Prep Baseball Report

Top Prospect Games: Underclass - Pitcher Superlatives


Brandon Hall
Mid-Atlantic Scouting Director

On Sunday October 28th, PBR was at NC State's Dail Park to host the Top Prospect Games: Underclass.  The event featured perhaps the most talented underclass field of talent that PBR has put together for one event.  With over 50 of the top players in the state on one field, we thought we would have a great day... and we did.

The day opened with the position players going through some athletic testing with Swift Athletics.  Players had the chance to run on a laser timed 60 yard on turf.  With Swift, PBR Scouts were able to collect the 60yd time, plus a 10yd split and a 30yd split.  With younger athletes, the 10yd and 30yd give a great glimpse and a players explosiveness out of the gate and a top end run speed, even if they cannot maintain that top end speed through the 60 yd course.  Players also went through some jumping test with Swift.  Players were tested in the vertcial jump as well as a 4-jump RSI.

Following the athletic testing, each hitter took multiple rounds of BP.  During BP, TrackMan was used to get ball flight information off the bat.  BLAST sensors were used to get readings on each hitter with their swing prior to contact.  Following BP, players went through a defensive workout at their primary defensive positions with PBR scouts taking metrics on arm strength.

After the player workouts, the event concluded with two controlled scrimmages.  Pitchers threw to live hitters in game situations that were controlled by PBR Scouts.  While the workout gives PBR Scouts and coaches a lot of information to digest, the game setting allows players to continue to show their skill set and to apply their tools in a competitive fashion.

Top Prospect Games: Underclass - Notes
+ 4 Players ran sub 6.90 in the sixty
+ 18 players ran sub 7.20 in the sixty
+ 20 players saw their peak run speed above 19mph
+ 19 players ran sub 4.00 in the thirty yard split
+ 12 players saw a max vertical jump of 30in or more
+ 10 players posted a BLAST Bat Speed Max of 75mph or higher
+ 12 players posted an average exit velocity above 85mph through their two rounds.
+ 99.9mph was the top exit velocity recorded on Sunday
+ 22 players posted an exit velocity of 90mph or higher
+ 5 catchers posted a velocity out of the crouch of 79mph or better

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and stat breakdown from the Top Prospect Games: Underclass

Pitcher Superlatives

Best Fastball



JD Mace

Class of 2025 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Burlington Christian
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Golden Spikes
  • Height: 6-5
    Weight: 195lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R




Peter Boatwright

Class of 2025 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Christ School
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Dirtbags
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 165lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R




Garrett Long

Class of 2025 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Porter Ridge
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Mission Scout Team 2026
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 155lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/L




Owen Simmons

Class of 2025 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: JH Rose
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Dirtbags National
  • Height: 5-9
    Weight: 188lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R




Cannon Lee

Class of 2025 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: Pro5 Baseball Academy
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Canes Scout 16u
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 194lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R




Connor Salerno

Class of 2027 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2027
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Legion Collegiate Academy
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Wow Factor National 15u
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 205lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/L








Best Breaking Ball (Curveball or Slider)



Owen Simmons

Class of 2025 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: JH Rose
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Dirtbags National
  • Height: 5-9
    Weight: 188lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R




JD Mace

Class of 2025 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Burlington Christian
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Golden Spikes
  • Height: 6-5
    Weight: 195lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R




Andrew Yelton

Class of 2025 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: RS Central
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: 5 Star
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 150lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L




Luka Rose

Class of 2025 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Christ School
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: SmarTense
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 190lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L




Ben Bordeaux

Class of 2026 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2026
  • Primary Position: RHP
  • High School: Charlotte Catholic
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Queen City Baseball Club
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 151lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R




Jake Hunter

Class of 2026 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2026
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: SS
  • High School: Uwharrie Charter Academy
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: 5 Star National
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 155lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R





Top Change-Up



Connor Salerno

Class of 2027 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2027
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Legion Collegiate Academy
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Wow Factor National 15u
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 205lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/L




JD Mace

Class of 2025 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Burlington Christian
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Golden Spikes
  • Height: 6-5
    Weight: 195lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R




Andrew Yelton

Class of 2025 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: RS Central
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: 5 Star
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 150lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L




Michael Gurganus

Class of 2025 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 3B
  • High School: Bear Grass Charter
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Rawlings Tigers-Jefferson
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 200lbs
  • Bat/Throw: S/R




Caleb Renn

Class of 2027 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2027
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Holly Springs
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: South Charlotte Panthers - Marucci
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 163lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L







Best Command



Michael Gurganus

Class of 2025 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 3B
  • High School: Bear Grass Charter
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Rawlings Tigers-Jefferson
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 200lbs
  • Bat/Throw: S/R




Caleb Renn

Class of 2027 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2027
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Holly Springs
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: South Charlotte Panthers - Marucci
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 163lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L




Peter Boatwright

Class of 2025 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Christ School
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Dirtbags
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 165lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R




JD Mace

Class of 2025 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Burlington Christian
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Golden Spikes
  • Height: 6-5
    Weight: 195lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R




Cooper Phillips

Class of 2025 / 3B

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2025
  • Primary Position: 3B
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: Cleveland
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: 5 Star Carolina Scout
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 175lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R