McHenry Preseason I.D.: Blast Motion Board


By Andy Sroka
Illinois and Wisconsin Assistant Director

On Jan. 31, the PBR Illinois team hosted its first showcase of the new year: the McHenry Preseason I.D. For the past five years, this event has provided our staff with an opportunity to evaluate high school-aged prospects from Northern Illinois, primarily. The McHenry event has historically revealed to us some of the area’s top talent, and this year was no different.

If you missed us in McHenry, check out our showcase page to see when we’re in the neighborhood next.

On Monday, our staff collaborated to highlight the biggest takeaways from Sunday’s showcase, and we published them within this Quick Hits piece. We published our traditional statistics measured on Tuesday, inside of our Statistical Analysis post, as well more detailed pitching and batted-ball metrics inside of our TrackMan Files.

Today, our Blast Motion devices are helping us take a magnifying glass to the day's most noteworthy offensive performances, as their technology measures a batter's swing with frame-by-frame detail. Check out our findings below.

HAND SPEED (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Jacob Filip IL Lakes Community 2022 C 28.40 mph
2 Andrew Ressler IL Huntley 2023 RHP 27.20 mph
3 Jake Metze IL Johnsburg 2023 OF 26.30 mph
4 Tyler Deleskiewicz WI Lake Geneva Badger 2022 RHP 26.10 mph
^ Joey Scaravalle IL Crystal Lake Central 2022 OF 26.10 mph
5 Chase Jetel IL Huntley 2022 1B 25.70 mph
6 Jake Swanson IL Grant 2023 LHP 25.60 mph
7 Dylan Bass IL Glenbrook North 2022 OF 25.20 mph
8 Ryan Kempf IL Crystal Lake Central 2022 C 25.10 mph
^ Andrew Herman III IL Bolingbrook 2021 OF 25.10 mph
9 Logan Wirtz IL McHenry 2022 OF 24.80 mph
^ Austin Leonard IL Hampshire 2023 C 24.80 mph
^ Josh Good IL Huntley 2022 2B 24.80 mph
^ Kyle Kaempf IL McHenry 2022 RHP 24.80 mph
10 Justin Scaravalle IL Crystal Lake Central 2023 OF 24.70 mph
^ Michael Vitellaro IL Huntley 2022 LHP 24.70 mph
^ Mason Mckim IL Prairie Ridge 2023 1B 24.70 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Jacob Filip IL Lakes Community 2022 C 25.50 mph
2 Andrew Ressler IL Huntley 2023 RHP 25.34 mph
3 Jake Metze IL Johnsburg 2023 OF 25.21 mph
4 Tyler Deleskiewicz WI Lake Geneva Badger 2022 RHP 25.19 mph
5 Joey Scaravalle IL Crystal Lake Central 2022 OF 24.68 mph
6 Chase Jetel IL Huntley 2022 1B 24.68 mph
7 Andrew Herman III IL Bolingbrook 2021 OF 24.45 mph
^ Jake Swanson IL Grant 2023 LHP 24.45 mph
8 Ryan Kempf IL Crystal Lake Central 2022 C 24.18 mph
9 Mason Mckim IL Prairie Ridge 2023 1B 23.85 mph
10 Tyler DeFranco IL Libertyville 2023 3B 23.69 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 Braydon Gibour IL Crystal Lake Central 2022 3B 74.50 mph
2 Caleb Royer IL Grant 2022 1B 74.45 mph
3 Ryan Kelly IL Huntley 2022 C 74.29 mph
4 Dylan Bass IL Glenbrook North 2022 OF 74.23 mph
5 Lleyton Grubich IL McHenry 2023 LHP 73.34 mph
6 Ryan Bakes IL Huntley 2023 C 73.25 mph
7 Jake Zitella IL St. Charles East 2023 3B 73.11 mph
8 Tyler DeFranco IL Libertyville 2023 3B 72.71 mph
9 Brayden Bakes IL Huntley 2023 OF 72.67 mph
10 Logan Wirtz IL McHenry 2022 OF 72.64 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.

Peak Bat Speed: The highest forward speed at the sweet spot of the bat, as measured six inches from the tip of the bat. This may occur at or before the moment of impact.

ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION (PEAK & AVERAGE)

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