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PINE BLUFF, AR — The PRO-DAY Youth Baseball Camp for ages 8-12 years old will be held this summer on June 11-15 at Historic Taylor Field in Pine Bluff.
The PRO-DAY Camp is sponsored by New Life Church of Pine Bluff and will be a week of fun.
“We’re so excited to host this baseball camp for the kids of Pine Bluff,” said Pastor Matt Mosler of NLC. “I mean what’s better during the summer time than baseball, hot dogs and family!”
The Baseball Camp is “Free” and will be held from 9 am - 2 pm daily and lunch will be served each day to the campers.
“It’s going to be a wonderful week,” said Jeff Gross, Founder/CEO of PRO-DAY Baseball. “The players will not only be taught the fundamentals of baseball (Hitting, Fielding, Pitching and Base-Running) but will get to hear a daily devotion from the staff.
“Russ Sparks who is instrumental in helping make this event possible is one of the coaches on the field, along with other area high school coaches, college players along with PRO-DAY,” said Gross.
“Baseball is such a great sport and I know the rich tradition baseball has had in Pine Bluff which is why having this camp at Taylor Field is so perfect,” said Mosler.
Players may check-in/complete registration on Monday morning at 8:30 am at Taylor Field.
Vidit www.pro-daybaseball.com or by voice message at 1-888-224-6150 for more information.
High School Coaches/College players can reach Russ Sparks at 1-870-718-2570.
My Tribute to #11
By: Jeff Gross
It was the Summer of 1999, that I walked into Dick Howser Stadium at Florida State University for the very first time to meet coach Mike Martin, who others call “11”.
On that day, Coach Mike Martin welcomed over 300 campers from across the United States, which was very impressive to see players stand up when Coach Martin called out their state and over 30-states were represented to go along with 2-3 countries that came to Tallahassee (FL) to learn baseball that summer.
Thanks to my friend Bill Hamilton, Head Baseball Coach at Pensacola Junior College, who recommended me to Chip Baker, FSU assistant baseball coach and camp director, to help work the weeks camp.
Chip, known as “Big Shooter” not due to his height, but because he was the guy that made everything happen, would introduce me to the campers.
I like to introduce Jeff Gross, who scouted with the Texas Rangers, Coached at University of Arkansas-Monticello, Scouted with Chicago Cubs, and was Co-Owner/President of Professional Independent Minor League Club, Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball and coaches at Pensacola Junior College is one of our coaches here this week, along with the FSU Staff.
That’s when I finally met Coach Martin, when I got finished saying a few words to the campers, he called me over to where he was sitting and said Jeff welcome to Florida State, I’m so glad to have you working with us at camp this week then we talked about the same baseball fraternity coaches we both knew.
He was very easy to talk to with that Southern accent draw that he carries with him, using words like “Partner” and “Daggum” and from there our friendship would begin.
The next 15-years, I had a front row seat next to him evaluating hitters at his Advance Baseball Camp, watching him speak to each hitter and shake their hand that came out of the Batting Cage on the Field that today is named after him.
He would sit between myself and the Pitching Coach getting pitching readings from our radar guns during pitching evaluations.
Future baseball legends came to Mike Martin Camps over the years. Names like Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones and JD Drew.
Later, I would get to work with and see a young talented Buster Posey, Justin and BJ Upton, along with Stephen Drew to name a few that attended Camp.
I was able to build coaching relationships thru “11’s” staff that went on to be successful coaches across the country.
One is Chip Baker, who has been beside Martin 34 of his 39-years. Serving as assistant coach for first 18-years and Director of Baseball Operations for past 16.
Chip is one of my very best friends, who was there for me along with “11” when my father passed with cancer in 2003.
In 2012, when my brother passed, Chip was right there for me making that 1,300 mile trip to Arkansas to give the Eulogy at his service.
That’s the kind of real people that “11” and Chip represent for the past four decades at Florida State University. No wonder the Florida State University Alumni Association has honored them into the “Circle of Gold”.
Martin has taken FSU to 38 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances and has made 16 College World Series Appearances. He has never had less than a 40 win season as the head coach of Florida State. Also having 24 seasons with 50 wins or more. Mike Martin has been a part of 2,187 games at Florida State including playing and coaching out of the 3,850 total baseball games played in Florida State University baseball history.
Over the years, Florida State under Martin has had ninety-three All-Americans, forty-one players inducted into the Hall of Fame, and sixty-two players that went on to play Major League Baseball.
Former Seminoles who have gone on to have success include Randy Choate, J. D. Drew, Stephen Drew, Ron Fraser, Johnny Grubb, Terry Kennedy, Doug Mientkiewicz, Buster Posey, Shane Robinson, Larry Rothschild, Tony La Russa, Paul Sorrento, Kevin Cash, Woody Woodward, Deion Sanders and Jameis Winston.
