Peoria Preseason I.D.: Blast Motion Board


By Andy Sroka
Illinois and Wisconsin Assistant Director

On Feb. 24, the PBR Illinois team hosted the the third-annual Peoria Preseason I.D. at the Louisville Slugger Dome in Peoria, Ill. The event featured over 70 players from high school graduates in classes 2022-25, from across Central Illinois and beyond

Previously, our staff collaborated to highlight the biggest takeaways and highlights from this showcase, and we published them within our Quick Hits piece. We also shared the event's traditional leaderboards, published inside this Statistical AnalysisToday, with the help of Blast Motion sensors, we're diving a little deeper into the data to see what we can find.

HAND SPEED (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Nick Rainey IL Illinois Valley Central 2022 RHP 28.30 mph
2 Nolan VanDuzer IL LaSalle-Peru 2024 RHP 26.80 mph
3 Ethan Sosnowski IL East Peoria 2022 C 26.00 mph
4 Talan Hull IL Galva 2025 LHP 24.60 mph
5 Nathan Cooley IL Illinois Valley Central 2022 C 24.50 mph
6 Sam Rohlfing IL Harvest Christian 2023 SS 24.40 mph
^ Devan Tupper IL Normal University 2024 OF 24.40 mph
7 Jacob O'Day IL Normal Community 2023 SS 24.30 mph
8 Kannon Kleine IL Galesburg 2022 C 24.10 mph
9 Kellen Hershberger IL Normal Community 2022 RHP 23.90 mph
10 Ben Wilson IL Springfield 2024 OF 23.80 mph
^ Tanner Legner IL Pontiac 2022 SS 23.80 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Nick Rainey IL Illinois Valley Central 2022 RHP 25.36 mph
2 Nolan VanDuzer IL LaSalle-Peru 2024 RHP 24.33 mph
3 Talan Hull IL Galva 2025 LHP 23.94 mph
4 Ethan Sosnowski IL East Peoria 2022 C 23.88 mph
5 Jacob O'Day IL Normal Community 2023 SS 23.19 mph
6 Nathan Cooley IL Illinois Valley Central 2022 C 23.02 mph
7 Sam Rohlfing IL Harvest Christian 2023 SS 22.95 mph
8 Tanner Legner IL Pontiac 2022 SS 22.80 mph
9 Wandel Campana IL Havana 2022 SS 22.65 mph
10 Aidan VanDuzer IL LaSalle Peru 2022 C 22.40 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 Nolan VanDuzer IL LaSalle-Peru 2024 RHP 80.87 mph
2 Nathan Cooley IL Illinois Valley Central 2022 C 72.76 mph
3 Nick Rainey IL Illinois Valley Central 2022 RHP 72.44 mph
4 Brennon Reed IL Bloomington 2022 OF 72.29 mph
5 Sam Rohlfing IL Harvest Christian 2023 SS 71.10 mph
6 Devan Tupper IL Normal University 2024 OF 71.03 mph
7 Jacob O'Day IL Normal Community 2023 SS 70.46 mph
8 Ethan Sosnowski IL East Peoria 2022 C 70.31 mph
9 Zechariah Landstrom IL Pontiac Township 2024 RHP 69.79 mph
10 Tyler Sears IL Bloomington Central Catholic 2022 LHP 69.66 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 VanDuzer IL LaSalle-Peru 2024 RHP 33.80 g
2 Tanner Legner IL Pontiac 2022 SS 32.90 g
3 Talan Hull IL Galva 2025 LHP 31.20 g
4 Luke Read IL Springfield Southeast 2022 OF 29.70 g
5 Jacob Blunck IL Maroa-Forsyth 2023 OF 27.20 g
6 Ashton Horchem IL Limestone 2022 OF 25.70 g
7 Michael Agatucci IL Metamora 2023 C 24.80 g
8 Nolan Schaefer IL Pekin 2024 SS 24.20 g
9 Ty Fate IL Limestone 2022 1B 23.90 g
10 Mathew Montoya IL Eureka 2022 OF 23.80 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Nolan VanDuzer IL LaSalle-Peru 2024 RHP 25.63 g
2 Tanner Legner IL Pontiac 2022 SS 24.73 g
3 Jacob Blunck IL Maroa-Forsyth 2023 OF 24.62 g
4 Talan Hull IL Galva 2025 LHP 24.07 g
5 Ashton Horchem IL Limestone 2022 OF 21.87 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.

ON-PLANE EFFICIENCY PERCENTAGE

Rank Name State School Class Pos On Plane Eff %
1 Timmy Luckey IL Fieldcrest 2022 3B 96 %
2 Cole Noreuil IL Delavan 2024 SS 89 %
3 Aidan Fulton IL Illinois Valley Central 2023 OF 88 %
4 Brady Romagnoli IL LaSalle-Peru 2024 OF 88 %
5 Kyle Binder IL Brimfield 2024 C 88 %
6 Grant Knutson IL Washington Community 2023 OF 87 %
7 Ben Wilson IL Springfield 2024 OF 86 %
8 Nick Rainey IL Illinois Valley Central 2022 RHP 86 %
9 Jace Weaver IL Cuba 2024 OF 85 %
10 Zeb Rashid IL Wethersfield 2025 OF 85 %

On-Plane Efficiency: This metric measures the percentage of your swing that the sweet spot of the bat is considered to be On Plane. The reference plane is defined at the moment of impact. The percentage of your swing On Plane is determined by the amount of speed generated within that reference plane.

For a complete look at each of the statistics measured at from this showcaseCLICK HERE.

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