Prep Baseball Report

Quick Hitters: 2023 Carolina Senior Games West - Hitters

Brandon Hall
Mid-Atlantic Scouting Director

PBR was at Catawba College on Sunday October 22, 2023 for the Carolina Senior Games West.  This was the 2nd of a two part Senior Games series with North Carolina and South Carolina 2024 graduates putting their best foot forward as we close in on the early signing period for this year's senior class.  Position players arrived first going through some agility and athletic testing with Swift Athletics, followed by multiple rounds of live BP on the game field at Catawba.  After BP, position players worked through their defensive positions in the pre-game setting.  As the workout portion of the day concluded, the players readied for an 8 inning scrimmage with live arms throwing.

PBR Scouts were very impressed with the roster on hand for the Carolina Senior Games West.  Many of these players will be given the chance to play at the next level and many may make a quick impression once they arrive on campus.  As PBR breaks down results of the workout and game play, we will be working through several leader boards and scout note blogs to bring information to college coaches and baseball fans that are following the 2024 class.

You can see all the stats and the full roser from the 2024 Carolina Senior Games West, from Catawba College, HERE.

Quick Hitters - Position Players

Turner Adams, OF, Wake Cty Warriors, 2024
Strength present at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds. Ball jumps off the bat.  Heavy barrel through contact with max exit velocity at 92.1mph. Found two barrels in the game play with a single, smoked to center field.

Edwin Allen, OF, Cardinal Gibbons, 2024
Average frame at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds. Good bat speed with high end thump when on the barrel. 92.2 mph max exit velocity. Two singles in the game play, both to the pull side, working flat through contact. Ran a 4.39 on a ground ball to short. Near the top of the leader boards in both the 60 and vertical jump.

Thatcher Baughman, 3B, Ben Lippen HS (SC), 2024
Lean, athletic build. Stands 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. Vertical bat through his load creates whip while working for extension. Advanced bat speed with solid power projection. Max exit velocity at 94.3 mph, also showing solid barrel feel with an average exit velocity of 89.1mph. Showed patience and a good feel for the strike zone in the live game action.

Jameson Hodges, 2B, Watauga HS, 2024
Solid baseball player that showed well behind the dish and on the bump.  Right handed hitter works with good rhythm and a chance to produce power as he continues to mature. Max exit velocity of 91.1mph. Used the entire field in the live game action, getting two hits.  Strike thrower on the bump. Caught the ball cleanly on the infield. Vertical jump of 32.9in.

Aiden Holmes, C, Pine Forest HS, 2024
Lean with long limbs at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds. Intriguing follow as he continues to fill out the body. Still working to find his path with the long limbs but has the ability to do damage when on time and on barrel.

Logan Howland, C, Clayton HS, 2024
Strong frame. 5-foot-11, 180 pounds. Solid rhythm and path with good barrel feel. Ball jumped to the pull side. Arm has easy carry, showing solid accuracy from behind the dish. In game, showed plate discipline and a willingness to use the entire field.  Easy target behind the dish with a willingness to block. Solid carry out of the arm.

Brendan Layne, OF, Jordan HS, 2024
Lean, athletic build at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds. Should continue to add strength with some ease. Solid bat speed, working from a wide base without a stride. Flat through the zone working for extension. May be just scraping the level of athlete that could show up on a campus.

Aaron Main, OF, Gaston Christian, 2024
Baseball player. Fits wherever he was sent to play or workout. Works with good rhythm from the right side. Max exit velocity up to 92mph. Good plate discipline with feel for the zone. Used the entire field in the live game action. Vertical jump of 31in.

Austin Mooring, C, Union Pines HS, 2024
Physical presence with athleticism present at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. Right handed hitter works with good rhythm and a direct path.  Quick bat. Power potential as the swing continues to mature. Max exit velocity at 93.8mph with an average exit of 83.6mph. Arm showed solid carry in the workout and in the game in stolen base attempts.

