Central Illinois Open: Blast Motion Board


Kevin Cronin
Area Scout

On Wednesday, Aug. 4, the PBR Illinois staff hosted the Central Illinois Open at the Corn Crib Stadium in Normal, IL. This event was open to all classes and provided our scouting staff with a deeper look at prospects within the Central Illinois area.

Several members of our scouting staff collaborated after the event to provide a brief overview of those who stood out, found inside our Quick Hits piece. We broke down those that topped our statistical leaderboards inside our Stat Story yesterday as well and dove deeper into the data earlier today inside our TrackMan Files piece.

Today, with the help of our Blast Motion sensors, we're analyzing the swing metrics measured from this event.

Hand Speed (Peak & Average)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Landen Bell IL Pekin 2024 RHP 27.00 mph
2 Braiden Elliott IL Tri-Valley 2022 OF 26.70 mph
3 Connor Drowns IL Pekin 2023 C 25.00 mph
4 Trever Goforth IL North Fulton 2022 OF 24.40 mph
5 Zach Spidle IL Bloomington 2024 OF 24.30 mph
6 Jaden Fauske IL Nazareth 2025 C 24.10 mph
7 Kaileb Hackman IL Normal Community 2024 3B 24.00 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Braiden Elliott IL Tri-Valley 2022 OF 24.60 mph
2 Landen Bell IL Pekin 2024 RHP 24.36 mph
3 Trever Goforth IL North Fulton 2022 OF 23.68 mph
4 Connor Drowns IL Pekin 2023 C 23.53 mph
5 Jaden Fauske IL Nazareth 2025 C 23.07 mph
6 Blake Roundtree IL LeRoy 2022 OF 22.60 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 Carson Beal IL Normal University 2022 1B 70.80 mph
2 Tyler Adkins IL Metamora 2022 3B 70.75 mph
3 Trever Goforth IL North Fulton 2022 OF 70.59 mph
4 Charlie Severino IL Pleasant Plains 2025 SS 69.08 mph
5 Charlie Vercruysse IL Normal University 2024 SS 68.52 mph
6 Blake Roundtree IL LeRoy 2022 OF 68.51 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 Connor Drowns IL Pekin 2023 C 30.40 g
2 Braiden Elliott IL Tri-Valley 2022 OF 30.00 g
3 Landen Bell IL Pekin 2024 RHP 26.60 g
4 Wandel Campana IL Havana High School 2022 SS 26.30 g
5 Zach Spidle IL Bloomington 2024 OF 25.30 g
6 Charlie Severino IL Pleasant Plains 2025 SS 22.70 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Connor Drowns IL Pekin 2023 C 26.68 g
2 Braiden Elliott IL Tri-Valley 2022 OF 23.85 g
3 Wandel Campana IL Havana High School 2022 SS 19.96 g
4 Landen Bell IL Pekin 2024 RHP 19.92 g
5 Zach Spidle IL Bloomington 2024 OF 18.12 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.

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

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