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PRO-DAY HITTING VIDEO - "BUILDING A STRONG HITTER"

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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PRO-DAY All-American headed to Faulkner University

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."

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Former PRO-DAY Baseball Arkansas High School standout Hunter Gautreaux signs college scholarship in Missouri


POPLAR BLUFF, MO -- Hunter Gautreaux, pitcher/third-baseman has signed a scholarship to play baseball at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff (MO).

The former Bauxite High standout has been selected to the 4A All-State and All-Conference teams in Arkansas.

He led Coach Michael Mattox' Miners to five wins on the mound this past season, with a save, while striking out 45 batters in 46 innings of work to go along with an 3.78 earned run average.

Gautreaux hit .304 at the plate with two home runs and 23 runs batted in.

Missouri's Three Rivers CC Head Coach Stacey Burkey said, "I'm really excited to have Hunter coming to our program. He will provide our team some flexibility as a two-way player, being able to contribute as a pitcher and hitter.

"He has size and strength along with outstanding character and work ethic that give him a high ceiling," said Burkey. "When not pitching, we plan to work him at third base. Hunter will fit nicely into our team and represent our college well."

Hunter chose Three Rivers over others because, "I felt like it was the best place for me to continue my future as a baseball player and hopefully move on to the next level," said Gautreaux.

"I think I will love it (Three Rivers) playing for Coach Burkey who knows a ton about the game and Coach Smith with his energy he brings. Both of their coaching styles suit what I like and will be great to play for."

Hunter was first noticed after attending PRO-DAY's Showcase in Pine Bluff (AR) after his sophomore season.

"PRO-DAY Baseball is a great program and has gotten me to the next level, " said Gautreaux. "The staff is the best you will get anywhere and they teach you about life and top notch fundamentals of the game. This program is the best!

"I like to thank PRO-DAY for helping me continue my future," said Gautreaux. "I wouldn't be where I am without their help in putting me out to coaches."

"PRO-DAY Baseball is excited for Hunter Gautreaux and we look forward to following his progress at the next level," said PRO-DAY Founder Jeff Gross.

"Hunter is a very hard worker who is always wanting to improve his skills," added Gross. "He's an excellent student in the classroom, comes from a great family and we only wish him the very best in his future."

Hunter graduated 13th in his high school senior class (122 students) with an 3.9 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society.

He is the son of Paul and Cindy Gautreaux of Benton (AR).

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PRO-DAY "Mississippi" Baseball/Softball Camp rescheduled at Canton Academy

CANTON, MS -- The PRO-DAY "Mississippi" Baseball/Softball Camp will be held at later date to be determined at Canton Academy in Canton (MS), announced Jeff Gross, CEO/Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball/Softball.

Please check the website in the coming weeks on the rescheduled date or call 1-888-224-6150.

PRO-DAY Baseball was founded in 1989 teaching the game to players of all ages. It has helped thousands of players receive colleges scholarships with hundreds of others going into professional baseball. Now PRO-DAY has added Softball to its' events in the past few years and now has opened up doors for girls to advance to the next level.

For additional information, contact PRO-DAY at prodaybaseball@yahoo.com or Call 1-888-224-6150.

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PRO-DAY Fall Baseball Games/Showcase Season Starts in September

PINE BLUFF, AR -- PRO-DAY Fall Baseball Season gets underway on weekends in September for players ages 13-18, announced Jeff Gross, CEO/Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball.

Arkansas will be the first host state for PRO-DAY’s 1st Fall Showcase and Games to get underway in Pine Bluff (AR)on Saturday September 3rd where PRO-DAY was founded in 1989.

Other Host Sites will include Three Rivers Community College on Sept. 10 in Poplar Bluff (MO), on Sept. 17 in Memphis(TN) and Sept. 24 in Southaven (MS).

What is the PRO-DAY Fall Showcase/Games?

• Players will play in ballgames and go thru professional workouts/evaluations each Saturday during the month of September.

• Players are coached by Professional Scouts and Coaches in the games and on the field at each event. Players will play either in the 14U or 18U Age Division during the games.

• Players will receive their evaluation reports back to them at the end of the event that will go off to five colleges of the player’s choice along with information stored in our PRO-DAY Data Base so we can promote you throughout your high school career to college coaches and scouts.

• Players will receive 1-on-1 time with these Pro Scouts and Coaches to help improve your skills and hear hitting, pitching and scouting talks during the fall season.

• Players will hear Academic Talks and the requirements to get into colleges and what it takes to get to the next level after high school.

• Players will be video during the professional workouts.

