Underclass Open: Position Player Analysis


By: Peter Hamot
Area Scout, Staff Writer

On Tuesday, June 7, the PBR Illinois staff kicked off our summer tour with the Underclass Open, held at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois. 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-to-2026 grad classes.

In the week that followed this event, we produced post-event analysis that includes performance highlights inside of our Quick Hits story, a look at the traditional stats measured within our Statistical Analysis piece, batted-ball and pitch data compiled in TrackMan Files, swing metrics captured on the Blast Motion Board, and sight scores from an athletic perspective tracked on the Vizual Edge Scoreboard.

You can learn more about the state-of-the-art technologies featured at our showcases within the hyperlinks above. Today we’ll begin our post-event process by rolling out the individual scouting reports of the day, starting with the position players.

Top Left-handed hitting Position Players 

1. Jude Warwick, Downers Grove North (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 6-0, 135-pounds. Wiry frame.
Hit: LHH. Wide, slightly open setup, fluid load into a simple/short stride.  Loose, athletic, projects, feel for barrel, flashed bat speed, line drive pull side approach, slight lift through the zone.
Power: 90.4 max exit velocity, averaged 82.4 mph. 318’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. Strong, accurate arm, short/quick 3/4 slot, plays from multiple angles.
Defense: Athletic feet through the ball when on the move, clean transfer, feel for the position, soft hands.
Run: 7.02 runner in the 60.

2. Beau McBride, New Trier (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 6-3, 210-pounds. Physical frame for age.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, upright, quick/short stride.  Loose, strong hands, aggressive swing, well above-average bat speed for his age with ability to elevate to the pull-side, feel for barrel.
Power: 93.3 max exit velocity, averaged 78.5 mph. 269’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 83 mph. Low 3/4 slot, some carry, very accurate.
Defense: Quick, athletic feet, plays through the ball with soft hands.
Run: 7.31 runner in the 60. 

3. AJ Manganello, Montini (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-9, 165-pounds. Athletic, well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced setup, simple load into a lift and place stride.  Loose, athletic uphill, line drives, gap to gap approach, feel for the barrel.
Power: 93.7 max exit velocity, averaged 86.8 mph. 339’ max distance.
Arm: LH. C - 72 mph. Low 3/4 release, loose arm action, carry on throws.
Defense: 2.26-2.35 pop times. Quick/clean transfer, feet work in-line to second, deadens ball out front, moves well into blocks.
Run: 7.30 runner in the 60. 

3. Timmy Leark, Oak Park-River Forest (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-9, 150-pounds. Well-proportioned build.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, slightly open setup, smooth load, lift and place stride.  Line drives, level path, finds the barrel, repeats, loose gap to gap approach.
Power: 89.3 max exit velocity, averaged 79.7 mph. 294’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 82 mph. High over the top, accurate, some life, clean exchange.
Defense: Athletic actions, plays through the ball, sure-handed.
Run: 7.51 runner in the 60. 

TOP RIGHT-HANDED HITTING POSITION PLAYERS 

1. Quinn Schambow, Libertyville (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. Athletic, well-proportioned frame with strength.
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced setup, slightly open, fluid load into a knee-knock stride, some hand separation at foot-strike.  Short, quick, balanced, feel for barrel, strong, easy bat speed, repeatable, whole field approach.
Power: 91.4 max exit velocity, averaged 86.5 mph. 331’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 79 mph. High 3/4 release, short arm action, life and carry on throws, consistently on the second-base bag.
Defense: 2.06-2.13 pop times. Quick/clean transfer, moves well out of the crouch, works in-line, athletic blocks. Advanced catcher for his age.
Run: 7.66 runner in the 60. 

