Prep Baseball Report

Knoxville Preseason ID: Positional Player Reports

Hunter Martin
TN Scouting Director


KNOXVILLE, TN - The Knoxville Preseason ID was held on Saturday, February 3rd at BC Athletics in Knoxville, TN. This event was an open event that consisted of players from the 2025-2027 classes from Volunteer state. Players went through an extended pro-style workout that included batting practice using Trackman, ran the 30-yard dash using Swift Performance, and much more. Pitchers were able to get numbers and metrics on TrackMan. There were some players who showed up and continued to build off of prior performances, but there were also some new names who jumped onto our radar with a strong showing at the event.

Continuing our post-event coverage for this event, we take a look at the scouting reports from the event. Today we look at the reports on all positional players who attended the Knoxville Preseason ID.

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Brayden Barr, West Ridge (TN), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds. Muscular athetlic build that moves well, with room to add.
Hit: RHH. Releaxed and slightly open with hands calm above shoulder. Hands tip up and sink with a slight shift onto back leg and forward stride. Lower half and hands go a tick before footplant which lands slightly open. Body swing laterally with the gained ground from stride. Occasionally bag foot will drag and not rotate completely. Quick bat with flat path around body and through zone. Low line drives to pullside. 71.2 mph bat speed with 9 G's of rotational acceleration.
Power: 94 max exit velocity, averaged 83.3 mph. 292' max distance.
Arm: RH. OF-86 mph. Deep drop back behind body, whippy action over the top.
Defense: Moves to ball with ease, breaks down to ball smoothly. Gets good angles on balls.
ATH: 4.07 in the 30 yard split.

Tyler Bennett, Christian Academy of Knoxville (TN), 2025
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 6-2, 180-pounds. Long and lean frame, high waisted, athletic. Room to add more strength.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stances with bat held near ear. Small weight shift to rear leg pushes hands into loaded position. Small leg kick forward creates good seperation into strong front leg that allows back half to be strong through rotation. Bat turns well behind head giving way to a slight uphill path through the zone. Good batspeed (70) produces strong exitvelos T94, Avg 86. 70.8 mph bat speed with 11 G's of rotational acceleration.
Power: 94 max exit velocity, averaged 86.8 mph. 313' max distance.
Arm: RH. INF-78 mph. Over the top arm slot with quick arm action which leads to accurate throws.
Defense: Displays glove early, comes through the ball with one hand on direct balls. Works through back/forehands well.
ATH: 3.81 in the 30 yard split.

Jamie Bentley, Knoxville Catholic (TN), 2026
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds. Lean athletic look, can continue to grow.
Hit: RHH. Athletic start with loose hands begins with a small leg kick and bat wag that gathers weight onto back leg. Explodes off back leg with great acceleration (20gs) into a strongly braced front leg. Quick turn and good batspeed has and agressive path through the zone looking to drive the ball out front. With discipline to drive it up the middle or let it get deep. 66.8 mph bat speed with 20 G's of rotational acceleration.
Power: 89 max exit velocity, averaged 79.3 mph. 324' max distance.
Arm: LH. OF-72 mph. Little connection with body. Comes out a over the top slot.
Defense: Presents glove early, comes through well. Looses momentum falling off to the side on followthrough.
ATH: 4.20 in the 30 yard split.

Gavin Bergeron, Bearden (TN), 2026
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-11, 155-pounds. Athletic, lean build that can fill out.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance with relaxed hands, slightly favoring back leg. Hands shoot back to a loaded position before a small forward stride. Upper half leaks early before lower half goes. Body rotates onto back leg through finish. Hands turn tight with the body. Drives the ball up the middle with a low line drive approach, occasionally catching balls up front. 59.8 mph bat speed with 4 G's of rotational acceleration.
Power: 79 max exit velocity, averaged 76.1 mph. 273' max distance.
Arm: RH. INF-79 mph. Accurate throws from multiple arm slots with an easy release.
Defense: Fundamental mechanics where he displays glove well. Glove tap for timing before making the throw.
ATH: 4.31 in the 30 yard split.

