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Stats Stories: Blast Metric Leaders


Joe Dattoli
West Coast Director of Operations

The PBR Colorado Preseason All-State Games was an invite-only event for the top high school prospects in the state. The original date had to be moved due to inclement weather, we still had a great group of players ball out for this event. Taking place at the beautiful Jackson Field at The University of Northern Colorado, these athletes took full advantage of the tech present at the event. Today, let's take a look at who Blasted off by looking at the Top Performers in these Blast Motion Metrics. 

Peak hand Speed

This metric measures the highest speed in which your hands move throughout the swing. Having a high Peak Hand Speed is an indicator of higher bat speed potential. In certain situations, it can be used to measure a players efficiency in transferring rotational energy to bat speed. 

Max Peak Hand Speed

 

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Hudson Voggesser CO Loveland 2023 OF 27.60 mph
2 Ashtin Gilio CO Alexander Dawson 2023 2B 27.40 mph
3 Javier Tanner CO Mountain Vista 2022 RHP 26.90 mph
4 Brady Webb CO Lutheran 2022 OF 26.60 mph
5 Brady Hall CO Rocky Mountain 2023 3B 26.40 mph
6 Aaron Kidd CO Legend 2022 2B 26.10 mph
7 Ryder Banks CO Air Academy 2023 1B 26.00 mph
8 Colin Mackenzie CO Mullen 2023 OF 25.70 mph
^ Ryan Griffin CO Lutheran 2023 SS 25.70 mph
^ Garrett Harstad CO Loveland 2023 SS 25.70 mph
9 Tyler P Smith CO Ponderosa 2022 OF 25.60 mph
^ River Jackson CO University 2022 SS 25.60 mph
10 Brayden Pfeffer CO Legend 2023 OF 25.40 mph

Average Peak Hand Speed

 

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Hudson Voggesser CO Loveland 2023 OF 25.69 mph
2 Ashtin Gilio CO Alexander Dawson 2023 2B 25.04 mph
3 Ryder Banks CO Air Academy 2023 1B 24.78 mph
4 Brady Webb CO Lutheran 2022 OF 24.48 mph
5 Tyler P Smith CO Ponderosa 2022 OF 24.26 mph
6 Javier Tanner CO Mountain Vista 2022 RHP 24.10 mph
7 River Jackson CO University 2022 SS 24.07 mph
8 Brady Hall CO Rocky Mountain 2023 3B 24.02 mph
9 Aaron Kidd CO Legend 2022 2B 23.69 mph
10 Ryan Griffin CO Lutheran 2023 SS 23.56 mph

Bat Speed

Bat speed is arguably the most important factor of a swing. It is the most important factor in generating higher exit velocity. A higher bat speed also affords batters more room for error in hitting the ball. If you watch Giancarlo Stanton, a man with insane bat speed, you will see plenty of balls that he mishit that go over the fence. For other batters, these balls would be flyball outs, but due to his high bat speed, these balls leave the bat just hard enough to carry over. Although an extreme example, the same principle applies to armature players. Additionally, higher bat speeds help with catching up to higher velocity pitches. The faster you can move the bat, the longer you can wait before having to commit to the swing. 

 

Max Bat Speed

 

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (max)
1 Camden Ross CO Broomfield 2022 C 81.90 mph
2 Blake Windham CO Castle View 2021 OF 81.70 mph
3 Ashtin Gilio CO Alexander Dawson 2023 2B 80.00 mph
4 Garrett Harstad CO Loveland 2023 SS 79.60 mph
5 Hudson Voggesser CO Loveland 2023 OF 78.00 mph
^ Brady Hall CO Rocky Mountain 2023 3B 78.00 mph
6 James Wright CO Air Academy 2022 C 77.90 mph
7 Andrew Isdale CO Chaparral 2022 RHP 77.70 mph
8 Mason Bright CO Severance 2023 RHP 77.40 mph
9 Aaron Kidd CO Legend 2022 2B 77.30 mph
10 Luke Emerson CO Douglas County 2022 OF 76.20 mph

