SoCal ProCase: Blast Motion Leaderboard


PBR California Staff

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ORANGE, CALIF. - One of the important tools Prep Baseball Report has implemented at its events is the use of Blast Motion sensors. During batting practice, the Blast Motion sensors measure Swing and Impact Metrics across several categories. Swing metrics measure pre-impact mechanics centered around plane, connection, and rotation while impact metrics measure pre-impact performance outcomes based on ball contact.

At the recent Top Prospects ID showcase players were set up with a Blast Motion sensor before each round of batting practice. With the Blast Motion sensor, we were able to collect data from each swing taken by each prospect at the event. The metrics collected include: Bat Speed, On Plane Efficiency, Peak Hand Speed, Power and Rotational Acceleration. 

Each player has their Blast Motion metrics uploaded into their profiles following the completion of the event providing insight into areas that could be improved upon as well as helping paint a clear picture of the player to the college and professional scouts doing their research on prospects they may be interested in.

While there were two days of the events, we’ve combined the statistics to give a better representation of the group as a whole. Most players in the event were uncommitted and many of them put up some very good numbers, below we illustrate the top  players in each category.

Here are Categorical leaders in each category with the full lists below:

Max Bat Speed: ‘23 Jeremiah Robles - Orange Lutheran HS (83 MPH)

Peak Hand Speed: ‘23 Eric Jeon - La Mirada HS (27.2 MPH)

On-Plane Efficiency: ‘23 Cody Nitowitz - Cathedral Catholic HS (93%)

Max Rotational Acceleration: ‘23 Eric Jeon - La Mirada HS (39.9 g’s)

Bat Speed

Bat Speed is the observed speed of the sweet spot of the bat at impact. For more info: Blast Bat Speed 

MLB Avg: 66-78 mph | MiLB: 63-75 mph | College: 66-75 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (max)
1 Jeremiah Robles CA Orange lutheran 2023 1B 83.0 mph
2 Jonathan Rodriguez CA Servite 2023 1B 82.9 mph
3 Nico Newhan CA Maranatha Christian 2023 SS 81.0 mph
4 Gabriel Camacho CA La Costa Canyon 2023 1B 80.7 mph
5 Dominic Smaldino CA JSerra 2023 1B 80.2 mph
^ Eric Jeon CA La Mirada 2023 3B 80.2 mph
6 Gavin Taylor CA Birmingham 2023 C 78.5 mph
7 Dillon DeSpain CA Mira Costa 2023 OF 77.6 mph
8 Adrian Lopez CA EM Academic Academy 2023 SS 77.2 mph
9 Hunter Backstrom CA Junipero Serra 2023 OF 76.9 mph
10 Tomas Lopez CA Redondo Union 2023 RHP 76.2 mph
11 Andrew Lamb CA JSerra 2023 C 74.3 mph
12 Blake Wilson CA Santa Margarita 2023 SS 72.9 mph
13 Finley Buckner CA Oaks Christian 2023 SS 71.9 mph
14 Vaughn Major CA Christian Unified 2023 SS 71.8 mph
15 Max Senesac CA Cypress 2023 C 69.7 mph
16 Nico Libed CA Eastlake 2023 C 69.3 mph
17 Adam Magpoc CA Loyola 2023 SS 69.2 mph
18 Cody Nitowitz CA Cathedral Catholic 2023 OF 68.5 mph

Peak Hand Speed

Peak Hand Speed is 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. For more info: Peak Hand Speed

