Prep Baseball Report

Preseason All-State East : 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 Next Level Training Center in Greenville, NC its home for 4 years.  Next Level is a tremendous facility that offers a spacious workout facility.  Players had plenty or room to run a laser timed 30, while catchers, infielders, and outfielders were able to stretch their arms in their evaluation phase.  Pitchers threw off of indoor mounds.  During BP, players were able to see the ball fly over 100 feet off the bat with the setup at Next Level.

The Preseason All-State featured 73 of North Carolina's top talent, with a heavy leaning to those players that attend school in the Triangle area and east.  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 East.

By The Numbers
+ 2 players recorded an exit velocity over 100mph
+ 28 hitters recorded an exit velocity of 90mph or higher
+ 40 hitters had a BLAST bat speed of 65mph of higher
+ 17 players ran a 4.00 or faster 30yd
+ 29 players hit 18mph while being tested
+ 25 players had a vertical jump test at 28in or higher
+ 11 pitchers had a fastball at 84mph or higher
+ 2 pitchers had their fastball spin recorded higher than 2400rpm
+ 3 pitchers had their breaking ball spin at 2400rpm or higher
+ 9 catchers recorded a pop time of 2.10 or better
+ 7 outfielders had arm strength at 88mph or better
+ 6 infielders tested with arm strength across the infield at 84mph or higher

Preseason All-State East: 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 Riley Cuddy NC Middle Creek High 2026 OF 105.7 mph
2 Dylan Palmer NC East Wake Academy 2026 OF 101.3 mph
3 Tyce Thompson NC South Central 2027 C 98.4 mph
4 Tommy Williams III NC Wake County Homeschool 2024 OF 97.6 mph
5 Robert Sasser III NC Pro5 Baseball Academy 2025 OF 97.4 mph
6 Tariq Stone NC East Wake 2026 OF 97.4 mph
7 John Nelson McLamb NC Midway 2024 LHP 96.7 mph
8 Joshua Anderson II NC Willow Spring 2025 RHP 96.3 mph
9 Parker Watson NC Junius H Rose 2025 96.2 mph
10 Tanner Pope NC Garner 2026 LHP 96.1 mph
11 Caden Barth NC Currituck County 2025 3B 95.6 mph
12 Leo Lupienski NC Middle Creek 2027 RHP 94.2 mph
13 Jayce Smith NC Fuquay-Varina 2025 OF 93.7 mph
14 Fisher Goodwin NC North Brunswick 2026 3B 93.1 mph
15 Tucker Anderson NC DH Conley 2026 RHP 92.3 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 Tyce Thompson NC South Central 2027 C 91.4 mph
2 Tariq Stone NC East Wake 2026 OF 91.3 mph
3 John Nelson McLamb NC Midway 2024 LHP 91.2 mph
4 Dylan Palmer NC East Wake Academy 2026 OF 90.8 mph
5 Tanner Pope NC Garner 2026 LHP 89.4 mph
6 Jayce Smith NC Fuquay-Varina 2025 OF 88.3 mph
7 Robert Sasser III NC Pro5 Baseball Academy 2025 OF 87.5 mph
8 Matthew Vannoy NC Broughton 2025 2B 86.9 mph
9 Riley Cuddy NC Middle Creek High 2026 OF 86.7 mph
10 Brayden Taylor NC Bear Grass Charter 2024 OF 86.6 mph
11 Fisher Goodwin NC North Brunswick 2026 3B 86.5 mph
12 Leo Lupienski NC Middle Creek 2027 RHP 86.5 mph
13 Jack McKellar NC Rocky Mount 2026 C 85.7 mph
14 Tucker Anderson NC DH Conley 2026 RHP 85.4 mph
15 Taco Ferguson NC Corinth Holders 2025 OF 84.3 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 Riley Cuddy NC Middle Creek High 2026 OF 392 ft
2 Robert Sasser III NC Pro5 Baseball Academy 2025 OF 372 ft
3 Dylan Palmer NC East Wake Academy 2026 OF 372 ft
4 Tommy Williams III NC Wake County Homeschool 2024 OF 365 ft
5 Parker Watson NC Junius H Rose 2025 361 ft
6 John Nelson McLamb NC Midway 2024 LHP 354 ft
7 Jayce Smith NC Fuquay-Varina 2025 OF 353 ft
8 Tanner Pope NC Garner 2026 LHP 347 ft
9 Hodge Williams NC Holly Springs High 2026 C 336 ft
10 Tucker Anderson NC DH Conley 2026 RHP 335 ft


