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Top 10 Florida Baseball is very proud to announce that we have recently opened a new academy for International MLB prospects in Santo Domingo.
We will house and train players from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Panama, Colombia, Nicaragua and the Caribbean islands.
The primary focus of the Top 10 Dominican Academy is to recruit, train and develop talent that will eventually be signed by Major League Baseball.
International players are permitted to sign a MLB contract at age 16.
We will feature players from age 14-22 in our Academy.
All players in our Academy will live and train under our daily supervision.
All 30 major league teams have Development and Rookie Level Academies nearby in Boca Chica and San Pedro de Marcoris and our focus is to sign each of our players to a MLB contract .
The new Top 10 Dominican Academy is located at Campo Luisa Blanco in North Santo Domingo.
Executive Director Jimmy Breslin and General Manger Joel Castillo Valenzuela will guide day to day operations, while Coach Fausto Brand will direct field operations.
First Offical Signing - At Ozuria Complex in Boca Chica
General Manager Joel Valenzuela Castillo looks on with Coach Tony DelaCruz as Jose Nicholas signs on to become the first official player for Top 10 Dominican Baseball.
Jose is a 6' 6" RHP from Santo Domingo. Jose features a heavy 89 mph fastball with smooth mechanics and easy repeatable actions.
Jose Alcantara becomes the second official signing for Top 10 Dominican Baseball.
Jose is a 22 year old RHP from Santo Domingo who features a 95-97 mph fastball along with a big curve. Jose has tried out with the Orioles and Giants recently and performed very well in both bullpens and live action.
At 6'0 and 200lbs, he has a muscular and well developed body featuring an easy arm action.
The 10 Year Rule
Commentary on Little League Baseball
Commentary on Travel Baseball
Commentary on High School Baseball
Good Local Coaches
For our hitters, we make sure that they understand each component of the swing and then how to integrate each part of the swing so that they can have a short powerful balanced swing.
Developing your player to be the best that he can be is a serious business for us and that is why we are focused on it 7 days a week.
10 years ago the phrase Player Development was only used in the professional circles of baseball. Now, this word is bandied about by many leagues and teams and coaches because it sounds good and seems to create a positive response to those listening.
That is not Player Development.
Most teams have confused scouting and recruiting and practicing hard with Player Development.
Stretching and practicing hard, 2 or 3 days a week and doing long toss and lots of hitting and game situational work is not Player Development. That is just what good teams do getting a team ready to compete.
However, if you carefully incorporate on an individualized basis:
then you are getting closer to what true Player Development is.
We have studied the game for a long time and it's elements very closely. We have had the benefit of collaborating with great coaches for many years along the road. We follow and study the great pitching coaches across the United States such as Ron Woolford, Randy Sullivan, Dick Mills, and Mike Marshall and Tom House.
Over time, we have developed a method of teaching that is quite different than what most players are exposed to.
And Along the way,
We have coached both teams and the Little League All Stars at each age bracket.
We have coached Travel baseball in California and Florida for 20 years and won hundreds of local, regional and national tournaments.
We sent players from every one of our High School teams to the MLB.
We have coached and scouted at over 400 pro tryouts and showcase events.
We have coached team USA 14 U team and had the unique experience of winning Gold Medals in both Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
We have studied and practiced at baseball Academies in Cuba, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
We have conducted baseball clinics in Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, South Africa and St Marteen.
We worked for minor league teams.
We have won National Championships as players and coaches.
All of these experiences individually and collectively have come together to help us form some very strong opinions about how to develop young players efficiently and safely.
So, it's a difficult journey to success in the baseball industry for young players and families alike, and if you have not taken the time to study how the many thousands before you have failed, or fallen short or have been prematurely injured or had their talents over looked, the journey becomes even more perilous.
We have studied this journey closely and we want to help and be a part of making yours a success.
Hitting, catching, fielding throwing, running, jumping all start with the feet.
If your feet are not working smoothly, these tasks become very difficult.
Developing good footwork at an early age is an important link in player development.
