Prep Baseball Report

Preseason All-State West: Blast Leaders


Patrick Johnson
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 Athlete's Lab in Maiden, NC its home for the West event for 3 years.  Athlete's Lab is a tremendous facility that offers a spacious workout facility.  Featuring an indoor space that allows plenty of room to run a 30, for catchers to make full throws, and to simulate an infield. Athlete's Lab also has an outdoor space where a full size infield is available and outfielders can stretch their arms to almost 300 feet. Pitchers threw off of indoor mounds.  During BP, players were able to see the ball fly over 70 feet off the bat with the setup at Athlete's Lab.

The Preseason All-State West featured over 50 of North Carolina's top talent, with a heavy leaning to those players that attend school in the foothills and mountain area of the state.  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 West.

By The Numbers
+ 17 hitters recorded an exit velocity of 90mph or higher
+ 32 hitters had a BLAST bat speed of 65mph of higher
+ 10 players ran a 4.00 or faster 30yd
+ 19 players hit 18mph while being tested
+ 11 players had a vertical jump test at 28in or higher
+ 9 pitchers had a fastball at 84mph or higher
+ 1 pitchers had their fastball spin recorded higher than 2400rpm
+ 5 pitchers had their breaking ball spin at 2400rpm or higher
+ 4 catchers recorded a pop time of 2.10 or better
+ 3 outfielders had arm strength at 85mph or better
+ 2 infielders tested with arm strength across the infield at 84mph or higher

PRESEASON ALL-STATE WEST: BLAST LEADERS

MAX HAND SPEED

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Landon King NC South Point 2025 OF 26.7 mph
2 Manny Lewis NC Marvin Ridge High 2026 3B 26.1 mph
3 Darrow Holder NC Hickory 2026 C 23.1 mph
4 Connor Tregoning NC Ronald W Reagan High School 2026 1B 22.9 mph
5 Cooper Gornet NC Charlotte Catholic 2026 SS 22.7 mph
^ Micah Greer NC Hibriten 2025 C 22.7 mph
6 Liam Parsons NC East Mecklenburg 2026 C 22.4 mph
7 Tristen Sumner NC East Henderson 2026 RHP 22.2 mph
^ James Lowe NC Charlotte Country Day 2025 SS 22.2 mph
8 Cody Rogers NC Porter Ridge 2026 LHP 22.0 mph
^ Jake Parham NC TC Roberson 2025 SS 22.0 mph
9 Chad Matthews NC North Lincoln 2025 OF 21.7 mph
10 John Thomas Cook NC Watauga 2025 RHP 21.6 mph

AVERAGE HAND SPEED

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Landon King NC South Point 2025 OF 25.7 mph
2 Manny Lewis NC Marvin Ridge High 2026 3B 24.0 mph
3 James Lowe NC Charlotte Country Day 2025 SS 21.7 mph
4 Liam Parsons NC East Mecklenburg 2026 C 21.6 mph
5 Darrow Holder NC Hickory 2026 C 21.6 mph
6 Cooper Gornet NC Charlotte Catholic 2026 SS 21.5 mph
7 Connor Tregoning NC Ronald W Reagan High School 2026 1B 21.5 mph
8 Tristen Sumner NC East Henderson 2026 RHP 21.5 mph
9 Micah Greer NC Hibriten 2025 C 21.5 mph
10 Jake Parham NC TC Roberson 2025 SS 21.1 mph

PEAK BAT SPEED

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (max)
1 John Thomas Cook NC Watauga 2025 RHP 89.8 mph
2 Colin Kieley NC Cannon 2026 2B 86.0 mph
3 Manny Lewis NC Marvin Ridge High 2026 3B 81.0 mph
4 Ryan Engle NC Westchester Country Day 2026 OF 80.9 mph
^ Landon King NC South Point 2025 OF 80.9 mph
5 Meridian Leffew NC Gaston Christian 2026 SS 76.4 mph
6 Jake Parham NC TC Roberson 2025 SS 76.3 mph
7 Zeke Adwaters III NC TC Roberson 2026 SS 75.8 mph
8 Cody Rogers NC Porter Ridge 2026 LHP 74.5 mph
^ Liam Parsons NC East Mecklenburg 2026 C 74.5 mph
9 Micah Dalton NC Hibriten 2025 RHP 73.8 mph
10 Micah Greer NC Hibriten 2025 C 73.7 mph

AVERAGE BAT SPEED

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (avg)
1 Manny Lewis NC Marvin Ridge High 2026 3B 78.4 mph
2 Landon King NC South Point 2025 OF 77.6 mph
3 John Thomas Cook NC Watauga 2025 RHP 76.9 mph
4 Jake Parham NC TC Roberson 2025 SS 74.4 mph
5 Meridian Leffew NC Gaston Christian 2026 SS 74.2 mph
6 Zeke Adwaters III NC TC Roberson 2026 SS 73.8 mph
7 Colin Kieley NC Cannon 2026 2B 73.8 mph
8 Ryan Engle NC Westchester Country Day 2026 OF 72.3 mph
9 Micah Dalton NC Hibriten 2025 RHP 71.6 mph
10 Micah Greer NC Hibriten 2025 C 71.5 mph

MAX ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (max)
1 Landon King NC South Point 2025 OF 34.7 g
2 Robert Turner NC Rabun Gap Nacoochee 2026 SS 26.1 g
3 Chad Matthews NC North Lincoln 2025 OF 22.8 g
4 Manny Lewis NC Marvin Ridge High 2026 3B 22.1 g
5 Xander Sutton NC Gaston Christian 2026 C 21.6 g
6 Connor Tregoning NC Ronald W Reagan High School 2026 1B 21.1 g
7 Maddox Greene NC Watauga 2025 SS 20.8 g
8 Cody Rogers NC Porter Ridge 2026 LHP 20.7 g
9 Parker Filipek NC TC Roberson 2027 C 20.1 g
10 Liam Parsons NC East Mecklenburg 2026 C 19.5 g

AVERAGE ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Landon King NC South Point 2025 OF 31.0 g
2 Robert Turner NC Rabun Gap Nacoochee 2026 SS 20.6 g
3 Manny Lewis NC Marvin Ridge High 2026 3B 19.0 g
4 Chad Matthews NC North Lincoln 2025 OF 18.5 g
5 John Thomas Cook NC Watauga 2025 RHP 18.1 g
6 Connor Tregoning NC Ronald W Reagan High School 2026 1B 18.0 g
7 Cody Rogers NC Porter Ridge 2026 LHP 17.9 g
8 Maddox Greene NC Watauga 2025 SS 16.5 g
9 Jaxon West NC Metrolina Christian Academy 2026 C 16.2 g
10 Micah Dalton NC Hibriten 2025 RHP 16.0 g

AVERAGE ON PLANE EFFICIENCY

Rank Name State School Class Pos On Plane Eff (avg)
1 Evan Matile NC East Lincoln 2025 OF 88 %
2 Parker Filipek NC TC Roberson 2027 C 85 %
3 Connor Tregoning NC Ronald W Reagan High School 2026 1B 81 %
4 Paul Greeley NC Charlotte Catholic 2026 C 78 %
5 Robert Turner NC Rabun Gap Nacoochee 2026 SS 77 %
6 Xander Sutton NC Gaston Christian 2026 C 74 %
7 Zeke Adwaters III NC TC Roberson 2026 SS 73 %
8 Cameron Teal NC Charlotte Latin 2025 C 73 %
9 Fletcher Owens NC Homeschool 2027 2B 72 %
10 Chad Matthews NC North Lincoln 2025 OF 70 %