2. Jake Johnson, Burlington Central (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-3, 190-pounds. Strong, physical frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, wide setup, knee-knocks into a long stride, fluid load.  Dives, uses the ground to generate energy, loose, slightly uphill, feel for the barrel, easy bat speed.
Power: 89.5 max exit velocity, averaged 81.6 mph. 294’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Over the top release, long arm action, quick exchange, some carry on throws, accurate around the bag.
Defense: 2.12-2.16 pop times. Quick/clean catch and throw, feet work in-line.
Run: 8.11 runner in the 60. 

3. Cameron Steinbaugh, Georgetown-Ridgefarm (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-9, 175-pounds. Athletic, wide-shouldered build.
Hit: RHH. Narrow, upright setup, slightly open, long stride, leg-kick timing trigger, some hand separation at foot strike.  Strong, short, quick swing, repeats, uses the whole field, sneaky strength and jump off the barrel.
Power: 93.8 max exit velocity, averaged 87.7 mph. 336’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. OF - 83 mph. High 3/4 release, short quick arm actions, accurate on bag, some carry on throws from the outfield..
Defense: 2.32-2.46 pop times. C: Clean transfer, directional feet out of the crouch. OF: Steady hands, plays through the ball.
Run: 7.08 runner in the 60. 

BEST OF THE REST (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Kyle Boma, Saint Patrick (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-9, 151-pounds. Well-proportioned build.
Hit: LHH. Narrow, upright setup, slightly open front foot, knee-knocks into a short stride.  Short, level through the zone, line drive approach to his pull-side.
Power: 79.6 max exit velocity, averaged 71.4 mph. 271’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 74 mph. High over the top, short, quick arm action.
Defense: Quick/athletic footwork, soft hands, plays into an athletic crow hop.
Run: 7.30 runner in the 60. 

Justin Butcher, Taft (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: 3B/1B
Body: 5-11, 215-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, weight on back knee, slightly closed, short/repeatable stride, quiet load.  Short quick, gap to gap approach, slightly uphill, some bat speed present.
Power: 87.9 max exit velocity, averaged 77.9 mph. 326’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 77 mph. Loose arm action, short, over high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Some feel, quick feet, quick hands.
Run: 7.77 runner in the 60. 

David DiStefano, Janesville Craig (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: 1B
Body: 6-4, 190-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, open, upright stance, quiet load, short/simple stride.  Some rhythm in swing, short, loose, gap to gap approach.
Power: 88.6 max exit velocity, averaged 82.7 mph. 314’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 74 mph. Short arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Quick feet, loose arm, soft hands, with more in the tank.
Run: 7.48 runner in the 60. 

James Dooman, Glenbrook South (IL), 2026
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-10, 170-pounds. Well-proportioned build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, slightly open, upright, slight knee-knock into a short stride.  Athletic, loose, line drive approach, feel for the barrel, easy bat speed, above average projection.
Power: 87.3 max exit velocity, averaged 79.9 mph. 306’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 68 mph. OF - 81 mph. High 3/4 release, short arm action, clean exchange, accurate.
Defense: 2.43-2.53 pop times. C: Clean transfer, feet work in-line to second on throws. OF: Steady hands, plays through the ball.
Run: 7.51 runner in the 60. 

Cole Douce, Oak Park-River Forest (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: MIF
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds. Well-proportioned build.
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced setup, slightly open front foot, slight knee-knock into a short stride.  Quiet swing, lets the ball travel, uphill path and finishes on balance.
Power: 80.4 max exit velocity, averaged 74 mph. 277’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph. Short out of the glove into a high 3/4 slot, quick/loose arm.
Defense: Athletic mover, fluid feet, soft hands with a clean transfer.
Run: 7.62 runner in the 60. 

Aiden Elliott, Champaign Central (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 6-0, 190-pounds. Physical frame for age.
Hit: RHH. Narrow, balanced setup, short/simple stride.  Short, direct, loose, pull side approach, feel for the barrel, line drives.
Power: 88.3 max exit velocity, averaged 80.5 mph. 316’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 72 mph. Long arm out of the glove into a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Active footwork, steady hands with a clean transfer.
Run: 7.76 runner in the 60. 

