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Fox River Open: Blast Motion Board


Diego Solares
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

On Tuesday, June 15, the PBR Illinois Staff traveled to Hoffer Field at Judson University to hold the annual Fox River Open. This event was open to all high school graduates from the 2022-to-2024 classes and served as an identifier for future invite-only events, including the prestigious PBR Future Games.

We published our Quick Hits from the event shortly after, providing a few highlight performances that stood out on Wednesday. Earlier today we published our TrackMan findings, and we published the traditional stat leaderboards last week with added analysis on more of the event's top performers.

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

HAND SPEED (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Blake Stempowski IL Geneva 2022 SS 26.10 mph
2 Eric Gonzalez IL Batavia 2022 SS 25.80 mph
3 Nolan Czako IL Bishop McNamara 2022 SS 25.70 mph
4 Peter Mitchell IL Jacobs 2022 OF 25.50 mph
^ Evan Chung IL Lake Zurich 2022 RHP 25.50 mph
5 Matthew Schuring IL Dundee Crown 2023 C 25.10 mph
6 Preston Sewell IL Belvidere North 2022 C 24.90 mph
7 Owen Drummond IL Jacobs 2022 SS 24.40 mph
8 Sam Rizzo IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2023 1B 24.20 mph
9 Owen Hensler IL Central 2022 RHP 24.00 mph
10 Daniel Bastidas IL Metea Valley 2024 C 23.70 mph
11 Joshua Caccia IL St. Charles North 2024 RHP 23.40 mph
12 Charlie Saul IL Batavia 2022 OF 23.30 mph
13 Colin Ryder IL St Charles North 2024 1B 23.20 mph
14 Brennan Luz IL Joliet Catholic 2022 3B 23.10 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Blake Stempowski IL Geneva 2022 SS 24.62 mph
2 Peter Mitchell IL Jacobs 2022 OF 24.00 mph
3 Nolan Czako IL Bishop McNamara 2022 SS 23.71 mph
4 Eric Gonzalez IL Batavia 2022 SS 23.64 mph
5 Preston Sewell IL Belvidere North 2022 C 23.29 mph
6 Evan Chung IL Lake Zurich 2022 RHP 23.13 mph
7 Owen Drummond IL Jacobs 2022 SS 22.95 mph
8 Matthew Schuring IL Dundee Crown 2023 C 22.87 mph
9 Sam Rizzo IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2023 1B 22.37 mph
10 Daniel Bastidas IL Metea Valley 2024 C 22.32 mph
11 Joshua Caccia IL St. Charles North 2024 RHP 22.21 mph
12 Charlie Saul IL Batavia 2022 OF 22.16 mph
13 Shea Gaffney IL Glenbard North 2022 OF 22.05 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 Blake Stempowski IL Geneva 2022 SS 72.82 mph
2 Matthew Schuring IL Dundee Crown 2023 C 71.22 mph
3 Brennan Luz IL Joliet Catholic 2022 3B 70.43 mph
4 Owen Drummond IL Jacobs 2022 SS 69.82 mph
5 Colin Ryder IL St Charles North 2024 1B 69.73 mph
6 Owen Hensler IL Central 2022 RHP 69.57 mph
7 Shea Gaffney IL Glenbard North 2022 OF 69.28 mph
8 Nolan Czako IL Bishop McNamara 2022 SS 68.52 mph
9 Jack Desmond IL Glenbard West 2022 C 68.37 mph
10 Preston Sewell IL Belvidere North 2022 C 68.13 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 Nolan Czako IL Bishop McNamara 2022 SS 26.60 g
2 Blake Stempowski IL Geneva 2022 SS 25.90 g
3 Henry Saul IL Batavia 2023 C 25.00 g
4 Preston Sewell IL Belvidere North 2022 C 24.20 g
5 Evan Chung IL Lake Zurich 2022 RHP 22.60 g
6 Matthew Schuring IL Dundee Crown 2023 C 22.40 g
7 Cooper Burkel IL Lincoln-Way West 2022 OF 22.00 g
^ Eric Gonzalez IL Batavia 2022 SS 22.00 g
8 Anthony Bagnole IL East Leyden 2022 OF 21.90 g
9 Peter Mitchell IL Jacobs 2022 OF 21.20 g
10 Owen Drummond IL Jacobs 2022 SS 21.10 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Nolan Czako IL Bishop McNamara 2022 SS 22.48 g
2 Blake Stempowski IL Geneva 2022 SS 20.95 g
3 Henry Saul IL Batavia 2023 C 19.96 g
4 Peter Mitchell IL Jacobs 2022 OF 18.89 g
5 Matthew Schuring IL Dundee Crown 2023 C 18.34 g
6 Cooper Burkel IL Lincoln-Way West 2022 OF 17.53 g
7 Joshua Schumacher IL Dixon 2024 C 17.04 g
8 Preston Sewell IL Belvidere North 2022 C 16.80 g
9 Evan Chung IL Lake Zurich 2022 RHP 16.30 g
10 Owen Drummond IL Jacobs 2022 SS 16.01 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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