Player Evals: Fayetteville Prospect ID - Pitchers

Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
Executive Director & Director of Scouting, PBR NC

PBR was in Fayetteville on Wednesday October 21st at the beautiful JP Riddle Stadium, home of Fayetteville Tech Community College.  Over thirty players from North Carolina were in attendance to take part in the full workout, gathering stats, advanced analytics, and video on each player.

Position players kicked the day off with a full pro-style workout, including a laser timed 60 yard dash.  The offensive evaluation included exit velocities off of a tee in the cage area, plus full ball flight data during live BP, with Blast Motion analytics on the swing path.  Defensively, players worked out from their primary position, allowing coaches and scouts to get a full view of athleticism, arm strength, hands, feet, and accuracy on throws.

After the position players, pitchers in attendance went through a controlled bullpen.  The bullpen included TrackMan gathering ball flight information from the release, including velocity, spin rates, and movement metrics.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and complete statistical output from each player.  There are multiple tabs, with the TrackMan and Blast Motion data included.


By the Numbers:

  • 28 position players went through the workout
  • 6.91 was the top 60 yard dash time
  • 3 players ran under 7.00
  • 12 players ran 7.25 or better
  • 96mph was the top exit velocity off of the tee
  • 8 players posted an exit velocity off the tee of 90mph or higher
  • 16 hitters had exit velocities off the tee of 85mph or better
  • 14 hitters posted an exit velocity of 90mph or higher in live BP
  • 96.86 was the top exit velocity posted in live BP
  • 376 feet was the furthest ball hit on the night
  • 87mph was the top fastball thrown in bullpens
  • 2479rpm was the top spin rate on a fastball
  • 2416rpm was the top spin rate on a breaking ball






Ben Chesnet LHP / 1B / North Stokes, NC / 2021

Positional Profile: LHP/1B.
Body: 6/3, 180 pounds. Lanky and athletic. Will add strength to the frame in the coming years
Delivery: 3B side. Simple rocker and easy turn. Online and quiet over the rubber, building tempo after balance. Kick to the low-chest, landing slightly across his line with a closed foot-strike. Athletic finish
Arm Action: L. Long arm swing. Has athleticism in the arm swing and slot. Wraps behind the body line slightly. High-3/4 slot. Average to above arm speed
FB: T75, 73-75 mph. 1869 rpm. Arm side run out of the hand with 10:45 spin tilt. Elevated, showed some feel for both sides
CB: 67-70 mph. 1780 rpm. Average to above arm speed. Sweeping action. Early break.
CH: 67-69 mph. 1462 rpm. Run out of the hand. Average arm speed



Chance Purvis RHP / 1B / Union Pines, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/1B. Strike thrower with good feel for an advanced slider
Body: 6/1, 210 pounds. Thick frame with strength in the lower half
Delivery: 1B side and slight side saddle. Small rocker forward and simple, stable turn. Lift to the mid-chest. Quiet over the rubber. Slightly closed, works to a square foot-strike that is slightly across his line. Balanced finish
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing. Slight hand hook and the elbow works above the shoulder line. Some effort. Above average arm speed. Works with intent. High-3/4 slot
FB: T83, 80-83 mph. 1998 rpm. Action to the arm side. Occasional late, darting run. Filled up the zone, with good feel to arm side
SL: 68-72 mph. 1876 rpm. Short, late, and tight. Throws with intent. Has confidence. Lands it consistently.
CH: 70-74 mph. 1853 rpm. Some fade with heavy run to the arm side. Showed feel for down zone



Brayden Schear RHP / 1B / Wakefield, NC / 2024

Positional Profile: RHP/1B.
Body: 6/1, 159 pounds. Lanky frame, room for maturation ahead.
Defense:  Active feet, relaxed hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: R.  INF - 66 mph.  Accurate, long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Open base, balanced, barrel flat over back shoulder. Short stride back to even, hands load back. Quick hands, uphill barrel path, gets extension out front, uses the whole field.
Power: 76 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed.
Run:7.91 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: 1B side. Preset pivot. Big side step and rock, working back over the pivot. Lift to the belt, loading the front hip. Slightly closed, works to an on-line and slightly open foot-strike. Balanced finish
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing gets to a position of strength, working out of his sleeve a bit with a high-3/4 slot. Average arm speed.
FB: T70, 67-70 mph. 1503 rpm. 12:30 spin tilt out of the hand with decent ride through the zone. Elevated, showed feel for the glove side
CB: 57-59 mph. 1521 rpm. Rolling 11/5 tilt. Some feel for the glove side. Inconsistent spin out of the hand.
CH: 62-64 mph. 1222 rpm. Average arm speed and feel. Slight run when on arm side



