Southern Wisconsin Open: Blast Motion Board


By: Diego Solares
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

On Oct. 16, the PBR Wisconsin hosted its last open showcase of 2021: the Southern Wisconsin Open. Perennially, this showcase helps introduce our staff to new need-to-know players in the state that we’d not yet seen before, as well as provided us with updated looks at players who’ve earned our attention in the past.

Yesterday we published a Statistical Analysis, bringing you a quick statistical analysis of those that participated in the event, as well as a quick nugget on which players stood out. We then started to dive deeper into the data, looking at the pitch metrics and batted ball numbers from this event inside our TrackMan Files piece.

Now we'll continue to roll out the data we gathered from this event by taking a look at the swing metrics collected during batting practice thanks to our Blast Motion sensors. Below we'll highlight which players from this event stood out amongst their peers from a swing metrics standpoint.

Hand Speed (Peak & Average)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Nolan Warzynski WI Waukesha North 2023 OF 25.8 mph
2 Wyatt Rushing WI Elkhorn 2024 RHP 25.3 mph
3 Eli Pantzlaff WI Waukesha West 2023 1B 25.1 mph
4 Dylan Bass IL Glenbrook North 2022 OF 25.0 mph
5 Noah Vernon WI Sussex Hamilton 2024 C 24.8 mph
6 Leo Koenig WI Edgewood 2023 C 24.7 mph
^ Broden Jackson WI Milton 2024 OF 24.7 mph
7 Connor Harvie WI Waterford Union 2025 C 24.4 mph
8 Christian Lim WI Brookfield Central 2024 C 24.1 mph
9 Charlie Kober WI Milton 2024 3B 24.0 mph
10 Kaleb Steinmetz WI William Horlick 2023 SS 23.9 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Eli Pantzlaff WI Waukesha West 2023 1B 23.6 mph
2 Broden Jackson WI Milton 2024 OF 23.5 mph
3 Noah Vernon WI Sussex Hamilton 2024 C 23.3 mph
^ Connor Harvie WI Waterford Union 2025 C 23.3 mph
4 Dylan Bass IL Glenbrook North 2022 OF 23.1 mph
5 Wyatt Rushing WI Elkhorn 2024 RHP 23.1 mph
6 Christian Lim WI Brookfield Central 2024 C 23.1 mph
7 Leo Koenig WI Edgewood 2023 C 23.0 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 Broden Jackson WI Milton 2024 OF 76.3 mph
2 Dylan Bass IL Glenbrook North 2022 OF 75.8 mph
3 Eli Pantzlaff WI Waukesha West 2023 1B 75.0 mph
4 Christian Lim WI Brookfield Central 2024 C 71.2 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 Eli Pantzlaff WI Waukesha West 2023 1B 29.1 g
2 Christian Lim WI Brookfield Central 2024 C 27.7 g
3 Bryce Heil WI Wausau West 2022 1B 24.8 g
4 Zachary Kiffmeyer WI Oshkosh North 2025 C 24.4 g
5 Wyatt Rushing WI Elkhorn 2024 RHP 24.1 g
6 Cael Lynch WI Franklin 2023 C 23.9 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Eli Pantzlaff WI Waukesha West 2023 1B 25.8 g
2 Bryce Heil WI Wausau West 2022 1B 20.4 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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