South Alabama Preseason All-State: Blast Board


PBR Alabama Staff

The South Alabama Preseason All-State was held this past Sunday, January 23rd at The Performance Lab Training Facility in Mobile, AL. This event consisted of some of the top players ranging from the classes of 2022-2025. These players went through an extended pro-style workout and took batting practice using Trackman and Blast Motion sensors. Pitchers were able to throw in simulated bullpens and were able to get numbers and metrics off of our Trackman unit. There were some players who showed up and continued to build off of prior performances, but there were also some new names who jumped onto our radar with a strong showing on Sunday.

We continue our post-event coverage today by taking a look at those players that posted some of the best metrics using our Blast Motion sensors during batting practice.. Please continue to check back over the next few weeks as we will release individual scouting reports on each player present at the event. 

 

Hand Speed (Peak & Average)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Olin Ward AL UMS-Wright 2023 3B 26.5 mph
2 Curtis Collins II AL Pell City 2023 1B 25.5 mph
3 Aiden Wright AL Dale County 2023 OF 24.6 mph
4 Dominic Maldet AL Gulf Shores 2023 C 23.5 mph
5 Gabriel Young AL Mountain Brook 2023 OF 23.4 mph
6 Braydon Wright AL Home School 2026 SS 23.3 mph
7 Taurus Ceasor Jr. AL Faith Academy 2024 3B 23.0 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Olin Ward AL UMS-Wright 2023 3B 27.2 mph
2 Curtis Collins II AL Pell City 2023 1B 26.5 mph
3 Dominic Maldet AL Gulf Shores 2023 C 25.6 mph
4 Aiden Wright AL Dale County 2023 OF 25.5 mph
5 Gabriel Young AL Mountain Brook 2023 OF 25.4 mph
6 Alex Bennett AL Mobile Christian 2024 SS 25.0 mph
^ Carey Simon AL Baker 2023 RHP 25.0 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 Aiden Wright AL Dale County 2023 OF 81.9 mph
2 Olin Ward AL UMS-Wright 2023 3B 78.2 mph
3 Connor Fadalla AL Baker 2023 3B 75.7 mph
4 Chris Billingsley AL Bibb County 2023 RHP 74.8 mph
5 Jack Stowers AL St. Paul's Episcopal 2023 C 74.0 mph
6 Gatlin Pitts AL Bayside Academy 2024 SS 74.0 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 (avg)
1 Olin Ward AL UMS-Wright 2023 3B 33.5 g
2 Tyler Martin AL Charles Henderson 2025 SS 27.3 g
3 Gatlin Pitts AL Bayside Academy 2024 SS 25.1 g
4 Taurus Ceasor Jr. AL Faith Academy 2024 3B 21.7 g
5 Aiden Wright AL Dale County 2023 OF 21.5 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (max)
1 Olin Ward AL UMS-Wright 2023 3B 36.4 g
2 Tyler Martin AL Charles Henderson 2025 SS 30.0 g
3 Gatlin Pitts AL Bayside Academy 2024 SS 29.4 g
4 Aiden Wright AL Dale County 2023 OF 27.6 g
5 Logan Norris AL UMS-Wright Prep 2023 SS 26.6 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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