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Monday, December 15
A. GREEN EXPANDS!

The A. Green Baseball Program continues to grow and expand its offerings to players and families involved in summer baseball.  In 2015, the baseball community will see a new change in the program. 

The long standing 18u team will move to the Collegiate Level and begin play in the long established Livonia Collegiate Baseball League.  The program will be led by Jim Mancuso and will allow for graduating HS players to compete immediately against seasoned collegiate players.  Coach Mancuso will be assisted by Paul Wenson, while a 3rd coach will soon be added to the staff.

The new team in the program will be the new 17u team which will be led by A. Green founder / General Manager Stan Eldridge, who will be assisted by Bill Jenney, Kurt Kosky and Mike Wadowski.  This new team will focus on 16 & 17 year old players who have high school eligibility left and are seeking to identify their future college or university.

The program will continue to field its 16u team, which will be led into its 2nd year of play by Glenn Ross and he will be assisted by Eric Kuster.

As well, the program will again have Paul Dreslinski leading its 15u team.  Paul will be assisted by Ed Dreslinski and Kevin Whitman as they look to build upon an excellent 2014 summer that saw them win over 50 games.

 You can look forward to additional changes to the program as A. Green looks forward to expanding into the 8-13 year old fields in 2016!  



Sunday, November 23
FORMER A. GREEN PLAYER WINS AN MLB GOLD GLOVE
Former A. Green players and current Colorado Rockies 2B D.J. LeMahieu was recently named the winner of an MLB Gold Glove for being recognized as the best defensive 2B in the National League for 2014!  Congratulations to D.J. and best wishes for what will without question be a long and outstanding career!

Wednesday, June 8
A. GREEN SUMMER BASEBALL PLAYERS DRAFTED!

The A. Green Summer Baseball Program is proud to once again be able to have had players from the program selected in the Major League Baseball Entry Level Draft.

Adding to an already rich history of drafted players from the A. Green program, the 2011 MLB Draft added the names of four more AG players to the long list.

A. Green players began to make their mark on the draft board with the selection of Catcher / Infielder Eric Haase (Dearborn Divine Child HS) in the 7th round by the Cleveland Indians. Eric has signed to play his collegiate baseball at Ohio State University.

Next to be taken off of the board was RHP / SS Joel Seddon (St. Clair HS) who was selected in the 20th round by the Toronto Blue Jays.  Last week, Joel was also selected as the Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year. Joel has signed to play his collegiate baseball at the University of South Carolina.

Coming off the board next was RHP Tyler Higgins (Mt. Pleasant HS / Wayne St. Univ. / Lansing CC) as he was selected in the 23rd round by the Florida Marlins.  This is the 2nd time that Tyler has been drafted, as he was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 2009 draft but elected not to sign at that time.

The fourth player selected was Catcher / Infielder Blaise Salter (Orchard Lake St. Mary HS) who was taken in the 38th round by the hometown Detroit Tigers.  Blaise has signed to play his collegiate baseball at Michigan State University.

Each young man has displayed not only extraordinary athletic skills, but also tremendous character and leadership abilities that will serve them well as they move forward in their careers.

 We certainly congratulate each young man and their families and wish them all best!!



Sunday, February 28
A. GREEN ALUMNI RECOGNIZED!
Former A. Green Baseball alumni, and current Detroit Tiger prospect, Daniel Fields was recently accorded another honor.  In the most recent release from Baseball America, Daniel was ranked as the #11 prospect in the Detroit Tigers organization.  In addition, Daniel was ranked as the fastest and most athletic prospect in the organization, while also being listed as the future RF for the team by 2013.  Congratulations Daniel!