Then we focus on the foot, hand and eye coordination.
Then it's about coordinated body movements.
Then it's about explosive movements
Then it's about balance.
Then it's about smoothness.
Mix in proper mechanics, mental approach and a lot of hard work and we have a working recipe.
Along the way, we make sure they have fun and learn how to compete.
We repeat actions until the muscle memory will never let it be done in an incorrect way.
We help players attain their goals.
We want our players to peak at a later age when the college or pro opportunities are nearby.
As Jerry Maguire said: " SHOW ME THE MONEY"
We want them to arrive in college with a fresh arm, not anything less.
The 10 Year Rule
2) Teaching players to stop at a base on an overthrow as an offensive courtesy or safety measure is counter intuitive to developing players who need to be moving instinctively and aggressively at the next level to succeed.
3) Teaching young players to return the ball to the mound or pitchers circle quickly to stop runners from advancing is counter productive and damaging to gaining game judgement and skills.
4) Giving away trophies for mediocre participation and effort is crippling and not a reflection of any reality I am aware of in society.
5) Having non-certified and poorly trained coaches teaching improper fundamentals such as squishing the bug sets back player development years for most players and they often do not recover. If the parents knew how improper the mechanics being taught were they would be in arms.
I don't think so.
7) Having a Dad who can't throw a strike, pitch overhand in a downward arcing off line angle, from an improper arm slot to an 8 year old is an effective method of teaching? I don't think so.
8) Teaching a player to protect the plate with two strikes is ridiculous. Teach a young boy to protect his younger sister or his house but not the plate.
Any good hitting coach will tell you that the idea is to hit the ball hard regardless of 1 or 2 strikes so why teach an improper mental approach which is fear based, which does not work?
10) Implementing a pitch count system such as is used is a band aid on a serious wound. The system needs a serious overhaul and they have only paid it lip service, so as to insulate it's own valuable reputation. The Execs have the facts and the knowledge and the ability to fix it but they have not, nor will they until it affects their bottom line finances and reputation. They hold valuable ground in our industry and could be a lighthouse for sensible change but it is not going to happen.
They would rather spend months of investigation into figuring out what side of the street a boy lives on and then again spend thousands of dollars on lawyer fees taking away the boy's trophy or future opportunities and on press conferences explaining how they are a pillar of truth in society because some other adult spent thousands of dollars to find out that another adult manipulated the system for his own ego driven needs.
They make hundreds of millions of dollars from tv sponsors because of the market appeal and popularity of these players and then give barely a bus ride and a few medallions back to the kids in exchange in the name of protecting amauteurism.
In reality, its pay to play, and the money gets distributed upwards thru a multi-level organization making a number of promoters fairly well off. For a while these travel teams were strong, but now if you have money you can find a team, greatly watering down the product.
Travel baseball is now a 12 month of the year operation, with trophies and rankings and point systems driving ego driven adults to push our young players harder then should be allowed which means that thousands of players are being over played and over used which is leading to hundreds of thousands of premature and avoidable injuries.
Miguel Cuello, Bruce Charlebois, Doug Jennings, Scott Benedict, Chad Upton are just a few of the guys who are teaching the game properly and protecting players from injuries. I intend to expand this list soon as I can because we do have a number of great coaches here in S. Florida but they are in the minority.
Ok.. listen to this.
They are like sheep following each other and the baseball circuit hoping for their eventual payday of a college scholarship.
Thus the failure rate at high school and college is incredibly high for our baseball players.
And the baseball system is not there to protect them.
Not even close.
At a very expensive private school where I was coaching, I was once told by the Athletic Director that 42 boys signed up JV and Varsity baseball and because we only had 36 uniforms I had to cut 6. Oh.. so that's how we figure it out how many to cut?
I was wondering how to do that efficiently.
6 Boys who wanted to play HS baseball had to be cut because their $38,000 private tuition didn't cover a uniform. Beautiful.
