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Top Prospect - St. Louis: Blast Motion Board


Diego Solares
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

On Tuesday, June 15, the PBR Illinois and Missouri scouting staffs hosted the annual Top Prospect - St. Louis event in St. Louis, MO at the Lou Brock sports complex on the Lindenwood University campus. This invite only event fielded a total of 35 athletes from Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas that primarily represented the 2022 graduating classes, although a handful of 2023s also attended.

We published our Quick Hits from the event shortly after, providing a few highlight performances that stood out on Wednesday. Earlier today we published our TrackMan findings, and we published the traditional stats leaderboard earlier in the week with added analysis on more of the event's top performers.

Today, with the help of our Blast Motion sensors, we're analyzing the swing metrics measured at this open event.

HAND SPEED (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Ryan Ulm MO Fort Zumwalt West 2022 C 26.40 mph
2 Parker Davis MO Fort Zumwalt East 2022 OF 25.10 mph
3 Matthew Brown MO Christian Brothers College 2022 SS 24.80 mph
4 Hunter Moser IL Williamsville 2022 OF 24.70 mph
^ Nicolas Neal MO Pattonville 2022 OF 24.70 mph
5 Grant Campbell MO Lafayette 2022 3B 24.60 mph
6 Aidan O'Connell IL St. Charles North 2022 C 24.40 mph
7 Hunter Hamilton MO Saxony Lutheran 2022 OF 24.00 mph
8 Max Harris MO Marquette 2022 SS 23.80 mph
9 Ethan Milam MO Francis Howell 2023 SS 23.70 mph
10 Ian Wolff MO Wright City 2022 2B 23.50 mph
11 Ryan Capps MO Louisiana 2022 1B 23.40 mph
12 Jackson Kirn MO Eureka 2022 SS 23.30 mph
^ Wyatt Miller MO Francis Howell Central 2023 3B 23.30 mph
13 Mason Lawson MO Seckman 2022 1B 23.00 mph
14 Dominic Voegele IL Columbia 2023 SS 22.60 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Nicolas Neal MO Pattonville 2022 OF 23.60 mph
2 Aidan O'Connell IL St. Charles North 2022 C 23.38 mph
3 Grant Campbell MO Lafayette 2022 3B 23.34 mph
4 Hunter Moser IL Williamsville 2022 OF 23.20 mph
5 Ryan Ulm MO Fort Zumwalt West 2022 C 23.18 mph
6 Hunter Hamilton MO Saxony Lutheran 2022 OF 23.15 mph
7 Matthew Brown MO Christian Brothers College 2022 SS 22.89 mph
8 Max Harris MO Marquette 2022 SS 22.43 mph
9 Parker Davis MO Fort Zumwalt East 2022 OF 22.42 mph
10 Jackson Kirn MO Eureka 2022 SS 22.25 mph
11 Ryan Capps MO Louisiana 2022 1B 22.08 mph
12 Ethan Milam MO Francis Howell 2023 SS 22.06 mph
13 Wyatt Miller MO Francis Howell Central 2023 3B 21.95 mph
14 Mason Lawson MO Seckman 2022 1B 21.49 mph
15 Dominic Voegele IL Columbia 2023 SS 21.43 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 Cyrus Mehmedi IL St Patricks 2022 C 74.61 mph
2 Ryan Capps MO Louisiana 2022 1B 74.41 mph
3 Hunter Moser IL Williamsville 2022 OF 74.15 mph
4 Wyatt Miller MO Francis Howell Central 2023 3B 72.08 mph
5 Nicolas Neal MO Pattonville 2022 OF 71.17 mph
6 Ethan Milam MO Francis Howell 2023 SS 70.19 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 Ethan Milam MO Francis Howell 2023 SS 29.20 g
2 Hunter Hamilton MO Saxony Lutheran 2022 OF 28.30 g
3 Wyatt Miller MO Francis Howell Central 2023 3B 23.10 g
^ Grant Campbell MO Lafayette 2022 3B 23.10 g
4 Matthew Brown MO Christian Brothers College 2022 SS 22.30 g
5 Ian Wolff MO Wright City 2022 2B 21.70 g
6 Hunter Moser IL Williamsville 2022 OF 21.00 g
7 Jackson Chu MO St. Charles 2022 SS 20.80 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Ethan Milam MO Francis Howell 2023 SS 23.45 g
2 Hunter Hamilton MO Saxony Lutheran 2022 OF 21.83 g
3 Grant Campbell MO Lafayette 2022 3B 19.68 g
4 Wyatt Miller MO Francis Howell Central 2023 3B 19.00 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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