Statistical Breakdown: Team Carolina Trials - Charlotte


Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

On Saturday May 28th PBR of North Carolina hosted trials for Team Carolina at Moor Park in Mooresville, NC. The Team Carolina Trials leads to identifying prospects for some of the summer’s biggest invite only events like NC/SC Border Battle, PBR Southeast Senior Games, Top Prospect Games, and the PBR Future Games. The event featured players from the 2023-2027 grad classes. 

The day began with catchers going through a full defensive workout. Pitchers then threw a controlled bullpen with Trackman gathering ball flight analytics. Following the pitchers, position players ran a laser timed 60 and also had jumping metrics recorded using Swift Technology. Position players then took batting practice on the field with Trackman collection ball flight data. The day concluded with outfielders and infielders taking part in a defensive workout. 

Below we begin our breakdown of the players in attendance looking at the top performers in different categories.  Look for more statistics and information to follow in the coming days. 

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Statistical Breakdown

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THE 60 YARD DASH

2023-2025 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Joshua Herbert NC East Forsyth 2023 OF 6.47
2 Caleb Gant NC Porter Ridge 2023 OF 6.76
3 Jake Dulski NC Christ the King 2023 OF 6.83
4 Brandon Bannerman NC Heide Trask 2023 OF 6.88
5 Tyson Merritt NC West Forsyth 2023 C 7.00
6 Jacob Smith NC Lincoln Charter 2024 3B 7.05
7 Garrett Pyne NC Hickory Ridge 2023 RHP 7.12
^ Gavin Baucom NC Hickory Ridge 2023 OF 7.12
8 Peyton Young NC Saint Stephens 2023 SS 7.17
9 John McKillop NC Charlotte Catholic 2024 1B 7.22
10 Connor Robertson NC Mooresville 2025 3B 7.23

2026-2027 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Tucker Payton NC South Point 2026 RHP 7.38
2 Lucas Delacruz NC Marvin Ridge 2026 SS 7.63
3 Maximus Wearing SC Legion Academy 2026 1B 7.84
4 Milo Peck NC South Iredell 2027 OF 7.90
5 Eli Beekley NC South Iredell 2026 C 8.10

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.

2023-2025 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 John McKillop NC Charlotte Catholic 2024 1B 99.9 mph
2 Blaize Johnson NC Northwest Guilford 2024 C 98.4 mph
3 Jacob Smith NC Lincoln Charter 2024 3B 95.5 mph
4 Brian OConnell III NC Eastern Guilford 2023 C 95.4 mph
5 Jake Minarik NC William A. Hough 2024 OF 95.4 mph
6 Gavin Baucom NC Hickory Ridge 2023 OF 95.0 mph
7 Connor Robertson NC Mooresville 2025 3B 94.8 mph
8 Jake Dulski NC Christ the King 2023 OF 94.8 mph
9 Brett Cassell NC Cox Mill 2024 SS 94.7 mph
10 Tyson Merritt NC West Forsyth 2023 C 93.3 mph

2026-2027 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Maximus Wearing SC Legion Academy 2026 1B 91.2 mph
2 Eli Beekley NC South Iredell 2026 C 88.1 mph
3 Lucas Delacruz NC Marvin Ridge 2026 SS 87.5 mph
4 Caleb Smith NC East Gaston 2027 OF 86.9 mph
5 Tucker Payton NC South Point 2026 RHP 86.5 mph
6 Milo Peck NC South Iredell 2027 OF 78.9 mph

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.  

2023-2025 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Peyton Young NC Saint Stephens 2023 SS 87
2 Thomas Conrad NC Forbush 2024 RHP 83
^ Jacob Smith NC Lincoln Charter 2024 3B 83
3 Connor Robertson NC Mooresville 2025 3B 81
4 Chase Brown NC Hough 2023 2B 79
^ John McKillop NC Charlotte Catholic 2024 1B 79
5 Andrew Cortor NC Chase 2024 C 77
6 Brett Cassell NC Cox Mill 2024 SS 76
^ Mason Phelps NC East Rowan 2025 SS 76
7 Craig Belden NC Simon G. Atkins 2024 2B 74

2026-2027 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Tucker Payton NC South Point 2026 RHP 82
2 Maximus Wearing SC Legion Academy 2026 1B 80
3 Lucas Delacruz NC Marvin Ridge 2026 SS 79

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.  

