Maryland Preseason Preview: Blast Motion Data


Kyle Campbell
Maryland Scouting Director

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PBR Maryland hosted its first event of the new year Saturday at the Metrix Baseball Training Facility in New Windsor. Over 30 players from across the Old Line State, Delaware and Virginia participated in a pro-style workout and threw bullpens in front of our PBR Maryland and Mid-Atlantic staff. 

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.

With the Blast Motion sensor, we were able to collect data from every swing taken by each prospect at the event. Below is the full release of the Blast Motion metrics collected including: Bat Speed, On Plane Efficiency, Peak Hand Speed, 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.

 

CLICK HERE FOR SORTABLE PLAYER BLAST MOTION DATA

 

BLAST MOTION DATA

 

MAX 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 | College: 66-75 mph | HS Varsity: 60-70 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (max)
1 Matthew Roche MD Churchill 2022 3B 73.80 mph
^ Ryan Smolen MD DeMatha Catholic 2021 1B 73.80 mph
2 Luke Rivera MD Urbana 2023 OF 72.90 mph
3 Griffin Madden MD Allegany 2023 1B 72.70 mph
4 Beck Urofsky MD Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2022 3B 70.40 mph
5 Ashton Siwald MD Queen Anne's 2023 C 69.50 mph
6 Carter Costango MD Western STES 2022 OF 68.10 mph
7 Jackson Strzelczyk MD South Carroll 2023 SS 67.20 mph
8 Warner Harper MD St. Maria Goretti 2024 3B 67.10 mph
9 Cristian Banks MD Archbishop Curley 2022 OF 66.90 mph
10 Braeden Ford MD South River 2023 C 66.60 mph
^ Matthew Dove MD Severna Park 2024 C 66.60 mph
11 Andrew Purcell MD Urbana 2023 C 66.20 mph
12 Chris Baynard MD Easton 2023 OF 65.60 mph
13 Lion Gardiner MD Walt Whitman 2023 RHP 65.40 mph
14 Zachary Rose MD Richard Montgomery 2023 C 65.00 mph
15 Adam Ippolito MD Damascus 2023 OF 64.90 mph
16 Alec Jones VA Heritage 2024 SS 64.80 mph
17 Wyatt Hellens MD Sussex Central (DE) 2023 3B 64.50 mph
18 Tyler Little MD Tuscarora 2023 OF 63.80 mph
19 Thor Hildebrand MD North County 2023 3B 63.10 mph
^ Keegan Johnson MD Urbana 2023 LHP 63.10 mph
20 Bradley DeMoss MD Indian Creek School 2022 RHP 62.70 mph
21 Sean Foster MD Leonardtown 2023 SS 59.80 mph

 

AVERAGE BAT SPEED

MLB Avg: 66-78 mph | College: 66-75 mph | HS Varsity: 60-70 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (avg)
1 Griffin Madden MD Allegany 2023 1B 70.58 mph
2 Ryan Smolen MD DeMatha Catholic 2021 1B 70.10 mph
3 Matthew Roche MD Churchill 2022 3B 69.55 mph
4 Beck Urofsky MD Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2022 3B 66.91 mph
5 Andrew Purcell MD Urbana 2023 C 64.63 mph
6 Ashton Siwald MD Queen Anne's 2023 C 64.50 mph
7 Jackson Strzelczyk MD South Carroll 2023 SS 63.79 mph
8 Warner Harper MD St. Maria Goretti 2024 3B 63.71 mph
9 Matthew Dove MD Severna Park 2024 C 63.58 mph
10 Chris Baynard MD Easton 2023 OF 63.50 mph
11 Luke Rivera MD Urbana 2023 OF 63.20 mph
12 Wyatt Hellens MD Sussex Central (DE) 2023 3B 62.55 mph
13 Tyler Little MD Tuscarora 2023 OF 62.23 mph
14 Zachary Rose MD Richard Montgomery 2023 C 61.89 mph
15 Lion Gardiner MD Walt Whitman 2023 RHP 61.28 mph
16 Thor Hildebrand MD North County 2023 3B 60.72 mph
17 Alec Jones VA Heritage 2024 SS 60.70 mph
18 Adam Ippolito MD Damascus 2023 OF 60.69 mph
19 Keegan Johnson MD Urbana 2023 LHP 60.68 mph
20 Carter Costango MD Western STES 2022 OF 60.37 mph
21 Braeden Ford MD South River 2023 C 59.82 mph
22 Bradley DeMoss MD Indian Creek School 2022 RHP 59.72 mph
23 Cristian Banks MD Archbishop Curley 2022 OF 58.73 mph
24 Sean Foster MD Leonardtown 2023 SS 58.65 mph

 