• PRO-DAY Fall Showcase is “All” about “Helping Players Advance to the Next Level”.

“Players will sign-up to play in games and go thru a professional workout on weekends during the month of September on Saturday’s (Sunday due to inclement weather),”said Gross. “We are about giving each player the opportunity to showcase his skills in front of pro scouts and coaches that attend every event.

“Many events promote scouts in attendance are hopes of someone being there to see you which isn’t always the case,” said Gross. “All of our events are run by our staff that has been involved in professional baseball either as a player, coach or scout. Our staff has nearly 100-years of experience in professional baseball coaching and scouting talent.

“We are very proud of the hundreds of players from PRO-DAY that has went into professional baseball,” said Gross. “Although, we are even more proud of the hundreds and hundreds of players that went on to receive college scholarships and earned their degree.”

Since 2001, PRO-DAY has been based out of Orange Beach, Alabama and has expanded to hosting PRO-DAY State, Regional, National and World Showcases in over 14-southeastern states. Players have been to its’ World Showcase in Orange Beach (AL) as far away as Japan, Russia, Guam, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Dominican Republic to name a few.

What Professional Scouts, Players and Coaches are saying about PRO-DAY?

“I want to invite you to be a part of PRO-DAY events. Jeff and his staff do a really good job teaching the fundamentals of the game of baseball. Go - Be a part of it!”

New York Yankees Coach Joe Espada

“Since 2004, I’ve worked as a Scout for the Boston Red Sox. In that time, I’ve seen many showcases around the country and I can tell you that PRO-DAY Baseball Showcases are as good as any of them. They take the time to learn your child’s name, they take the time to give you some instruction and I can only tell you that the value you will get from the PRO-DAY Showcases is as good as anyone out there. Take your time and do your homework, do some investigation, but I can promise you that PRO-DAY Showcases will be a great opportunity for your son to play and expose his talents to scouts and coaches across the country.”

Boston Red Sox Scout – Danny Watkins

“I’ve known Jeff and John (late brother)since we were neighbors growing up and I was playing Little League Baseball. If you want to get seen and get your name out there to college coaches and professional scouts, then you need to attend PRO-DAY Baseball.”

Former Major Leaguer and 9-time Gold Glove Winner – Torii Hunter

Players will sign-up according to their state and age level (14U/18U) unless already assigned by PRO-DAY Baseball when registering. Teams include the Arkansas Diamondbacks, Missouri Cardinals, Tennessee Giants and the Mississippi Braves.

Teams are "Limited" to approx. 12 players per team, Don't get left out - SIGN-UP TODAY!!!

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2016 Arkansas Future Stars Showcase Saturday at Taylor Field (Rain or Shine)

PINE BLUFF -- The PRO-DAY Arkansas Future Stars Showcase will be held on Saturday (May 28th) at Historical Taylor Field (Rain or Shine), announced Jeff Gross, CEO/Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball.

Arkansas High School Baseball Prospects in Classes 2017-18 are eligible to participate in the Future Stars Showcase.

Players will go thru a professional workout and be evaluated by coaches and professional scouts during the morning session. In the afternoon, these prospects will play in a ballgame and be able to participate at both their primary and secondary positions.

Due to inclement weather, the professional workout will be held in the Indoor Facility at Taylor Field.

During the closing ceremonies on Saturday, players will receive their evaluation reports back to them with that information also going off to three colleges of the players choice.

The "Top" players from this event will be invited to the PRO-DAY World Showcase in Orange Beach (AL) in late October.

Also, players that do well have a chance to be selected to the 2017 PRO-DAY "Prep Gear" Pre-Season High School All-American Team.

Four recent Southeast Arkansas players have been selected to this All-American team which include: White Hall's Daniel Sprinkle (Auburn), Pine Bluff's Jaylon Jackson (UAPB) and Star City's Gary Hill (Arkansas State) and Austin Powell (Arkansas State).

"This is a great opportunity for players to be seen and get their name out prior to their senior year," said Gross. "The Future Stars Showcase is in its' third-year here in Pine Bluff and we've been able to open up many doors for players from this showcase."

Long-time Major League Scout Bill Earnhart, a 40-year veteran and member of the 2001 World Series Champion Arizona Diamondbacks will be on hand to evaluate talent and speak to the players as a group and 1-on-1.

"I really enjoy coming to Pine Bluff looking for players, because of the history of talent here for so many decades, " said Earnhart. "I remember coming in here when I worked with the Rangers to help sign a young left-hander by the name of John Barfield in the mid-80's.

