Top Prospect Games (Upperclass): Blast Motion Board


PBR Alabama Staff

OXFORD, AL - The Top Prospect Games (Upperclass) was held on Tuesday, June 21st at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, AL. This event was an invite-only event that consisted of some of the top prospects from the 2023-2024 classes. These players went through a pro-style workout and took batting practice using Trackman and Blast Motion to record hitting metrics. Pitchers were able to throw in simulated outings facing hitters during gameplay and were able to get numbers and metrics off of our Trackman unit, such as pitch velocity, spin rate, horizontal & vertical movement & much more. 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 Tuesday and Wednesday.

Continuing off our post-event coverage for this event, we take a look back at some of the leaders from Blast Motion recorded from the showcase. Please continue to check back over the next week, 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 (max)
1 Gabe Young AL Mountain Brook 2023 OF 25.4 mph
2 Chris Billingsley AL Bibb County 2023 RHP 24.5 mph
3 Lawson Williams AL Hartselle 2024 1B 24.4 mph
4 Brian Henson Jr AL Buckhorn 2023 1B 24.3 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Gabe Young AL Mountain Brook 2023 OF 23.9 mph
2 Chris Billingsley AL Bibb County 2023 RHP 23.0 mph
3 Ford Moffatt AL Mountain Brook 2023 RHP 22.7 mph
4 Austin Wilson AL Shelby County 2023 1B 22.6 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 Gabe Young AL Mountain Brook 2023 OF 78.4 mph
2 Taurus Ceasor Jr. AL Faith Academy 2024 3B 77.9 mph
3 Will Lawrence AL Hoover 2023 C 76.6 mph
4 Ryan Cole AL Spain Park 2023 RF 76.6 mph
5 Carson Joyner AL Bayside Academy 2024 RHP 76.3 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 Lawson Williams AL Hartselle 2024 1B 30.9 g
2 Judson Collins AL Hartselle 2024 OF 28.8 g
3 Wyatt Swanson AL Mountain Brook 2024 SS 28.1 g
4 Ford Moffatt AL Mountain Brook 2023 RHP 26.7 g
5 Taurus Ceasor Jr. AL Faith Academy 2024 3B 26.4 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Lawson Williams AL Hartselle 2024 1B 25.0 g
2 Judson Collins AL Hartselle 2024 OF 24.0 g
3 Ford Moffatt AL Mountain Brook 2023 RHP 23.2 g
4 Wyatt Swanson AL Mountain Brook 2024 SS 21.2 g
5 Nathan Owen AL Evangel Christian 2024 SS 21.0 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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