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Little commits to University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, AR -- Brandon Little of Pine Bluff High School (AR), a right-handed pitcher/infielder has committed to play baseball this fall at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff during his announcement ceremony at Historic Taylor Field.

Little was a four-year starter, who was named all-state and all-conference for the Zebras.

Brandon batted .387 (24-62) with a home run, six doubles, 14 RBI's, 15 runs scored and 11 stolen bases his senior year.

He recorded three wins on the pitching mound, striking out 41 batters in 26.1 innings of work.

Pine Bluff High Head Coach Ryan Stinson said, "It's been a pleasure coaching Brandon these past four years. He's a fine young man and attribute to our team. I wish him only the best in the future."

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Little will be playing for UAPB Head Coach Carlos James, who was a former Zebra himself and a teammate of Stinson's in high school, college and professional baseball.

"Coach James showed an interest in me from the beginning," said Little. "They have a very successful program that I grew up watching and wanted to become a part of, plus it was close to home."

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Little continued, "I believe that it will be very fun and a great experience. Coach James is a good coach and I hope to learn even more than I already have."

UAPB Golden Lions Coach Carlos James, said. "He comes from a good baseball family. He's a good academic person and we hope that will translate from the classroom to the ballfield so he can help us early on to get some innings for us in relief and later on in his career hopefully to become a starter."

Little attended PRO-DAY Showcases and was on its' radar throughout his high school career.

"PRO-DAY was a great experience and it was a great way to make new friends and learn new things about the game," said Little. "If I was encouraging a future high-school prospect, I would highly recommend participating in PRO-DAY, that is one of the best ways to get recruited."

Jeff Gross, founder of PRO-DAY Baseball said, "I've known Brandon and his family for many years. Seeing his progress first-hand over the years, it was no doubt that he could play baseball at the next level after high school."

"Brandon had other offers and interest, but at the end of the day, he wanted to stay home and play for his hometown school," said Gross. "I wish him much success in baseball and also in life."

Little was named the first recipient of the John David Barfield Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the former 1983 PBHS state champion pitcher, that went on to pitch with the Texas Rangers, who passed away prior to the beginning of this season.

Brandon is the son of Randy and Toni Little of Pine Bluff.


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Join PRO-DAY's Fall Showcase Team

*UODATE - Players need to report to Ouachita Baptist University Baseball Field in Arkadelphia (AR) on Saturday, September 23rd (Rain or Shine). Come dressed in baseball pants (white or gray), bring all equipment along with Tennis Shoes and cleats. Morning session will be evaluations with ball game scheduled in afternoon.


PRO-DAY Fall Showcases will be held at four college baseball sites in September/October located in Arkansas and Southeastern Missouri announced Jeff Gross, CEO/Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball.

High School prospects (Classes 2018-21) will play in games and go thru professional workouts while being evaluated by professional scouts and college coaches.

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 last years World Champion Chicago Cubs 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, a former PD 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."

The PRO-DAY Fall Showcase will be held on four Saturdays in September/October. "Opening Weekend" - Players will report at 10 am. for professional workout and evaluations.

Sept. 23 - Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR

Sept. 30 - Three Rivers CC in Poplar Bluff, MO

Oct. 7 - Lyon College in Batesville, AR

Oct. 21 - University Central Arkansas in Conway, AR


Players need to register in advance. Additional information contact PRO-DAY Baseball at 1-888-224-6150 or email:


PRO-DAY Baseball Camp set for June 26-27 in Woodville (MS)

WOODVILLE, MS – PRO-DAY Professional Baseball will conduct a Baseball Camp for players in grades 5-12 on June 26-27 at Wilkinson County Christian Academy, announced Jeff Gross, CEO of PRO-DAY.

Gross, has over 30-years experience in Professional Baseball as a Scout and as a college coach. He scouted with the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs for several years, a former Minor League Baseball Club President and Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball, which has conducted Professional Baseball Camps since 1989, teaching the great game of baseball to players of all ages will be conducting the camp along with his staff.

“PRO-DAY Baseball is very excited to come to Woodville and the surrounding area to put on a baseball camp,” said Gross. “Players will get to take in lots of information in a short time from some outstanding instructors to take back home with them to improve in their game.”

