McHenry Rising Stars ID: Preview


By: Peter Hamot
Area Scout

This Saturday, Feb. 12, the PBR Illinois team is hosting the McHenry Rising Stars ID at Pro Player Academy in McHenry, Ill. This is an open event for the classes of 2026-2027, and gives our staff an ample look at the area's top players for the coming years.

For a closer look at the showcase details and the technologies we'll have on-site to assist our in-person evaluation for all in attendance, click here. For a complete look at those registered to attend this event, view the most up-to-date version of the roster by clicking here.

EVENT HISTORY

We've been hosting this event for the past three years, and it's consistently provided us a look at prominent players who've later gone on to receive invitations to select events, like the PBR Junior Future Games. Among the players in attendance at this event in 2021, there is already one commitment among them. 

RHP/1B Brady Rosenkranz (Stevenson, 2025) was a standout performer at last year's event, earning himself an invite to the PBR Junior Future Games and later committing to Missouri. SS/RHP (Ryan Dabe (Huntley, 2025) and 3B/RHP AJ Putty (Huntley, 2025) were two other notable names from the event in 2021, both earning invites to the PBR Junior Future Games as well. 

We're looking forward to checking in on the next crop of talent from this event to earn next-level attention in the coming weeks, months, and years.

NEW CHECK-IN PROCESS

Because of the high number of prospects set to attend Saturday's event, it is imperative that you read our adjusted showcase itinerary below, which will allow our staff to swiftly and efficiently educate and evaluate the players set to attend.

Additionally, in an effort to continue and develop contactless check-in strategies, upon arrival, players will scan a QR Code with their smart phone camera that will lead them to a Google Form. On that Form, players will enter their name (matching the spelling on their PBR profile) and hit submit. Upon submission, players will be prompted to click a link that will direct them to their jersey color and number, located next to their registered name.


ITINERARY

Due to state guidelines, and the facility's requirements, there will be a limit to the number of people inside the facility at one time. This showcase will operate in segmented groups, by position, under the format as follows: (Players registered for multiple sessions will need to leave the facility after completing their first session and arrive at the designated check-in time of their next session; parents will not be allowed inside of the facility.)

POSITION GROUPS

+ All Position Players:

  • Check-in: 8:20 a.m.
  • Catchers will stay for both sessions

+ Registered Pitchers-only: 

  • POs check-in: 11:30 a.m.

MORE EVENT DETAILS

Click here to learn more about our tech partners that have enhanced our players showcase experience. Partners like TrackMan and Blast Motion have helped both our in-event evaluation process, as well the compilation of our post-event scouting reports – and they're also a tool for our players to learn more about their measured and collected data, that can be applied to improve upon their game.

Finally, masks are strongly encouraged during non-baseball activity. We will facilitate a contact-less check-in. Staff will wear masks throughout the event. Wear baseball clothes; assigned and numbered PBR jerseys will be provided.

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