Prep Baseball Report

Denver Rising Stars: Quick Hits

Caleb Dameron
Prep Baseball Colorado Staff

On Monday, June 10th, the Prep Baseball Colorado staff hosted the Denver Rising Stars event at the Marucci Clubhouse in Castle Rock, Colorado. This event featured ~20 prospects from the 2028 - 2029 classes and allowed our staff an opportunity to get an in-depth look at the players in attendance. Today we'll continue our deep dive into the data collected at this event within this 'Quick Hits' story.

For complete event results, click here.

Thomas Shank SS / OF / Rock Canyon, CO / 2028

Shank displayed some advanced all-around feel in this event thanks to an exit velocity over 94 mph from the left-side, a fastball over 80 mph on the mound, an 85 mph infield velocity and an 86 mph outfield velocity. The incoming freshman has a high ceiling and plenty of projection on the way with his athletic frame over 6 foot tall and developing strength. 



Connor Thrush OF / RHP / Cherokee Trail, CO / 2028

Thrush was the biggest winner of the Denver Rising Stars event as he posted a 90 mph throwing velocity from the outfield while ramping the fastball up to 85 mph on the mound. We also saw some twitchy strength from Thrush with the bat, giving him plenty of two-way upside at the moment. The Cherokee Trail freshman is worth a close watch moving forward. 



Travis Kenz SS / RHP / Valor Christian, CO / 2028

Kenz is another projectable left-handed bat as he produced a 90 mph exit velocity last Monday. The freshman was able to showcase a smooth stroke with some plate coverage as well. We can also tell you that Kenz chucked 82 mph from the infield with a fastball around 80 mph on the mound and pitchability. 





Colorado Springs Summer ID CO 06/18 Univ. of Colorado-Colorado Springs - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Rising Stars ID CO 06/18 Univ. of Colorado-Colorado Springs - Colorado Springs, CO
Northern Colorado Summer ID CO 07/09 Univ. of Northern Colorado - Greeley, CO
Western Slope Summer ID CO 07/16 Colorado Mesa University - Grand Junction, CO
Future Games (Class of 2026/27) NATIONAL 07/24 LakePoint Sports
Junior Future Games (Class of 2028/29) NATIONAL 07/24 LakePoint Sports
Senior Future Games (Class of 2025) NATIONAL 07/24 LakePoint Sports
Central Region Super Sophomore Games (Colorado Invite) CO 08/03 Creekside Baseball Park - Parkville, MO
Colorado State Games (Invite-Only) CO 08/06 Metro State University - Denver, CO