Since 2001, PRO-DAY has conducted High School Showcases in over 14-Southeastern States to “Help Players Advance to the Next Level”, whether that would be professionally or collegiately.

Veteran Major League Scout Bill Earnhart, member of the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks, a Hall-of-Fame Scout and former professional players will be working with campers in all areas of hitting, fielding, pitching and base-running during the Clinic.

Jack Cockrum, a catcher, who played professional baseball with Schaumburg Boomers in the Frontier League will be working with the campers. Jack had an outstanding collegiate baseball career at the University of West Alabama where he was an All-American.

Players in grades 5-8 will attend morning sessions on both days from 9 am - 12:00 noon and grades 9-12 afternoon camp session is from 1 pm - 4 pm daily. The two-day cost is $75 per camper with a $10 discount ($65) to each other household family member.

The camp registration is “Limited", so sign- up early by calling Wilkinson County Christian Academy Head Baseball Coach Mac Newcomb at (601) 248-1234.

Make checks payable to:
WCCA Baseball Camp

Send to:
Wilkinson County Christian Academy
Attn: WCCA Baseball Camp/
Coach Mac Newcomb
2420 Hwy 61 South
PO Box 977
Woodville, MS 39669

* Include Players Name, Grade, Age & Session they will attend.

Ralph Gross Memorial Baseball Camp set March 4th at Scrapper Dome in Nashville

NASHVILLE, AR -- PRO-DAY Baseball will host the Ralph Gross Memorial Baseball Camp on Saturday, March 4th from 9 a.m. – 12 noon at the Scrapper Dome Indoor Facility on the campus of Nashville High School, announced Jeff Gross, Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball and son of the late Ralph Gross.

Player’s ages 8-15 years of age will learn hitting, fielding, pitching and base-running from former Texas Rangers/Chicago Cubs Scout during the three hour session.

Gross has worked in baseball on both the professional and minor league levels along with coaching college baseball at the University of Arkansas/Monticello and Pensacola Junior College.

Since he & his late brother (John) founded PRO-DAY Baseball in 1989, they have helped hundreds and hundreds of players advance into professional baseball and with thousands going on to receive scholarships to play college baseball.

Current/Recent Major League players he has been associated with includes: 9-time Gold Glove Winner Torii Hunter (Minnesota Twins), Travis Wood (Chicago Cubs), Justin Upton (Detroit Tigers), BJ Upton (Atlanta Braves), John Buck (Atlanta Braves), Stephen Drew (New York Yankees) & Billy Sadler (San Francisco Giants) to name a few.

"This is a great opportunity for baseball players of all ages to listen to a person who has been in baseball on all levels as a professional scout and a collegiate coach," said Kyle Slayton, head baseball coach at Nashville High. "The knowledge that they will receive in this short time is remarkable and the money that is raised goes to an outstanding cause."

The camp is named in memory of the former 1952 Nashville High graduate who was a five-star athlete in baseball, basketball, football, track and tennis. The money raised for this camp helps go to a student-athlete each year at Nashville High who plans to go off to college to continue their education while playing sports. The Ralph Gross Athletic Scholarship Award has been presented annually since 2003.

The cost of the camp is $50. Visit: to register, email or call: 1-888-224-6150 to reserve you a spot.


5x All-Star & 9-time Gold Glove Winner, Hall-of-Fame Football Star, Texas Rangers Pitcher & Scouts, Pay Tribute to MLB Pitcher John Barfield

By: PRO-DAY Baseball Media Services


Pine Bluff, AR – On New Year's Eve, family, teammates and many friends will pay their respects to John David Barfield who lost his life on Christmas Eve in Little Rock (AR).

Barfield, a 1983 graduate from Pine Bluff High School who went on to pitch in the Major Leagues with the Texas Rangers (1989-91) after being selected in the 11th round of the MLB Draft in 1986.

After leading his Pine Bluff Zebras to the 1983 State Championship, which started a four-year “Arkansas High School Baseball Dynasty” title run (1983-86), Barfield signed to take his talents to Crowder Junior College (Neosho, MO) and then to Oklahoma City University when he was selected 267th overall by the Rangers.

“I remember when the Rangers drafted John David,” said former 45-year major league scout Bill Earnhart, who is the National Scouting Director for PRO-DAY Baseball. “Sandy Johnson (Rangers Scouting Director) asked me to fly into Little Rock from Arlington right after the MLB Draft and I met with John David and his father (Jack) at the coffee shop at the airport.

