O'Hare Preseason I.D.: Blast Motion Board


By Andy Sroka
Illinois and Wisconsin Assistant Director

On March 13, the PBR Illinois team hosted the first-ever O'Hare Preseason I.D. at the new Bo Jackson Dome in Bensenville, Ill. The event featured approximately 130 players from high school graduates in classes 2021-24, from across the Chicagoland area.

Our staff collaborated in the days that followed to highlight the biggest takeaways and highlights from Saturday’s showcase, and we’'ve published them throughout the week with our Quick Hits and Statistical Analysis. Previously, we also looked deeper into the pitch and batted-ball data, inside of this event's TrackMan Files.

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 Mark DeCicco IL Crystal Lake South 2022 RHP 27.4 mph
2 Chris Iannuzzi IL Stevenson 2023 OF 26.0 mph
^ Troy Stukenberg IL Lyons Township 2023 SS 26.0 mph
^ Thomas Shaw IL Metea Valley 2022 OF 26.0 mph
3 Alec Wiersema IL Mount Carmel 2023 OF 25.9 mph
^ Luke Brabham IL Nazareth 2022 SS 25.9 mph
4 Aiden Zimmerman IL Huntley 2023 1B 25.4 mph
5 Charlie Healy IL Hinsdale Central 2023 SS 25.3 mph
^ Dominic Jacoby IL Taft 2023 SS 25.3 mph
^ Sir Jamison Jones IL St. Rita 2024 C 25.3 mph
6 Leo Anderson IL Lake Forest 2022 OF 25.1 mph
^ Brandon Brokowski IL Evanston Township 2023 C 25.1 mph
^ Michael Zedak IL St. Laurence 2022 OF 25.1 mph
^ William Klumpp IL Sycamore 2024 OF 25.1 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Mark DeCicco IL Crystal Lake South 2022 RHP 25.7 mph
2 Chris Iannuzzi IL Stevenson 2023 OF 25.3 mph
3 Alec Wiersema IL Mount Carmel 2023 OF 25.1 mph
4 Thomas Shaw IL Metea Valley 2022 OF 25.0 mph
5 Dominic Jacoby IL Taft 2023 SS 24.6 mph
6 Brandon Brokowski IL Evanston Township 2023 C 24.2 mph
7 Charlie Healy IL Hinsdale Central 2023 SS 24.1 mph
8 Troy Stukenberg IL Lyons Township 2023 SS 24.0 mph
9 Bennett Musser IL Mundelein 2023 RHP 24.0 mph
10 Leo Anderson IL Lake Forest 2022 OF 23.8 mph
^ John Swiderek IL Ridgewood 2021 3B 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 Ryan Henschel IL Glenbrook North 2022 OF 80.7 mph
2 Sir Jamison Jones IL St. Rita 2024 C 75.7 mph
3 Alec Wiersema IL Mount Carmel 2023 OF 75.7 mph
4 Joey Frankel IL Stevenson 2023 3B 73.5 mph
5 Leo Anderson IL Lake Forest 2022 OF 73.1 mph
6 Michael O'Conor IL Notre Dame College Prep 2022 SS 73.0 mph
7 John Rings IL Maine West 2022 3B 72.9 mph
8 Jake Nawrocki IL Hampshire 2023 1B 72.6 mph
9 Chris Iannuzzi IL Stevenson 2023 OF 72.4 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 Thomas Shaw IL Metea Valley 2022 OF 27.7 g
2 Ethan Serrano IL Von Steuben 2023 OF 27.4 g
3 Carter Laureys IL Mundelein 2023 OF 27.3 g
4 Dominic Jacoby IL Taft 2023 SS 26.8 g
^ Sir Jamison Jones IL St. Rita 2024 C 26.8 g
5 Graham Goodman IL Libertyville 2023 RHP 25.6 g
6 Tyler O'Connor IL Wheaton North 2023 SS 25.4 g
^ Mads Hansen IL Evanston 2023 2B 25.4 g
7 Jaylon Harvey IL IC Catholic Prep 2023 OF 24.6 g
8 Trevor Addotta IL Belvidere North 2022 OF 24.5 g
9 Troy Stukenberg IL Lyons Township 2023 SS 24.4 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Thomas Shaw IL Metea Valley 2022 OF 24.0 g
2 Ethan Serrano IL Von Steuben 2023 OF 23.6 g
3 Dominic Jacoby IL Taft 2023 SS 22.6 g
4 Sir Jamison Jones IL St. Rita 2024 C 21.8 g
5 Tyler O'Connor IL Wheaton North 2023 SS 21.5 g
6 Troy Stukenberg IL Lyons Township 2023 SS 21.0 g
7 Graham Goodman IL Libertyville 2023 RHP 20.9 g
8 Mads Hansen IL Evanston 2023 2B 20.8 g
9 Carter Laureys IL Mundelein 2023 OF 20.6 g
10 John Airhart IL Lyons Township 2023 C 20.3 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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