Luke Burnett, Carter (TN), 2026
Positional Profile: SS/C
Body: 4-8, 85-pounds. Athletic build, that can increase in strenght.
Hit: SH. Balanced stance with equal weight distrubution, hands relaxed at shoulder. Slight weight shift into back leg, lightly engaging back leg. Small leg lift. Hands resist forward move well, gaining good seperation before swing releases. Shifts into front leg with some give. Looks to drive the ball up the middle. Bat goes in and out of hitting zone with leads to inconsitent barrels. 60.4 mph bat speed with 12 G's of rotational acceleration.
Power: 82 max exit velocity, averaged 71.0 mph. 256' max distance.
Arm: RH. INF-75 mph.
Defense: Athetlic mover shows ease getting to ground balls on both sides.
ATH: 4.00 in the 30 yard split.

Caden Henry, Boyd Buchanan (TN), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 6-0, 165-pounds. Well propotioned body with long arms moves extremely well and can bolster more strength easily.
Hit: LHH. Tall start with hands held high above shoulder weight favoring rearleg. Small rearward shift onto back leg lets front foot have a negitive move to a toe tap before making a slight positive gain. Hands resist forward movement creating good seperation. Swing rotates around center of gravity with good accelleration (17g) along with a good front leg brace and 70 degree lean backward. Tight turn behind body produces insconsistent bat path through hitting zone. Long one handed finish as body rotates fully. Attacks inside of ball well with ability to drive balls to frontside. 69 mph bat speed with 17 G's of rotational acceleration.
Power: 89 max exit velocity, averaged 82.9 mph. 284' max distance.
Arm: RH. OF-77 mph. Solid transfer to accurate throws w/ over the top arm slot.
Defense: Smooth approach to the ball with good footwork breakdown.
ATH: 3.83 in the 30 yard split.

Braydin Jones, University School of Jackson (TN), 2027
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 6-1, 175-pounds. Tall lean frame with proportional limbs, projectable strength gain as he grows.
Hit: RHH. Tall slightly open stance, hands relaxes at rear shoulder. Small rearward weight shift as hands resist forward forward move and slight stride. Front foot land on the toe creating time before heel plant. Body then moves laterally before hitting the braced front leg before rotating fully. Flat bat path stays in the hitting zone all the way through, great batspeed (70mph) drives the ball up the middle occasionally catching a bal out front. 70.4 mph bat speed with 11 G's of rotational acceleration.
Power: 89 max exit velocity, averaged 77.3 mph. 276' max distance.
Arm: RH. INF-84 mph. Longer motion behind the body leads to strong throws from high 3/4 arm slot
Defense: Funnels ball to middle of body on all balls. Fast feet that will smoothen out with time.
ATH: 4.07 in the 30 yard split.

Graham King, Baylor School (TN), 2026
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-1, 195-pounds. Strong frame that moves athletically that can continue to get stronger.
Hit: RHH. Starts athletically with weight slightly favoring back leg, hands at ear height above shoulder. Weight shifts back into big leg kick that stacks weight on back leg that pushes hands into loaded position. Foot plants for a neutral gain with the leg kick. Bat remains at 45 degrees behind head at foot contact creating good seperation. Upper body stays connected with the lower half as the swing rotates on the rear leg. Turns well with 16gs rotational accelleration. Turns bat tight behind him, allowing the swing to attack the inside part of the ball driving it the other way. Lets ball travel well with consistent barrels to right field. 94 max exit velo shows a 9mph gain from last July. Showing strength will continue to increase. 68.7 mph bat speed with 16 G's of rotational acceleration.
Power: 94 max exit velocity, averaged 80.5 mph. 308' max distance.
Arm: RH. OF-80 mph. Well connected with body, quick 3/4 slot release.
Defense: Gets to balls easily, gains good ground and momentum coming through the ball.
ATH: 4.07 in the 30 yard split.

JJ Murphy, Knoxville Catholic (TN), 2026
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-3, 170-pounds. High waisted build that is long/lean. Lots of room to add muscle as he continues to grow.
Hit: LHH. Starts with weight 75/25 on back leg hands lower held behind the body. Weight shift onto back leg has hands drop slightly before a small stride forward. During which the front leg braces softly and backside turns behind it. Hands start letter high and sink with load. Bat path is through zone is very verical due to starting position. Back elbow turns well, but barred front arm limits adjustability. Good contact to pull side when ontime, smaller more controlled movements will lead to better more consistent contact. 57 mph bat speed with 9 G's of rotational acceleration.
Power: 82 max exit velocity, averaged 73.8 mph. 281' max distance.
Arm: RH. OF-71 mph.
ATH: 4.31 in the 30 yard split.