Hudson Moss, 2B, Chapman HS (SC), 2024
Baseball player. Was comfortable throughout the day with solid actions. Stands 5-foot-9, 160 pounds. Solid bat speed and direct path, working gap to gap in BP with good barrel feel.  Max exit velocity of 89.9 mph and an average exit of 84.7 mph. Singled to left, sharply in game action.

David Nicks, SS, Gaston Christian, 2024
Big winner on the day as he turned heads with his extremely loud BP and followed it with several solid live at-bats. Physical presence at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. Average mobility and bend. Right handed hitter with uphill leverage through contact.  Advanced bat speed and hand strength.  Top exit velocity on the day of 102.5mph.  Average exit velocity of 95.2mph.  Was on the barrel with authority twice in live game at-bats.

Dylan Pasternak, SS, Leesville Rd HS, 2024
Athletic frame, standing 5-foot-11, 172 pounds. Good rhythm in the hands and feet on the infield. Easy transitions and average carry from shortstop. Right handed hitter has whip and strength through contact, working for extension. Showed solid feel for the strike zone in his 3 at-bats.

Matthew Perez, C, Gray’s Creek HS, 2024
Athletic frame, standing 6-foot, 185 pounds. Sits with ease behind the dish. Seems to enjoy receiving. Willing blocker with athleticism to recover. Arm has easy carry, at times riding high through the target. Arm will play at the next level. Right handed hitter has bat speed and barrel feel. Max exit velocity of 96.7mph.  Ran an event best 6.78  on the laser.  Event best 34.7in vertical jump.

Jay Polite, OF, Myers Park HS, 2024
Athletic frame at 6-foot, 175 pounds. Seems to do everything well, without one tool overriding any others. Simple and stable from the right side, repeating barrel after barrel, working gap to gap. 93.5 mph max exit velocity. Solid carry and good accuracy on throws from the OF.

Nathan Pope, 1B, Alexander Central HS, 2024
Nimble with quickness present at 5-foot-8, 240 pounds. Right handed hitter has good feel for the barrel with solid bat speed.  Works for extension. 95.5 max exit velocity in BP. Solid actions around the bag in the workout and game situations.

Cameron Richey, OF, Southern Lee HS, 2024
Huge day and good to see Richey back to his old self after battling a broken foot in the spring. Right handed hitter has power potential that should continue to develop. In BP, the max exit velocity was 95.5mph.  In game settings, he belted a ball off the right field wall. Athletic frame at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. Excellent rhythm and balance in the setup with good batspeed. Ran 6.89 on the laser. 

Tanner Robertson, 3B, East Wake Academy, 2024
Physical. Stands 6-foot-2, 200 pounds. Bat speed and strength present. Works for extension with a pull emphasis. Showed zone discipline in game action and smoked a ball at a shortstop in his second at-bat, running 4.79 down the line.

Aidan Smith, OF, Apex Friendship HS, 2024
5-foot-9, 165 pounds. Simple, direct approach.  Works for extension.  Flat through the zone. Showed good zone feel in game action.  Max exit velocity of 88.3 with his average hovering at 82.6mph.

Zak Stear, SS, Cleveland HS, 2024
Thin 6-foot, 168 pounds. Simple and stable. Direct approach.  Good barrel feel with solid bat speed present. Max exit velocity of 91.4mph. Good hands and feet on the infield with a solid exchange and release. 

Jentz Steiner, 3B, Apex Friendship HS, 2024
Athletic presence that plays with pace and energy. Stands 5-foot-8, 150 pounds. Creates good bat speed from a stable base.  Works for extension. Excellent barrel feel. Showed feel for using the entire field in game with two singles to right field.

Brayden Taylor, OF, Bear Grass Charter, 2024
Strength present at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds. High hands in his setup, settling through his load. Good rhythm and barrel feel. BP max exit velo at 95.5mph. Some whip through the zone. Uses the entire field. Two hits, both off the barrel, vs. live arms.

Cam Thompson, SS, Broughton HS, 2024
5-foot-10, 150 pounds. Some inside-out approach to the swing with solid bat speed through the zone.  Showed excellent barrel feel. Max exit velocity of 89.1mph. Hands have some flash on the infield.