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NorCal ProCase Preview: Blast Leaders


PBR California Staff

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LATHROP, CALIF. - One of the important tools Prep Baseball Report has implemented at its events is the use of Blast Motion sensors. During batting practice, the Blast Motion sensors measure Swing and Impact Metrics across several categories. Swing metrics measure pre-impact mechanics centered around plane, connection, and rotation while impact metrics measure pre-impact performance outcomes based on ball contact.

With the Blast Motion sensor, we were able to collect data from each swing taken by each prospect at the event. Some of the metrics collected include: Bat Speed, On Plane Efficiency, Peak Hand Speed, Power and Rotational Acceleration. Those metrics are published in this piece.

Each player has their Blast Motion metrics uploaded into their profiles following the completion of the event providing insight into areas that could be improved upon as well as helping paint a clear picture of the player to the college and professional scouts doing their research on prospects they may be interested in. The full list of metrics recorded are; on plane efficiency, rotational acceleration, early connection, connection at impact, bat speed, attack angle, vertical bat angle, time to contact, peak hand speed, and power kW. Each of those data points live in the players' profiles.

Many of the players in the event were uncommitted and many put up some impressive numbers, below we list the top players in four categories.

NOTE: Each player had two rounds and upwards of 20 swings recorded.

CATEGORICAL LEADERBOARDS


Average Bat Speed

Bat Speed is the observed speed of the sweet spot of the bat at impact. For more info: Blast Bat Speed 

MLB Avg: 66-78 mph | MiLB: 63-75 mph | College: 66-75 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (avg)
1 Jonas Salk CA Sir Francis Drake 2022 SS 73.5 mph
2 Colin Spear CA Sacred Heart Cathedral 2022 1B 73.1 mph
3 JC Agard CA Sacred Heart Cathedral 2022 3B 71.8 mph
4 Jaron Nevarez CA San Ramon Valley 2022 OF 71.6 mph
5 Gavin Ducker CA Palma 2022 C 71.5 mph
6 Max Ross CA St. Francis 2022 OF 70.2 mph
7 Luca Bove CA Redwood 2022 OF 70.0 mph
8 Logan Gibson CA Enochs 2022 OF 69.5 mph
9 Sam Purgason CA Truckee 2022 3B 69.2 mph
10 Conner Smith CA Capital Christian 2022 C 68.8 mph
11 Derek Bartram CA Novato 2022 OF 68.6 mph
12 Luke Rossi CA Palma 2022 3B 68.3 mph
13 Drew Anderson CA Vista del Lago 2022 3B 68.0 mph
14 Zachary Yorke CA Archbishop Mitty 2022 C 67.8 mph
15 Mikey Bell CA San Joaquin Memorial 2022 SS 67.6 mph
16 Griffen Sotomayor CA Turlock 2022 C 67.4 mph
17 Cole Fellows CA Clovis North 2022 2B 67.3 mph
18 Danny Peters CA Palo Alto 2022 RHP 67.2 mph
19 Joseph Cardinale CA Palma 2022 SS 67.1 mph
20 Will Bowen CA Serra 2022 OF 66.5 mph

Peak Hand Speed

Peak Hand Speed is 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. For more info: Peak Hand Speed

MLB Avg: 23-29 mph | MiLB Avg: 22-28 mph | College Avg: 21-24 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Colin Spear CA Sacred Heart Cathedral 2022 1B 26.0 mph
2 Cole McGowan CA Redwood 2022 OF 24.8 mph
3 Jonas Salk CA Sir Francis Drake 2022 SS 24.7 mph
4 Jaron Nevarez CA San Ramon Valley 2022 OF 24.4 mph
^ Sam Purgason CA Truckee 2022 3B 24.4 mph
5 Derek Bartram CA Novato 2022 OF 23.9 mph
6 Luca Bove CA Redwood 2022 OF 23.6 mph
7 Cole Fellows CA Clovis North 2022 2B 23.5 mph
8 JC Agard CA Sacred Heart Cathedral 2022 3B 23.3 mph
9 Gavin Ducker CA Palma 2022 C 23.2 mph
10 Luke Rossi CA Palma 2022 3B 23.1 mph
11 Will Bowen CA Serra 2022 OF 23.0 mph
12 Conner Smith CA Capital Christian 2022 C 22.8 mph
^ Max Ross CA St. Francis 2022 OF 22.8 mph
13 Drew Anderson CA Vista del Lago 2022 3B 22.7 mph
14 Jake Cross CA Alameda 2022 RHP 22.5 mph
15 Zachary Yorke CA Archbishop Mitty 2022 C 22.2 mph
16 Jared Mettam CA Half Moon Bay 2022 SS 22.0 mph
17 Joseph Cardinale CA Palma 2022 SS 21.7 mph
18 Jack Vanoncini CA Carlmont 2022 C 21.6 mph
19 Griffen Sotomayor CA Turlock 2022 C 21.4 mph
20 Brandon Forrester CA Jesuit 2022 SS 21.3 mph

