Prep Baseball Report

Blast Motion Leaderboard: Lake Charles Preseason ID


Alex Armand
Louisiana Scouting Director

Moss Bluff, LA - The Lake Charles Preseason ID was held on Sunday January 21, 2024, at Sam Houston High School, home of the Sam Houston Broncos.  This was our last event of the preseason and consisted of uncommitted prospects from the 2024-2027 high school classes.  All players in attendance went through an extended pro-style workout, that included batting practice using Trackman and Blast, the 60 yard dash using Swift Performance, and much more.  After the completion of the workout, all pitchers were able to throw a bullpen using Trackman Baseball to capture critical data and metrics such as fastball velocity, vertical/horizontal break, spin rate, and much more.

Today, with the help of one of our tech partners, Blast Motion, we continue our post-event coverage with a closer look at the top Blast Motion metrics and data from the Lake Charles Preseason ID. 

View all event stats HERE

 

HAND SPEED (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 William Nikolaus LA Dunham 2025 SS 23.8 mph
2 Waylon Jet Conner LA Lacassine High School 2026 SS 23.5 mph
3 Cohen Babineaux LA Sulphur 2024 SS 23.1 mph
4 Gabriel McKee LA Rosepine 2025 SS 22.9 mph
^ Trevor Dooley LA Loreauville 2024 SS 22.9 mph
5 Slade Shove-Knox LA Sulphur 2025 RHP 22.7 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 William Nikolaus LA Dunham 2025 SS 22.7 mph
2 Slade Shove-Knox LA Sulphur 2025 RHP 22.2 mph
3 Evan Pearce LA Rosepine 2027 1B 22.1 mph
4 Trevor Dooley LA Loreauville 2024 SS 22.0 mph
5 Waylon Jet Conner LA Lacassine High School 2026 SS 21.9 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 Layne Baguex LA Lacassine 2026 C 70.4 mph
2 Trevor Dooley LA Loreauville 2024 SS 65.3 mph
3 Jackson Beddoe LA Sulphur High School 2025 SS 65.1 mph
4 Gavin Foreman LA Acadiana High School 2026 RHP 64.9 mph
5 Barrett Coody LA Rosepine High School 2027 3B 64.8 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 Gabriel McKee LA Rosepine 2025 SS 30.4 g
2 Waylon Jet Conner LA Lacassine High School 2026 SS 30.0 g
3 William Nikolaus LA Dunham 2025 SS 27.0 g
4 Reese Babaz LA Sulphur 2025 OF 23.9 g
5 Wilson Bell LA Sam Houston 2025 2B 23.5 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Gabriel McKee LA Rosepine 2025 SS 25.2 g
2 William Nikolaus LA Dunham 2025 SS 22.4 g
3 Reese Babaz LA Sulphur 2025 OF 21.9 g
4 Slade Shove-Knox LA Sulphur 2025 RHP 20.6 g
5 Wilson Bell LA Sam Houston 2025 2B 20.0 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.

 

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