Lockport Preseason ID: Blast Motion Board


Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Feb. 21, the PBR Illinois staff traveled to the Bo Dome in Lockport, Ill., to host the annual Lockport Preseason ID. The event featured nearly 200 players from the surrounding area, and provided our staff with an ample opportunity to check-in on some of the state’s top high school prospects, as well as identify several new names to know as we prepare for the IHSA season ahead – in addition to invite-only events on the PBR Illinois calendar, like Saturday’s Preseason All-State showcases. 

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 Michael Oprondek IL Providence Catholic 2022 C 27.1 mph
2 Kash Koslowski IL Plainfield North 2023 LHP 27.0 mph
3 Nate George IL Minooka 2024 OF 26.9 mph
4 Jake Coulson IL Lincoln-Way East 2023 3B 26.1 mph
5 Bennett Loconte IL Plainfield North 2023 3B 25.7 mph
6 Cristian Ruiz IL Oak Lawn 2023 SS 25.6 mph
7 Brady Booth IL Tremont 2025 SS 25.5 mph
8 Niko Mastoras IL Lockport Township 2023 SS 25.4 mph
9 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 25.3 mph
10 Colin Kissane IL Sandburg 2023 OF 25.2 mph
^ Matthew Ruttkay IL Glenbrook North 2024 1B 25.2 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Michael Oprondek IL Providence Catholic 2022 C 25.2 mph
2 Kash Koslowski IL Plainfield North 2023 LHP 25.1 mph
3 Nate George IL Minooka 2024 OF 25.1 mph
4 Niko Mastoras IL Lockport Township 2023 SS 24.5 mph
5 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 24.4 mph
6 Matthew Ruttkay IL Glenbrook North 2024 1B 24.3 mph
7 Jake Coulson IL Lincoln-Way East 2023 3B 24.3 mph
8 Collin Jennings IL Marist 2023 OF 23.8 mph
9 James Love IL Joliet West 2024 3B 23.6 mph
10 Brady Booth IL Tremont 2025 SS 23.5 mph
11 Brandon Cusack IL Andrew 2023 SS 23.5 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 Jake Zitella IL St. Charles East 2023 3B 75.2 mph
2 Nate George IL Minooka 2024 OF 74.9 mph
3 Aiden O'Hara IL Brother Rice 2023 RHP 73.8 mph
4 Michael Oprondek IL Providence Catholic 2022 C 72.7 mph
5 James Love IL Joliet West 2024 3B 72.4 mph
6 Jackson Stanek IL St. Rita 2024 1B 72.4 mph
7 Easton Gotts IL Lockport 2023 OF 72.2 mph
8 Zan von Schlegell IL Saint Viator 2023 MIF 72.0 mph
9 Clay Jensen IL St. Charles East 2023 OF 71.9 mph
10 Bennett Loconte IL Plainfield North 2023 3B 71.6 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 Paul Feret IL Neuqua Valley 2024 OF 35.6 g
2 Kash Koslowski IL Plainfield North 2023 LHP 35.0 g
3 Ryan Kondrad IL Lake Zurich 2024 3B 33.0 g
4 Tommy Atkinson IL St. Rita 2023 OF 32.7 g
5 Cristian Ruiz IL Oak Lawn 2023 SS 32.6 g
6 Benjamin Valdivia IL Lincoln-Way East 2025 3B 31.3 g
7 Peyton Ablin IL Lincoln-Way Central 2025 C 29.2 g
8 Luke Griggs IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2023 OF 28.9 g
9 Pierre Danet IL Providence Catholic 2023 2B 27.9 g
10 Nate George IL Minooka 2024 OF 27.7 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Paul Feret IL Neuqua Valley 2024 OF 30.9 g
2 Kash Koslowski IL Plainfield North 2023 LHP 29.5 g
3 Tommy Atkinson IL St. Rita 2023 OF 29.3 g
4 Benjamin Valdivia IL Lincoln-Way East 2025 3B 24.4 g
5 Ryan Kondrad IL Lake Zurich 2024 3B 24.4 g
6 Dennis Butler III IL Simeon 2024 OF 23.8 g
7 Nate George IL Minooka 2024 OF 23.6 g
8 Michael Oprondek IL Providence Catholic 2022 C 23.1 g
9 Peyton Ablin IL Lincoln-Way Central 2025 C 23.0 g
10 Pierre Danet IL Providence Catholic 2023 2B 22.4 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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