Battle For The Arch: Blast Motion Board


By: Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Thursday, September 28, the PBR Illinois and PBR Missouri scouting staffs collaborated to host the first annual Battle for The Arch event at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Missouri. This invite-only event pitted several talented uncommitted prospects from both states against each other, starting with a workout portion and concluding with a quick game between the teams afterwards.

Now, at the event's conclusion, it's time for our staff to start the post-event process by rolling out several different content pieces based on the day's performances. We previously rolled out our Statistical Analysis, where we looked at which prospects topped our leaderboards from the event and followed that up with a deeper, more analytical dive inside our TrackMan Files piece.

Today, we'll continue to unravel the data we collected with our Blast Motion sensors, which take a look at all the swing metrics gathered in batting practice.

Hand Speed (Peak & Average)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Edward Uschold MO Parkway South 2023 3B 26.4 mph
2 Cannon Stuckey MO Lafayette 2023 C 26.1 mph
3 Kyle Byrne MO CBC 2023 1B 24.8 mph
4 Evan Foster IL Maroa-Forsyth 2023 LHP 24.4 mph
5 Brian Twomey IL Riverside Brookfield 2022 C 24.3 mph
6 David Broughton MO St. John Vianney 2023 3B 24.0 mph
7 Tyler Whitworth MO Hazelwood West 2023 1B 23.9 mph
8 Austin Almany MO St. Pius X 2022 C 23.6 mph
9 Caeleb Copeland IL Edwardsville 2023 OF 23.4 mph
^ Payton Mills MO Troy Buchanan 2023 SS 23.4 mph
^ Brysen Nepute MO Christian Brothers College 2023 OF 23.4 mph
10 Avery Oravetz MO Lafayette 2023 OF 23.0 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Edward Uschold MO Parkway South 2023 3B 24.7 mph
2 Cannon Stuckey MO Lafayette 2023 C 24.6 mph
3 Evan Foster IL Maroa-Forsyth 2023 LHP 23.7 mph
4 Brian Twomey IL Riverside Brookfield 2022 C 23.1 mph
5 Payton Mills MO Troy Buchanan 2023 SS 22.5 mph
6 Kyle Byrne MO CBC 2023 1B 22.5 mph
7 Brysen Nepute MO Christian Brothers College 2023 OF 22.4 mph
8 David Broughton MO St. John Vianney 2023 3B 22.1 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 Brian Twomey IL Riverside Brookfield 2022 C 76.4 mph
2 Cannon Stuckey MO Lafayette 2023 C 75.4 mph
3 Avery Oravetz MO Lafayette 2023 OF 74.7 mph
4 Edward Uschold MO Parkway South 2023 3B 71.7 mph
5 Tyler Whitworth MO Hazelwood West 2023 1B 70.1 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 Cannon Stuckey MO Lafayette 2023 C 29.2 g
2 Caeleb Copeland IL Edwardsville 2023 OF 25.2 g
3 Avery Oravetz MO Lafayette 2023 OF 23.9 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Cannon Stuckey MO Lafayette 2023 C 22.2 g
2 Connor Earleywine MO Jefferson City 2022 2B 20.5 g
3 Austin Almany MO St. Pius X 2022 C 20.2 g
4 Avery Oravetz MO Lafayette 2023 OF 20.1 g
5 Caeleb Copeland IL Edwardsville 2023 OF 19.9 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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