Average Distance - Average of each ball tracked in the Session


Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 Tanner Pope NC Garner 2026 LHP 288 ft
2 Riley Cuddy NC Middle Creek High 2026 OF 288 ft
3 Brandon Bush NC Hoggard 2027 OF 252 ft
4 Vincent Lee NC Pro5 2025 2B 250 ft
5 Tyce Thompson NC South Central 2027 C 247 ft
6 Noah Price NC Cleveland 2027 C 245 ft
7 Tanner Williams NC Midway 2027 OF 242 ft
8 Parker Watson NC Junius H Rose 2025 239 ft
9 Reese File NC Corinth Holders 2025 SS 233 ft
10 Robert Sasser III NC Pro5 Baseball Academy 2025 OF 229 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 Jack McKellar NC Rocky Mount 2026 C 88 %
2 Tyler Dowler NC Holly Springs 2025 1B 85 %
3 Ethan Simmons NC JH Rose 2025 3B 81 %
4 Brody Morris NC Wake Christian Academy 2027 SS 78 %
^ Tanner Pope NC Garner 2026 LHP 78 %
5 Wyatt Lytle NC Middle Creek 2027 C 76 %
^ Jonah Campbell NC North Brunswick 2026 OF 76 %
6 Vincent Lee NC Pro5 2025 2B 75 %
^ Tino Ramirez NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS 75 %
^ Tyler Jones NC DH Conley 2026 1B 75 %
7 Caden Barth NC Currituck County 2025 3B 73 %
8 Tyce Thompson NC South Central 2027 C 72 %
^ Fisher Goodwin NC North Brunswick 2026 3B 72 %
9 Hodge Williams NC Holly Springs High 2026 C 71 %
^ Ty Lee NC Cleveland 2025 OF 71 %
^ Joyner Haddock NC Pope John Paul II 2027 LHP 71 %
10 Ian Williams NC Wake Forest 2025 OF 70 %

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 Jack McKellar NC Rocky Mount 2026 C 77 %
2 Jonah Campbell NC North Brunswick 2026 OF 69 %
3 Vincent Pannutti NC East Surry High 2026 C 61 %
^ Wyatt Lytle NC Middle Creek 2027 C 61 %
4 Tino Ramirez NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS 58 %
^ Holden Williams NC North Duplin 2026 2B 58 %
5 Ty Lee NC Cleveland 2025 OF 57 %
^ Tyler Dowler NC Holly Springs 2025 1B 57 %
^ Joyner Haddock NC Pope John Paul II 2027 LHP 57 %
6 Vincent Lee NC Pro5 2025 2B 56 %
7 Joshua Anderson II NC Willow Spring 2025 RHP 54 %
8 John Nelson McLamb NC Midway 2024 LHP 53 %
9 Caden Barth NC Currituck County 2025 3B 53 %
^ Reese File NC Corinth Holders 2025 SS 53 %
10 Anthony Zezza NC Holly Springs 2026 LHP 50 %
^ Ian Williams NC Wake Forest 2025 OF 50 %
^ Brandon Bush NC Hoggard 2027 OF 50 %
^ Brody Morris NC Wake Christian Academy 2027 SS 50 %
^ Parker Simo NC JH Rose 2027 LHP 50 %
^ Nickolas Yelverton NC DH Conley 2026 2B 50 %

Fly Ball %


Rank Name State School Class Pos Fly Ball %
1 Ian Roseboro NC Hickory Ridge 2027 2B 77.8 %
2 James Robinson NC DH Conley 2025 2B 75.0 %
3 June Thomas NC The O'Neal School 2025 RHP 72.7 %
4 Riley Cuddy NC Middle Creek High 2026 OF 66.7 %
5 Tanner Pope NC Garner 2026 LHP 64.3 %
6 Tommy Williams III NC Wake County Homeschool 2024 OF 61.5 %
7 Parker Watson NC Junius H Rose 2025 56.3 %
8 Will Tobin NC Middle Creek 2025 OF 53.8 %
^ Noah Price NC Cleveland 2027 C 53.8 %
9 Jayce Smith NC Fuquay-Varina 2025 OF 50.0 %
10 Harrison Corey NC D.H. Conley 2027 SS 46.7 %