My reflex action was to tell him it would not happen that way and to find money for uniforms. I only wish I could have found stronger and wiser words.
I've seen local schools here in Boynton Beach cut over 25 freshmen going out for the Fall JV team.
The fall season where games mean nothing, and the costs of running a team are minimal.
So we sent 25 young freshmen and sophs home to an empty house, so they could play videos and goof off because we couldn't afford a t shirt and a hat and find a volunteer coach.
What makes me think some of these kids wanted to play baseball and were stopped by an uncaring system and then years later we spent hard earned tax payer money on federal grants to find out why some of these same kids got in trouble and failed?
This is an uncaring system.
Would it be that hard to field a second recreational type team for development purposes?
Why do only the best players get to participate in a sport?
Those are our tax dollars at work but they are not working for the general good of the public or our children.
Colleges only take the best 6% of the HS players anyways so whats the big deal about letting those 25 kids play.
With over 1,300 high school in Florida, I figure we are chasing away over 30,000 baseball players/students who want to learn how to get better.
Now factor in basketball, soccer and the numbers get mind boggling as to how we take care of our next generation.
So we chase away over 50% of the kids that want to learn and we focus on the other 50%.
So we focus on them real hard goes the theory.
And, come graduation time, 94% of them fail to move on to play college ball.
So clearly, we spend our HS development time on those 6%.
Now, next time you see a college coach, ask him how prepared most of those 6% are for college baseball and you will see his exasperation and frustration quickly.
Our best 6% are definitely not ready for the next level says the college coaches in unison, and the players are arriving over used and partially injured with bad actions, habits and approaches.
MLB is drafting our best players out of HS and college and they too are failing at an alarming high rate at a quick pace as well. We are being outpaced, out played and out coached by the Dominicans and coaches from Curacao and Cuba to name just a few.
The Dominicans are dominating this race to the MLB.
Dominican now comprise almost 50% of the Minor League system.
We are in the minority and people will take pot shots at us.
Ron Woolford of the renowned Texas Pitching Ranch and Randy Sullivan of the Pitching Armory in Tampa are two of the finest instructors in the USA and coaches are taking pot shots at them all day and every day because they are baseball savvy, opinionated, unconventional and stubborn about being advocates for players first.
I am proud to have pot shots taken at me.
As a player and coach I have been very fortunate and won 4 national Championship Rings as well as a Minor League Championship Ring.
As a Head High school coach here in Florida, I had some great teams who worked really hard and thus the boys managed to leave me with record for the highest winning percentage at each of the 3 schools schools I had the honor of coaching for.
I am still the only Florida High school coach who made it to the State Championship Game in the first year of an inaugural program at Trinity Christian.
As a Travel Ball coach for the Florida Dream Team I was part of an amazing run where we won over 50 consecutive tournaments.
As an instructor I have helped over 60 players get drafted.
As a scout and trainer I have tabbed over 18 first round picks before they were 14 years old.
As a 14U Team USA National Team coach, we won 3 gold medals and 1 Bronze in International COPABE competition.
As an instructor over 95% of my full time students have received college scholarships.
15yr old Top 10 student, Ruben Garcia committed verbally to a full ride at Florida International University this past week. FIU was one of a number of D1 colleges that had offered Ruben a scholarship, but playing locally for a competitive D1 school seemed to be a perfect fit. The Garcias have a large family that leave near the school which assures the opportunity for everyone to watch Ruben play college ball.
The early committment is an honor and speaks loudly to Rubens skill level and maturity level. Top 10 is predicting that Ruben will be looked at closely by a number of major league teams over the next 2 years and that he will be on the draft board in the 2014 MLB draft. The early committment to FIU will allow Ruben to showcase and compete and to continue to develop his game without pressure or concern to accumulating personal statistics.
Ruben is a slick fielding shortstop who has latin actions and a cannon for an arm. He hits for average and power.
Congratulations to Ruben and his family.
Study this it closely.
I suggest that you watch it over and over.
Watch the bat path closely, and you will see how the bat path is short and compact to the ball with no back side lag.