Joey Gumuls, Marist (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-9, 155-pounds. Wide-shouldered frame.
Hit: SH. RH: Wide setup, weight stays on back knee, long stride. LH: Upright, narrow, long stride, gains ground.  RH: Long, uphill, line drive gap to gap approach.  LH: loose slightly uphill, finds the barrel, pull side approach.
Power: 85.7 max exit velocity, averaged 76.3 mph. 287’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. OF - 79 mph. High 3/4 release, quick arm, short arm action, some carry.
Defense: 2.27-2.33 pop times. C: Clean transfer, moves well into blocks, feet work in-line, gains ground to second. OF: Steady hands, plays through the ball.
Run: 7.75 runner in the 60. 

Zachary Gurland, Hinsdale Central (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-10, 175-pounds. Athletic, well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic setup, short stride, minimal pre-pitch movement. bat wrap, long, uses legs, rotational long swing, gap to gap approach
Power: 88.6 max exit velocity, averaged 81.9 mph. 296’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. High over the top, long, loose arm action, some carry.
Defense: Quick feet, athletic into crow hop, moves well for size.
Run: 7.57 runner in the 60. 

George Holland, Oak Park-River Forest (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: UTILITY
Body: 6-0, 195-pounds. Athletic, well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced setup, long stride.  Short, quick, balanced, feel for barrel, stong, easy bat speed, repeatable, whole field approach.
Power: 90 max exit velocity, averaged 80.7 mph. 321’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. OF - 77 mph. Long arm out of the glove into a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Athletic, loose arm, soft hands, some feel.
Run: 7.38 runner in the 60. 

Vincent Ippolito, Willowbrook (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-9, 180-pounds. Physical frame for age.
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced setup, leg-kick timing trigger, hangs foot. Long loose, uphill, gap to gap approach, balanced.
Power: 88.6 max exit velocity, averaged 80.8 mph. 313’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. High 3/4 release, long arm action, clean exchange, accurate on bag.
Defense: 2.33-2.39 pop times. Clean transfer, feet work in-line to second.
Run: 7.72 runner in the 60. 

Shawn Krieps, Providence Catholic (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: 2B
Body: 5-8, 132-pounds. Wiry frame.
Hit: RHH. Wide/open setup, short/simple stride, minimal pre-pitch movement.  Short, quick, loose, simple swing, repeats, backspins the baseball, uses all fields.
Power: 78.8 max exit velocity, averaged 72 mph. 232’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 75 mph. Long/loose arm, 3/4 release.
Defense: Soft hands, clean exchange.
Run: 6.92 runner in the 60. 

Luke McClure, Champaign Central (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-10, 150-pounds. Well-proportioned build.
Hit: LHH. Narrow, crouched setup, slightly open setup, works back to the plate with a short stride.  Short, quick, pull side approach, repeats his swing.
Power: 84.4 max exit velocity, averaged 73.2 mph. 314’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 73 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 release, clean exchange.
Defense: Quick/athletic feet, moves well, soft hands.
Run: 7.20 runner in the 60. 

Peter Mulhern, Palatine (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: RHP/2B
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Well-proportioned build.
Hit: RHH. Upright, open setup, leg-lift timing trigger, lift and place stride.  Level through the zone, line drive approach, uses the whole field, some pull side bat speed, occasional barrel.
Power: 87.9 max exit velocity, averaged 79.3 mph. 292’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 76 mph. Long arm into a high 3/4 slot, quick arm.
Defense: Steady hands, clean transfer.
Run: 7.83 runner in the 60. 

Eddie Olszta, Providence Catholic (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 5-9, 150-pounds. Well-proportioned build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, open front foot, quick toe-tap stride, minimal load.  Short, quick, line drive approach, repeats, lets it get deep, balanced, uses the whole field, feel for the barrel.
Power: 85.7 max exit velocity, averaged 79.3 mph. 312’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 83 mph. Short, 3/4 slot, some life on his throws.
Defense: Some feel, soft hands, loose actions,
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60.