When you think of “Great” Ball Players/Coaches that have had their numbers retired and that are remembered by, you think of many from the New York Yankees who head the list. If Mike Martin was a Yankee, he would follow Dick Howser, just like he did at FSU with #11.
# 1 - Billy Martin
# 2 - Derek Jeter
# 3 - Babe Ruth
# 4 - Lou Gehrig
# 5 - Joe DiMaggio
# 6 - Joe Torre
# 7 - Mickey Mantle
# 8 - Yogi Berra
# 9 - Roger Maris
#10 - Dick Howser
# 11 - MIKE MARTIN
Thank goodness for Florida State Fans that he was a “Nole” & “11” there, with the impact that he has had on college baseball and so many players life’s he has touched and coaches at all levels is overwhelming.
For the ones who know Mike Martin the coach, we still call him “11”.
In College Baseball he’s “1”. The # 1 winningest college baseball coach of All-time and maybe # 1 in college baseball FOREVER!
PINE BLUFF, AR Former PRO-DAY Baseball standout Jakobi Jackson of Pine Bluff Watson Chapel High School (AR) has signed to play baseball at Crowder College in Neosho (MO).
Jackson, an outfielder/pitcher attended PRO-DAY’s Underclass Showcase early in his high school career, and his performance earned the attention of scouts and coaches throughout the southeast.
Jakobi received college scholarship offers from both four-year and two-year colleges. At the end of the day, he chose Crowder College over others that would have loved to had his bat in the top of their batting order.
Hall-of-Fame Scout Bill Earnhart, a 40-year veteran major league scout saw Jackson at PRO- Day’s Underclass Showcase in Pine Bluff, AR.
“Yes, I remember Jakobi,” said Earnhart. “ He caught our eyes early on. We look forward to watching his success after high school and wish him the best.”
If you like to be apart of PRO-DAY, visit: www.pro-daybaseball.com or call: 1-888-224-6150.
HAMBURG, AR — Hamburg High’s Steven Huff, has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Central Baptist College in Conway.
Huff made the PRO-DAY Fall Showcase Team circuit this past September, where he was seen by head college coaches, recruiting coordinators and professional scouts.
Those four college fall weekend stops included: Three Rivers CC, Ouachita Baptist University, Lyon College and University of Central Arkansas.
Huff drew interest along the way, but it was at PRO-DAY’s UCA Showcase, where CBC Coach Frank Lee saw him and placed him on his follow list.
“Steven did some good things at PRO-DAY,” said Bill Earnhart, long-time Major League Scout & National Scouting Director for PRO-DAY Baseball. “He was in the Low 80’s with a slider and showed bat speed at the plate.”
The pitcher/infielder/outfielder hit an impressive .466 his senior year going 27-58, with 14-runs scored, a home run and 12 RBI’s.
On the mound, Steven struck out 43 batters while walking 16 in 33 innings. He ended with an 3.61 ERA.
“We wish Steven much success at the next level,” said Jeff Gross, CEO/Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball. “On the ball field, classroom and in life.”
For information on future PRO-DAY Summer/Fall Events, visit: www.pro-daybaseball.com or call: 1-888-224-6150.
PRO-DAY ARKANSAS SUMMER SHOWCASE TEAM WILL PLAY IN EVENTS IN ARKANSAS & SOUTHERN MISSOURI AREAS
The PRO-DAY Summer Showcase Team is for players in high school classes 2018-2022 that would like to play a limited schedule and at the same time, receive lots of exposure, while being coached by professional scouts and evaluated by college coaches.
PRO-DAY will host up to three weekend tournaments with players visited up to four college campuses for a professional workout, games and campus tours in June/July, announced Jeff Gross, CEO/Founder of Baseball.
Since 1989, PRO-DAY has taught the game of baseball to players of all ages and in 2001 PRO-DAY started expanding into over 14-states with State, Regional & National Showcase events.
PRO-DAY has helped over thousand players receive scholarships to go off to college and sent over hundreds of players into professional baseball.
From former Chicago Cubs World Series Champion Pitcher Travis Wood, who came to PRO-DAY as a freshman in high school to most recent Cleveland Indians "Top Prospect" Bobby Bradley, who also started with PRO-DAY as a freshman. Bobby is a former PRO-DAY All-American and Home Run Derby Champion, who was headed to LSU before signing with the Indians after being selected in the 3rd round of the Major League Baseball Player's Draft.
PRO-DAY's staff has over 100-years of experience in professional baseball either as a scout, coach or player led by PRO-DAY National Scouting Director Bill Earnhart, a Hall-of-Fame Scout and member of the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks.
World Series Champion Boston Red Sox Scout Danny Watkins, has been scouting at PRO-DAY's events for over a decade.
