Birmingham Open: Blast Motion Board


PBR Alabama Staff

BIRMINGHAM, AL - The Birmingham Open was held on Wednesday, June 15th at Hoover High School in Hoover, AL. This event was an open event that consisted of prospects from the 2023 and 2026 classes. These players went through a pro-style workout and took batting practice using Trackman and Blast Motion to record hitting metrics. Pitchers were able to throw in simulated bullpens 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 each statistical category 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. 

View entire event stats HERE.

HAND SPEED (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Alijah Abram AL Hoover 2024 OF 24.5 mph
2 Mason Blasche AL Hoover 2024 3B 23.4 mph
3 Jackson Parris AL Homewood 2023 SS 23.3 mph
4 Paxton Tarver AL Decatur Heritage 2025 2B 23.1 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Alijah Abram AL Hoover 2024 OF 22.7 mph
2 Kyle Pace AL Phil Campbell 2023 3B 22.2 mph
3 Mason Blasche AL Hoover 2024 3B 22.0 mph
4 Jackson Parris AL Homewood 2023 SS 22.0 mph
5 William Gignilliat AL John Carroll Catholic 2023 RHP 21.9 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 Jackson Parris AL Homewood 2023 SS 74.6 mph
2 Paxton Tarver AL Decatur Heritage 2025 2B 71.3 mph
3 Dylan Duster AL Huntsville 2025 3B 70.5 mph
4 Kyle Pace AL Phil Campbell 2023 3B 70.3 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 William Gignilliat AL John Carroll Catholic 2023 RHP 27.8 g
2 Conner Nelson AL Leeds 2025 SS 24.9 g
3 Alijah Abram AL Hoover 2024 OF 24.1 g
4 Ethan Bucher AL Home School 2025 SS 23.6 g
5 Samuel Odom AL Helena 2026 C 22.9 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 William Gignilliat AL John Carroll Catholic 2023 RHP 22.1 g
2 Alijah Abram AL Hoover 2024 OF 19.5 g
3 Conner Nelson AL Leeds 2025 SS 19.0 g
4 Samuel Odom AL Helena 2026 C 17.5 g
5 Ethan Bucher AL Home School 2025 SS 16.1 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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