Prep Baseball Report

Preseason All-State Central: TrackMan Hitting Leaders


Zach Boraski
North Carolina Assistant Scouting Director

The Preseason All-State events in North Carolina have quickly become the top winter events for the top players in the state to attend.  This year there are 3 Preseason All-State events with the East and West happening on February 3rd and 4th.  The Preseason All-State Central is scheduled for February 10th. These three events will see over 250 of North Carolina's top players, as they are ready to post numbers and go through a workout in preparation for the spring season.  Prep Baseball scouts were on hand to run the event verify stats, and evaluate the players involved.

The Preseason All-State has made Diamond Xtreme in Kernersville, NC its home for the Central event for 5 years.  Diamond Xtreme is a tremendous facility that offers a spacious workout facility, featuring a 3/4 size infield setting that allows for full catcher pop times and for infielders to field true ground balls.  During BP, Prep Baseball splits the big cage in half, allowing hitters to see the ball fly, while working through the BP session in a very efficient fashion. 

The Preseason All-State Central featured over 70 of North Carolina's top talent.  Players came from the beach, the Triangle, the Triad, and the Charlotte area.  Below we take a data dive into the results of the workout.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and statistical out put from the Preseason All-State Central.

By The Numbers
+ 2 Players posted exit velocities in BP of 100mph or greater
+ 30 hitters recorded an exit velocity of 90mph or higher
+ 34 hitters had a BLAST bat speed of 70mph of higher
+ 21 players ran a 4.00 or faster 30yd
+ 7 players hit 18mph while being tested
+ 22 players had a vertical jump test at 28in or higher
+ 9 pitchers had a fastball at 88mph or higher
+ 17 arms touched 84 or better with their fastball
+ 6 pitchers had their fastball spin recorded higher than 2400rpm
+ 8 pitchers had their breaking ball spin at 2400rpm or higher
+ 9 catchers recorded a pop time of 2.05 or better
+ 6 outfielders had arm strength at 85mph or better
+ 9 infielders tested with arm strength across the infield at 84mph or higher

PRESEASON ALL-STATE CENTRAL: TrackMan Hitting Leaders

PEAK EXIT VELOCITY

TrackMan is able to track every ball hit into fair territory, throughout the BP sessions.  Below are the exit velocities produced by individual players.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Adrian Gonzalez NC Apex High 2025 3B 100.9 mph
2 Colton Haire NC Pro5 Baseball Academy 2026 RHP 100.2 mph
3 Aubrey Stanley NC Cleveland 2025 1B 98.6 mph
4 Tanner Ferguson NC Pro5 Baseball Academy 2025 SS 98.6 mph
5 Chase Kiker NC Metrolina Christian Academy 2026 RHP 98.3 mph
6 Alex Hoffman NC Charlotte Catholic 2026 C 97.4 mph
7 Maximus Wearing NC Palisades 2026 1B 97.3 mph
8 Seth Tickel NC Rocky Mount Academy 2025 3B 96.8 mph
9 Jack Kerley McGrath NC Charlotte Christian 2026 C 96.7 mph
10 Giovanni Buccino NC West Forsyth 2027 1B 96.3 mph
11 Tanner Berry NC Eugene Ashley 2025 C 96.1 mph
12 Colby Cooper NC Rockingham 2025 RHP 96.1 mph
13 Zack Scruggs NC Southwestern Randolph 2025 SS 95.3 mph
14 Davis Phillips NC THE BURLINGTON SCHOOL 2025 C 95.0 mph
15 Zeb Swangim NC TC Roberson 2025 3B 94.9 mph

AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY

The average exit velocity measures a players ability to consistently produce hard contact.  The average was taken based on every ball tracked by TrackMan throughout the player's BP session.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Chase Kiker NC Metrolina Christian Academy 2026 RHP 93.7 mph
2 Adrian Gonzalez NC Apex High 2025 3B 92.3 mph
3 Aubrey Stanley NC Cleveland 2025 1B 92.2 mph
4 Alex Hoffman NC Charlotte Catholic 2026 C 91.2 mph
5 Seth Tickel NC Rocky Mount Academy 2025 3B 90.0 mph
6 Maximus Wearing NC Palisades 2026 1B 89.9 mph
7 Zeb Swangim NC TC Roberson 2025 3B 89.5 mph
8 Giovanni Buccino NC West Forsyth 2027 1B 89.5 mph
9 Tanner Ferguson NC Pro5 Baseball Academy 2025 SS 89.4 mph
10 Ryker Butcher NC D.H. Conley 2025 C 88.8 mph
11 Zack Scruggs NC Southwestern Randolph 2025 SS 88.7 mph
12 Tanner Berry NC Eugene Ashley 2025 C 88.6 mph
13 Davis Phillips NC THE BURLINGTON SCHOOL 2025 C 88.2 mph
14 Colton Haire NC Pro5 Baseball Academy 2026 RHP 86.4 mph
15 Corbin Spilliards NC Christ School 2027 SS 85.5 mph

DISTANCE OFF THE BAT

TrackMan is able to measure and track the ball while in the air.  For every fair ball put in play it will display the distance the hit traveled.