"I've been to lots of showcases and workouts over the years, one things for sure PRO-DAY Baseball does it has good as any.
"PRO-DAY will give you a true evaluation and will follow your progress to help you have an opportunity to get to the next level,"said Watkins.
Former San Francisco Giants World Series Champion Scout Hugh Walker, who played for Gross in the Minor Leagues, echoed Watkins remarks in the past.
"If you want to have a chance to be seen by college coaches and scouts,"said Walker. "I encourage you to attend PRO-DAY."
Limited spots are available for players to register, so sign-up today. For additional information, contact PRO-DAY Baseball at 1-888-224-6150 or send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
POPLAR BLUFF, MO -- PRO-DAY Baseball will conduct their Missouri Regional Showcase for high school players on Tuesday, June 26th at Three Rivers Community College, announced Jeff Gross, CEO/Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball.
The Missouri Showcase is open for high school players in classes 2018-2022 and the event will be conducted by PRO-DAY Baseball and be evaluated by college coaches and professional scouts in "All" areas of hitting, fielding, pitching and running. The players will receive their evaluation reports back to them at the end of the showcase on how they performed with that information going off to three colleges of the players choice.
Since 1989, PRO-DAY Baseball has been teaching the game of baseball to players of all ages and in 2001 started hosting State, Regional, National and World Showcases across the United States to high school players to help them get drafted in professional baseball or help them to receive scholarships to go off to college.
Hundreds of players have went into professional baseball from attending PRO-DAY Baseball events with hundreds and hundreds of others receiving scholarships to go off to college that has saved families over $38.5 million in tuition cost/fees since PRO-DAY was founded.
"We always like to host an event at Three Rivers Community College in the Southeastern Missouri Area," said Gross. "There is lots of talent that we've been able to find in this area over the years that we were able to help find a college home for and also help Coach Burkey bring to Three Rivers in the past”
PRO-DAY's staff has over 100-years experience in professional baseball either as a player, coach or scout. PRO-DAY Baseball is about "Helping Players Advance to the Next Level" whether that is the professional or collegiate level.
Sign-up early, the showcase is "Limited". For more information visit: www.prodaybaseball.com or call 1-888-224-6150.
PINE BLUFF, AR — PRO-DAY standout Jared Turner of Little Rock Parkview had an outstanding performance at the 15th Annual Billy Bock Classic in Pine Bluff (AR).
Turner, who plays all positions on the field (except catcher & first-base and probably could play there also) was 5 for 6 (.833 BA) with four doubles, four runs scored, two base-on-balls and a RBI in two games in the Bock Classic.
On the season, Jared is batting an impressive .429 going 12-28 with 18 runs scored, seven RBI’s, five doubles and 12 stolen bases.
He has helped lead his Parkview High team to one of its best early season starts (8-Wins) in years.
Jared, a 2018 graduate, participated in PRO-DAY’s Fall Showcases and has drawn interest from both 2-year and 4-year colleges.
Turner comes from an athletic family, where his father (Victor) was a pitcher on back-to-back Arkansas State Championship teams at Pine Bluff High and was a quarterback in college, helping lead the University of Central Arkansas to the NAIA National Football Championship in 1984 & 1985.
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For information on how to be apart of PRO-DAY Events and get exposure: Visit: www.pro-daybaseball.com or Call 1-888-224-6150.
The PRO-DAY Hitting DVD is designed to teach players and coaches the proper mechanics for hitting, from T-Ball players all the way to high school and college. Matt Robinson, Florida State and PRO-DAY Hitting Instructor, will develop your swing by using a proven five-step process that has enabled great hitters like A. Rodriguez, B. Posey, along with the Drew & Upton Brothers just to name a few that he has given hitting prep instruction to over the years. This DVD is not designed to change anyone's swing, but it describes the mechanical process that Major League players follow to allow them to keep their bat head in the zone longer and generate backspin on the ball to carry it over the fence.
"Matt Robinson is one of the countries most outstanding hitting instructors. He has worked with over 10,000 hitters over the past 25-years teaching them to become a better hitter," said Jeff Gross CEO/Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball. "It's a must video to learn from one of the games best and experienced instructors."
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MONTGOMERY, AL -- Former PRO-DAY All-American standout outfielder TJ Riles of Ellenwood (GA) is headed to Faulkner University in Montgomery (AL), announced PRO-DAY Baseball.
Riles visited Faulkner and Head Coach Patrick McCarthy shortly after his teams return from the NAIA College World Series, where his Eagles (54-12) finished national champion runner-up for the second consecutive season.
The 6-2/200 Riles, liked everything he saw on his visit and he couldn't turn down the offer and to be apart of a winning program that Coach McCarthy has built at Faulkner.
