 yard dash to start the day. The 60 was ran on an artificial surface. 

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Ethan Clinkscales NC Panther Creek 2022 OF 6.56
2 Hayden Henry NC Holly Springs 2023 OF 6.80
3 Samari Robinson NC Green Level 2023 OF 6.85
4 Matthew Prince NC Apex 2023 OF 6.97
5 Will Epstein NC Chapel Hill 2022 OF 7.01
^ Nathan Davis NC Northwood 2023 OF 7.01

TRACKMAN MAX EXIT VELOCITY (BP)

During BP, TrackMan tracked ball flight off the bat.  One element TrackMan is able to produce is the exit velocity.  Below are the top Exit Velocities produced during live BP.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (max)
1 Brady Nathison NC Fuquay-Varina 2023 OF 97.94 mph
2 Matthew Prince NC Apex 2023 OF 97.47 mph
3 Will Epstein NC Chapel Hill 2022 OF 94.78 mph
4 Jack Litt NC Apex Friendship 2023 3B 92.87 mph
5 Regan Bernard NC Middle Creek 2022 C 92.77 mph

TRACKMAN MAX DISTANCE (BP)

During BP, TrackMan tracked ball flight off the bat.  One element TrackMan is able to produce is the distance each hit travels, if in fair territory.  Below are the top max distances produced during live BP.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Will Epstein NC Chapel Hill 2022 OF 352 ft
2 Regan Bernard NC Middle Creek 2022 C 346 ft
3 Ethan Lavinder NC Middle Creek 2023 SS 337 ft
4 Mason Fennell NC Holly Springs 2023 3B 334 ft
5 Brady Nathison NC Fuquay-Varina 2023 OF 326 ft

POSITIONAL VELOCITY – INFIELDERS

Infielders were able to workout at shortstop throwing across the infield, or from 1B throwing to 2B and 3B in the pro-style workout.  Coaches are working to evaluate rhythm, footwork, hands, exchanges, arm action, accuracy, and carry.  To measure arm strength PBR Scouts utilize a radar gun.  Below are the top posted positional velocities from the day.

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Brady Nathison NC Fuquay-Varina 2023 OF 82
2 Austin Renn NC Holly Springs 2023 C 81
3 Joseph Fahey NC Holly Springs 2023 2B 80
4 Samuel Schall NC Apex 2022 2B 79
5 Ethan Lavinder NC Middle Creek 2023 SS 77
^ Camden Kisner NC Holly Springs 2023 RHP 77

POSITIONAL VELOCITY – OUTFIELDERS

Outfielders worked out from right field, making throws to the plate.  Throws were measured by a radar gun to gauge arm strength.  Scouts are also working to see exchange, arm path, carry, and accuracy.

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Matthew Prince NC Apex 2023 OF 87
^ Brady Nathison NC Fuquay-Varina 2023 OF 87
2 Austin Renn NC Holly Springs 2023 C 84
^ Will Epstein NC Chapel Hill 2022 OF 84
3 Samari Robinson NC Green Level 2023 OF 83
4 Ethan Clinkscales NC Panther Creek 2022 OF 82
5 Will Newton NC Apex 2024 2B 80

CATCHER POP TIMES & POSITIONAL VELOCITY

In the pro-style workout, catchers workout from behind home plate, making multiple throws to 2B, simulating a stolen base attempt.  Scouts again are looking for a quick, clean transition to the release as well as carry and accuracy on the throw.  For catchers, evaluators will put a stopwatch on the “pop time” or the time the ball hits their glove to the time the ball hits the MIF’s glove at 2B.  Coaches can also time the transition from when the ball hits the catchers glove to when he is able to release his throw.  PBR scouts add the radar gun to put a number on the arm strength out of the crouched position.

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Austin Renn NC Holly Springs 2023 C 77
2 Jared Mayer NC South Garner 2022 C 76
^ Nathaniel Roller NC Green Level 2024 C 76
3 Regan Bernard NC Middle Creek 2022 C 75
4 Camden Kisner NC Holly Springs 2023 RHP 74
5 Chase Klingemann NC Apex 2024 C 72
^ Luke Smith NC Northwood 2023 C 72

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Austin Renn NC Holly Springs 2023 C 2.07-2.10
2 Regan Bernard NC Middle Creek 2022 C 2.07-2.12
3 Camden Kisner NC Holly Springs 2023 RHP 2.08-2.18
4 Jared Mayer NC South Garner 2022 C 2.09-2.19
5 Nathaniel Roller NC Green Level 2024 C 2.13-2.22

TRACKMAN INFO - PITCHER BULLPENS

Pitchers threw a controlled bullpen showcasing their full arsenal of pitches. Velocity and spin rate information was gathered off of the TrackMan. TrackMan analytics are the official analytics and the velocities below were captured by TrackMan.

Max Fastball Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Brady Nathison NC Fuquay-Varina 2023 OF 84.84 mph
2 Lance Phillips NC Green Hope 2023 RHP 84.73 mph
3 Christopher Donaldson NC Green Level 2024 3B 82.31 mph
4 Jack Litt NC Apex Friendship 2023 3B 81.87 mph
5 Samari Robinson NC Green Level 2023 OF 81.47 mph

Max Fastball Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Ethan Lavinder NC Middle Creek 2023 SS 2579 rpm
2 Jared Mayer NC South Garner 2022 C 2333 rpm
3 Alan Garod NC Apex 2023 1B 2258 rpm
4 Lance Phillips NC Green Hope 2023 RHP 2230 rpm
5 Jack Litt NC Apex Friendship 2023 3B 2207 rpm

Max Curveball Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Ethan Lavinder NC Middle Creek 2023 SS 2493 rpm
2 Jared Mayer NC South Garner 2022 C 2386 rpm
3 Joseph Fahey NC Holly Springs 2023 2B 2298 rpm
4 Christopher Donaldson NC Green Level 2024 3B 2275 rpm
5 Brady Nathison NC Fuquay-Varina 2023 OF 2271 rpm