Sunday, February 28
A. GREEN ALUMNI UPDATE

The A. Green Summer Baseball Program is proud of all of our former players and their many accomplishments!  Thus, we would like to take this opportunity to update everyone on just a few of our 232 alumni and their current status in the great game of baseball: 

Adam Abraham       Currently still in the Cleveland Indians organization

Drew Adamiec          A current member of the Madonna University program

Jimmy Baker           Playing professionally for the Midwest Sliders – Frontier League

Patrick Biondi          In his freshman year at and starting for the University of Michigan

Eli Boike                    A starting senior at Michigan State University

Derek Bonds             Owner of his own bat making company in Michigan

Bobby Brosnahan    A red-shirt freshman pitching at the University of Michigan

Jon Castine               A senior playing at the University of Dayton

Kyle Clark                 A freshman pitching for the University of Michigan

Stephen Claypool     A freshman starting at 3B for Ball State University

Matt Conway           A freshman playing at Wake Forest University

Billy Cribbs               The starting catcher for Valparaiso University

John DiLaura           A freshman playing at the University of Michigan

Nick DiPonio             Head Baseball Coach at Orchard Lake St. Mary

Jordan Easom          A freshman playing for Western Michigan University

Daniel Fields             Playing in the Detroit Tigers organization as a top prospect

Jeremy Gooding      Pitching for the Crusaders at Madonna University

Jeff Gorecki              Pitching for Oakland University     

Charlie Haeger         Pitching professionally for the San Diego Padres

Casey Hall                 Pitching as a sophomore for Western Michigan University

Mark Heard              A sophomore starting pitcher for Northwoods University

Will Heininger          A DE for the University of Michigan football team

DJ Henderson          A sophomore infielder at Olney Community College

Drew Henson           Former NY Yankee and also a former NFL QB

Tyler Higgins            A freshman pitcher for Wayne State University

Aaron Izaryk             An Assistant Coach at the University of Maine

Bryce Jenney            A pitcher for Michigan State University

Johnny Johnson       Business owner and assistant coach at Canton HS

Devan Kline              Pitching professionally in the SF Giants organization

Bobby Korecky         Pitching professionally for the Arizona Diamondbacks

DJ LeMahieu             Playing professionally as a top prospect for the Chicago Cubs

Andy Lentz               Playing as a sophomore at Georgetown University

Harvey Martin         Pitching for Central Michigan University

Jimmy Martinez      Playing as a freshman at Western Michigan University

John Martinez         Playing as a freshman at Michigan State University

Toby Matchulat       Pitching professionally in the Chicago Cubs organization

Burny Mitchem       Pitching as a junior for the University of Dayton

Kris Morris               A sophomore pitcher for Hillsdale College

Derek Mosher          A senior starting pitcher for Western Michigan University

Ryan Mosher            A senior pitcher at Wayne State University

Bryan Mullen           A freshman catcher at Spring Arbor University

Colin O’Connell       A senior starting pitcher at Spring Arbor University

Sam Ott                     A freshman outfielder at Eastern Michigan University

Andy Paulun            Pitching professionally for the Gary Railcats in the Northern League

Paul Philips              Pitching professionally for the Tampa Rays as a top prospect

Joe Posler                 A freshman pitcher at Eastern Michigan University

Drew Pyles                A sophomore pitcher at Missouri-Rolla

Chase Rihtarchik     A freshman pitcher at Michigan State University

Chris Roberts           A senior starting outfielder at Michigan State University

Brady Rodriquez      A freshman pitcher for Ball State University

Zac Ross                    A freshman infielder for Manatee Community College

Mike Schmidt           Former U of M player and professional trainer for Olympic athletes

Tyler Scott                A sophomore pitcher at the University of Toledo

Grant Simotes          A senior starting infielder at Western Michigan University

Kyle Strube               A freshman pitcher for Western Michigan University

Jeff Tervo                  A senior closer for Spring Arbor University

Michael Theodore   A freshman pitcher for the University of Tennessee

Cameron Walker     A freshman infielder for Wayne State University

Seth Willoughby      A freshman infielder at Xavier University

James Wisnewski    A starting defenseman for the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL

Brad Zambron         A freshman pitcher for Grand Valley State University



Tuesday, August 18
A. GREEN PLAYERS SIGN PRO CONTRACTS !!!

     The A. Green Summer Baseball Program is proud to announce that 3 of our former players have chosen to continue their careers at the professional level.

