Prep Baseball Report

Quick Hitters: Burlington Preseason ID Pitchers

Patrick Johnson
North Carolina Assistant Scouting Director

Prep Baseball of North Carolina opened the 2024 event season with the Burlington Preseason ID.  An indoor event at Triad Baseball Academy, players had a chance to go through athletic testing, positional evaluations, as well as pitching and BP evaluations.  Prep Baseball scouts were on hand to run the event verify stats, and evaluate the players involved.

Triad Baseball Academy offered 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 on a day that saw rain pummel the Carolinas.

In all, twenty players took part in the event.  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 Burlington Preseason ID.

By The Numbers
+ 3 catchers saw pop times below 2.10
+ 5 infielder or outfielder arms were at 84 or higher from their position
+ 5 hitters posted an exit velocity of 90mph or higher
+ 364' was the furthest ball hit, as measured by TrackMan in the cage workout
+ 9 hitters had their average bat speed measured at 65mph or higher
+ 8 players ran 4.05 or better in the laser timed 30yd sprint
+ 3 players recorded a vertical jump above 30"
+ 4 Pitchers popped 83.9mph or better
+ 5 Pitchers spun their breaking ball at 2350rpm or higher

Burlington Preseason ID - Pitcher Quick Hitters

2026 Grads

Gavin Jackson, RHP, Cleveland HS

+Big physical body with tons of potential to fill out and bump up his Velocity with sits at 78.6mph right now. 

Preston Smith, RHP, John T Hoggard HS

+Sinking fastball sitting at 83mph and spins a tight slider. 6-foot-2 frame with potential to get alot stronger. 

Calvin Tourville, RHP, Northwood HS

+Fastball sitting around 80mph with an over the top arm action. Could really spin the Curveball with an AVG spin rate of 2263rpms.

2025 Grads

Garrett Byrd, RHP, North Lenoir HS

+Top arm of the event with his fastball reaching 87.1mph. Strong physical player who also has a feel for his change up commanding it down in the zone. 

Hayden Fones, RHP, Apex Friendship HS

+Good Arm, Fastball reaching 85.3mph but really knows how to spin the breaking ball. 2680rpm max spin on Slider and 2494rpm max spin on the Curveball.

Luke Haltom, RHP, Athens Drive HS

+84mph avg on the fastball and another player that can really spin it. 2603rpm max spin on the Curveball and good fell for his Change-Up with arm side run. 

Andrew Helfen, RHP, Raleigh Homeschool Hawks HS

+Top spin rates of the event, Curveball max spin (2727rpm) and a fastball topping out at 82.3mph.

Bryce Smith, LHP, Voyager Academy HS

+Pitchers frame at 6-foot-3, runs it up to 78.9mph with arm side run on his fastball. Throws a harder curveball around 73mph.