Watch how the hands start the swing, but that the hips lead the way, with the hands following.
Watch how the foot gets down, with plenty of time to spare.
Watch closely how the rear foot does not turn, but rather how it "releases" and that this release is a result of hip and knee action.
Watch the balanced and complete finish.
Top Ten player Rubin Garcia will be playing on the 15u USSSA National Team next summer in the Gold Medal Games against various countries such as Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico, and many more. Rubin participated in the USSSA All-American Games last week, which is a tournament for USSSA to select their 15u, 16u, and High School Varsity National teams. He was one of 18 players out of hundreds to be selected for the 15u National Team. Rubin goes to West Centenniel High School and will be a Sophmore this fall. He made his varsity high school team as a freshman and started at right field. His main position is shortstop and he will most likely play there this coming spring. He graduates in 2014. He played for the All-American Prospects this summer and played up in 16u and 17u tournaments almost all the time. Rubin trains with Top Ten weekly and is looking forward to a long an successful career in baseball.
We wanted to announce that Hector Barrio from Panama will be training and coaching with us at Top 10 as he prepares for the next step in his academic and baseball career.
Hector has played both professional baseball ( Phillies) and NCAA college baseball.
He now wants to pursue his academic career again and we are looking for an NAIA or JUCO for him.
Hector is 19 years old.
He is an excellent instructor at many facets of the game and we look forward to working with him.
He has a 1.87 pop time and a 90 + mile an hour arm, with excellent footwork.
He will be working primarily with the players on Wednesday and Fridays at Meli Park and we will have him up this way as often as possible.
Here are the links where you can see Hectors videos. These videos were taken in Panama 2 months ago.
Players should note the concrete field, and wooden barrier fences etc. on the fields in Panama.
We have just started up a new program for those who are serious about pitching. It is a small group program that is designed to build proper mechanics. As well as to develop arm, rotator cuff, leg, core, and explosive muscle strength. In the first half of the class you will work closely with an instructor through many different medicine ball, elastic bands, and explosive drills designed to strenghten the muscles crucial to a pitchers success. The second half you will be working closely with an instructor to develop proper throwing motion, arm slot, foot work, and leg work. The class is twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:45 to 5:45.
Prospect Players Welcome!!!
Our 13u Team just played and won their first playoff game against the Coral Spring Trojans this last Saturday (5/14/11). It was a great victory for the team and they showed GREAT defense almost all game. We kept them scoreless for 5 out of the 6 innings of play. One weak defensive inning resulted in 4 runs off a couple of miss played balls and errors. However the other 5 innings the boys played AMAZING defense. Between MIcheal Maresca throwing 5 innings spectacularly, Nick Updike making diving plays and Jorge Hernando making a double play by himself to end the game the boys started to show their true colors. The bats also came out combined with smart, aggressive base running we worked together to score 11 runs. Making the final score 11-4 moving us on to the Semi-Final game on Tuesday 5/17/11 against the Weston Black Hawks.
Here is the game schedule for the 12u tournament in Lake Worth
Mon 3/21/11 7pm - 8:45pm OKEEHEELEE vs. TOP 10 FIELD 3
Tue 3/22/11 7pm - 8:45pm MIZUNO EDGE vs. TOP 10 FIELD 3
Here is the game schedule for the 13u tournament in Lake Worth
Thu 3/24/11 7pm - 9pm WB COBRAS vs. TOP 10 FIELD 4
Fri 3/25/11 7pm - 9pm TEAM UNDER ARMOUR vs. TOP 10 FIELD 4
We have another tournament next week that is sponsored by Easton in Lantana
This tournament goes from Tuesday, March 29 to Sunday, April 2
Both the 12u Tournament Team and the 13u Tournament Team will be participating in this event
The game schedule has not been announced yet but as soon as it does the practice schedule will be released.
Top 10 Player Omar Wiliams had a spectacular showing in Arizona recently at the PowerShowcase held at Chase Field the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Omar hit the second longest home run of the event at 485 feet. See Omars video clip below.