     Earlier this summer, Devan Kline (CMU & Battle Creek Lakeview) chose to sign as a Free Agent with the San Franciso Giants.  Kline who played with A. Green in 2005 & 2006 has reported to the Giants minor league complex where he will workout until being assigned to another club within the organization.

     Earlier this month, DJ LeMahieu (LSU & Birmingham Brother Rice) signed a professional contract with the Chicago Cubs after having been chosen in the 2nd round of the most recent MLB Entry Level Draft in June of this year.  LeMahieu who played with A. Green in 2005, 2006 & 2007 also was a member of the NCAA Champion LSU Tigers this past June in Omaha.  LeMahieu reported to Arizona and eventually was placed in Peoria to complete the season.

     Most recently on Monday, August 17, Daniel Fields (U of D Jesuit & U of M Signee) signed his professional contract with the Detroit Tigers after having been a 6th round pick in the MLB Entry Level Draft this past June.  Fields who played with A. Green in 2008 & 2009 was also Mr. Baseball in Michigan High School baseball this past season.  Fields will soon be reporting to Tigertown to begin his pro career.

     We congratulate each of these young men on their accomplishments and wish them the very best as they continue forward in their professional careers!



Sunday, July 19
A. GREEN WINS DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

     The A. Green Baseball Program has captured yet another AABC District Championship, their 7th overall, and will now advance to Battle Creek, Michigan to compete with 11 other teams in the AABC North Central Regional Championship play.

     A. Green began their trek to the title on Thursday morning at Jackson Community College with a solid 5-2 win over a tough Detroit Eagles team.  Kyle Clark (Portage Central / University of Michigan) took to the mound for A. Green and threw 5 solid innings and allowed only 1 earned run.  Mark Heard (Novi / Northwood University) came on to close out the win with 2 perfect innings of relief on the mound.

     In the 2nd game of the day on Thursday, also at Jackson Community College, A. Green took on the Michigan Buzz and battled their way to a 6-4 victory.  The Buzz held a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the 6th before the bats of A. Green exploed for 4 runs to move ahead for good in the contest.  Tyler Higgins (Mt. Pleasant / Wayne State University) started on the mound for A. Green and provided 5 good innings before giving way to Sam Ott (Plymouth Salem / Eastern Michigan) who closed out the mound duties and secured the win.

     On Friday, A. Green moved to Siena Heights University and the winner's bracket game where they took on a determined Diamonds Black 18u team out of Grand Rapids.  Mark Heard (Novi / Northwood University) went back to the mound for A. Green and was nearly perfect through the 7-inning contest.  Heard allowed only 2 walks in the contest as A. Green won 4-0.  Daniel Fields (U of D Jesuit / University of Michigan) and Stephen Claypool (Divine Child / Ball State University) provided triples to lead the offense.

     On Saturday morning, A. Green one again returned to Siena Heights University to take on the Michigan Red Sox in a game that would provide an automatic spot into regional play with a victory.  A. Green came out swinging early as they scored single runs in each of the first 2 innings enroute to a 5-1 win.  Brad Zambron (Brother Rice / Grand Valley State University) threw a complete game and Patrick Biondi (Divine Child / University of Michigan) provided the spark on offense with a triple and a single on the day.

     With the win, A. Green captured the AABC District Championship and will now move to Battle Creek to begin play in the AABC North Central Regional.  The opening game for A. Green will be at 2:30 PM on Friday, July 24, at Nichols Field.  The opponent will be determined earlier that morning based on the results of a game that will involve the North Oakland Yankee's from the AABC Flint District and a team from Illinois, which is unknown at this time.

See you at the park!



Friday, July 17
A. GREEN WINS THE ULTIMATE STRIKE ZONE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

     The A. Green Baseball Program became the first team to be a 2-time winner of the Ultimate Strike Zone Tournament with their 12-7 win over the Diamond-Maroons ball club on Sunday afternoon.  The final game was played on a windy afternoon that wreaked havoc with fielders trying to make plays, however in the end the two teams played very hard and displayed great sportsmanship towards one another in an exciting game that entertained the large throng of fans and supporters who were on hand at CMU.

