Hosted by Arizona Dbacks AAA Pitching Coach Jeff Bajenaru & DFW Express
Instructors include a professional Pitching Coach and 5 top prospects from the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays organizations. Including the back-to-back Minor League Coach of the Year, a World Series winner, 4 All-Americans, a Minor League MVP, 5 Minor League All-Stars, and the 2018 Minor League Reliever of the Year. All six instructors attended major D1 universities (TCU, DBU, OU, & LSU) and will be sharing what recruiters and college coaches are looking for along with sharing unique drills that professional players use on a daily basis.
WHEN - WHERE:
November 19-20, 2018
A 2-day camp during Thanksgiving break full of high-quality instruction with Major League drills, insight, and knowledge. Suited for the older player looking to play beyond high school but also perfect for the younger ball player hungry to learn. We will have a big league type presentation with video, a Q&A session, autographs, and most importantly a lot of quality work with an 8:1 coach to player ratio (if not lower). There will be a short snack time built in each day and an autograph session will take place on the final day with each player taking home a small gift.
*Includes 2 days and 8 hours of high quality instruction from professionals, snacks, and an autographed photo with all 6 instructors
WHAT TO WEAR:
Shorts, t-shirt, hat, tennis shoes (no cleats/spikes)
WHAT TO BRING:
Glove, bat, helmet, batting gloves (if needed), snack, water bottle (we will provide some water)
*Advanced instruction will be given and players will be divided into appropriate age groupings.
*If you have a child under 10 years old that has quality experience please message us. We are willing to accommodate for kids that can handle the experience.
Jeff Bajenaru (Riverside JuCo / OU / Arizona Diamondbacks)
Jeff attended Ayala High School in CA and then Riverside Community College. He was an all-state outfielder hitting .408 with 4 HRs and 58 RBIs his sophomore season. He only threw 10 innings that year coming straight in from the outfield each time and ended up being drafted in the 13th round as a pitcher. He elected to go to the University of Oklahoma where he graduated and earned 1st Team All-American honors as an outfielder/closer hitting .342 with 12 HRs and 60 RBIs. He holds the Big 12 record for most saves in a season (20) and eventually signed with the Chicago White Sox. He played professionally for 8 seasons with a few cups of coffee with the White Sox and Dbacks. He was part of the 2005 World Champion team and the Triple-A Champion Tucson Sidewinders. He is heading into his 9th season as a professional Pitching Coach with the Dbacks and will be in AAA with the Reno Aces this 2019 season. He was named the California League Coach of the Year in both 2017 and 2018 as his teams have led the league in ERA, fewest hits, most K’s and WHIP each year. Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge for both the younger and older player and is adept at helping players of all ages gain a feel of their body movements (“mechanics”) on the mound and in the batter’s box. He is in contact with many of the area college coaches and knows what they’re looking for in players and is excited to share his experience and knowledge.
Kevin Cron (TCU / Arizona Diamondbacks)
Kevin attended Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, AZ and hit .560 his senior year setting Arizona state high records for HRs in a season (27) and a career (60). He was named to the USA Today's All-USA high school baseball team. He was selected in the 3rd round by the Seattle Mariners, but opted to sign with TCU and ended up being named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Cron in the 14th round of the 2014 MLB Draft and in 2017 was named the Southern League’s MVP after batting .283 with 25 HRs and 91 RBIs. This past year in AAA he hit .309 with 22 HRs with 97 RBIs. He has 112 career Minor League HRs and is on the cusp of a Major League call up.
Alex Young (TCU / Arizona Diamondbacks)
Alex attended Caramel Catholic High School in Illinois and was a 1st Team All-American eventually getting drafted in the 32nd round by the Texas Rangers. He opted to sign with TCU and went on to have a great career with the Horned Frogs. He was appointed to the Golden Spikes Award Watch List, earned 1st Team All-Big 12 honors, and 2nd Team All-American honors. Alex was part of one of the greatest pitching duels in College World Series history as he ended up being the tough-luck loser to Vanderbilt in the championship game. He carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning before a leadoff home run broke a 0-0 tie. He tied a College World Series record with 12 strikeouts in the game. Alex was drafted 43rd overall in the 2015 MLB draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks and has had a solid Minor League career thus far with a 24-22 overall record and 311 career K’s. He finished this past season with a 10-5 record in AAA.
Colin Poche (DBU / Tampa Bay Rays)
Colin attended Flower Mound Marcus High School and was named Pitcher of the Year by the Dallas Morning News after going 7-3 with a 0.21 ERA, 97 Ks as a senior. He set the school’s single-season record for strikeouts and ERA. He was rated the #59 prospect in the state of Texas in the class of 2012 by Perfect Game and was drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. Colin went on to play at Dallas Baptist University where he was named Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2016 after going 9-1 on the mound with a 2.38 ERA. He also became the first pitcher in DBU baseball history to earn National Pitcher of the Week accolades after striking out 14 batters in a game. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 14th round in 2016. In just two short years Colin has risen quickly through the ranks and finished this year in AAA after being a part of a big trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. He was recently awarded the 2018 Minor League Reliever of the Year after finishing with “video game numbers” at 6-0 with a 0.82 ERA in 66 innings and 110 strikeouts!
Camden Duzenack (DBU / Arizona Diamondbacks)
Cam attended Melissa High School and was a 2-time selection as the District’s Most Valuable Player. He garnered 2nd Team All-State honors his senior year and was recognized as the THSBCA Class 1A-3A All-Star Game. As a freshman at Dallas Baptist, he led the team with a .321 average and opened his collegiate career by going 11-for-14 with 13 RBI and 7 doubles earning National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger. Duze was the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 while also hitting 15 HRs. Duzenack capped off his 4-year career at DBU as one of the most decorated players in school history as he earned Freshman All-American honors, was named MVP of the 2014 MVC Tournament, and was a 3-time All-MVC selection. The Patriots' 4-year starter at shortstop also became the first player from DBU to be named National Player of the Week 3 times during his career. He was drafted in the 23rd round of the 2016 MLB draft by the Philadelphia Phillies and once again in 2017 in the 9th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. In his first professional season he was named a Northwest League All-Star and was promoted to High-A after his rookie season leading the team at shortstop.
Riley Smith (San Jacinto JuCo / LSU / Arizona Diamondbacks)
Riley attended Hudson High School in Lufkin, Texas, where he recorded a 19-4 mark and a 1.27 ERA with 172 strikeouts in 139 career innings earning him all-state, all-district, and an appearance in the Texas High School All-Star Game. He then attended San Jacinto North College and helped lead his team to the NJCAA World series recording 14 wins in his 2 years earning him All-American honors. Was drafted in the 31st round in 2015 by the Pittsburgh Pirates but elected to attend LSU. In his first career LSU start at Notre Dame he fired 6 scoreless innings to earn his first LSU win. After one season at LSU Riley was once again drafted in the 24th round in 2016 by the Arizona Diamondbacks. In his rookie season he was named a Northwest League All-Star and the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week. He has been a durable and consistent pitcher for the Dbacks with impressive career numbers including a 17-10 career record, a 3.27 ERA in 290 innings and 262 Ks while only allowing 270 hits and having a 1.20 WHIP. In 2018 he finished in the Top 3 in the hitter-friendly California League with a 3.57 ERA, 152 innings, 151 Ks and led the circuit with a 1.20 WHIP. He has an excellent mound presence, is an extremely hard worker, and is a bulldog on the mound.