PBR IL - John A. Logan Scout Day: Blast Motion Board


By: Diego Solares
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

On Thursday, October 7th, the PBR Illinois scouting staff held the John A. Logan JC Scout Day at Rent One Park in Marion, Illinois. All the prospects in attendance showcased their talents in front of our staff, including a handful of other scouts that attended. 

Earlier today we published a Statistical Analysis, bringing you a quick statistical analysis of those that participated in the event, as well as a quick nugget on which players stood out. We then started to dive deeper into the data, looking at the pitch metrics and batted ball numbers from this event inside our TrackMan Files piece.

Now we'll continue to roll out the data we gathered from this event by taking a look at the swing metrics collected during batting practice thanks to our Blast Motion sensors. Below we'll highlight which players from this event stood out amongst their peers from a swing metrics standpoint. 

Quick Note: Unfortunately, due to a synchronization issue, the following players do not have Blast Motion data available in their profile from this event: Grant Trinkle and Bryson Arnette.

Hand Speed (Peak & Average)

Rank Name School HS Grad Year Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Samuel Mickels John A. Logan JC 2019 3B 25.5 mph
2 Khyle Radcliffe John A. Logan JC 2019 OF 25.2 mph
3 Cole Christman John A. Logan JC 2019 C 24.8 mph
4 Tre Hondras John A. Logan JC 2020 OF 24.5 mph
^ Dillon Poe John A. Logan JC 2021 SS 24.5 mph
5 Tyler Heckert John A. Logan JC 2020 SS 24.4 mph
6 Gavin Baldwin John A. Logan JC 2021 OF 24.2 mph
7 Jacob Schroeder John A. Logan JC 2019 C 23.9 mph

Rank Name School HS Grad Year Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Khyle Radcliffe John A. Logan JC 2019 OF 24.0 mph
2 Samuel Mickels John A. Logan JC 2019 3B 24.0 mph
3 Cole Christman John A. Logan JC 2019 C 23.3 mph
4 Tyler Heckert John A. Logan JC 2020 SS 23.2 mph
5 Tre Hondras John A. Logan JC 2020 OF 23.0 mph
6 Jacob Schroeder John A. Logan JC 2019 C 23.0 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 School HS Grad Year Pos Bat Speed (avg)
1 Ben Thompson John A. Logan JC 2020 RHP 76.1 mph
^ Benny Thompson Anderson University (IN) 2021 RHP 76.1 mph
2 Chase Dodson John A. Logan JC 2021 SS 75.5 mph
3 Austin Jerger John A. Logan JC 2021 1B 74.7 mph
4 Jason Hodges John A. Logan JC 2019 OF 74.5 mph
5 Cole Christman John A. Logan JC 2019 C 74.1 mph
6 Tre Hondras John A. Logan JC 2020 OF 73.6 mph
7 Joseph Schmidt John A. Logan JC 2019 C 73.2 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 School HS Grad Year Pos Rot. Acc (max)
1 Jason Hodges John A. Logan JC 2019 OF 28.7 g
2 Brian Winters John A. Logan JC 2021 OF 25.2 g
3 Ben Thompson John A. Logan JC 2020 RHP 23.4 g
^ Benny Thompson Anderson University (IN) 2021 RHP 23.4 g
4 Dillon Poe John A. Logan JC 2021 SS 23.0 g
5 Tre Hondras John A. Logan JC 2020 OF 22.6 g
6 Cole Christman John A. Logan JC 2019 C 22.4 g

Rank Name School HS Grad Year Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Jason Hodges John A. Logan JC 2019 OF 24.1 g
2 Ben Thompson John A. Logan JC 2020 RHP 19.9 g
^ Benny Thompson Anderson University (IN) 2021 RHP 19.9 g
3 Cole Christman John A. Logan JC 2019 C 19.7 g
4 Brian Winters John A. Logan JC 2021 OF 19.5 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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