Prep Baseball Report

Knoxville Preseason ID: Quick Hits

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 some of the standouts and top performers from the event.

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Benjamin Stevens 1B / OF / Daniel Boone, TN / 2025

The 6 foot and 200 pound uncommitted junior had a really strong showing and has been a guy that has consistently improved everytime that we have seen him. Not necessarily a burner but Stevens does show long strides and moves athletically for already having some physicality to him. Clocked a 4.08 30 yard sprint and something tells me that he has more in the tank. Produced loud round after loud round with a heavy line drive percentage approach that produced multiple lower 90 mph exit velocities, while averaging right to 85 mph. He does a really good job of getting extension over his front side while showing aptitude for staying through the baseball. Arm strength is still developing and came in the upper 70’s mph but showed a lot of feel for working into the baseball when attacking with smooth transitions. This is definitely a guy to keep an eye out on as he goes into his junior season at Daniel Boone. 

Chase Reinhart LHP / OF / Normal West, IL / 2027

An Illinois resident that made his way down to Knoxville to participate and man did he not disappoint. Already offers some physical intangibles at 6 feet tall. The ‘27 class prospect already plays with maturity that is evident when seeing him taking batting practice and field. Quick running that timed a 3.89 to first base with faster times coming in the sixty as he can work into his strides. 84 mph max exit velocity but showed good connection in his swing and will just be about getting stronger over the next few years. Defensively is where he really stood out as he offers a quick get off from his line and attacks the baseball at the best possible angles. This guy will offer a lot of assists as he grows. The arm works well in the low 80’s already and his receiving gets him into consistent positions that allows him to get rid of the ball on time and on target. Well-rounded athlete that should continue to get better in this game. Performed really well on the mound where his fastball came in at 80-83 mph with decent spin at 2000-2100. Offspeed worked well where he was able to finish pitches in the zone with his breaking-ball and CH. Really good follow and has a few months before his season starts to really hone his skills for his freshman season.  

Tyler Bennett SS / 2B / Christian Academy of Knoxville, TN / 2025

Uncommitted ‘25 class prospect that attends CAK where he will bat in the 2/3 spot and play shortstop and pitch. Really good frame already at 6 foot 1 and 170 pounds where he can easily add good strength. Clocked the fastest home to first with a time of 3.81 seconds. Did a lot of damage in his BP rounds with some loud barrels, while mostly staying up the middle and to the opposite field gap. 71 mph average bat speed that contains some drag through the zone. Worked well with the baseball but would have liked to see him turn on some pitches as he has the ability to do so. Produced multiple upper 80’s and low 90’s mph exit velocities with his hardest shot coming off the bat at 94 mph with an average of just around 87 mph. Showed quality barrel control with a 75 percent sweet spot %, while hitting line drives at a 67 percent rate. Defensively works well to both sides of his body, can get longer at times with his arm-action when getting the ball out and I believe that he currently has more strength in there with a few tweaks. Upper 70’s mph across the infield with on target throws. This is a kid that should continue to climb with a big opportunity this spring. 

Carson Davis RHP / East Hamilton, TN / 2025

Carson Davis: Had the best showing of the day on the bump where he flashed advanced fastball velocity sitting 87-88 mph with good life, especially up and in. Fastball carried 15 inches of average vertical break with another 13 inches of average horizontal break for a quality boar fastball. CB showed a true slider pitch shape with good spin in the 2300-2400 RPM range at 73-74 mph and 13 inches on average of HM. He should really look to increase that velocity for a more advanced offering but it plays currently where it is at and should offer IZM and put away ability. CH was his best pitch shape on his secondary offerings where it came in with killed spin at 1300-1400 RPM’s with almost 14 inches of HM on average. Overall, the uncommitted ‘25 class prospect comes in with a solid frame at 6 foot 4 and 200 pounds that already carries present strength and decent athleticism. Did a nice job of consistently being in the zone and will be a guy that should start getting a lot more attention as he heads into the spring at East Hamilton and this summer on the travel ball circuit. Really good follow with more ability coming in the future


Braydin Jones SS / RHP / University School of Jackson, TN / 2027

2027 uncommitted prospect that comes in at 6 foot and 175 pounds that already offers present athleticism and strength with good moving levers and smooth actions. Jones already produced the highest bat speed of the day at 74 mph and after the event came away with the 3rd highest average bat speed at 70.4 mph. Produced an 89 mph max EV that should continue to creep higher and higher as he gains strength with maturity. Was defensively sound with quality fielding mechanics where he worked well to his glove side and was able to get his body in front of everything to pivot and throw in smooth transitions. Arm strength is clearly present in the low 80’s while maxing out at 84 mph. Really liked him on the mound where he stood out from a projectional standpoint. Fastball sat right at 80-82 mph with decent life that carried some bore to the baseball. CB was more slider action oriented with HM and can increase his spin rate with a tighter grip on the ball. CH showed increased killed spin in the 1200 range and can stay on that pitch longer with more HM. Overall, he was consistently in the zone and was able to throw strikes with everything. His body movements on the mound were almost Japanese like in terms of mechanics, where he gracefully strides down in a controlled and slower manner with pause. Will need to increase spin rate on all his pitches but the ability is clearly there and comes from an athletic background playing shortstop. 


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