Peak Distance - Best of the Hitter’s Session


Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Adrian Gonzalez NC Apex High 2025 3B 400 ft
2 Colton Haire NC Pro5 Baseball Academy 2026 RHP 362 ft
3 Davis Phillips NC THE BURLINGTON SCHOOL 2025 C 356 ft
4 Alex Hoffman NC Charlotte Catholic 2026 C 351 ft
5 Jack Kerley McGrath NC Charlotte Christian 2026 C 343 ft
6 Christian Xavier Romine NC Union Pines 2027 3B 336 ft
7 Gavin Gibson NC South Point 2025 1B 333 ft
8 Gib Wirt NC The Burlington School 2025 C 331 ft
9 Maximus Wearing NC Palisades 2026 1B 330 ft
10 Giovanni Buccino NC West Forsyth 2027 1B 330 ft


Average Distance - Average of each ball tracked in the Session


Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 Maximus Wearing NC Palisades 2026 1B 262 ft
2 Seth Tickel NC Rocky Mount Academy 2025 3B 258 ft
3 Giovanni Buccino NC West Forsyth 2027 1B 253 ft
4 Tanner Berry NC Eugene Ashley 2025 C 246 ft
5 Gavin Gibson NC South Point 2025 1B 241 ft
6 Zeb Swangim NC TC Roberson 2025 3B 237 ft
7 Davis Phillips NC THE BURLINGTON SCHOOL 2025 C 236 ft
8 Ryker Butcher NC D.H. Conley 2025 C 232 ft
9 Jacob Cesarz NC CARY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2026 SS 231 ft
10 Alex Hoffman NC Charlotte Catholic 2026 C 230 ft


SWEET SPOT PERCENTAGE

TrackMan is able to track and follow how hard the ball is hit as well as the angle off the bat. With this information, TrackMan has deduced the Sweet Spot as batted balls hit with a launch angle of 8 - 32 degrees.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Sweet Spot %
1 Giovanni Buccino NC West Forsyth 2027 1B 84 %
2 Zeb Swangim NC TC Roberson 2025 3B 80 %
3 Jacob Cesarz NC CARY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2026 SS 78 %
4 Hudson Tuttle NC Ronald Wilson Reagan 2027 C 76 %
5 Ryker Butcher NC D.H. Conley 2025 C 75 %
6 Jabari Lee NC Jack Britt 2024 OF 73 %
^ Maximus Wearing NC Palisades 2026 1B 73 %
7 Carter Matthews NC Rockingham County 2025 LHP 72 %
^ Alex Hoffman NC Charlotte Catholic 2026 C 72 %
8 Seth Tickel NC Rocky Mount Academy 2025 3B 71 %
9 Andru Hall NC West Stokes 2025 SS 70 %
^ Tanner Berry NC Eugene Ashley 2025 C 70 %
10 Anthony Smith Jr NC Hickory Ridge 2025 OF 64 %

LAUNCH ANGLE PERCENTAGE

Based on the ball flight, TrackMan is able to identify each hit as a ground ball, line drive, or fly ball.  While there are many factors as to why a hitter may approach each pitch in a certain way, the overall groupings of BP can give some insight to each hitter's approach.

Line Drive %


Rank Name State School Class Pos Line Drive %
1 Andru Hall NC West Stokes 2025 SS 70 %
^ Tanner Berry NC Eugene Ashley 2025 C 70 %
2 Alex Hoffman NC Charlotte Catholic 2026 C 63 %
3 Giovanni Buccino NC West Forsyth 2027 1B 61 %
4 Zeb Swangim NC TC Roberson 2025 3B 60 %
5 Anthony Smith Jr NC Hickory Ridge 2025 OF 57 %
6 Harrison Mears NC South Brunswick 2027 SS 54 %
^ Carter Matthews NC Rockingham County 2025 LHP 54 %
7 Hudson Tuttle NC Ronald Wilson Reagan 2027 C 53 %
^ Jahdier Rodriguez NC Charlotte Catholic 2025 C 53 %
^ Andrew Pegram NC South Rowan 2026 1B 53 %
8 Maximus Wearing NC Palisades 2026 1B 53 %
9 Connor Tepatti NC Pinecrest 2024 C 50 %
^ Jackson Hilton NC Oak Grove 2027 RHP 50 %
^ Ryker Butcher NC D.H. Conley 2025 C 50 %
^ Coleman Cross NC Eugene Ashley 2025 2B 50 %
10 Christian Gentrup NC Northwest Guilford 2026 2B 46 %

Fly Ball %


Rank Name State School Class Pos Fly Ball %
1 Seth Tickel NC Rocky Mount Academy 2025 3B 71.4 %
2 Gavin Gibson NC South Point 2025 1B 57.1 %
3 Davis Phillips NC THE BURLINGTON SCHOOL 2025 C 50.0 %
^ Jett Parsley NC Middle Creek 2025 1B 50.0 %
4 Jahdier Rodriguez NC Charlotte Catholic 2025 C 46.2 %
^ Landry Ohmstead NC Crest 2026 C 46.2 %
5 Carter Matthews NC Rockingham County 2025 LHP 45.5 %
6 Jacob Cesarz NC CARY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2026 SS 42.9 %
7 James Oates NC Cary 2025 LHP 41.7 %
8 Nathan Rice NC Willow Springs 2027 SS 40.7 %
9 Zeb Swangim NC TC Roberson 2025 3B 40.0 %
^ Maximus Wearing NC Palisades 2026 1B 40.0 %
10 Colton Haire NC Pro5 Baseball Academy 2026 RHP 38.5 %
^ Hudson Tuttle NC Ronald Wilson Reagan 2027 C 38.5 %