“He and his father were so nice to me when we met,” said Earnhart, “We visited for a little bit and then I signed him to a professional contract there at the Coffee Shop inside the airport.

'John David was excited to get started,”added Earnhart.”He was above average college pitcher when we drafted him and then worked to become a good “Big League” pitcher. I hate to hear this news, John Barfield was a good guy.”

Five-time All-Star Torii Hunter, a 1993 Pine Bluff High standout, who played with the Minnesota Twins, Anaheim Angels and Detroit Tigers during his career (1997-2015) that led to winning two Silver Slugger Awards and capturing nine “Gold Glove” titles was shocked to hear the news on Barfield.

“Awww man, I can't believe it, “said Hunter, who was celebrating Christmas with his family at his home in Prosper (TX). “He use to come back to Pine Bluff High and throw batting practice to our team, before he would leave for spring training.

“Everyone liked John,”Hunter said. “I really hate to hear this.”

Mike Jeffcoat, a 1977 PBHS graduate was a teammate with Barfield during Johns days with Texas and current Head Baseball Coach at Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth reflected back during his time being a teammate with him.

“John was the type of teammate you liked to have, always positive, happy and enjoyable to be around,” said Jeffcoat. “He was liked by all of his teammates.”

Jeff Gross, a teammate and member of the 83-84 state championships at Pine Bluff was a Ranger Scout (1989-1993) along with his brother John.

“JD was a great teammate and fun to be around,” said Gross. “I remember when we did our first-ever PRO-DAY Baseball Camp in 1989 at Legion Field in Pine Bluff.

“Mike Jeffcoat, my brother, JD and myself worked with about 50 young kids teaching the fundamentals of the game. JD was so wonderful with the players, he stayed and talked to everyone until it was time to lock up the gate.

“Later on when visiting him at a game in Arlington, I was talking to Nolan Ryan waiting on JD to come out of the clubhouse,” said Gross. “JD came over to me and whispered, can you believe I'm playing with Nolan. He was still young at heart while playing a kids game and that's why so many people loved him. Thanks for being a teammate and friend.”

Hall-of-Famer and 11x All-Pro Football player Willie Roaf of the New Orleans Saints (1993-2001) and Kansas City Chiefs (2002-2005) and a 1988 grad of Pine Bluff High School was saddened to get a call while visiting family in Atlanta (GA) before heading back to his Miami (FL) home.

“My condolences goes out to the family,” said Roaf. “We lost one of the great Zebras (PBHS mascot) to ever wear that uniform, a great person, who will be greatly missed.

“I know things weren't always easy for him, but now he's in heaven with our Lord and is in a better place,” said Roaf.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 31st at Ruebel Funeral Home in Little Rock (AR). Visitation will be at 1 pm. and service to begin at 2 pm. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

In Leau of Flowers, the family request donations sent to: Zebra Baseball Club, C/O John Barfield, PO Box 3141, Pine Bluff, AR 71601.

PRO-DAY Fall Showcase ends w/Players Receiving Offers & Underclassmen on Radars

The 2016 PRO-DAY Fall Showcase & Games concluded recently with players participating at Junior College, NAIA & Division I Colleges and at a former Minor League Stadium during the month of September and early October.

Players represented High School Classes 2017-2021 that played in games and went thru professional workouts that were held at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff (MO), Lyon College in Batesville (AR), University of Central Arkansas and the Ole' Professional Park (Taylor Field) that once was the Home of the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Club and most recently the Locomotives in Pine Bluff (AR).

These prospects were evaluated by College Coaches and professional scouts with their grades being sent off to three colleges of the players choice.

Green County Tech High School Prospect Preston Hart of Paragould was the fastest in the 60-yard dash with a 6.84. Garrett Dennis of Watson Chapel High School had the Best "Pop-time" for a catcher at 2.01 and his high school teammate Aaron Frazier was 85 mph off the mound to record the Top Velocity.

Several Players received offers and many others are now on colleges follow list, said Jeff Gross, CEO of PRO-DAY Baseball. "Many of these players that attended was the first time they had went thru a professional workout, evaluated by college coaches and scouts," said Gross. "We had a very outstanding Freshman Class that attended and they are on several radars now, which gives them a chance to get their name out early in their high school career.