Alex Page II, Dyersburg (TN), 2026
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 5-11, 185-pounds. Compact and athletic frame, with current strength and room to add.
Hit: RHH. Starts a touch open, front leg slightly turned in to ball of foot. His hands held above the rear shoulder. Small negative hand movement goes with a short stride back to even. Barrel at 45 degrees over head at foot plant. Body stays balanced throughout turn and during finish. Front foot occasionally closes body off during stride. Bat can occasionally turn long behind the body causing it to be quick through hitting zone and have varied contact. When bat is connected with body stays through zone well driving balls up the middle and to the backside. 63.7 mph bat speed with 14 G's of rotational acceleration.
Power: 86 max exit velocity, averaged 82.0 mph. 278' max distance.
Arm: RH. C-70 mph. super quick arm action, most throws on right side of bag.
Defense: 2.00-2.22 pop times. Quick transfer accurate throws. Can gain more ground towards second instead of towards third. Would benefit poptime well.
ATH: 4.19 in the 30 yard split.

Cade Quick, Fayetteville (TN), 2025
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-9, 190-pounds. Short compact and sturdy frame with current strength.
Hit: RHH. Begins with feet just farther than shoulder width with equal weight distribution. Hands held just behind letters towards the rear shoulder. Hands drop slightly as he loads into rear leg, slight inward turn of front leg. Hands resist forwards stride to front foot plant. Rear heel leaks up slightly but creates some seperation. Body rotates at center as front shoulder flys out slightly early. Bat has sharp turn behind the body produces good path through hitting zone. Inconsistent timing paired with bat path creates varied contact. When on time has ability to drive ball up the middle and to pullside. At present likely to have trouble against velocity. 63 mph bat speed with 8 G's of rotational acceleration.
Power: 88 max exit velocity, averaged 77.2 mph. 277' max distance.
Arm: RH. C-74 mph. Short and quick arm action, prototypical catcher arm. Accurate throws uses turf well
Defense: 2.03-2.19 pop times. Good transfer, and gains ground when replacing feet. Gets chest down well when blocking,
ATH: 4.15 in the 30 yard split.

Chase Reinhart, Normal West (IL), 2027
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 6-0, 165-pounds. Tall and lanky with long limbs who runs well, with lots of room to fill out.
Hit: RHH. Wide stance with hands high and rear elbow raised. Weight shifts back with toe tip and neutral movement. Front leg braces as body turns around back leg, with hands going with lower half. Barrel stays through hitting zone well. With a middle of the field approach, that can catch balls out front or let them get deep. 62 mph bat speed with 17 G's of rotational acceleration.
Power: 84 max exit velocity, averaged 70.7 mph. 249' max distance.
Arm: LH. OF-82 mph. Whippy action that comes quick out the hand that will continue to increase arm strength.
ATH: 3.89 in the 30 yard split.

Benjamin Stevens, Daniel Boone (TN), 2025
Positional Profile: 1B/OF
Body: 6-0, 200-pounds. Strong lower half fuels well propotioned build with good movements.
Hit: RHH. Wide athletic stance with hands beginning high at rear shoulder. Slight drop into legs before he loads into back leg, into a large forward stride that lands with front leg turned in. Hands resist the rest of the body until front heel plant. Body turns well with a somewhat linear motion on a forward weight shift. Finishes balanced on center of balance. Bat turns with body as it goes. Looks to backspin balls into the air. Primarily catches balls out front to drive left center gap with good power (94 max EV) , can let it travel to work the other way. 70.9 mph bat speed with 11 G's of rotational acceleration.
Power: 94 max exit velocity, averaged 85.4 mph. 310' max distance.
Arm: RH. INF-74 mph. OF-78 mph. Long behind body, accurate throws from over the top.
Defense: In IF, displays glove early. Turns to arms side for throw to second well. OF approaches balls confidently and comes through ball.
ATH: 4.10 in the 30 yard split.


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