"Then later Jeff and his brother John started scouting with Texas in the late 80's and worked this area," said Earnhart. "What I like about PRO-DAY is the number of players are limited that can attend so each player can be seen and have plenty of opportunities to showcase their skills during the course of the event."

Since 1989, PRO-DAY Baseball has been "Helping Players Advance to the Next Level" whether that would be professionally or collegiately.

Players are still able to sign-up for the Future Stars Showcase as of today by visiting prodaybaseball.com or calling 1-888-224-6150.

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Former PRO-DAY Dominican Republic standout leading Pratt CC (KS)

ORANGE BEACH, AL -- Former PRO-DAY Baseball standout Julio Ibarra of La Romana, Dominican Republic is having a big season at Pratt Community College in Kansas.

Julio's numbers have been impressive this season where he ranks in five categories in the "Top 16" in Junior College Baseball. He is hitting .439 (4th) with 18 HR's (7th) to go along with 60 RBI's, 56 runs scored and six stolen bases in 50 games. His other national rankings include: 161 total bases (5th), 22 doubles (13th) and is slugging .852 (16th).

Ibarra was first scouted by PRO-DAY when he received an "Special Invitation" as a sophomore to attend the "Best of the Best" National Showcase in Orange Beach, Alabama.

"We are very happy for Julio on the season he is having at Pratt," said Jeff Gross, CEO of PRO-DAY. "The numbers he's putting up is outstanding. Julio can hit to all fields, a hard worker and committed to the game.

"Julio (an outfielder) hasn't signed with a four-year college yet and someone is going to get a good one when he does sign, that is if he doesn't go in this years Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft," said Gross.

Since 1989, PRO-DAY Baseball has been teaching the game of baseball and "Helping Players Advance to the Next Level".

For more information on how to get started, visit: www.pro-daybaseball.com.

PRO-DAY Baseball Camp set Feb. 20 & 27 at Taylor Field in Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, AR – PRO-DAY Professional Baseball will conduct a Baseball Clinic for player’s ages 8-15 on Saturday, February 20th & 27th at Historical Taylor Memorial Field in Pine Bluff (AR).

Jeff Gross, long-time Professional Scout, who has scouted with the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs for many years, former Minor League Executive, Collegiate Coach and Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball, will be conducting the clinic along with his staff.

“PRO-DAY Baseball looks forward to conducting this camp in Pine Bluff prior to the Youth and Little League seasons getting underway, to possibly help get more players interested in playing baseball,” said Gross. “Campers will be able to take in a lot of information in a short time to help improve in their game and hopefully help a player pursue his dreams of playing baseball at the next level.”

Since 1989, PRO-DAY has been teaching baseball to young players across the country and in 2001, started conducting High School Showcases in over 14-Southeastern States to “Help Players Advance to the Next Level”, whether that would be professionally or collegiately. PRO-DAY has helped hundreds of players advance into professional baseball and thousands others to receive college scholarships.

On Saturday, February 20th, PRO-DAY will conduct a "Hitting Clinic" with emphasis also on base-running. The following weekend on February 27th, players will go thru a "Pitching Clinic" which also includes catching and Infield/Outfield play.

Both Saturday sessions run from 9 am - 12 noon for ages 8-15 years of age. The cost is $40 per weekend or $70 for both dates.  Sign-up early the clinic is limited at www.pro-daybaseball.com or by calling 1-888-224-6150 to reserve a spot. In case of inclement weather, campers will be inside the Indoor Facility at Taylor Field.

Proceeds benefit the John Gross Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which presents a Scholarship in his name each fall at the PRO-DAY “Best of the Best” World Showcase in Orange Beach (AL).

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Brelin Carroll Awarded 2016 John Gross Memorial Scholarship

1/23/16

ORANGE BEACH, AL -- Brelin Carroll of Arlington (TN), a shortstop/second-baseman was named the 2016 John Gross Memorial Scholarship Award Winner here recently at PRO-DAY's All-American Showcase.

The 5-10/165 Arlington High senior, a slick fielding middle-infielder, was selected out of all the participants from the All-American Showcase which represented players from eight states.

This award is given to a high school senior that attended the All-American Showcase and also has participated in other PRO-DAY events during his high school career. It goes to a player who will be playing college baseball in the fall and to one that shows high character on and off the field. One that represents himself, his family, his school, his community and PRO-DAY Baseball in a positive manner.

"PRO-DAY Baseball is honored to present this years John Gross Memorial Scholarship to Brelin Carroll," said Jeff Gross, Founder/CEO of PRO-DAY Baseball."Brelin has been to our PRO-DAY Showcases and played on our PRO-DAY Elite Team. We have gotten to know Brelin's outstanding character as a person and player. He is much deserving of this years award."

