VA/DC Scout Blog: Mechanicsville

Jason Burton
Scouting Director PBR Virginia/DC

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We take a look at some video and notes on four players from the Mechanicsville Mustangs. 

Mechanicsville Mustangs

Cameron Lamb OF / C / Mechanicsville, VA / 2024

The Longwood commit was on the barrel virtually all night. Lamb reached base three times on balls to the left side of the infield. In his second at bat he stayed on a breaking ball and barreled it up to the left side. Lamb is a well above average runner and plays the game hard. In centerfield he gets solid jumps, good routes, and uses his speed to shrink the outfield. 






Aaron Maxie 1B / OF / Mechanicsville, VA / 2023

Maxie provided big run support for the Mustangs with three hits and four RBI. His first two hits came via the right field line, where he ended up with a single and triple that would drive in three of his four runs. Maxie did a nice job working at bats, especially on his third at bat where he worked an eleven pitch at bat, fouling off five two strike pitches before tripling into right field. 





Braxton Pope 1B / RHP / Mechanicsville, VA / 2024

Pope has a compact 5-foot-11 frame that has cleaned up since the last time I saw him. Repeatable delivery, normal effort, and a higher leg lift to a down and out stride. Longer arm path and throws from a higher slot with some downhill plane to the fastball. The slider was not used much, but it showed shorter 11/5 shape at 72-73 mph. Pope lived mostly off of the 81-84 mph and touched 85 a few times early. The fastball had a lot of success working to the glove side, as well as getting some swings and misses when he climbed late in counts. Nine strikeouts in four innings of work and was fairly efficient around the zone. 






Kaleb Smith LHP / 1B / Mechanicsville, VA / 2025

Smith was an arm that has been very intriguing to our staff in our two looks at him since November, so we wanted to get out and see him early in the season. The sophomore left-hander came in for two innings of relief for Mechanicsville. In his first innings there was a lot of 84-86, while he faded more to the 82-84 mark in his second inning of work. The slider was 75-77 mph, but did not go to it very often in this outing. I think part of the reason is because Smith found himself behind in counts and it was not being called. The fastball was a little scattered during this outing, especially in the second. He has the life on his fastball that when he is over the plate he will miss bats and get outs, but tonight he found himself behind in counts and searching for the zone. Smith is able to create some angle when working to the glove side and is not afraid to get in on right handers, as well as the fastball shows late arm side life when using it away from right handers. It was his first varsity outing so I am sure there were nerves and he will settle in well this season for the Mustangs. One of the better uncommitted left handers in the 2025 class.