Average On-Plane Efficiency

Measures the percentage of your swing where the bat is on the swing plane. Your vertical bat angle at contact establishes the plane for that swing. Plane is a great indicator for making more consistent contact on the barrel of the bat. For more info: On-Plane Efficiency

Ideal Efficiency %: 70% or Higher | Range: 65%-85%

Rank Name State School Class Pos On Plane Eff (avg)
1 Luke Rossi CA Palma 2022 3B 88 %
2 Brandon Forrester CA Jesuit 2022 SS 87 %
3 Myles Terrell CA Inderkum 2022 2B 78 %
^ Zachary Yorke CA Archbishop Mitty 2022 C 78 %
4 Max Ross CA St. Francis 2022 OF 77 %
5 Derek Bartram CA Novato 2022 OF 75 %
6 Zach Lewis CA Pacific Grove 2022 SS 74 %
7 Joseph Cardinale CA Palma 2022 SS 72 %
8 Cole Fellows CA Clovis North 2022 2B 71 %
9 Cole McGowan CA Redwood 2022 OF 69 %
10 Jaron Nevarez CA San Ramon Valley 2022 OF 67 %
11 Luca Bove CA Redwood 2022 OF 67 %
12 Sam Purgason CA Truckee 2022 3B 66 %
13 Jacob Cullen CA Vista Del Lago 2022 C 66 %
14 Casey Threats III CA Pittsburg 2022 SS 66 %
^ Ryan Lee CA St. Francis 2022 C 66 %
15 Tyson Smith CA St. Francis 2022 C 65 %

Average Rotational Acceleration

Measures how quickly your bat accelerates into the swing plane. Rotation is a good indicator of how you build bat speed by sequencing properly. The quicker your rotational acceleration, the more power you will have and the more time you have to adjust to pitch locations. For more info: Rotational Acceleration

MLB Avg: 16.8 g | MiLB Avg: 12.6 g | College Avg: 12.9 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Jaron Nevarez CA San Ramon Valley 2022 OF 22.3 g
2 Cole McGowan CA Redwood 2022 OF 21.5 g
3 Will Bowen CA Serra 2022 OF 21.1 g
4 JC Agard CA Sacred Heart Cathedral 2022 3B 19.5 g
5 Derek Bartram CA Novato 2022 OF 19.1 g
6 Griffen Sotomayor CA Turlock 2022 C 18.6 g
7 Gavin Ducker CA Palma 2022 C 18.5 g
8 Jonas Salk CA Sir Francis Drake 2022 SS 17.8 g
9 Luke Rossi CA Palma 2022 3B 17.8 g
10 Colin Spear CA Sacred Heart Cathedral 2022 1B 16.4 g
11 Casey Threats III CA Pittsburg 2022 SS 15.7 g
12 Mikey Bell CA San Joaquin Memorial 2022 SS 15.7 g
13 Brandon Forrester CA Jesuit 2022 SS 15.3 g
14 Max Ross CA St. Francis 2022 OF 14.9 g
15 Anthony Bianchina CA De La Salle 2022 SS 14.6 g
16 Myles Terrell CA Inderkum 2022 2B 13.2 g
17 Zachary Yorke CA Archbishop Mitty 2022 C 13.1 g
18 Joseph Cardinale CA Palma 2022 SS 12.4 g
19 Zach Lewis CA Pacific Grove 2022 SS 12.4 g
20 Luca Bove CA Redwood 2022 OF 11.7 g

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