West TN Preseason ID: Blast Board


Colton Provey
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On Sunday, Jan. 23, the PBR Tennessee staff hosted the 2022 West TN Preseason ID at the University of Memphis Indoor Facility, featuring 20 high school prospects from West TN. Today, we'll continue our post-event coverage focusing on the captured data from Blast Motion Sensors during BP rounds. We'll be analyzing swing metrics such as bat speed, hand speed, and rotational acceleration, which all play key roles in player development as they rise the ranks. 

Previously, we published Quick Hits highlighting the standout performances. We also rolled out a Statistical Analysis, bringing you a quick statistical analysis of those that participated in the event featuring leaderboards of key metrics. We then dove deep into the data, looking at the pitch metrics and batted ball numbers from this event inside our TrackMan Files piece.

 

HAND SPEED (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Carter McKay TN Arlington 2024 1B 24.4 mph
2 Matthew Autry TN Collierville 2023 OF 23.7 mph
^ Will Holyfield TN Crockett County 2023 C 23.7 mph
3 Adam Gordon TN Friendship Christian 2024 OF 23.2 mph
^ Logan Davidson TN Henry County 2025 3B 23.2 mph
4 Ethan Finch TN Christian Brothers 2023 2B 23.0 mph
5 Caden Freeman TN Arlington 2024 OF 22.9 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Carter McKay TN Arlington 2024 1B 23.1 mph
2 Will Holyfield TN Crockett County 2023 C 22.8 mph
3 Matthew Autry TN Collierville 2023 OF 21.9 mph
4 Adam Gordon TN Friendship Christian 2024 OF 21.7 mph
5 Caden Freeman TN Arlington 2024 OF 21.7 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 Carter McKay TN Arlington 2024 1B 75.0 mph
2 David Hamilton TN Grace Christian 2023 RHP 69.5 mph
3 Matthew Autry TN Collierville 2023 OF 69.4 mph
4 Adam Gordon TN Friendship Christian 2024 OF 67.4 mph
5 Jack Pitts TN Arlington 2024 C 67.1 mph

Bat SpeedThe 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. Bat speed has a direct correlation to exit velocity: the more bat speed the better the ceiling for exit velocity. From a prospect outlook, bat speed is the floor of the hitting profile. 

ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (max)
1 Carter McKay TN Arlington 2024 1B 30.6 g
2 Will Holyfield TN Crockett County 2023 C 27.9 g
3 Tyler Brown TN Christian Brothers 2025 C 25.5 g
4 Caden Freeman TN Arlington 2024 OF 24.2 g
5 Ethan Finch TN Christian Brothers 2023 2B 23.6 g
6 David Hamilton TN Grace Christian 2023 RHP 21.0 g
7 Matthew Autry TN Collierville 2023 OF 20.6 g
8 Logan Davidson TN Henry County 2025 3B 19.4 g
9 Adam Gordon TN Friendship Christian 2024 OF 19.2 g
10 Hayden Burks TN Halls 2024 2B 17.7 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Carter McKay TN Arlington 2024 1B 27.0 g
2 Will Holyfield TN Crockett County 2023 C 21.2 g
3 Caden Freeman TN Arlington 2024 OF 19.2 g
4 Ethan Finch TN Christian Brothers 2023 2B 18.4 g
5 Adam Gordon TN Friendship Christian 2024 OF 15.6 g
6 Tyler Brown TN Christian Brothers 2025 C 15.6 g
7 David Hamilton TN Grace Christian 2023 RHP 15.4 g
8 Matthew Autry TN Collierville 2023 OF 14.9 g
9 Logan Davidson TN Henry County 2025 3B 13.2 g
10 Hudson Cepparulo TN Henry County 2023 1B 13.0 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. From a prospect outlook, rotational acceleration is the ceiling of the hitting profile. Higher rotational acceleration allows players to make later decisions on pitches, which is an emphasis as they rise levels into tougher pitching. 

For a complete look at each of the statistics measured at this showcase, CLICK HERE.

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