Alabama All-State Games: Blast Motion Board


PBR Alabama Staff

TROY, AL - The Alabama All-State Games was held on Wednesday, July 6th at Riddle-Pace Field at Troy University in Troy, AL. This event was an invite-only event that consisted of some of the top prospects from the 2023-2025 classes. These players went through extended infield/outfield pregame and took batting practice instruction. Pitchers were able to throw in simulated outings facing hitters during gameplay and were able to get numbers and metrics off of our Trackman unit, such as pitch velocity, spin rate, horizontal & vertical movement & much more. There were some players who showed up and continued to build off of prior performances, but there were also some new names who jumped onto our radar with a strong showing on Wednesday.

Continuing off our post-event coverage for this event, we take a look back at some of the leaders from Blast Motion recorded from the showcase. Please continue to check back over the next week, as we will release individual scouting reports on each player present at the event. 

HAND SPEED (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Chris McNeill AL Chelsea 2023 OF 27.5 mph
2 Pierce Dutton AL Spanish Fort 2023 OF 26.8 mph
3 Will Lawrence AL Hoover 2023 C 26.1 mph
4 Reed Woods AL Auburn 2023 2B 25.9 mph
5 Blake Wynn AL Dothan 2023 SS 25.3 mph
^ Evan Bourne AL Evangel Christian 2023 OF 25.3 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Pierce Dutton AL Spanish Fort 2023 OF 24.6 mph
2 Chris McNeill AL Chelsea 2023 OF 24.2 mph
3 Blake Wynn AL Dothan 2023 SS 23.7 mph
4 Caden Mason AL Hayden 2023 C 23.5 mph
5 Evan Bourne AL Evangel Christian 2023 OF 23.5 mph

Peak Hand Speed: The observed maximum speed as measured on the handle of the bat (measured six inches from the knob of the bat). Peak Hand Speed will occur prior to the moment of impact, very close to the commit time in the swing when the wrists unhinge.

BAT SPEED (AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (avg)
1 Chris McNeill AL Chelsea 2023 OF 79.4 mph
2 Will Lawrence AL Hoover 2023 C 77.7 mph
3 Riley Miller AL Athens 2024 OF 76.8 mph
4 Gatlin Pitts AL Bayside Academy 2024 SS 75.9 mph
5 Pierce Dutton AL Spanish Fort 2023 OF 75.2 mph
6 Austin Wilson AL Shelby County 2023 1B 74.7 mph
7 Caden Mason AL Hayden 2023 C 74.2 mph
8 Cade Edwards AL Goshen 2024 1B 73.8 mph

Bat Speed: The observed speed of the sweet spot of the bat at impact. The sweet spot of the bat is measured six inches from the tip of the bat.

ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (max)
1 Cole Lowe AL Mortimer Jordan 2023 LHP 30.9 g
2 Chris Walker AL Sparkman 2023 OF 30.3 g
3 Gatlin Pitts AL Bayside Academy 2024 SS 29.6 g
4 Caden Mason AL Hayden 2023 C 26.8 g
5 Pierce Dutton AL Spanish Fort 2023 OF 26.4 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Chris Walker AL Sparkman 2023 OF 26.2 g
2 Caden Mason AL Hayden 2023 C 24.5 g
3 Cole Lowe AL Mortimer Jordan 2023 LHP 24.4 g
4 Pierce Dutton AL Spanish Fort 2023 OF 23.3 g
5 Gatlin Pitts AL Bayside Academy 2024 SS 22.9 g

Body Rotation: A swing that has the appropriate relative contributions of body and bat rotations is an efficient and Powerful swing that maintains proper sequencing. An efficient baseball swing is one in which the body creates the initial movements, which is then transferred to the arms and out to the bat, thereby maximizing Bat Speed through this proximal-to-distal kinematic sequencing movement pattern.

 

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