Joliet Preseason ID: Blast Motion Board


Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Sunday, Feb. 27, the PBR Illinois team hosted the Joliet Preseason ID at Rhino Baseball Academy in Shorewood, Ill. The event featured 125 players from the surrounding area and gave our staff an in-depth look at numerous prospects before the IHSA season takes off.

Earlier this week we published Quick Hits highlighting the top prospects of the event by class. We also rolled out a Statistical Analysis, bringing you a quick statistical analysis of those that participated in the event. We then dove deep into the data, looking at the pitch metrics and batted ball numbers from this event inside our TrackMan Files piece.

Today, with the help of our Blast Motion sensors, we're analyzing the swing metrics measured on Saturday at this high-caliber showcase.

Hand Speed (Peak & Average)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Andrew Gallegos IL Naperville Central 2023 1B 28.8 mph
2 Aidan Capone IL Rockford Auburn 2023 OF 28.3 mph
3 Aidan Calvey IL Minooka 2024 3B 26.5 mph
4 Emilio Vazquez IL Taft 2023 LHP 26.1 mph
5 Kade Schneider IL Barrington 2023 OF 25.9 mph
6 CODY DelFavero IL Morris 2024 CF 25.3 mph
7 Easton Harris IL Washington 2022 SS 25.2 mph
8 Preston Lund IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2023 C 25.0 mph
^ Sam Rohlfing IL Harvest Christian Academy 2023 3B 25.0 mph
9 Leon Swiatkowski IL Carmel Catholic 2023 2B 24.9 mph
^ Nick Konopiots IL Downers Grove North 2025 OF 24.9 mph
^ Payton Soske IL Barrington 2023 RHP 24.9 mph
10 Brandon Juska IL St Laurence 2023 2B 24.8 mph
^ Trey Blanchette IL Bradley Bourbonnais 2024 3B 24.8 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Aidan Capone IL Rockford Auburn 2023 OF 27.0 mph
2 Andrew Gallegos IL Naperville Central 2023 1B 25.7 mph
3 Aidan Calvey IL Minooka 2024 3B 25.0 mph
4 Emilio Vazquez IL Taft 2023 LHP 24.4 mph
5 Easton Harris IL Washington 2022 SS 24.0 mph
6 Sam Rohlfing IL Harvest Christian Academy 2023 3B 23.8 mph
7 Christian Jackson IL Warren 2023 MIF 23.8 mph
8 Kade Schneider IL Barrington 2023 OF 23.8 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 Easton Harris IL Washington 2022 SS 75.1 mph
2 Kade Schneider IL Barrington 2023 OF 74.8 mph
3 Aiden Clark IL Naperville Central 2025 OF 74.3 mph
4 Andrew Gallegos IL Naperville Central 2023 1B 72.7 mph
5 Ethan Tucker IL Homewood Flossmoor 2023 CF 72.7 mph
6 Aidan Capone IL Rockford Auburn 2023 OF 72.0 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 Easton Harris IL Washington 2022 SS 34.9 g
2 Brandon Juska IL St Laurence 2023 2B 32.3 g
3 Preston Lund IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2023 C 32.0 g
4 Payton Soske IL Barrington 2023 RHP 31.6 g
5 Aidan Calvey IL Minooka 2024 3B 29.5 g
^ Michael Bartels IL Plainfield East 2025 1B 29.5 g
6 Andrew Gallegos IL Naperville Central 2023 1B 29.1 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Easton Harris IL Washington 2022 SS 30.1 g
2 Brandon Juska IL St Laurence 2023 2B 26.1 g
3 Payton Soske IL Barrington 2023 RHP 25.0 g
4 CODY DelFavero IL Morris 2024 CF 24.4 g
5 Andrew Gallegos IL Naperville Central 2023 1B 24.1 g
6 Aidan Calvey IL Minooka 2024 3B 23.9 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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