2023-2025 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Jake Dulski NC Christ the King 2023 OF 89
^ Joshua Herbert NC East Forsyth 2023 OF 89
^ Caleb Gant NC Porter Ridge 2023 OF 89
2 Jake Minarik NC William A. Hough 2024 OF 88
3 Brandon Bannerman NC Heide Trask 2023 OF 84
4 Nick Ham NC Apex Friendship 2024 RHP 82
^ Gavin Baucom NC Hickory Ridge 2023 OF 82
5 Brian OConnell III NC Eastern Guilford 2023 C 80

2026-2027 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Milo Peck NC South Iredell 2027 OF 67

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.  

2023-2025 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Tyson Merritt NC West Forsyth 2023 C 79
2 Brian OConnell III NC Eastern Guilford 2023 C 78
3 Andrew Cortor NC Chase 2024 C 76
4 Cole Rice NC Reagan 2024 C 75
5 Blaize Johnson NC Northwest Guilford 2024 C 73
6 Hayden Ashby NC Cox Mill 2024 C 70

2026-2027 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Eli Beekley NC South Iredell 2026 C 73

2023-2025 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Brian OConnell III NC Eastern Guilford 2023 C 2.00-2.22
2 Blaize Johnson NC Northwest Guilford 2024 C 2.06-2.19
3 Tyson Merritt NC West Forsyth 2023 C 2.06-2.25
4 Andrew Cortor NC Chase 2024 C 2.10-2.22
5 Cole Rice NC Reagan 2024 C 2.12-2.19
6 Hayden Ashby NC Cox Mill 2024 C 2.15-2.38

2026-2027 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Eli Beekley NC South Iredell 2026 C 2.10-2.16

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

2023-2025 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Garrett Pyne NC Hickory Ridge 2023 RHP 90.3 mph
2 Thomas Conrad NC Forbush 2024 RHP 84.1 mph
3 Jacob Smith NC Lincoln Charter 2024 3B 84.0 mph
4 Jack Welsch NC Green Level 2024 LHP 82.8 mph
5 Nick Ham NC Apex Friendship 2024 RHP 82.4 mph
6 Cole Rice NC Reagan 2024 C 81.4 mph
7 Aidan Cluskey NC Ronald Wilson Reagan 2023 1B 80.1 mph
8 Mason Phelps NC East Rowan 2025 SS 79.1 mph

2026-2027 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Tucker Payton NC South Point 2026 RHP 85.0 mph

Max Fastball Spin

2023-2025 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Cole Rice NC Reagan 2024 C 2441 rpm
2 Garrett Pyne NC Hickory Ridge 2023 RHP 2436 rpm
3 Thomas Conrad NC Forbush 2024 RHP 2309 rpm
4 Mason Phelps NC East Rowan 2025 SS 2306 rpm
5 Aidan Cluskey NC Ronald Wilson Reagan 2023 1B 2083 rpm
6 Nick Ham NC Apex Friendship 2024 RHP 1958 rpm
7 Jack Welsch NC Green Level 2024 LHP 1890 rpm
8 Jacob Smith NC Lincoln Charter 2024 3B 1852 rpm

2026-2027 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Tucker Payton NC South Point 2026 RHP 1986 rpm

Max Curveball Spin

2023-2025 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Mason Phelps NC East Rowan 2025 SS 2454 rpm
2 Cole Rice NC Reagan 2024 C 2414 rpm
3 Thomas Conrad NC Forbush 2024 RHP 2383 rpm
4 Aidan Cluskey NC Ronald Wilson Reagan 2023 1B 2305 rpm
5 Garrett Pyne NC Hickory Ridge 2023 RHP 2180 rpm
6 Nick Ham NC Apex Friendship 2024 RHP 2059 rpm
7 Jack Welsch NC Green Level 2024 LHP 1532 rpm

2026-2027 Grads

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Tucker Payton NC South Point 2026 RHP 1792 rpm