      The tournament began for A. Green at Demski Field with a 10-2 win over the Bulldogs from Brighton.  Tyler Higgins took the mound for A. Green and pitched 4 strong innings before giving way to his staff mates.

     In the 2nd game of the day, which was played at CMU, A. Green took on a very talented Diamonds team from Grand Rapids.  A. Green fell behind early, however the bats came alive late and Blake Higgins was strong on the mound as A. Green battled back to take a 8-3 win.

     In the 3rd gameof the tournament, A. Green took on the Lakes Area Doders in an afternoon contest that was once again played in windy conditions at the Mt. Pleasant Varsity Field.  A. Green fell behind early, however with a 4 run outburtst in the top of the 7th inning they were able to tie the game at 7 heading to the botton half.  In the bottom of the inning, the LAD were able to mount their own offense and came away winning the game 10-7 off of a 3-run walk off Home Run.  Based on the standings within the bracket entering this game, the loss did not affect A. Green's march to the championship round, as the game later in the afternoon would determine that fate.   

     In the final game of pool play, A. Green squared off against a tough Oakland Elite team at the CMU Stadium.  The winner of this game would be the pool bracket winner and advance onto the championship round.  A. Green struggled early against the knuckle ball pitcher on the mound for the Elite, however in the middle innings of the game A. Green was able to mount some offense and eventually came away with the victory 9-0.  Mark Heard pitched another solid game for A. Green in the win,

     In the first semi-final game on Sunday, A. Green took on the Michigan Bulls in a highly anticpated match up.  Cam Walker took the mound for A. Green and despite falling behind 1-0 in the 3rd he continued to compete hard until the offense awoke.  A. Green rebounded for 3 runs to go up and take a lead that they would never relinquish in marching to a final victory of 6-3.

     In the Championship Game, A. Green sent Tyler Higgins to the mound and he provided 4 1/3 innings of solid pitching in a game that swayed back and forth for each team.  Although A. Green never trailed in the game, the final outcome was always in doubt until late, as both teams fought hard throughout and never allowed the opponent to rest or relax.  Blake Higgins pitched 2 2/3 innings of solid relief to claim the save.  In the end, A. Green was able to hold on and become the first team in the history of the tournament to claim 2 titles.

 



Sunday, July 5
A. GREEN WINS USSSA FIRECRACKER CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP !!!

The A. Green Summer Baseball Program rolled to the Championship of the USSSA Firecracker Classic held at Eastern Michigan.

In game #1 of the tournament on Thursday morning, A. Green moved past the Devil Rays of St. Clair by a score of 8-5 in a game that was played at Oestrike Stadium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.

In the 2nd  & 3rd games of the tournament for A. Green, the play moved to Riverview Gabriel Richard High School.  The ooponents for the day were Lakes Athletic and the Michigan Knights.  The offense was in high gear as A. Green won the games by the respective scores of 7-0 and 12-0.

On day three of the event, A. Green played their 4th game at Plymouth High School against the Macomb Inferno and took home a 15-0 win.

The perfect record in pool play led A. Green into the Sunday championship round as the overall #1 seed.  The final day for A. Green began with a semi-final game against the Vipers from Columbus, Ohio.  The Vipers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead before A. Green got into gear and rebounded to take home a 10-2 that allowed them to move into the championship game.

In the finale, it was all A. Green as they hit, pitched and played defense in a 9-0 victory over the solid Blue Stars of Lexington, Kentucky. 

A special note of interest from the game came in the form of a perfect pitching perfromance from Cam Walker (DeLaSalle / Wayne State) over the course of the run-rule shortened game.  Walker did not allow a Blue Star to reach base in his 4-inning stint.

With the victory in front of a large and vocal crowd, A. Green captured the overall Championship of the annual USSSA Firecracker Classic.

A. Green will now head back to their weekday schedule before heading to Mt. Pleasant to take part in the Ultimate Strike Zone Challenge, which begins on Thursday afternoon.

See you at the park!



Wednesday, July 1
A. GREEN PLAYERS SELECTED IN THE 2009 MLB DRAFT!