Brelin has a 3.0 grade point average in the classroom and scored a 21 on his ACT.

"It's an honor to be recognized by an organization that I've been able to grow with since 2013 and to be awarded the John Gross Scholarship that bares the organizations co-founders name," said Carroll. "At PRO-DAY Baseball, everyone truly cares about us players and our development as athletes not only on the field but off of it as well.

"I encourage anyone who really wants to take their game to the next level to attend a PRO-DAY event and learn from some of the best," added Carroll.

Carroll is the first shortstop to be awarded this scholarsip in honor of the former Co-founder of PRO-DAY Baseball and Senior Vice-President, who the award is named after, who was a shortstop himself.

"My father would be excited to know this year the scholarship is given to a player who played the same position as he," said Preston Gross, PRO-DAY Vice-President. "We only wish Brelin the very best during his senior season and in the future."

Previous Scholarship Winners have included Catchers Derek Alonzo of Edmond (OK) and Chad Simmons of Cantonment (FL). James Salter of Bay Minette (AL) was selected as a pitcher.

Brelin Carroll Scholarship Plaque

Jeff Gross with Brelin Carroll, the 2016 John Gross Memorial Scholarship Winner.

Torii Hunter Honored in his Hometown on Christmas Eve in Pine Bluff

12/24/15

PINE BLUFF, AR -- Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas residents came out today to honor one of Pine Bluff’s favorite sons in Torii Hunter at Historical Taylor Field.

Jim Hill, Taylor Field’s Executive Director, his staff, Pine Bluff Mayor along with City Officials, family, teachers, coaches, teammates and friends were present to help welcome Torii into the Pine Bluff Junior Babe Ruth Hall-of-Fame.

Mayor Debbie Hollingsworth presented Torii a plaque and welcomed him back home. Joe Kelnhofer talked about the impact that Torii has had on Pine Bluff and to so many players in this city and everywhere across the country. He also presented Torii with his HOF Plaque.

Torii’s Mom Shirley was presented with flowers for raising the 9x-Gold Glove Winner, 5x-All-Star and 2-time Silver Slugger Award Winner. Torii’s wife Katrina was presented a retirement director’s chair from Mr. Hill.

Pine Bluff Zebra Baseball Coach Ryan Stinson along with Jeff Gross presented Torii a huge banner of himself that will go inside the Zebra/Billy Bock Training Facility that will hang up high in the rafters to honor the former Zebra for years to come.

A phone call from Minnesota Twins Scout Mike Ruth who drafted and signed Torii out of high school in 1993 talked to Torii and the 350 fans in attendance via phone thru the Public Address system at Taylor Field.

“As good as Torii was as a player, an All-Star and Gold Glove winner, he’s even better as a human being,” said Mike Ruth, “He’s the rare athlete who not only impacts the game on the field but also takes on the responsibility of raising up everyone around him on a daily basis and changing the culture in a clubhouse.

“What he learned about hard work, faithfulness, and accountability on Taylor Field and from the people of Pine Bluff so long ago has now been spread to thousands of others which is his true legacy,” said Ruth.

Major League All-Star Justin Upton had only praise for his friend Hunter, “Torii is the Man throughout baseball and everyone knows that,” said Upton, in the past during batting practice at a home game in Atlanta. “Torii has done well everywhere he has even been (on and off the field). I know he has helped me out tremendously and really saved my life and career.”

Kelcey Mucker, a former minor league teammate of Torii’s, who was also drafted in the first round in 1993 with Hunter and current scout with the Oakland Athletics sent a message.

“Torii was the first teammate I met when I signed with the Twins, although he thought I was robbing the apartment when we met,” said Mucker laughing. “We grew up in the game together. He made playing right-field easier for me since I didn’t have to run to my right too much.

“He’s always been a man of great character. Easy to talk to and a great person to have your kids to look up to. I pray that you and Katrina (wife) enjoy chasing those football players (sons) around now that you have nothing to do. Congratulations “TNUTTS” on a great career,” added Mucker.

Torii thanked everyone for this great honor and then opened it up questions to young players in a Q&A.
Mr. Hill unveiled a huge outfield banner in leftfield at Taylor Field earlier in the day that congratulates Torii on his career and retirement from baseball and “Dedicates” this upcoming season in honor of Hunter.

After the ceremonies, Torii signed autographs and took pictures for over 2.5 hours for anyone who wanted one. Finally, as Torii left Historical Taylor Field and drove out of sight - he wished everyone a “Merry Christmas” to all and to all a good night.