MAX 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 | College Avg: 21-24 mph | HS Varsity Avg: 19-22 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Griffin Madden MD Allegany 2023 1B 24.80 mph
2 Alec Jones VA Heritage 2024 SS 23.70 mph
3 Ryan Smolen MD DeMatha Catholic 2021 1B 23.50 mph
4 Carter Costango MD Western STES 2022 OF 23.30 mph
5 Beck Urofsky MD Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2022 3B 22.40 mph
6 Ashton Siwald MD Queen Anne's 2023 C 22.20 mph
^ Lion Gardiner MD Walt Whitman 2023 RHP 22.20 mph
7 Wyatt Hellens MD Sussex Central (DE) 2023 3B 22.00 mph
8 Adam Ippolito MD Damascus 2023 OF 21.70 mph
^ Keegan Johnson MD Urbana 2023 LHP 21.70 mph
^ Luke Rivera MD Urbana 2023 OF 21.70 mph
9 Matthew Dove MD Severna Park 2024 C 21.60 mph
^ Sean Foster MD Leonardtown 2023 SS 21.60 mph
^ Matthew Roche MD Churchill 2022 3B 21.60 mph
^ Warner Harper MD St. Maria Goretti 2024 3B 21.60 mph
10 Jackson Strzelczyk MD South Carroll 2023 SS 21.50 mph
^ Cristian Banks MD Archbishop Curley 2022 OF 21.50 mph
11 Tyler Little MD Tuscarora 2023 OF 21.40 mph
^ Braeden Ford MD South River 2023 C 21.40 mph
^ Zachary Rose MD Richard Montgomery 2023 C 21.40 mph
12 Chris Baynard MD Easton 2023 OF 20.80 mph
13 Bradley DeMoss MD Indian Creek School 2022 RHP 20.40 mph
14 Andrew Purcell MD Urbana 2023 C 20.10 mph
15 Thor Hildebrand MD North County 2023 3B 19.90 mph

 

AVERAGE HAND SPEED

MLB Avg: 23-29 mph | College Avg: 21-24 mph | HS Varsity Avg: 19-22 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Griffin Madden MD Allegany 2023 1B 23.48 mph
2 Ryan Smolen MD DeMatha Catholic 2021 1B 22.59 mph
3 Ashton Siwald MD Queen Anne's 2023 C 21.45 mph
4 Wyatt Hellens MD Sussex Central (DE) 2023 3B 20.93 mph
5 Tyler Little MD Tuscarora 2023 OF 20.85 mph
6 Matthew Roche MD Churchill 2022 3B 20.63 mph
^ Jackson Strzelczyk MD South Carroll 2023 SS 20.63 mph
7 Warner Harper MD St. Maria Goretti 2024 3B 20.56 mph
8 Matthew Dove MD Severna Park 2024 C 20.55 mph
9 Zachary Rose MD Richard Montgomery 2023 C 20.46 mph
10 Carter Costango MD Western STES 2022 OF 20.33 mph
11 Beck Urofsky MD Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2022 3B 20.32 mph
12 Keegan Johnson MD Urbana 2023 LHP 20.32 mph
13 Adam Ippolito MD Damascus 2023 OF 19.99 mph
14 Sean Foster MD Leonardtown 2023 SS 19.80 mph
15 Lion Gardiner MD Walt Whitman 2023 RHP 19.71 mph
16 Braeden Ford MD South River 2023 C 19.59 mph
17 Bradley DeMoss MD Indian Creek School 2022 RHP 19.46 mph
18 Luke Rivera MD Urbana 2023 OF 19.43 mph
19 Cristian Banks MD Archbishop Curley 2022 OF 19.33 mph
20 Chris Baynard MD Easton 2023 OF 19.25 mph
21 Alec Jones VA Heritage 2024 SS 19.24 mph
22 Thor Hildebrand MD North County 2023 3B 19.04 mph
23 Andrew Purcell MD Urbana 2023 C 17.83 mph

 

