Quick HItters: SBA Lake Norman PItchers

Brandon Hall
Executive Director of Scouting, PBR NC

PBR was on site at Coddle Creek on Wednesday August 14th to run a Scout Day for SBA Lake Norman.  In total, 22 players from the organization took part in the workout.

The position players led off the day with a full pro-style workout.  Players ran a laser timed 60, followed by an offensive evaluation and defensive evaluation.  During live BP, TrackMan was able to gather ball flight information off the bat.  After the pro-style workout, pitchers threw a controlled bullpen, again with TrackMan capturing data on each arm.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and statistical info from the Scout Day


By the Numbers:

  • 22 players took part in the workout
  • 2 players ran under 7.05 with a top 60 time of 6.98
  • 7.67 was the median 60 time from the workout
  • 3 arms posted a positional velocity of 80mph or higher
  • 2 catchers posted pop times under 2.25
  • 7 hitters saw an exit velocity of 80 mph or higher
  • 14 arms threw controlled bullpens
  • 81 was the top fastball on the night
  • 2295rpm was the top spin rate on a fastball for the workout
  • 91.54 mph was the top exit velocity tracked by TrackMan in live BP
  • 327 ft was the top distance in BP

Quick Hitters - Pitchers


Connor Ferguson (RHP, Community School of Davidson, 2024) – Lanky frame at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds.  Very young and maturing.  Choppy delivery fighting for timing.  Erratic at times.  Long arm swing with a high front side to create some uphill leverage.  Over-the-top slot.  Fastball at 81, spinning up to 2054rpm.  Solid ride out of the hand with over 12 inches of horizontal break, beginning out of the hand.  Short breaking ball spinning up to 1926rpm.  Worked for downer action.

Grayson Peel (RHP, Lake Norman HS, 2023) – Some length and still thin at 6-foot-1, 145 pounds.  Lot of maturation still ahead.  Could lead to a high ceiling.  Better than average arm speed, working with some uphill leverage in his shoulders.  Plunges out of the glove and fights to get back on time with an over-the-top slot.  Long arm action.  Fastball up to 78 with 21.9 inches of induced vertical break.  Spin rate maxed at 1974rpm.  Consistent release and hand position.  Tunneled the breaking ball early.  Hard, late, downer action at 68, spinning at 2121rpm.

Ben Whitley (RHP, Community School of Davidson, 2024) – Fastball peaked at 80, spinning up to 2270rpm.  Lacked vertical break with the high spin rate.  12:45 spin tilt out of the hand on the fastball.  Can spin the breaking ball, flashing feel.  Peaked at 67 with a max spin of 2155rpm, producing 0.8 inches of induced vertical break and 14.3 inches of horizontal break.  Hard with big tilt and 10/4 shape. 

Matthew Ferguson (RHP, Community School of Davidson, 2022) – physical 6-foot-4, 195 pound frame.  Still learning to use his body.  Solid athlete.  Long arm swing with uphill leverage through the shoulders.  Over-the-top slot.  Good extension.  Solid direction.  Fastball peaked at 77 with more in the tank.  

Sam Kelley (RHP, Community School of Davidson, 2022) – Average frame at 5-foot-11, 173 pounds.  Creates discomfort working to a coil at balance and landing with cross-fire action to the hitter.  Short strider.  Short arm action.  Average arm speed.  Fastball up to 80, spinning at 2137 max.  Slider has mature action with length.