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O'Hare Preseason ID: Blast Motion Board


Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Sunday, Feb. 13, the PBR Illinois staff traveled to the Bo Jackson Elite Sports Dome in Bensenville, Ill., to host the O'Hare Preseason ID - one of the largest showcases on our winter calendar. This event provided us an ample opportunity to check-in on some of the area’s high school prospects and identify several names as we prepare for the IHSA season, as well as future invite-only events on the PBR Illinois calendar. 

Earlier this week we published Quick Hits highlighting the top prospects of the event by class. We also rolled out a Statistical Analysis, bringing you a quick statistical analysis of those that participated in the event. We then dove deep into the data, looking at the pitch metrics and batted ball numbers from this event inside our TrackMan Files piece.

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 Luis Gonzalez IL Fenwick 2023 LHP 27.1 mph
2 Charlie Dumo IL Deerfield 2023 OF 27.0 mph
3 Dylan Kaminski IL DePaul Prep 2023 RHP 26.9 mph
4 Francis Heinzmann IL Oak Park-River Forest 2023 RHP 26.7 mph
^ Ethan Collins IL Oak Lawn 2024 LHP 26.7 mph
5 Tucker King IL Lyons Township 2025 RHP 26.4 mph
6 Brandon Brokowski IL Evanston 2023 C 26.3 mph
7 Aidan Conners IL Hinsdale Central 2024 3B 25.9 mph
8 Cole Cacini IL Prospect 2023 RHP 25.8 mph
9 Dominic Catalano IL Montini Catholic 2024 OF 25.2 mph
10 Declan Waters IL Oak Park-River Forest 2024 3B 25.1 mph
^ Jake Ulbert IL Belvidere North 2023 SS 25.1 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Francis Heinzmann IL Oak Park-River Forest 2023 RHP 25.7 mph
2 Luis Gonzalez IL Fenwick 2023 LHP 25.5 mph
3 Dominic Catalano IL Montini Catholic 2024 OF 25.2 mph
4 Dylan Kaminski IL DePaul Prep 2023 RHP 25.1 mph
5 Charlie Dumo IL Deerfield 2023 OF 24.7 mph
6 Brandon Brokowski IL Evanston 2023 C 24.6 mph
7 Tucker King IL Lyons Township 2025 RHP 24.5 mph
8 Aidan Conners IL Hinsdale Central 2024 3B 24.5 mph
9 Ethan Collins IL Oak Lawn 2024 LHP 24.4 mph
10 Sam Schmitt IL Warren 2023 OF 24.3 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 Patrick Carmody IL Oak Park-River Forest 2023 3B 76.7 mph
2 Ethan Collins IL Oak Lawn 2024 LHP 74.5 mph
3 Charlie Dumo IL Deerfield 2023 OF 72.8 mph
4 Jake Nawrocki IL Hampshire 2023 1B 72.4 mph
5 Luis Gonzalez IL Fenwick 2023 LHP 72.2 mph
6 Jake Ulbert IL Belvidere North 2023 SS 72.0 mph
7 Aris Kosiek IL Montini Catholic 2023 RHP 71.9 mph
8 Francis Heinzmann IL Oak Park-River Forest 2023 RHP 71.8 mph
9 Cole Cacini IL Prospect 2023 RHP 71.6 mph
10 Sam Viniard IL Lyons Township 2023 1B 71.1 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 Dylan Kaminski IL DePaul Prep 2023 RHP 30.7 g
2 Ben Jarnecke IL Fenwick 2025 C 29.7 g
3 Aidan Conners IL Hinsdale Central 2024 3B 28.4 g
4 Troy Stukenberg IL Lyons Township 2023 SS 28.3 g
5 Vinnie Marvucic IL Niles North 2023 OF 28.0 g
6 Luke Allegretti IL Lyons Township 2023 UTILITY 27.7 g
7 Dominic Jacoby IL Taft 2023 SS 26.6 g
8 Ethan Collins IL Oak Lawn 2024 LHP 26.4 g
9 Luis Gonzalez IL Fenwick 2023 LHP 26.0 g
10 Jacob Meyers IL Glenbrook North 2025 C 25.4 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Dylan Kaminski IL DePaul Prep 2023 RHP 25.5 g
2 Ben Jarnecke IL Fenwick 2025 C 24.5 g
3 Dominic Catalano IL Montini Catholic 2024 OF 24.2 g
4 Dominic Jacoby IL Taft 2023 SS 23.7 g
5 Vinnie Marvucic IL Niles North 2023 OF 23.0 g
6 Troy Stukenberg IL Lyons Township 2023 SS 22.7 g
7 Aidan Conners IL Hinsdale Central 2024 3B 22.7 g
8 Luke Allegretti IL Lyons Township 2023 UTILITY 22.2 g
9 Luis Gonzalez IL Fenwick 2023 LHP 21.9 g
10 Jack Wilson IL New Trier 2024 RHP 20.6 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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