Blast Motion Reports: VA/DC State Games


Jason Burton
Richmond Scouting Coordinator


On Sunday, October 25, over 190 players from all corners of the Commonwealth and DC descended on Lynchburg to take part in our inaugural VA/DC State Games. Games and workouts were held at two sites, City Stadium and Liberty University. During the event we compiled swing data and metrics from each player using our Blast Motion sensors. Below are some players who stood out on Blast.

Blast Motion:

During batting practice, the Blast Motion sensors measured 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. Below are the top performers in five of the categories measured using the Blast Motion sensors.

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 (max)
1 Addison Clark VA Carlisle 2021 OF 89.7 mph
2 Camden Nuckols VA St. Christopher's 2022 RHP 88.4 mph
3 Evan Smith VA Briar Woods 2021 3B 86.6 mph
4 Christopher McCullers VA Woodgrove 2023 1B 85.5 mph
5 Ethan Applegate VA Independence 2022 OF 84.1 mph
6 Bryce Dolby VA Independence 2022 RHP 83.9 mph
7 Josh Hand VA Independence 2022 OF 81.7 mph
^ Brett Alvis VA Hanover 2022 LHP 81.7 mph
8 Landon Abrahamson VA Miller School 2022 OF 81.2 mph
9 Nicholas Hamm VA Briar Woods 2022 OF 79.9 mph
10 Zackary Chadwell VA Hickory 2021 RHP 79.4 mph
11 Vincent DiLeonardo VA Fredericksburg Christian 2021 OF 79.1 mph
12 Andrew Brown VA Manchester 2022 OF 78.4 mph
13 Griffin O'Ferrall VA St. Christophers 2021 SS 78.0 mph
14 Luke Calveric VA Mills Godwin 2022 RHP 77.0 mph
15 Kai Leckszas VA Woodrow Wilson 2022 SS 76.8 mph
16 Jerry Barnes III VA First Colonial 2022 C 76.4 mph
17 Michael Williams VA Franklin County 2021 OF 76.0 mph
18 Owen DeShazo VA Hanover 2022 SS 75.9 mph
^ Bryce Suters VA Broadway 2021 OF 75.9 mph
19 Caleb Grizzard VA Cosby 2022 LHP 75.8 mph
20 Henry Cooke VA Miller School 2022 C 75.7 mph

 

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 (max)
1 Jerry Barnes III VA First Colonial 2022 C 33.3 g
2 Vincent DiLeonardo VA Fredericksburg Christian 2021 OF 32.0 g
3 Kyle Carpe VA Stone Bridge 2023 C 30.6 g
4 Evan Schick VA Lake Braddock 2023 SS 29.1 g
5 Michael Dailey VA Prince Edward 2022 OF 27.5 g
6 Cole Feldman VA Midlothian 2023 SS 25.4 g
7 Nicholas Hamm VA Briar Woods 2022 OF 24.7 g
^ Luke Gouldthorpe VA Jefferson Forest 2023 RHP 24.7 g
8 Sean Aronson VA Floyd E Kellam 2022 C 24.5 g
^ Rocco Raynor VA Buckingham County 2023 OF 24.5 g
9 Ashton Hylton VA Franklin County 2024 SS 24.3 g
10 Wade Haney VA Clover Hill 2023 OF 23.6 g
11 Nathaniel Tyree VA Liberty Christian 2023 OF 23.3 g
^ Josh Markley VA Poquoson 2022 OF 23.3 g
12 Cameron Slough VA Glen Allen 2023 C 23.0 g
13 Christian Martin VA Amherst Co. 2021 2B 22.9 g
^ Addison Clark VA Carlisle 2021 OF 22.9 g
14 Will Carter VA Trinity Episcopal 2023 RHP 22.5 g
15 Lucas Hoyes VA Manchester 2023 RHP 21.7 g
16 Logan Overhulser VA Kettle Run 2024 OF 21.6 g
17 Matthew McGovern VA Thomas Dale 2024 OF 21.4 g
18 Ethan Applegate VA Independence 2022 OF 21.3 g
19 Clay Grady VA Nansemond River 2022 SS 21.2 g
20 Trey Ludy VA Cave Spring 2023 SS 21.0 g