Jovan Robinson from Top 10 Baseball also participated in the Power Showcase. Jovan ran a 6.71 60 and he hit numerous big blasts with his new swing. His furthest home run traveled 444 ft.
Top 10 Prospect Program player 13U Matt Ellmyer recently showcased for the Amateur Baseball Report as they were seeking to identify the best youth players across the United States.
Matt had a nice day, and ended up with an invitation to the 2011 USSSA All American Games which will be held this summer at the home of the Houston Astros.
These games will feature the best hand selected 14u players from across the USA as they vie to make the USSSA National Team. The National team will go onto represent the USA in the USSSA Gold Medal Games in July of 2012 against Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, France, Italy, Bahamas, Latin America, and Peru.
In addition, Matt was complimented on the same day with an invitation to try out for the All American Prospect Program. This is one of the elite showcase programs in the USA. Over the past 10 years they have sent over 60 players forward to professional baseball. Mike Adams who runs this program has helped over 150 boys receive college scholarships.
Matt said thank you very much, we appreciate the invitation, I'll let you know where and when.
The Top Ten baseball coaching staff recently returned from Columbia where they conducted a 2 day coaching clinic in Medelllin on the weekend of Feb 5 and 6th in 2011.
Coaches Drew Hall, Jimmy Breslin, Bryce Breslin, and Fernando Bernacett assisted the Medellin Academy Director Pablo Abreu working with over 50 youth players ranging in age from 8-16. Coach Abreu has coached on the Columbia National team and is originally from Pinar del Rio in Cuba.
Top 10 13U Takes 3rd Place in Lake Worth Bash
I guess Wow! would be a pretty good description of how the 13U boys played this week. Maybe Double Wow!
We were undefeated..................thats right ........undefeated for 5 days...... we were undefeated and unvanquished right up until the final pitch of the tournament .............and it took extra innings and a Texas tie breaker and a lucky bounce to beat us.
We played 4 top travel teams and we handled every one...... we played every one tuff, tuff, tuff......
We were 1 pitch away from the Championship Game with pitching to spare.
The chemistry came together this week........... and it came together impressively with a very loud exclamation point!
The process of building a team came into full view this week.
The boys have now officially become a TEAM. They are walking like a team, talking like a team, acting like a team and playing like a team.
And, after watching our boys, most coaches were picking us to win it all. They were that impressive during the week and it was that obvious that something special was happening.
They played upbeat, fiery, competitive, hardnosed, patiently agressive, cerebral baseball. They never ever flinched and they just kept coming. They were on high octane all week. WOW!
They turned the corner this week and they did it beautifully.
We sent 7 different pitchers to the mound and they all got the job done.
They threw strikes, held runners, fielded their position and led the team with composure.
At this moment......We are just a month or two away from having a true 11 man pitching staff.
Now...that’s neat !!!
The defense....... well .......I’m not sure where to start because we saw more defense this week , and more neat plays, and diving plays and smart plays and double plays than the entire year combined.... It was fabulous.
The offense..... the best we’ve had yet. Lots of timely hitting, and lots of smooth major league style swings resulting in lots of line drives in the gaps. And some great bunting and baserunning. Very very nice !
Now..........It’s tough to single any one player out because we had lots of stars.......it seemed like every inning we had somebody doing something special.......and almost every player played great and it genuinely was a full team effort by every measure..........but with new player Peter Moforis batting over .900 for the tournament from the always tough 4 hole.....and running the bases like a demon getting stand up triples and a few stolen bases and throwing 4 shutout innings in a 0-0 pressurized game, and making some pretty defensive plays over at first.......... and playing hurt......well I was just reflecting on how special that was....
But, as I said this was truly a team effort and we are so very proud of all of the players.
Congratulations to everyone.
We are all proud of you.
So.......Let's get back to work and really turn up the heat.
The boys are ready for some new baseball stuff and I can't wait to get back to practice with them !!!!!!
