I was there this weekend with my 2025-er. My kid had his stats recorded before he even hit. I had to pull teeth and look like a jerk baseball dad to get them to correct this. Then when he finally got to hit, he was hitting off a guy who had no idea how to throw BP. It was SO SO bad.
I went to the PBR Showcase in Baltimore last year, the complex sucked so I wrote it off and tried again this year. I will stick to Perfect Game, by no means perfect, but night and day compared to this crap show.
Oh- and exit velocity off of a tee is the dumbest thing I have ever seen. First, the swing a kid uses to try to generate power off a tee is nowhere near his swing in a game. Plus, how is this telling a coach if the kid can hit a low and away fastball in a tight game to move a runner? What is a kids exit velocity off a real pitcher? Let's measure that. I bet any amount of money that 50% of the kids who generate high numbers on the tee exit velocity, can't hit a curveball to save their life and certainly can't hit velocity.
So I agree that a lot of the kids can’t hit quality off speed, with that said if exit velo off the tee is so stupid why does Perfect Game, probably the most respected showcases around measure exit velocity off a tee with wood?
The problem with off a tee is kids take unnatural swings just to get a higher number. Swings we would never see in a game, almost happy Gilmore esc.
The only issue I see with PBR the way you guys have described this past weekend is not every group was measured on an even playing field. To me the 26 clbutt looks stronger at the top looking at their exit velos compared to the 25 clbutt. Highest 26 was 89 off the tee the highest 25 off a pitch was 93.