TJ completed his junior college career and received his associates degree at Wallace-Dothan (AL) where he batted an impressive .386 (71-184) in 57 games which also included four home runs, 43 RBI’s, 38 runs scored to go along with his 23 stolen bases.
His honors also included ranked in the “Top 10” Overall in many categories in Junior College Baseball. Batting Average: .386 (8th), Hits: 71 (3rd), Doubles: 15 (5th), Triples: 10 (1st), RBI’s: 43 (8th), Total Runs: 118 (2nd), Stolen Bases: 23 (2nd) and Slugging Percentage: .641 (4th).
Riles played last season at East Carolina University (NC) and was an everyday starting outfielder while batting .250 for the Pirates.
TJ will now finish his college career and degree at Faulkner University where he received a full scholarship at a program that has played in the championship game three out of the last five seasons, winning the national championship in 2013.
Faulkner University has had some high draft picks in the MLB draft in the past few years that included this past season's shortstop Olivier Basabe who was selected by the San Diego Padres as the 228th pick in the eighth round. The junior out of Maracaibo, Venezuela, became the first NAIA player chosen this season.
Faulkner teammates Tra'mayne Holmes and Ivan Pelaez were selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 11th round and Tampa Bay Rays in the 33rd round, respectively.
Pitcher Corey Black, a fourth round pick by the New York Yankees in 2012, and pitcher Austin Adams, a fifth rounder who went to the Cleveland Indians in 2009, are players drafted in most recent years out of Faulkner.
TJ hopes his dreams can also be fulfilled at Faulkner University to get that chance to play in professional baseball.
His father (Ernest) played nine-years in the major leagues (Milwaukee, San Francisco, Oakland, Houston and Boston) and his mom (Carol) was a four-sport standout athlete in high school.
If his parents talent wasn't enough, his older sisters Kelli (basketball) and Kamri (gymnastics) received full college scholarships and were also outstanding college athletes.
Professional Scouts and College Coaches first noticed TJ at a PRO-DAY Regional Showcase at Florida State University in Tallahassee (FL). His performance from there earned him an invitation to participate in the PRO-DAY “North/South/East/West” National Showcase in Millington (TN) that helped him to be named to the PRO-DAY All-American Team.
“PRO-DAY Baseball truly prepared me for what I’m going through now. PRO-DAY was my first workout and everyone was so knowledgeable and you knew what you needed to work on to become even a better player when you left,” said Riles. “I like the fact that there were a variety of scouts (Pro/College) there to keep an eye on you as you progress through the years. PRO-DAY truly prepared me.”
"We wish TJ the very best this season. For him to get his college degree, stay healthy and put up some good numbers and help his team get back to the College World Series," said Jeff Gross, Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball.
"TJ has a solid family supporting cast," said Gross. "He will be successful in whatever field he chooses, although I see him continuing playing baseball after this season."
For information on how to attend PRO-DAY events, visit: www.pro-daybaseball.com
PINE BLUFF, AR -- Aaron Frazier has signed a letter of intent to play baseball this fall for the University of Arkansas-Monticello.
Frazier, a three-time All-State Baseball standout at Watson Chapel High School made it official today with the signing at his high school with his coaches, teammates, family and friends looking on.
The 6-1/190 right-handed pitcher was vital on Coach Chad Cope's staff at WCHS throughout his high school career. He pitches 84-86 and can reach the upper 80's.
Aaron attended PRO-DAY Baseball Showcases and caught the eyes of College Coaches and Professional Scouts.
"Aaron did well by attending our events and caught our attention and others," said Bill Earnhart, Hall-of-Fame Scout and member of the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks, who is the National Scouting Director for PRO-DAY Baseball. "Especially at our event in Pine Bluff, he really stood out. I wish him much success."
Frazier had several offers and much interest, according to Jeff Gross, Founder of PRO-DAY.
"He had the opportunity to receive scholarships at two-year and four-year colleges," said Gross. "I think UAM is going to be a great fit for him and he will get great tutelage under Coach Harvey and Coach Jelks."
Frazier's deciding factor was, "My interest in the schools agriculture program, as well as the teams success in the last few seasons.
"I have heard nothing but good things about Coach Harvey and Jelks. I think playing for them will benefit me in the present as well as in the future," said Frazier.
Frazier continued, "Attending the PRO-DAY events definitely benefited me. From the advice given from multiple coaches as well as current players, it is very easy to learn how to better yourself mentally as well as physically.
"I would definitely recommend PRO-DAY to any high school player that is seriously interested in playing at the collegiate level," said Frazier.
"PRO-DAY Baseball wishes Aaron much success on the baseball diamond and in his career after baseball," said Gross.
Aaron is the son of Alan and Frances Frazier of Pine Bluff.
More information on PRO-DAY, visit: www.pro-daybaseball.com or call 1-888-224-6150.