Underclass Open: Vizual Edge Scoreboard


Kevin Cronin and Katherine Andolina

On June 7, the PBR Illinois staff kicked off our summer tour with the Underclass Open, held at Triton College in River Grove, Ill. Previously touted as the Underclass Trials, this event has been a staple on our summer calendar since 2014. It routinely provides us an opportunity to check see prospects prior to the summer circuit kicking off, and this year’s event featured players from the 2024-2026 grad classes.

Last 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. With the help of our Blast Motion sensors, we analyzed the swing metrics in our Blast Motion Board.

Today, we’ll take a look at the top Vizual Edge scores from the event.

EDGE SCORE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Edge Score
1 Zachary Gurland IL Hinsdale Central 2024 OF 82.26
2 Jake Johnson IL Burlington Central 2025 C 78.95
3 Vincent Ippolito IL Willowbrook 2025 C 78.31
4 Cole Douce IL Oak Park-River Forest 2025 MIF 77.53
5 Jude Warwick IL Downers Grove North 2024 SS 76.68
6 Luke McClure IL Champaign Central 2025 OF 76.38
7 Alexander Schiefer IL Kaneland 2024 RHP 75.11
8 Peter Mulhern IL Palatine 2025 3B 74.31
9 Michael Wolverton IL Buffalo Grove 2024 C 73.52

The Edge Score is a comprehensive score out of 100 that takes the core-six visual skills into account, providing athletes, parents, coaches and scouts with a benchmark number for assessing an athlete’s overall visual ability. In general the higher the Edge Score, the higher chance of athletic success. Think of the Edge Score as the 'Sixth Metric' in the standard Five-Tools that make up a ball player.

The average Edge Score for the 2020 MLB Draft Class was 79.3 (of hitters who completed a Vizual Edge test). MLB players we've worked with typically show stronger scores, with elite hitters scoring consistently above 87.0 on their Edge Score.

For a complete look at each of the statistics measured at this showcase, CLICK HERE.

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