West TN Preseason ID: Blast Board
February 10, 2022
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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|
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 Academy||2023||OF||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 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. 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 Academy||2023||OF||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||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 Academy||2023||OF||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.
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