"We had seniors who may have not had offers to play at a college and now they do so," said Gross. "PRO-DAY Baseball looks forward to watching these players progress and seeing them advance to the next level."

List of PRO-DAY Prospects that attended:

2017 Arkansas Class - Preston Hart (Paragould), Dylan Montgomery (Greenwood), Chris Bass (Vilonia), Colby Boyd (Paragould), Andrew Cooper (Paragould), Marshall Roberson (Mountain Home), Tripp Cheney (Fayetteville), Hunter Gautreaux (Benton) & Aaron Frazier (Pine Bluff),

2018 Arkansas Class - Bryce Dodd (Fox), Leighton Curry (Banks), Caleb Boyd (Pine Bluff), Gage Reep (Warren) & Garrett Dennis (White Hall),

2018 Mississippi Class - Caleb Baldwin (Clinton).

2019 Arkansas Class - Lain Millerd (Warren), Chris Cobb (Pine Bluff) & Kendall Pope (Banks).

2020 Arkansas Class - Beau Young (Corning), Jackson Henfling (Piggott), Cole Guthrey (Corning), Noah Burton (Harviell) & Michael Palmer (Rector).

2020 Missouri Class - David Dell (Campbell), Dalton Reed (Ellsinore), Carson Webb (Poplar Bluff), Luke Becker (Poplar Bluff), Seth Jones (Harviell), Dawson Hanner (Poplar Bluff) and Noah Burkey (Poplar Bluff).

2021 Arkansas Class - Brayson Smallwood (White Hall).

For more information on PRO-DAY Baseball, visit their website at or call 1-888-224-6150.

PRO-DAY Fall Showcase Starts After Labor Day on Sept. 10

ORANGE BEACH, AL- PRO-DAY Fall Showcases get underway after Labor Day beginning on September 10, according to Jeff Gross, CEO/Founder of PRO-DAY.

The Fall Showcases will be for four consecutive weekends beginning on Sept. 10th with the first event to be held at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff (MO) with the other dates/locations running thru Oct.1st.

"We have moved the start back to after Labor Day weekend to give families one last vacation weekend before getting deep into their school year," said Gross."We are excited to get started and Coach Burkey (Three Rivers CC) is looking forward for us kicking off at his college field."

Players on the Missouri Team will report at 9 am on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Three Rivers Community College Field for the Professional Workouts/Evaluations.

If you are a out of state player on another team you have the option to go thru the workout as well, you just need to report by 9 am, otherwise you will have your professional workout in your home state location the following weekends.

All other players will check-in at 11:30 am at the field. Players will receive their game shirts/caps upon arrival. Come dressed in white baseball pants and bring all equipment needed.

Games get underway at approx. 12:15 pm with the 14U Teams with 18U to follow.

Players who haven't completed all their paperwork need to do so now.


Questions call 1-888-224-6150 or email

Carroll signs w/Tennessee's Freed-Hardeman University

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Brelin Carroll of Arlington (TN), middle-infielder/outfielder has signed a letter of intent to play baseball next season at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee, announced Jeff Gross, CEO/Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball.

Freed-Hardeman University are members of the American Mid-West Conference. Coach Jonathan Estes led the Lions to a 41-9 record last season.

Carroll, a PRO-DAY “Prep Gear” High School All-American helped lead Arlington High School (TN) to a state runner-up finish in 2016 batting .350 and named as the starting second-baseman in the Shelby County All-Star game.

Brelin was the 2016 recipient of the John Gross Memorial Scholarship. He scored a 21 on his ACT and had a 3.0 grade point average in the classroom.

“We are very happy for Brelin and wish him the very best at Freed-Hardeman University,” said Gross. “FHU just received a very good baseball player in Brelin Carroll, but most of all, a very outstanding young man.”

Brelin was a member of the PRO-DAY Elite Team and participated in PRO-DAY’s All-American Showcase in Orange Beach (AL) where he received other interest from college coaches from its’ events. He has very good hands and footwork from his infield position and good balance and bat speed at the plate.

Carroll said, “I chose FHU over other schools because the baseball program is getting better every year and the business program which I plan on studying is very successful. The coaches are nice and very knowledgeable of the game which is another reason why I chose to join the team.”