 

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 Christian Martin VA Amherst Co. 2021 2B 95 %
2 John Barrett VA Jefferson Forest 2023 RHP 93 %
3 Nathaniel Tyree VA Liberty Christian 2023 OF 92 %
4 Wade Haney VA Clover Hill 2023 OF 90 %
5 Cam Satterfield VA Chatham 2022 C 89 %
6 Charlie Krebs VA Woodgrove 2023 1B 86 %
7 Collin Hughes VA Cosby 2022 C 85 %
8 Luke Gouldthorpe VA Jefferson Forest 2023 RHP 84 %
9 Charlie Knighton VA St. Christopher's School 2023 SS 84 %
10 Landon Griffin VA Thomas Dale 2024 2B 84 %
11 Hayden Wasson VA Powhatan 2022 LHP 82 %
12 Judd Zegarra VA James River (Midlothian) 2024 3B 82 %
13 Jack Wells VA Dinwiddie 2024 SS 82 %
14 Mason Sawyers VA Culpeper County 2022 2B 81 %
15 Jasiah Harris VA St. Stephen's & St. Agnes 2022 SS 80 %
16 Braydon Kelman VA Loudoun County 2023 C 79 %
17 Daniel Lingle VA Benedictine 2023 SS 79 %
18 Jackson Rowe VA James River (Midlothian) 2022 OF 78 %
19 Joe Gomez VA Fluvanna County 2023 SS 78 %
20 Colby Cunningham VA Carlisle 2022 OF 78 %


Power:

The average Power generated during the swing is found from the effective mass of the bat, the Bat Speed at impact, and the average acceleration during the downswing. Power is measured in Watts. Higher Power is achieved when a hitter is able to swing a heavier bat and accelerate it to higher speeds. For more info: Power

MLB Avg: 3.65-5.65 kW MiLB Avg: 3.20-5.20 College Avg: 3.83-5.08

Rank Name Class School Commitment Position Power (kW)
1 Addison Clark 2021 Carlisle VMI OF 7.21 kW
2 Christopher McCullers 2023 Woodgrove WVU 1B/RHP 5.79 kW
3 Camden Nuckols 2022 St. Christopher's VCU 1B/RHP 5.72 kW
4 Ethan Applegate 2022 Independence   OF 5.60 kW
5 Vincent DiLeonardo 2021 Fredericksburg Christian Elon OF/1B 5.59 kW
6 Brett Alvis 2022 Hanover   1B/LHP 5.58 kW
7 Josh Hand 2022 Independence   OF 5.15 kW
8 Jaron McNeil-Ward 2021 Dinwiddie Virginia Tech OF 4.92 kW
9 Jerry Barnes III 2022 First Colonial   C 4.87 kW
10 Zackary Chadwell 2021 Hickory High Point 1B/RHP 4.87 kW
11 Landon Abrahamson 2022 Miller School Dayton OF 4.80 kW
12 Bryce Suters 2021 Broadway JMU OF 4.77 kW
13 John Simmons 2023 Liberty Christian   3B 4.72 kW
14 Michael Williams 2021 Franklin County Radford OF 4.63 kW
15 Joey Duffer 2021 Halifax Concord C 4.62 kW
16 Bryce Dolby 2022 Independence Mississippi RHP/1B 4.57 kW
17 Caleb Grizzard 2022 Cosby ODU OF/LHP 4.51 kW
18 Michael Dailey 2022 Prince Edward   OF 4.50 kW
19 Griffin O'Ferrall 2021 St. Christopher's UVA SS 4.41 kW
20 Sean Aronson 2022 Kellam   C 4.40 kW

 

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 (avg)
1 Vincent DiLeonardo VA Fredericksburg Christian 2021 OF 25.9 mph
2 Wade Haney VA Clover Hill 2023 OF 25.0 mph
3 Kyle Carpe VA Stone Bridge 2023 C 24.7 mph
4 Jerry Barnes III VA First Colonial 2022 C 24.6 mph
5 Andrew Shaffner VA Grayson County 2022 OF 24.4 mph
6 Hayden Wasson VA Powhatan 2022 LHP 24.0 mph
7 Addison Clark VA Carlisle 2021 OF 23.8 mph