Coach Jimmy B
The 13U Team has it's first game this Wednesday night in the upcoming Lake Worth Tournament at 7:00.
The team plays it's second game on Friday night at 6:00.
Players should arrive 1 hour early.
Blue Shirts - White Pants
All 11u, 12u, and 14u players are invited into the dugout.
For those traveling to this field for the first time:
95 North to the 10th St Exit in Lake Worth.
Go East to the first light, and make a left.
Go 1 mile and the fields are on your right.
Washington National SS Michael Taylor is back in town!
Michael will be joining Top 10 Florida Baseball as an infield instructor assisting us with our developmental program in Weston.
Michael just completed his season at Hagerstown in the Sally League after being promoted from Rookie A, to Rookie Ball to A ball in just 2 seasons. Michael posted a .952 fielding percentage this year as a slick fielding shortstop in his second full season of professional baseball.
Michael was a 6th Round Draft pick for the Nationals in 2009 coming out of Westminster Academy passing up a full scholarship to the University of North Florida.
Michael is an outstanding player, young man and role model.
He played SS/ Cf and pitched for Coach Jimmy B, Carlos Ponce and Coach Pedro in 2008 in the WWBA World Series and the Under Armour Classic where he was a heavily scouted top prospect.
It's official...........Nick is in.
Nick now joins Matt Ellmyer, Jake Eder and Tom Burnett.
The Prospect Program is a very special student/athlete developmental program.
This program is a lot more than baseball training.
This is an invitation only program where players meet 3-5 x a week to:
Review Video Tape
Perform MLB Eye Strengthening Exercises
Review and Study Major League Player Developmental Manuals
Participate in Speed Reading Courses
Learn how to Ballroom Dance
And learn the basics of Yoga - Ballet and Golf because life is more than just baseball.
The Palm Beach Tournament Team Training Program meets twice a week at the Lantana Complex.
The 12U team trains on Tuesday at 5:00 untill 7:30 and on Sunday at 3:30 until 6:00.
The 13/14U team trains on Tuesday at 6:00 until 8:30 and on Sunday at 5:00 until 7:30
Sessions are over 15 minutes early for players who need to leave to finish homework or prepare properly for school.
On occassion, the coaches will stay an additional 30-45 minutes extra to work with players who require extra assistance.
This group consists of 12U, 13U, and 14U players with a few of our high school players mingling in occassionally.
Players should bring turf shoes and cleats. They may wear shorts or pants.
Each session will contain approximatly 45 minutes of conditioning, balance, footwork, agility, endurance and rotator cuff development.
The last part of the session focuses on offense and defensive drills and routines.
The Top 10 Coaching staff will rotate thru the schedule to give the players exposure to our entire staff.
This program is open to players from other Travel teams.
For more information on the details of this program please go to the Top naviagtion bar and access "TEAMS"
Once you have landed on that page, access "Tourney Team Training" on the left hand navigation bar.
The Broward Tournament Team Training Program meets twice a week.
Currently we are at Miele Park in Broward County.
We train on Wednesday at 6:00 and on Friday at 6:00.
Sessions are over at 8:15.
On occassion, the coaches will stay an additional 30 minutes extra to work with players who require extra assistance.
This group currrently consists of 13U players only, but it is open to 12U and 14U players as we will be forming teams in those age brackets as well.
Players should bring turf shoes and cleats. They may wear shorts or pants.
Each Session will contain approximatly 45 minutes of conditioning, balance, footwork, agility, endurance and rotator cuff development.
The last part of the session focuses on offense and defensive drills and routines.
The Top 10 Coaching staff will rotate thru the schedule to give the players exposure to our entire staff.
The 2011 Prospect Program is about to be released!!!!!
Meanwhile, the schedule and format is as follows:
Monday 4:45-5:45 Pitching Lesson at Lantana
Tuesday 6:00-8:30 Tournament Team Training Program at Lantana
Wednesday - Off Day
Thursday 5:00-7:30 Baseball School at Boynton Office
Thursday 7:30- 8:30 Dance Class ( or as scheduled) in Delray Beach at the Palm Beach Gym on Linton Blvd.
