McHenry Rising Stars ID: Preview

By: Peter Hamot
Area Scout, Staff Writer

This Saturday, Feb. 11, 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 2027-2028, 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 four 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 three players go on to be selected to the Junior Future Games; with INF/RHP Sean Dabe (Huntley, 2027), INF/RHP Jonathan Osornio (St. Rita, 2026) and INF/RHP 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.

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.


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.)


+ All Position Players:

  • Check-in: 8:30 a.m.
  • Catchers will stay for both sessions

+ Registered Pitchers-only: 

  • POs check-in: 11:30 a.m.


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.

Wear baseball clothes; assigned and numbered PBR jerseys will be provided.

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