Prep Baseball Report

Preseason All-State: Underclass Vizual Edge Scoreboard

Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Feb. 26, the PBR Illinois staff hosted the Preseason All-State: Underclass showcase at The MAX in McCook, Ill., featuring many of the state’s top players inside both the 2024 and 2025 classes. This event helped our staff gain a clearer picture of the on-the-rise underclassmen in Illinois, and we’ll begin to break down the excellent thoroughly today and throughout the week. Inside today’s Quick Hits post, we’re highlighting the best of the best – the talent that exited the event as with arrows pointed way up headed into the spring.

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. 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 Gavin Triezenberg IL Brother Rice 2025 SS 87.91
2 Anthony Holloway IL Saint Patrick 2024 OF 87.09
3 Blake Crancer IL Normal West 2024 SS 86.50
4 David Cox IL Nazareth Academy 2024 SS 85.82
5 James Novakovic IL New Trier 2024 SS 84.88
6 Lucas Krebs IL Edwardsville 2025 SS 84.65
7 John McAuliffe IL Marist 2025 OF 83.86
8 Joey Arend IL St. Charles East 2025 OF 83.76
9 Cody Freitas IL Bradley-Bourbonnais 2025 3B 83.12
10 Logan Nagle IL Lockport 2025 1B 82.80
11 Bennett Summers IL Bloomington Central Catholic 2024 SS 82.43
12 Garrett Cox IL Washington 2024 RHP 82.14
13 Matthew Zeman IL Montini Catholic 2024 OF 80.84
14 Michael Kuska IL Pontiac 2024 CF 80.70
15 Gael Urbieta IL loyola academy 2025 C 80.36

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.