MLB Avg: 23-29 mph | MiLB Avg: 22-28 mph | College Avg: 21-24 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Eric Jeon CA La Mirada 2023 3B 27.2 mph
2 Nico Newhan CA Maranatha Christian 2023 SS 27.0 mph
3 Jonathan Rodriguez CA Servite 2023 1B 26.1 mph
4 Jeremiah Robles CA Orange lutheran 2023 1B 26.0 mph
5 Andrew Lamb CA JSerra 2023 C 25.9 mph
^ Hunter Backstrom CA Junipero Serra 2023 OF 25.9 mph
6 Dillon DeSpain CA Mira Costa 2023 OF 25.8 mph
7 Blake Wilson CA Santa Margarita 2023 SS 25.2 mph
8 Dominic Smaldino CA JSerra 2023 1B 23.9 mph
9 Finley Buckner CA Oaks Christian 2023 SS 23.8 mph
10 Gabriel Camacho CA La Costa Canyon 2023 1B 23.4 mph
11 Tomas Lopez CA Redondo Union 2023 RHP 22.6 mph
12 Adrian Lopez CA EM Academic Academy 2023 SS 22.4 mph
13 Adam Magpoc CA Loyola 2023 SS 22.3 mph
^ Max Senesac CA Cypress 2023 C 22.3 mph
14 Gavin Taylor CA Birmingham 2023 C 22.2 mph
15 Nico Libed CA Eastlake 2023 C 21.9 mph
16 Cody Nitowitz CA Cathedral Catholic 2023 OF 21.8 mph
17 Vaughn Major CA Christian Unified 2023 SS 21.1 mph

On Plane Efficiency

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. For more info: On Plane Efficiency

Ideal Efficiency %: 70% or Higher | Range: 65%-85%

Rank Name State School Class Pos MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
1 Cody Nitowitz CA Cathedral Catholic 2023 OF 93
2 Blake Wilson CA Santa Margarita 2023 SS 92
3 Jonathan Rodriguez CA Servite 2023 1B 86
4 Adrian Lopez CA EM Academic Academy 2023 SS 83
5 Adam Magpoc CA Loyola 2023 SS 82
6 Jeremiah Robles CA Orange lutheran 2023 1B 80
7 Gavin Taylor CA Birmingham 2023 C 78
8 Dominic Smaldino CA JSerra 2023 1B 77
9 Hunter Backstrom CA Junipero Serra 2023 OF 76
10 Finley Buckner CA Oaks Christian 2023 SS 75
11 Max Senesac CA Cypress 2023 C 74
12 Vaughn Major CA Christian Unified 2023 SS 72
13 Dillon DeSpain CA Mira Costa 2023 OF 71
14 Eric Jeon CA La Mirada 2023 3B 70
^ Nico Newhan CA Maranatha Christian 2023 SS 70
15 Andrew Lamb CA JSerra 2023 C 69
16 Nico Libed CA Eastlake 2023 C 64
17 Tomas Lopez CA Redondo Union 2023 RHP 57
18 Gabriel Camacho CA La Costa Canyon 2023 1B 51

Rotational Acceleration

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. For more info: Rotational Acceleration

MLB Avg: 16.8 g | MiLB Avg: 12.6 g | College Avg: 12.9 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (max)
1 Eric Jeon CA La Mirada 2023 3B 39.9 g
2 Dillon DeSpain CA Mira Costa 2023 OF 33.2 g
3 Jonathan Rodriguez CA Servite 2023 1B 27.2 g
4 Adam Magpoc CA Loyola 2023 SS 26.9 g
5 Jeremiah Robles CA Orange lutheran 2023 1B 25.4 g
6 Hunter Backstrom CA Junipero Serra 2023 OF 24.4 g
7 Nico Newhan CA Maranatha Christian 2023 SS 24.2 g
8 Blake Wilson CA Santa Margarita 2023 SS 23.8 g
9 Andrew Lamb CA JSerra 2023 C 17.8 g
10 Max Senesac CA Cypress 2023 C 17.6 g
^ Gavin Taylor CA Birmingham 2023 C 17.6 g
11 Nico Libed CA Eastlake 2023 C 16.8 g
12 Tomas Lopez CA Redondo Union 2023 RHP 16.6 g
13 Cody Nitowitz CA Cathedral Catholic 2023 OF 16.4 g
14 Dominic Smaldino CA JSerra 2023 1B 15.7 g
15 Gabriel Camacho CA La Costa Canyon 2023 1B 13.9 g
16 Adrian Lopez CA EM Academic Academy 2023 SS 13.6 g
17 Finley Buckner CA Oaks Christian 2023 SS 8.9 g
18 Vaughn Major CA Christian Unified 2023 SS 6.1 g

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
NorCal Uncommitted Games CA 10/09 McBean Stadium
SoCal Top Prospects Games (Invite-Only) CA 10/09 Great Park Stadium
SoCal Uncommitted Games CA 10/15 Fullerton College

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