Prep Baseball Report

McHenry Rising Stars ID: Preview Story

By: Gavin Smith
Area Scout, Content

This Saturday, February 10th, the Prep Baseball Illinois team is hosting the McHenry Rising Stars ID at Pro Player Academy in McHenry, Ill. This is an open event for all high school classes (2028-29), and gives our staff an ample look at the area's top players.

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.


We've been hosting this event for the past five 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.

Last year’s roster alone saw four players go on to compete at the 2023 PBR Junior Future Games with C/INF Myles Broome (Brother Rice, 2027), OF/RHP Wade Ozement (Crystal Lake Central, 2027), UTL/RHP Kash VanHouten (Canton, 2027) and RHP/INF Kaden Wasniewski (McHenry, 2027) all being selected to represent Team Illinois.

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.


Because of the high number of prospects set to attend Saturday’s event, it is imperative that you read our 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.


Due to the space in the facility, parents will not be allowed inside. And as a reminder, we will be running the 30-yard dash at this event, due to space limitations.


  • All Position Players: 8:45 AM
  • All Pitcher-only’s: 11:30 AM
  • Catchers will stay for both sessions.


Click here to learn more about our tech partners that have enhanced our players showcase experience. Partners like TrackMan, Vizual Edge, 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.