Saturday- Open Day
Sunday - Academy Training Session 10-1 at Lantana
Sunday- Tournament Team Training practice from 5:00 to 7:30
the players meet on Monday night for a pitching lesson at 4:45 at Lantana with a Top 10 pitching instructor.
Then on Tuesday and Sunday they spend 2 1/2 hours Training as a team with there age group.
Wednesday is an off day.
Thursday the Prospect Program does 2 sessions, back to back.
At 5:00 they meet at the Boynton office and go to Baseball School for 2 1/2 hours to study Baseball manuals and videotapes and books with Coach Jimmy B
Then at 7:30 we will conduct the second training session.
The second session is where we can deliver a variety of services to our Prospect Players to round them out as students and citizens. For the month of January and February of 2011, we have scheduled Latin Dancing under the supervision of Professional Dance Instructor Jon Melendrez. Sessions are conducted at the Palm Beach Gym in Delray Beach. The boys are currently scheduled to perform their second performance on Jan 30th which will consist of two dance routines. The first routine will be a Salsa routine. The second routine will be a Cha Cha.
Then on Sunday the Prospect Program players train with other Academy players from 10-1.
In the future the players are scheduled to attend:
Speed Reading Courses
Visual Eye Training Courses
SAT Prep Classes
and Yoga Classes
Current Top 10 Prospect Players are:
Matt Ellmyer 13U
Jake Eder 12U
Tom Burnett 18U
Nick Updike 13U
Top 10 Players Omar Williams and Jovan Robinson were invited to compete in the Power Showcase event this past week at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
This invitation only event features the top high school players from all over the world as they ran the 60, showed their glove skills and competed for Home Run Derby honors.
This is the event that launched 2010 First overall MLB pick Bryce Harper to the top of the baseball world.
Both Jovan and Omar showed very well with Omar coming in 6th place out of 95 players. Omar was in the running for the Longest Home Run honors right up to the very end.
When the dust had settled.... Omar had the 3rd longest home run which measured out at 485 feet!
Congratulations to our Top 10 players Omar and Jovan.
in January of 2011, the Top 10 Tournament Training prgram expanded in Broward county.
Under the supervision of Jimmy B, the program has formed around a group of promising 13 u players from Weston, Davie and Cooper City.
The players will train at Miele Park on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6- 8:15.
Coach Fernando Bernacett will coordinate the conditioning program.
Our 5 Tool development training will be instructed by:
Director of Player Development Jimmy B
Head Coach Drew Hall
Head Coach Harvey Krupnick
Asst. Coach Bryce Breslin
Asst Coach Ryan Powell
Asst Coach Shane Breslin
Top 10 Player Omar Williams just returned from Arizona where he competed in the Power Showcase at Chase Park.
Omar represented Top 10 and his home country of St Marteen in this prestigious national show case event which featured the best high school aged players in the world. This was an invitation only event which lasted 3 days at the home field of the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of MLB scouts.
Omar came in 6th overall in the Home Run Deby event hitting one ball 485 feet!
Congratulations to Omar. Look for afeatured article soon on this event.
Top 10 will insert a 13 U team and a 10 U team into the newly formed Lake Worth Travel Ball League.
JT Martin will Head Coach the 10 U Team.
Jimmy Breslin will Head Coach the 13 U Team.
The rosters are open.
The manager scheduling meeting is Saturday January 15th and the game schedule will be announced the following week.
Top 10 has received an offer for Top 10 players to vacation and train players in the Dominican Republic this summer alongside their players and instructors.
This will be a 7 day trip.
Coach Breslin, Hall and Bernacett will accompany the team.
The date, costs and details will be announced in the near future.
We will make this a combination training, vacation and cultural exchange package.
it will include daily baseball traning, family time and touring opportunities.
The players will be selected from our 13U and above Tournament Team Training and Prospect Programs.