Jacob Parr, Montini Catholic (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-2, 175-pounds. Athletic, well-proportioned frame.
Hit: LHH. Upright setup, narrow feet, short/simple stride, minimal wasted movement.  Loose, rotational, uphill, line drive full field, slightly uphill.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 79.7 mph. 302’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 80 mph. Long arm action, low 3/4, loose, some life and carry, accurate around the bag.
Defense: Sure-handed, plays through the ball.
Run: 7.99 runner in the 60. 

Clancy Rogers, Glenbrook South (IL), 2026
Positional Profile: 3B
Body: 6-1, 170-pounds. Wiry frame.
Hit: RHH. Narrow, open setup, knee-knocks into a long stride.  Loose, some bat speed present, slightly uphill.
Power: 86.5 max exit velocity, averaged 79 mph. 299’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 78 mph. Quick arm action, short, quick, loose, life with carry.
Defense: Steady hands, plays through the ball.
Run: 7.80 runner in the 60. 

Sam Ruden, Lyons Township (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/C
Body: 5-10, 170-pounds. Well-proportioned build.
Hit: RHH. Wide setup, simple toe-tap stride, short load. Short, quick, pull side approach, uses legs well.
Power: 91 max exit velocity, averaged 81.4 mph. 348’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. OF - 81 mph. High 3/4 release, long arm action, slow exchange, some life and carry.
Defense: 2.22-2.28 pop times. C: Clean transfer, deadens ball out front on blocks, feet work in-line out of the crouch. OF: Sure-handed defender.
Run: 7.38 runner in the 60. 

Alexander Schiefer, Kaneland (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 5-9, 160-pounds. Well-proportioned build.
Hit: LHH. Wide, balanced setup, short/simple stride.  Repeatable, loose, short, line drive gap to gap approach.
Power: 80.4 max exit velocity, averaged 70.9 mph. 276’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 72 mph. Long arm out of the glove into a 3/4 slot.
Defense: Quick, feet, feel for the position, two handed gather out front.
Run: 8.07 runner in the 60. 

Owen Walsh, Saint Ignatius (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: 3B
Body: 5-11, 155-pounds. Well-proportioned build.
Hit: RHH. Wide, open setup, weight slightly on back-knee, knee-knock stride.  Long, loose, uphill, gap to gap approach.
Power: 84.5 max exit velocity, averaged 75.8 mph. 310’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 75 mph. High 3/4 release, quick arm action, long arm strong, accurate around the bag.
Defense: Active footwork, sure-handed with a quick/clean transfer.
Run: 7.84 runner in the 60. 

Marcus Williams, Montini Catholic (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 6-0, 155-pounds. Long, athletic frame. Projects.
Hit: RHH. Narrow setup, shoulder-width apart, balanced, minimal wasted movement.  Short, quick with extension, gap to gap approach, simple swing.
Power: 83.7 max exit velocity, averaged 77.4 mph. 251’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 67 mph. Low 3/4 arm, short arm action, accurate throws.
Defense: Two hand gather out front, soft hands, clean exchange.
Run: 7.41 runner in the 60. 

Michael Wolverton, Buffalo Grove (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-9, 175-pounds. Wide-shouldered, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open, wide setup, short/repeatable stride. Long, loose, pull side approach, level through the zone.
Power: 83.9 max exit velocity, averaged 76.8 mph. 306’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph. INF - 77 mph. High 3/4 release, short quick arm stroke, some carry, accurate, quick exchange.
Defense: 2.03-2.07 pop times. C: Clean/quick transfer, feet work directionally out of the crouch. INF: Fluid feet, soft hands, clean transfer, two hand gather out front.
Run: 7.50 runner in the 60. Clean, straight line runner.

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