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Tennessee Nationals Scout Day: Quick Hits

Hunter Martin
TN Scouting Director

KNOXVILLE, TN - The Tennessee Nationals continued their fall season with a PBR Scout Day at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN on Sunday, September 10th. Over 65 players went through the pro-style workout and there were several players that impressed at the different stations of the showcase. Below are some of the top performers from the Tennessee Nationals Scout Day.  

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quick hits

Brody Carr: OF/LHP coming in at 6 foot 1 and 180 pounds, Carr comes in with a wiry (7.20 sixty) athletic build as he embarks on his sophomore season. Gets length on his extension before triggering his hips to fire. Can be pull side dominant at times and would like to see him be able to see him control the barrel to hit backside doubles but the power potential is clearly present, especially to pull side. He has true advanced bat speed in the upper 70’s mph. Primary outfielder where he had clean movements as he worked through the baseball and made accurate throws to home, while clocking in the upper 80’s on the gun. Impressive on the mound as he sat 84/85 from the left side with a feel for attacking the strike zone. Fun player to continue to watch as he grows as I think he becomes more athletic as he gains a mature feel for his body. 

Nick Riordan: ‘25 IF/OF that play the game fast. Saw him a few times over the last spring and he always had really good at bats against quality pitching as a freshman in a varsity lineup. Easy lever from the left side that rotates nicely on plane for hardshot(90+ mph EV) line drives. Bends really well through the hitting zone on his backside and will be a guy to follow as he develops. Defensively stood out in the way he moves to the baseball without sacrificing much momentum and will need to continue adding arm strength.

Braiden Meredith: ‘27 LHP/OF oozes athletic ability and easiness to his game. Recorded the highest average exit velocity at 87.7 mph, while topping 93 mph. Easy level plane swing that gets length through his finish. Turns over on the baseball effortlessly and is someone that will grow into his power as his body develops. Looked crisp in the outfield with fluid sprint drop as he received the baseball without sacrificing much momentum. Present arm strength in the outfield with low 80’s mph and a guy that surely will develop over the next few years. 

Matthew Schroeffel: ‘26 physically well built kid currently listed at 6 foot 3 and 195 pounds. Performed well during BP session as well as in the infield where he clocked 88 across the diamond. However, his ceiling may be on the mound as he has quality feel for the strike zone and ability to use his stuff. Fastball sat right around 83-85 mph while showing the ability to spin it at upper 2200’s RPM’s. Has four pitches that all maintained a different shape on Trackman. Could look to gain vertical break on CB but shows ability to repeat out of hand. Slider could look to gain additional sweep but overall had good spin and late bite. As he learns to rotate fully though his finish he will continue to add velocity. 

Kamden Welch: LHP that is coming into his own. Started Varsity last season as a freshman at Oak Ridge HS and gained a ton of experience. Strong lower half currently present with room to add plenty of strength. 6 foot and 210 pounds, Welch has potential to hold weight as he develops while gaining muscle mass. Repeats delivery well and hides the ball for a late release out of hand. FB sat between 82-83 decent bore in the bottom of the zone. Curveball and Slider are similar shapes in terms of velocity, spin rate and break. Would probably better suit him to work one primarily whether that is a slider or curveball. Overall, has good shape and feel for pitch. Will be someone to watch on the mound as he heads into his sophomore season. 

Slader Tinker: Posted the fastest sixty of the day with a 6.89. Present athlete in the middle of the infield and ranged well to both forehand and backhand. Made smooth transitions from glove to hand while maintaining balance in his lower half to deliver clean throws to first. 84 mph across the diamond from a lower ¾ arm slot that probably has more juice in it with a shorter arm action. Clean swing from the right side with a linedrive drive approach to left field gap. Senior season is approaching and someone who is looking for a home at the next level with the ability to play. 



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