Utah Preseason All-State: Blast Motion (Part One)


Jeff Scholzen
Utah Scouting Director

Utah Preseason All-State: Blast Motion (Part One)


Today PBR Utah dives into a little preview and history lesson, of what the 3 main components Blast Motion captures, to give indicators of what goes into a proper swing pattern. We will follow up in part two of this piece, with other important metrics and leaderboards for the players that attended the Invite only Utah Preseason All-State event that was held March 6, 2021. 

Below is a look of the 3 components and listed below each category, is the brief description of that category.  

PLANE

Measures the percentage of your swing where the bat is on the swing plane. Your vertical bat angle at contact establishes the plane for that swing. Plane is a great indicator for making more consistent contact on the barrel of the bat.

On Plane Efficiency

Rank Name State School Class Pos On Plane Eff %
1 Stockton Mathis UT Jordan 2023 OF 87 %
2 Samuel Johanson UT Hurricane 2023 OF 83 %
3 Austin Ellis UT Westlake 2024 C 82 %
4 Grant Scholzen UT Hurricane 2023 SS 80 %
5 Brayden Marx UT Pleasant Grove 2023 RHP 79 %

CONNECTION

Measures the relationship between your body tilt and vertical bat angle at impact. Maintaining good connection (90 degrees) for all pitch locations is an indicator of dynamic adjustability.

ROTATION

Measures how quickly your bat accelerates into the swing plane. Rotation is a good indicator of how you build bat speed by sequencing properly. The quicker your rotational acceleration, the more power you will have and the more time you have to adjust to pitch locations.

Max Rotational Acceleration

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (max)
1 Jackson Bird UT Timpanogos 2021 C 31.80 g
2 Mic Paul UT Olympus 2022 OF 31.20 g
3 Cole Kershaw UT Jordan 2023 1B 29.00 g
4 Mason Strong UT Snow Canyon 2021 C 25.70 g
5 Ashton Johnson UT Olympus 2022 LHP 25.60 g
6 Cade Nalder UT Jordan 2023 C 25.20 g
7 Canyon Kutch UT Crimson Cliffs 2022 C 24.40 g
8 Austin Ellis UT Westlake 2024 C 23.90 g
9 Jackson Moeller UT Alta 2021 OF 23.40 g
10 Cole DeCastro UT Desert Hills 2023 SS 22.50 g

Avg Rotational Acceleration

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Jackson Bird UT Timpanogos 2021 C 26.82 g
2 Cole Kershaw UT Jordan 2023 1B 25.44 g
3 Mic Paul UT Olympus 2022 OF 25.01 g
4 Mason Strong UT Snow Canyon 2021 C 24.70 g
5 Ashton Johnson UT Olympus 2022 LHP 23.31 g
6 Cade Nalder UT Jordan 2023 C 21.53 g
7 Canyon Kutch UT Crimson Cliffs 2022 C 20.84 g
8 Jackson Moeller UT Alta 2021 OF 20.46 g
9 Cole DeCastro UT Desert Hills 2023 SS 19.56 g
10 Austin Ellis UT Westlake 2024 C 18.51 g