Average bat speed

 

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (avg)
1 Camden Ross CO Broomfield 2022 C 78.49 mph
2 Ashtin Gilio CO Alexander Dawson 2023 2B 76.09 mph
3 Garrett Harstad CO Loveland 2023 SS 75.58 mph
4 James Wright CO Air Academy 2022 C 74.57 mph
5 Mason Bright CO Severance 2023 RHP 74.48 mph
6 Aaron Kidd CO Legend 2022 2B 73.93 mph
7 Hudson Voggesser CO Loveland 2023 OF 73.71 mph
8 Andrew Isdale CO Chaparral 2022 RHP 73.52 mph
9 Brady Hall CO Rocky Mountain 2023 3B 73.17 mph
10 Blake Windham CO Castle View 2021 OF 72.54 mph

Rotational Acceleration

 

If you're racing two cars with the same top speed, the car with the higher acceleration will reach that top speed sooner and this win the race. The same is true for the swing. A higher Rotational Acceleration will allow the batter to get to his top bat speed sooner and thus can wait longer in decision making. This metric also helps with catching up to higher velos.

 

Max Rotational Acceleration

 

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (max)
1 Colin Mackenzie CO Mullen 2023 OF 31.60 g
2 Brady Webb CO Lutheran 2022 OF 24.00 g
3 Tyler Harris UT Stansbury 2021 RHP 23.90 g
4 Derek Woolwine CO Boulder 2022 1B 22.80 g
^ Blake Windham CO Castle View 2021 OF 22.80 g
5 Ashtin Gilio CO Alexander Dawson 2023 2B 20.90 g
6 Camden Ross CO Broomfield 2022 C 20.80 g
7 Brayden Pfeffer CO Legend 2023 OF 20.20 g
8 Tyler P Smith CO Ponderosa 2022 OF 19.50 g
9 Connor Barron CO Fossil Ridge 2024 1B 18.70 g
10 Hunter Gotschall CO Calhan 2023 RHP 18.50 g
^ Evan McClain CO Cherry Creek 2022 C 18.50 g

Average rotaional acceleration

 

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Colin Mackenzie CO Mullen 2023 OF 24.73 g
2 Brady Webb CO Lutheran 2022 OF 19.87 g
3 Camden Ross CO Broomfield 2022 C 18.44 g
4 Derek Woolwine CO Boulder 2022 1B 18.40 g
5 Ashtin Gilio CO Alexander Dawson 2023 2B 18.12 g
6 Tyler Harris UT Stansbury 2021 RHP 18.12 g
7 Tyler P Smith CO Ponderosa 2022 OF 16.68 g
8 Connor Barron CO Fossil Ridge 2024 1B 16.36 g
9 Hunter Gotschall CO Calhan 2023 RHP 16.18 g
10 Ryder Banks CO Air Academy 2023 1B 15.24 g

average on plane efficiency

 

On plane efficiency measures how long the bat is on the swing plane dictated by the angle of the bat at contact. An on plane efficiency of 100% means that the swing was on the contact plane the entire time. Anything above 65% is considered good. 

Rank Name State School Class Pos On Plane Eff %
1 Hunter Gotschall CO Calhan 2023 RHP 89 %
2 Tyler Blanchard CO Erie 2024 C 88 %
3 Tyler Harris UT Stansbury 2021 RHP 83 %
4 Garrett Harstad CO Loveland 2023 SS 80 %
5 Colin Mackenzie CO Mullen 2023 OF 80 %
6 Carson Belcher CO Ralston Valley 2022 C 80 %
7 Connor Barron CO Fossil Ridge 2024 1B 78 %
8 Omar Arrieta CO Northglenn 2021 SS 78 %
9 Nolan Villaescusa CO Legend 2022 2B 77 %
10 Tyler P Smith CO Ponderosa 2022 OF 77 %

 

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