Chicagoland Open: Blast Motion Board


Kevin Cronin
Associate Scout

On Sunday, August 22, the PBR Illinois scouting staff hosted the ninth annual Chicagoland Open at Triton College in River Grove, IL. Roughly 80+ prospects attended and provided our staff with an up-to-date look at their particular skill-sets or, for some, a first glance at the talents they bring to the baseball field. 

Yesterday our scouting staff collaborated to provide you with our Quick Hits piece, highlighting several standout performances of the day. Earlier today, we started our dive into the data side of things by looking at those who topped our traditional leaderboards from Sunday's showcases, which you can find by clicking HERE. We also took a look at some of the TrackMan data from this event earlier today inside our TrackMan Files, published HERE.

Today, with the help of our Blast Motion sensors, we're analyzing the swing metrics measured on Saturday at this high-caliber showcase.

Hand Speed (Peak & Average)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Jason Ivy IL Marian Catholic 2023 2B 27.20 mph
2 Cole Freeman IL Christopher 2022 OF 26.20 mph
3 Luke Leombruni IL Boylan Catholic 2022 OF 26.10 mph
4 Chase Austin IL Marion 2022 3B 25.30 mph
5 Anthony Johnson IL Batavia 2022 3B 25.20 mph
6 Luke Tsilis IL Bradley Bourbonnais 2022 C 25.10 mph
7 Jeffery Ripka IL East Leyden 2022 1B 25.00 mph
^ Scott Newman IL Glenbrook South 2022 OF 25.00 mph
8 Matthew Goldasich IL Sacred-Heart Griffin 2023 C 24.90 mph
^ Shaw Stukel IL Providence Catholic 2022 OF 24.90 mph
9 Tyler Bell IL Lincoln-Way East 2024 SS 24.50 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Cole Freeman IL Christopher 2022 OF 25.53 mph
2 Luke Leombruni IL Boylan Catholic 2022 OF 24.92 mph
3 Jason Ivy IL Marian Catholic 2023 2B 24.29 mph
4 Scott Newman IL Glenbrook South 2022 OF 24.21 mph
5 Shaw Stukel IL Providence Catholic 2022 OF 24.04 mph
6 Luke Tsilis IL Bradley Bourbonnais 2022 C 23.92 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 Parker Bozzi IL Hinsdale South 2022 1B 76.43 mph
2 Luke Leombruni IL Boylan Catholic 2022 OF 74.59 mph
3 Tyler Bell IL Lincoln-Way East 2024 SS 74.48 mph
4 Cole Freeman IL Christopher 2022 OF 74.33 mph
5 Jason Ivy IL Marian Catholic 2023 2B 71.98 mph
6 Charlie Jury IL West Chicago 2022 OF 71.09 mph
7 Brady Marques IL Maine South 2023 OF 70.71 mph
8 Owen Drummond IL Jacobs 2022 SS 70.52 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 Antonio Fawcett IL St Rita 2025 OF 36.80 g
2 Luke Leombruni IL Boylan Catholic 2022 OF 30.10 g
3 Charlie Jury IL West Chicago 2022 OF 29.40 g
4 Mitchell Hall IL St. Rita 2023 OF 29.20 g
5 Ayden Lasson IL Joliet West 2023 2B 26.50 g
6 Dylan Phelps IL Moline 2024 3B 25.90 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Antonio Fawcett IL St Rita 2025 OF 29.94 g
2 Luke Leombruni IL Boylan Catholic 2022 OF 25.52 g
3 Charlie Jury IL West Chicago 2022 OF 24.11 g
4 Cole Freeman IL Christopher 2022 OF 22.85 g
5 Mitchell Hall IL St. Rita 2023 OF 21.73 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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