“PRO-DAY helped me get my name out to colleges by the amount of connections they have with scouts across the country,” said Carroll. “Attending any event for PRO-DAY is worth it because it gives you a chance to play against good competition in front of college and pro scouts that attend every event.

“I would like to thank everyone in the PRO-DAY organization for all they have done for me and all the hard work they put in to help us players to make it to the next level.

Brelin is the son of Chris and Annie Carroll and he has one sister, Sydney.

Pensacola State College hires Lewallyn as Pirates New Skipper

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Bryan Lewallyn has been named the Head Baseball Coach at Pensacola State College, announced Bill Hamilton, Athletic Director at PSC.

Lewallyn returns to the Pensacola Pirates from his playing days there after leading the University of South Carolina – Beaufort as their head coach to a 162-105 record the past five season including three trips to the NAIA Regionals and a berth to the NAIA College World Series.

The Sand Sharks set the program record with 41 wins in 2012 in Lewallyn’s first season as the head skipper as USC-Beaufort finished ranked 7th nationally.

He was named Sun Conference “Coach of the Year” this past season after leading his squad to a 42-16 overall record, winning its’ first Conference title in going 20-4 in league play. The Sand Sharks reached as high as 5th in the national rankings during the season and finished 13th in the final poll.

His players have received numerous honors under Lewallyn that have included: 28 All-Sun Conference players, two NAIA All-Americans, nine Sun Conference All-Academic Team selections, seven NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athletes, five CoSIDA Academic All-District players, and two first-team CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.

“I’ve known Bryan since he came to what then was Pensacola Junior College as a freshman pitcher out of Pine Forest High School in Pensacola,” said Gross, a former coach at PJC and founder of PRO-DAY Baseball. “I had the privilege to coach him at PJC and his work ethic and his attitude made everyone around him so much better.

“In the summer, he would work baseball camps with me and watching him teach the game to young players, you could tell early on that his future was in baseball,” said Gross. “After his college playing days, Bryan would work at our PRO-DAY Showcases scouting, coaching pitching and helping high school prospects advance to the next level.”

Lewallyn said, “PRO-DAY was a great opportunity for me as a young coach to get my feet wet not only working camps and instructing but also recruiting. Getting to see some real quality players, but developing some friendships and relationships. I’m forever grateful to what PRO-DAY baseball did for me."

For high school players who go to PRO-DAY for the first time, he said. “Be ready to learn and compete. Soak it all in, keep an open mind and always do everything to the best of your ability, it only takes one person to like you and you never know who’s watching, someone always is!”

Bryan’s baseball career started early on being the son of former major league pitcher Dennis Lewallyn, who played eight-years with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1975-79), Texas Rangers (1980) and Cleveland Indians (1981-1982). Having that family support learning the game, also from with his older brother David, who also pitched at PJC and his mother, who was a regular at his games was all very beneficial.

Bill Earnhart, national scouting director for PRO-DAY Baseball, a 43-year veteran scout and member of the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks reflects on the new baseball hire at Pensacola State College, “I got to know Bryan really well early in his career when he helped us with PRO-DAY Baseball and I think he is an outstanding young man.”

“He will be a credit to the Pensacola State College Baseball program for the stand point of knowledge and the professional approach to his job. Not only that, like I like to say “he is good people” and “comes from good stock”. Dennis Lewallyn, a dear friend of mine for a long time, of the Atlanta Braves (Pitching Coach) organization brought up Bryan right and he is going to be a credit to Pensacola and Pensacola State College and he is going to do a great job.”

During the Press Conference when being named the Head Coach at Pensacola, Lewallyn was overwhelmed from the support, “It was really great seeing everyone, some old faces and new. I’ve been absolutely humbled by the support from everyone. Family, friends, former teammates, former players. Really awesome to have such a warm welcome.”

Bryan said it was a no brainer to comeback home where he still has family in Pensacola, “Absolutely, like Dorothy said…There’s no place like home. Now to have the opportunity to be a part of not only such a rich baseball tradition in Pensacola but a town with a great sports history from Roy Jones, Jr., Justin Gatlin, Emmitt Smith, Jerry Pate, Bubba Watson and the list goes on and on. It absolutely was a no brainer.”

