Aurora Preseason I.D.: Blast Motion Board


By Andy Sroka
Illinois and Wisconsin Assistant Director

On Feb. 27, the PBR Illinois team hosted the second annual Aurora Preseason I.D. at the Aurora Sports Dome in Aurora, Ill. The event featured nearly 100 players from high school graduates in classes 2022-25, from across the Chicagoland area.

Last week, our staff collaborated to highlight the biggest takeaways and highlights from this showcase, and published them within our Quick Hits piece. We also shared the event's traditional leaderboards, published inside this Statistical Analysis. Today, with the help of Blast Motion sensors, we're diving a little deeper into the data to see what we can find.

HAND SPEED (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Tyler Vasey IL Prairie Ridge 2023 C 28.00 mph
2 Javy Garcia IL Harlem 2022 1B 26.40 mph
3 Jayden Malone IL Metea Valley 2023 1B 25.40 mph
^ Adam Schilz IL Warren 2023 SS 25.40 mph
^ Brody Ferko IL Yorkville 2022 OF 25.40 mph
4 Christian Graves IL Marengo 2023 RHP 25.20 mph
5 Cade Duffin IL Oswego 2023 1B 25.00 mph
6 AJ Gaca IL St. Charles East 2022 C 24.90 mph
^ Ezekiel Lopez IL Morton West 2022 3B 24.90 mph
7 Charlie Breen IL Lyons Township 2022 OF 24.80 mph
^ Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 24.80 mph
8 Eric Swanson IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2022 OF 24.50 mph
^ Shea Gaffney IL Glenbard North 2022 OF 24.50 mph
9 Tyler Murray IL Herscher 2022 1B 24.10 mph
10 Wyatt Wickiser IL Coal City 2024 OF 24.00 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Tyler Vasey IL Prairie Ridge 2023 C 25.95 mph
2 Javy Garcia IL Harlem 2022 1B 25.13 mph
3 Jayden Malone IL Metea Valley 2023 1B 24.46 mph
4 Christian Graves IL Marengo 2023 RHP 24.31 mph
5 Ezekiel Lopez IL Morton West 2022 3B 24.17 mph
6 Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 24.09 mph
7 Cade Duffin IL Oswego 2023 1B 23.95 mph
8 Adam Schilz IL Warren 2023 SS 23.94 mph
9 AJ Gaca IL St. Charles East 2022 C 23.53 mph
10 Brody Ferko IL Yorkville 2022 OF 23.50 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 Cade Duffin IL Oswego 2023 1B 81.15 mph
2 Vince Polizzi IL St Francis 2022 2B 78.24 mph
3 Christian Graves IL Marengo 2023 RHP 76.74 mph
4 AJ Gaca IL St. Charles East 2022 C 76.24 mph
5 Javy Garcia IL Harlem 2022 1B 74.30 mph
6 Eric Swanson IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2022 OF 73.98 mph
7 Tyler Vasey IL Prairie Ridge 2023 C 73.85 mph
8 Tyler Murray IL Herscher 2022 1B 73.62 mph
9 Trevor Morris IL Neuqua Valley 2022 2B 72.85 mph
10 Charlie Breen IL Lyons Township 2022 OF 72.39 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 Jayden Malone IL Metea Valley 2023 1B 29.10 g
2 Charlie Breen IL Lyons Township 2022 OF 28.30 g
3 Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 28.20 g
4 Bradley Lins IL St. Charles North 2023 RHP 28.10 g
5 Victor Rodriguez IL Hampshire 2023 SS 27.60 g
6 Anthony Edge IL Jacobs 2023 C 25.20 g
7 Wyatt Wickiser IL Coal City 2024 OF 24.60 g
8 Javy Garcia IL Harlem 2022 1B 24.50 g
^ Ezekiel Lopez IL Morton West 2022 3B 24.50 g
9 Tyler Vasey IL Prairie Ridge 2023 C 24.10 g
10 AJ Gaca IL St. Charles East 2022 C 23.90 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Jayden Malone IL Metea Valley 2023 1B 25.93 g
2 Bradley Lins IL St. Charles North 2023 RHP 23.35 g
3 Anthony Edge IL Jacobs 2023 C 21.96 g
4 Tyler Vasey IL Prairie Ridge 2023 C 21.85 g
5 Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 21.83 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.

ON-PLANE EFFICIENCY PERCENTAGE

Rank Name State School Class Pos On Plane Eff %
1 Ryan Quinlan IL Huntley 2023 2B 92 %
2 Daniel Krulak IL Bartlett 2023 LHP 90 %
3 Colin Lynch IL South Elgin 2022 OF 85 %
4 Ty Schafer IL Saint Viator 2022 LHP 84 %
5 Connor Corrigan IL Yorkville 2022 RHP 81 %
6 Mac Eccher IL Marmion 2022 C 80 %
7 Joel Johnson IL Oswego 2022 2B 80 %
8 Johnny Carter IL Belvidere 2023 RHP 80 %
9 Derek Huber IL Huntley 2023 SS 80 %
10 Victor Rodriguez IL Hampshire 2023 SS 80 %

On-Plane Efficiency: This metric measures the percentage of your swing that the sweet spot of the bat is considered to be On Plane. The reference plane is defined at the moment of impact. The percentage of your swing On Plane is determined by the amount of speed generated within that reference plane.

For a complete look at each of the statistics measured at this showcase, CLICK HERE.

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