Top Pop Times – 2016 Baseball Factory All-America Pre-Season Rookie Tournament
We won’t compile data on the top performers from the class of 2020 until later this year, and when that happens I suspect we will see 2020 C Matthew Morello (Flemington, NJ) at or very near the top in the pop times category at 2.03. He turned in the lowest time at the 2016 Baseball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament, a group made up primarily of players one year older than him.
Among 2019 graduates, we saw quite a few players with times previously recognized as among the best in their class. 2019 C Patrick Vandenbergh (Nashville, TN) trimmed a tenth off his previous low down to 2.08, while 2019 C Sam Aslansan (Philadelphia, PA) got down from his most recent 2.20 to a time of 2.09 in Auburndale.
As a rising 6th-grader at the July 2012 Under Armour Baseball Factory Interactive Video Program in Trenton, NJ — his first event with us — 2019 C Michael McGee (Union, NJ) recorded a low pop time of 3.11. By the Baseball Factory Select Training & Competition at Pirate City in November 2012 the low end of his range was down to 2.78. He trimmed off another quarter-second to 2.53 at the July 2013 Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout in Trenton, marking a huge improvement of over a half-second in just one year. We didn’t see him in 2014, but in March 2015 he came to another UA National Tryout and posted 2.25 — good for another quarter-second improvement. Most recently — as a freshman in high school — he posted 2.10 at the 2016 Pre-Season Rookie event, representing a full-second cut off the low end of his pop time range in less than three years, a very impressive feat to say the least.
On October 11, 2015 at the Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout & College PREP in Abilene, TX 2019 C Chance Roberts (Aledo, TX) posted 2.10. At roughly the same time about 800 miles east at the Hoover, AL Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout, we saw 2.13 from 2019 C/SS Jarin Turner (Oxford, AL). Just two weeks earlier at the Knoxville, TN Under Armour Baseball Factory Tryout, 2019 C Noah Webb (Kodak, TN) posted 2.09. In Auburndale about three months later, each player posted the exact same number — likely good enough to hold their ground inside the top 20 pop times among 2019 graduates when we compile that data again soon.
2.03 — Matthew Morello (C – 2020) Flemington, NJ
2.08 — Jordan Matthews (OF/C – 2019) Midland, TX
2.08 — Patrick Vandenbergh (C – 2019) Nashville, TN
2.09 — Sam Aslansan (C – 2019) Philadelphia, PA
2.09 — Noah Webb (C/RHP – 2019) Kodak, TN
2.10 — Michael McGee (C – 2019) Union, NJ
2.10 — Chance Roberts (C/SS – 2019) Aldeo, TX
2.13 — Justin Smith (C/SS – 2019) Beaumont, TX
2.13 — Jarin Turner (C – 2019) Oxford, AL
2.17 — Beau Fletcher (C – 2020) Hartselle, AL
2.19 — Chance Merithew (C/SS – 2019) Goodlettsville, TN
2.20 — Nicholas Diaz (C – 2019) Bridgewater, NJ
2.21 — Luke Nagy (C/1B – 2019) Cypress, TX
2.23 — Gehrig Smalstig (C/1B – 2020) Yorktown, IN
2.25 — Hogan Nichols (C/3B – 2019) Andalusia, AL
2.27 — Cameron Seymor (C/3B – 2019) Scarborough, ME
To see the most current pop time leaders in each graduation class, please visit the Top Performers page. Pop time leaderboards are updated weekly, as are those for the 60 yard dash, fastball velocity, raw velocity and exit velocity.