Jackson Griggs RHP / 3B / Harnett Central , NC / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/3B.
Body: 5/10, 170 pounds. Lean, athletic frame
Delivery: Slight side saddle. Small rocker and turn. Stable head over the rubber. Kick to the high chest. Slight pelvic tilt out of balance. Closed at balance, works to landing with some uphill leverage. Reaches to an on-line and square foot strike. Athletic finish
Arm Action: R. Reaches to the bottom of the arc out of the glove. Ramps back to a position of strength and over-the-top slot. Average to above arm speed
FB: T83, 79-83 mph. 2018 rpm. 12:45 spin tilt on average. Occasional cut when going glove side. Showed feel for down zone
CB: 69-72 mph. 2152 rpm. Throws with intent. Hump out of the hand working to 11/5 tilt. Early action at times.
CH: 70-73 mph. 1728 rpm. Average arm speed. Worked down hill. Has run out of the hand.



Luke Cannon RHP / 3B / North Lenoir, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: RHP/3B. Intriguing prospect that continues to build arm strength while flooding the zone with 3 distinct pitches
Body: 6/3, 172 pounds. Lanky frame, strength present.
Defense:  Athletic, soft hands, catches the ball near center, funnels to the midsection, clean exchanges.
Arm: R.  INF - 78 mph.  Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Balanced, slightly open, barrel flat over back shoulder. Short stride, small hand load, barrel goes vertical. Loose, quick hands, short to the ball, barrel stays through the ball, has barrel feel working gap to gap.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Drove balls to the left center gap, above average bat speed.
Run:7.41 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Side saddle on the 1B side. Simple rocker and turn, lifting to the belt. Builds rhythm out of balance. Level and on-line, lands slightly across his line with a closed foot-strike. Small fall to the 1B side
Arm Action: R. Very small action. Works to load the scapular with the hand never working below his belt. Has intent. High-3/4 slot with above average arm speed
FB: T84, 81-84 mph. 2338 rpm. Attacked the zone. Good feel. Has ride
CB: 69-73 mph. 2128 rpm. Hard, short action. Tunnels with fastball early. 10/4 action can be explosive at times.
CH: 78-80 mph. 1795 rpm. Some fade. Solid arm speed. Threw for a strike.



Donovan Whitfield RHP / OF / Jack Britt, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/OF.
Body: 6/5, 185 pounds. Lanky, athletic frame, room to fill out.
Defense:  Plays through the ball, soft hands, catches the ball off his left foot, clean transfers.
Arm: R.  OF - 77 mph. Accurate, long arm action, over the top slot.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, barrel flat over back shoulder. Weight goes back, short stride, small hand load. Loose, fast hands, short to the ball, flat barrel path through the zone, gets extension out front, works through the middle of the field.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Ball comes hard off the barrel, above average bat speed.
Run:7.25 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Tall and narrow on the 1B side. Rocker to the side, sliding further on the rubber. Works to build rhythm out of balance, choppy at times. Kick to the low chest with pelvic tilt and lean out of balance. Some uphill leverage. Lands on-line and square. Balanced finish
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing building rhythm from the bottom of the arc. Fights to get to an exaggerated over-the-top slot, creating some angle. Arm finishes across the chest at times. Above average arm speed at release
FB: T84, 81-84 mph. 2054 rpm. Advanced ride out of the hand with 12:15 spin tilt. Shows an ability to pitch elevated. Plays true
CB: 70-73 mph. 1854 rpm. Slight hump at release. Top to bottom tilt. Firm. Still developing consistent spin. Has feel for the zone, elevated at times.
CH: 73-74 mph. 1893 rpm. Worked down hill. Average feel. Inconsistent hand speed



Nathan Teague RHP / OF / Southern Alamance, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: RHP/OF. Long, lean and easy to project. Potential high ceiling on the mound as he continues to mature
Body: 6/6, 205 pounds. Athletic with length. Build will continue to hold strength gains for years to come
Delivery: 1B side. Builds rhythm and tempo throughout the delivery beginning with a small rocker and easy turn. Head tends to work side to side throughout rocker to balance. Kick to the high chest, closing his line down, sinking over the backside. Athletic, works to cross-fire landing with a square foot-strike.  Athletic finish
Arm Action: R. Has rhythm in the hands with an early break. Long arm swing works to a strong position. High-3/4 slot. Whippy arm. Quick arm through release. High ceiling.
FB: T84, 82-84 mph. 2195 rpm. Heavy run and sink with arm speed and intent. Elevated at times. Better feel for arm side
SL: 63-68 mph. 1365 rpm. Good arm speed. Short side to side action. Occasional depth. Thrown with intent, still developing feel and consistent spin.
CH: 68-80 mph. 1838 rpm. Similar metrics to the fastball. Tunnels. Occasionally cuts