MAX 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 | College Avg: 12.9 g | HS Varsity Avg: 9.9 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (max)
1 Carter Costango MD Western STES 2022 OF 27.60 g
2 Jackson Strzelczyk MD South Carroll 2023 SS 23.50 g
3 Chris Baynard MD Easton 2023 OF 22.80 g
4 Tyler Little MD Tuscarora 2023 OF 22.20 g
5 Alec Jones VA Heritage 2024 SS 22.10 g
6 Beck Urofsky MD Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2022 3B 21.50 g
7 Griffin Madden MD Allegany 2023 1B 20.20 g
8 Ryan Smolen MD DeMatha Catholic 2021 1B 20.10 g
9 Luke Rivera MD Urbana 2023 OF 19.90 g
10 Keegan Johnson MD Urbana 2023 LHP 19.60 g
11 Zachary Rose MD Richard Montgomery 2023 C 19.30 g
12 Braeden Ford MD South River 2023 C 19.10 g
13 Lion Gardiner MD Walt Whitman 2023 RHP 18.70 g
14 Bradley DeMoss MD Indian Creek School 2022 RHP 17.40 g
15 Cristian Banks MD Archbishop Curley 2022 OF 16.70 g
16 Warner Harper MD St. Maria Goretti 2024 3B 16.30 g
17 Adam Ippolito MD Damascus 2023 OF 15.70 g
18 Wyatt Hellens MD Sussex Central (DE) 2023 3B 15.20 g
19 Matthew Dove MD Severna Park 2024 C 15.00 g
20 Ashton Siwald MD Queen Anne's 2023 C 12.20 g
21 Matthew Roche MD Churchill 2022 3B 10.30 g
22 Thor Hildebrand MD North County 2023 3B 8.10 g
^ Sean Foster MD Leonardtown 2023 SS 8.10 g
23 Andrew Purcell MD Urbana 2023 C 7.30 g

 

AVERAGE ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION

MLB Avg: 16.8 g | College Avg: 12.9 g | HS Varsity Avg: 9.9 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Carter Costango MD Western STES 2022 OF 20.18 g
2 Jackson Strzelczyk MD South Carroll 2023 SS 19.56 g
3 Ryan Smolen MD DeMatha Catholic 2021 1B 18.11 g
4 Tyler Little MD Tuscarora 2023 OF 17.73 g
5 Griffin Madden MD Allegany 2023 1B 16.80 g
6 Keegan Johnson MD Urbana 2023 LHP 14.50 g
7 Cristian Banks MD Archbishop Curley 2022 OF 14.16 g
8 Beck Urofsky MD Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2022 3B 13.98 g
9 Wyatt Hellens MD Sussex Central (DE) 2023 3B 13.95 g
10 Alec Jones VA Heritage 2024 SS 12.74 g
11 Braeden Ford MD South River 2023 C 12.64 g
12 Zachary Rose MD Richard Montgomery 2023 C 12.47 g
13 Warner Harper MD St. Maria Goretti 2024 3B 12.43 g
14 Bradley DeMoss MD Indian Creek School 2022 RHP 12.00 g
15 Matthew Dove MD Severna Park 2024 C 11.56 g
16 Luke Rivera MD Urbana 2023 OF 11.39 g
17 Adam Ippolito MD Damascus 2023 OF 11.04 g
18 Lion Gardiner MD Walt Whitman 2023 RHP 9.24 g
19 Chris Baynard MD Easton 2023 OF 8.82 g
20 Matthew Roche MD Churchill 2022 3B 8.75 g
21 Ashton Siwald MD Queen Anne's 2023 C 7.87 g
22 Sean Foster MD Leonardtown 2023 SS 6.30 g
23 Thor Hildebrand MD North County 2023 3B 6.04 g
24 Andrew Purcell MD Urbana 2023 C 3.82 g

 

AVERAGE 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 On Plane Eff %
1 Carter Costango MD Western STES 2022 OF 87 %
2 Bradley DeMoss MD Indian Creek School 2022 RHP 86 %
3 Wyatt Hellens MD Sussex Central (DE) 2023 3B 86 %
^ Adam Ippolito MD Damascus 2023 OF 86 %
4 Cristian Banks MD Archbishop Curley 2022 OF 85 %
5 Ryan Smolen MD DeMatha Catholic 2021 1B 80 %
6 Zachary Rose MD Richard Montgomery 2023 C 80 %
7 Alec Jones VA Heritage 2024 SS 79 %
8 Thor Hildebrand MD North County 2023 3B 77 %
9 Lion Gardiner MD Walt Whitman 2023 RHP 77 %
10 Chris Baynard MD Easton 2023 OF 76 %
11 Warner Harper MD St. Maria Goretti 2024 3B 76 %
12 Tyler Little MD Tuscarora 2023 OF 76 %
13 Sean Foster MD Leonardtown 2023 SS 74 %
14 Jackson Strzelczyk MD South Carroll 2023 SS 73 %
15 Ashton Siwald MD Queen Anne's 2023 C 73 %
16 Matthew Dove MD Severna Park 2024 C 72 %
17 Griffin Madden MD Allegany 2023 1B 71 %
18 Beck Urofsky MD Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2022 3B 69 %
19 Keegan Johnson MD Urbana 2023 LHP 68 %
20 Luke Rivera MD Urbana 2023 OF 64 %
21 Braeden Ford MD South River 2023 C 63 %
22 Matthew Roche MD Churchill 2022 3B 62 %
23 Andrew Purcell MD Urbana 2023 C 54 %

 

 

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