Speaking of his memories as a player at Pensacola, “There were so many, but really the bonds and friendships that were formed with guys that were teammates that I call friends. It was not just the players, the staff, Bill Hamilton (Coach/Athletic Director), Doug Martin (Coach), Jeff Gross (Coach), John Noski (Director of Team Transportation) and so many more.”

Bryan’s current goals at Pensacola State College, “I just want to develop young men and prepare them for whatever the future holds whether it be a four-year school, professional baseball or life in
general. To help them become the best they can possibly be. Everything else will take care of itself.”

He and his wife, Emily, have a daughter, Ellis (3).

Jack Cockrum signs Professional Contract in Frontier League

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Anything’s possible for Jack Cockrum even if it’s been a lifetime dream to play professional baseball – now which can come even “True”.

Cockrum’s dream became a reality when he signed a professional contract with the Schaumburg Boomers out of the Frontier League in Independent Professional Baseball.

Jack will join his new club tomorrow in Normal (IL) where Schaumburg is on the road for a three-game series against the Normal CornBelters.

The University of West Alabama standout and PRO-DAY “Prep Gear” High School All-American from East Ascension High in Gonzales (LA) just completed an outstanding collegiate career at UWA.

The four-year starting catcher had a .317 batting average, nine home runs, 20 doubles, three triples, 42 RBI’s, 49 runs scored, 117 total bases, while slugging .579 in 50 games.

Cockrum was hoping those numbers might be good enough to get drafted by a Major League Club after going to a “Special” Pre-Draft workout by the New York Mets. His number wasn’t called on Draft Day but that didn’t stop Jack there as he went to a Post-Draft workout held in Kennett (MO) by the Atlanta Braves.

“Jack was determined to get a chance to play in professional baseball and I could tell he was hungry at the Braves Camp,” said Jeff Gross of PRO-DAY Baseball. “We encouraged him to visit all the Independent Teams in Missouri/Illinois while he was there and to keep knocking on the doors until he knocked one down.

“His mother (Claudene) and he made plans to do just that and also it was a chance to see family in the St. Louis area,” said Gross. “Even though he didn’t sign with any club and he talked too many, he left them with very good impressions.”

Jack’s call finally came during the Frontier League All-Star Break as Schaumburg wanted Jack to meet the team in O’Fallon (MO) over the weekend and workout for them.

After driving all night, Jack blasted several home runs during the teams batting practice, caught pitchers in the bullpen and the next day offered him a professional contract.

“The feeling was one of relief and excitement,” said Cockrum, “I was relieved because all of my hard work and the countless hours or extra work and practice were paying off, but more importantly I was excited because my baseball career wasn’t over and all of my hard work and my families’ and friends’ support wouldn’t be for nothing.”

Playing since he was young and the sacrifices his family made to help him reach his dreams, Jack will always be appreciative, "I know the amount of extra time and effort and work that I put into the game, but I can’t fathom the time, energy, and many my parents put into it,” said Cockrum. “None of this would be possible without them and I can’t thank them enough.

He also said, “The University of West Alabama saw in me what many coaches did not and the facilities and staff at school gave me ample opportunity to better myself everyday which I did my best to take advantage of. I was able to start as a freshman, which wouldn’t have been possible at any other school and I benefitted greatly from the experience I garnered early in my career.”

Asking Jack what he thinks it will be like in his first game, “I honestly have no idea what it’s going to be like. I was nervous just to be with the team on a trial basis the last couple of days, I can’t imagine what it will be like in my first at-bats,” said Cockrum.

“I will have to do my best to slow the game down otherwise my adrenaline will get the best of me. The excitement and nervous feelings will have my adrenaline through the roof. I hope I can get through that nervous period quickly and get comfortable because that’s when I play my best,” he added.

Schaumburg returns home to host Evansville this coming weekend in a three-game series. The Boomers then travel to Sauget (IL) next Tuesday (July 26) to play the Gateway Grizzlies at GMC Stadium, where PRO-DAY has hosted several Missouri Regional Showcases over the years, which is located right outside of St. Louis.

Two Frontier League and Eastern Division titles were captured by Schaumburg in 2013-2014 since joining the League in 2012.

The Schaumburg Boomers hope to turn things around in the second-half of the season with their current fifth place standings and with a little help from Jack Cockrum any things possible.