Milwaukee Preseason ID: Blast Motion Board


Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On March 19, PBR Wisconsin hosted its largest event on the state’s showcase calendar: the Milwaukee Preseason ID at the MOSH Performance Center in Franklin, Wis. Nearly 200 players from across the state met at the facility just south of Milwaukee to participate in the final Preseason ID event on our winter circuit. This was the second annual Milwaukee ID, and it’s becoming one of the most important events on our winter calendar, too.

Earlier this week we published Quick Hits highlighting the top prospects of the event by class. We also rolled out a Statistical Analysis, bringing you a quick statistical analysis of those that participated in the event. We then dove deep into the data, looking at the pitch metrics and batted ball numbers from this event inside our TrackMan Files piece.

Today, with the help of our Blast Motion sensors, we're analyzing the swing metrics measured on Saturday at this high-caliber showcase.

Hand Speed (Peak & Average)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Leo Berger WI Rufus King 2023 OF 27.4 mph
2 Chase Baker WI Mukwonago 2024 LHP 27.2 mph
3 Crete Slattery WI Lake Geneva Badger 2023 3B 26.9 mph
4 Milo Upton WI De Pere 2024 1B 26.8 mph
5 Brett Sommer WI Hortonville 2023 2B 26.6 mph
6 Aiden Swartwout WI Port Washington 2023 3B 26.5 mph
7 EJ Kuster WI Greendale 2023 RHP 26.4 mph
8 Michael Comber WI Verona Area 2023 1B 26.2 mph
9 Nathan Vela WI Hortonville 2023 RHP 26.1 mph
10 Nicholas Guidici WI Monona Grove 2024 OF 26.0 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Crete Slattery WI Lake Geneva Badger 2023 3B 26.0 mph
2 Brett Sommer WI Hortonville 2023 2B 25.7 mph
3 Leo Berger WI Rufus King 2023 OF 25.6 mph
4 Aiden Swartwout WI Port Washington 2023 3B 25.5 mph
5 Michael Comber WI Verona Area 2023 1B 25.1 mph
6 Tyler Johnson WI Slinger 2023 OF 25.1 mph
7 Nicholas Guidici WI Monona Grove 2024 OF 24.9 mph
8 Chase Baker WI Mukwonago 2024 LHP 24.9 mph
9 Nathan Schopf WI Oak Creek 2025 C 24.8 mph
10 Milo Upton WI De Pere 2024 1B 24.7 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 Nathan Schopf WI Oak Creek 2025 C 77.2 mph
2 EJ Kuster WI Greendale 2023 RHP 77.0 mph
3 Parker Wyatt WI Marquette 2023 OF 76.4 mph
4 Christian Counard WI Southern Door 2023 OF 76.2 mph
5 Vidal Colon WI University School of Milwaukee 2023 C 75.5 mph
6 Nathan Vela WI Hortonville 2023 RHP 75.4 mph
7 Peter Johnson MN Blake School 2022 C 75.4 mph
8 Milo Upton WI De Pere 2024 1B 74.5 mph
9 Preston Steiner WI Potosi 2023 LHP 73.8 mph
10 Colin Henry WI South Milwaukee 2023 1B 73.7 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 Brett Sommer WI Hortonville 2023 2B 36.0 g
2 Nathan Schopf WI Oak Creek 2025 C 31.7 g
3 Nicholas Guidici WI Monona Grove 2024 OF 31.2 g
4 Lucas Farin WI Franklin 2023 OF 30.1 g
5 Aiden Swartwout WI Port Washington 2023 3B 29.6 g
6 Nathan Vela WI Hortonville 2023 RHP 28.2 g
7 Wesley Lindee WI Arrowhead 2024 2B 27.4 g
8 Yamato Takahashi WI Arrowhead 2025 OF 27.0 g
9 Joseph Halser WI Marquette University 2024 OF 26.9 g
10 Turner Kuhnke WI Hortonville 2025 C 25.9 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Brett Sommer WI Hortonville 2023 2B 30.5 g
2 Nathan Schopf WI Oak Creek 2025 C 26.2 g
3 Lucas Farin WI Franklin 2023 OF 25.9 g
4 Nicholas Guidici WI Monona Grove 2024 OF 25.4 g
5 Aiden Swartwout WI Port Washington 2023 3B 24.1 g
6 Joseph Halser WI Marquette University 2024 OF 23.9 g
7 Parker Wyatt WI Marquette 2023 OF 22.3 g
8 Yamato Takahashi WI Arrowhead 2025 OF 21.7 g
9 Turner Kuhnke WI Hortonville 2025 C 21.6 g
10 Nathan Vela WI Hortonville 2023 RHP 21.1 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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