If you are intersted in traveling we recommend that you prepare your passports in the near future.
Coach Fernando Bernacett has joined Top 10.
Coach will handle conditioning, speed and agility training for the Tournament Team Training Program in both Boynton Beach and Weston.
Coach brings a weatlh of experience and knowledge having worked in Broward and Dade county with many NFL players and with baseball players in the Dominican Republic.
After successfullly turning around the pitching staff of the Top 10 9U team
in 2010, Coach JT Martin has been promoted to Head Coach of the 10U, 2011 team.
Previous Head Coach Eddie Holzclaw will assume the position of General Manager as we develop this program to the next level.
Many of the 2010 players improved significantly and they received numerous invitations to play on other successful teams, and other players have returned to Little league for the spring so so we now have openings on that team.
In 2010 the Top 10 team under Holzclaw and Martin came in 2nd place in the competitive Premier League losing in the Championship Game to Boca.
This was a great finish to a great season.
The American Baseball Report Showcase was held this past weekend in Boynton Beach.
Players from all over Florida attended this event as they attempted to be noticed by scouts and the elite trael teams alike.
Top 10 Player Matt Elmyer attended and performed on Saturday running the 60 and going thru the showcase paces and drills.
Matts performance was very strong as he looked smooth and confident while showing consistent major league hand and bat actions.
Matt caught the eye of the recruiter for the All American Prospect Program and has received an invitation to play on their elite teams in the future.
Coach Breslin coincidentally has very strong ties to this prestigious program thru its founder Mike Adams as they coached the 14U Team USA together in Venezuela, Cuba, and DR as well as the Florida Dream Team so Matt is now hooked for the future and will receive lots of attention and invites as long as he keeps progressing which we all know he will.
Top 10 Instructor Jacob Johnson has returned to our Boynton Beach facility to train our young pitchers. Jacob returns from a season of pitching for the Cincinnatti Reds organization where he had a very successful season and awaits new re-assignement duties in Feb of 2011.
Jacob spend considerable time in 2010 working Atlantic RHP Joe Morrison and Top 10 students Matt Elmyer and Jake Eder.
The 10u After School Baseball Academy group has formed up on Tuesdays at 4:00 each week. They meet at the Lantana Complex.
Dylan Hankins, Darian Hankins, Jake Eder, Garret O'Connor, Adriel Lagoc, Nathan Coupet and Kadin Griffin form this 10u training group who will work on conditioning, balance, and developing their 5 basic tools under the tutelage and guidance of Coach Jimmy B and Bryce Breslin.
The After School Academy groups can be composed of no more than 6 players so on days that we have more then 6 arrivals we will split the groups between different instructors.
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Hitting and Pitching Clinics
Spring Break Camp
Top 10 Baseball Academy player Omar Williams recently concluded his regular season at Lake Worth Christian with a .680 batting average.
This outstanding achievement placed Omar # 1 in Florida in 2010 and 5th in the nation for high school players.
Omar was recently named to the Sun Sentinel 3A-2A-1A First Team All County as an utility man.
Congratulations are very much in order for Omar. With pitchers working around him regularly, Omar led the team in walks, rbi's, batting average and home runs, hitting 6 home runs.
Top 10 Director Jimmy Breslin credits Omar and his work ethic for his success. "He is blessed with some great hands but his dedication and hard work really paid off for him. This year we changed him a bit... we went to a deeper extension and finish and modified his coil so he needed to work extra hard in the pre-season to smooth it out. He rarely missed a day of hitting in the 5 months leading up to the season, often spending 6 hours at the field said Breslin. In 5 months, he took 3 days off, so he was ready. He's very smart with a great work ethic.... a tough combination to beat."
Omar has also recently been selected as the catcher for the French National 21U team. They will train this summer in Orlando at the home of the Houston Astros before leaving for the European Championships in August.
Omar Williams and Edwin Romero - Houston Astros Bench Coach
Head Coach & Director
Phone: (561) 577-2055