The A. Green Baseball Program is pleased to announce that several players, both past and present, were recently selected in the 2009 MLB Entry Draft.  Listed below are the players selected, the high school that they attended, the MLB that they were drafted by and the roundin which they were selected.

Congratulations to each and every player!

 

DJ LeMahieu    Birmingham Brother Rice / LSU    Chicago Cubs    2nd Round

Daniel Fields     Univ. of Detroit Jesuit / U of M      Detroit Tigers    6th Round

Patrick Biondi   Dearborn Divine Child / U of M     Detroit Tigers    35th Round

Tyler Higgins     Mt. Pleasant HS / Wayne State     Texas Rangers  47th Round

 

In addition, former A. Green pitcher Devan Klein (CMU / Battle Creek Lakeview) has signed a Free Agent contract with the San Francisco Giants and has been sent out to begin his professional career.  Congratulations to Devan for working hard to realize his dream of playing professional baseball.



Saturday, November 22
A. GREEN SUMMER BASEBALL RANKED AMONG THE NATION'S BEST!

     The A. Green Summer Baseball Program has received yet additional accolades and honors to add to the storied tradition that continues to build!

     Perfect Game USA, the nation's largest & most respected scouting service, has named the A. Green Summer Baseball Program as the nation's #33 best team in the 18u division.

     The ranking places the program at the very top of the list for all of the programs competing within the Great Lakes Region and has earned the program a berth in the very prestigous Baseball Championship Series to be held in July 2009.

     The program is honored to have recevied this highly regarded honor and will continue working throughout the winter and spring in an attempt to enhance and improve upon the current ranking.

     What makes the honor and attention so rewarding for the program is that it brings the focus of collegiate coaches throughout the country to Michigan, and specifically to players within our program, which can only enhance the stature of players and increase their opportunities to play at the collegiate level.

     We thank Perfect Game USA for their support of and interest in our program!

 

     As well, the A. Green Summer Baseball Program was also recently acknowledged by Pastime Championship Baseball as a Premier National Team in their review and rankings and they have also invited the program to participate in their National Event and also to serve their organization in an advisory role.

     As with the previous honor mentioned earlier, we are very humble and grateful for the recognition and confidence shown to our program by the Pastime Championship Baseball organization and we look forward to a long and rewarding partnership with them as well.

 

Best wishes to everyone for a safe and wonderful holiday season! 



Wednesday, June 11
A. GREEN PLAYERS DRAFTED - ONE ALREADY SIGNED!

During the recent 2008 Major League Player Entry Draft, 4 former and 1 current A. Green Summer Baseball Program players were drafted.

Current A. Green player, Damarii Saunderson from Northville High School was drafted as an Outfielder by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 15th round.  Earlier today, an agreement was reached between Damarii and the Phillies thus enabling Damarii's professional career to begin immediately!  Best wishes to Damarii on what we believe will be a promising career. 

In addition, former A. Green player, Toby Matchulat was selected in the 10th round by the Chicago Cubs.  The hard-throwing right-hander spent this past season at Wabash Community College.

Also, current University of Michigan star, and former A. Green player, Adam Abraham was taken in the 13th round by the Cleveland Indians.  Abraham had a great season in Ann Arbor watching over the hot corner for the Wolverines after being named one of the team captains for 2008.

Former A. Green player, and current Detroit Southeastern High School star, DJ Henderson was chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 30th round.  Henderson recently led his high school team into the quarter-finals.

Finally, former A. Green player and current Coastal Carolina University right-handed pitcher, Jeff Richard was grabbed up by the Atlanta Braves in the 38th round.  Jeff recently completed his 1st season with CCU after transferring from Central Michigan University last summer.

Congratulations to each young man on their selection and our very best wishes as each moves through the next step in their respective careers! 



Saturday, June 14
FORMER A. GREEN PLAYERS IN OMAHA!

     Former A. Green Summer Baseball Program players, DJ LeMahieu (Birmingham Brother Rice) and Jeff Whitlow (Detroit Country Day) are basking in the sun of Omaha, Nebraska this weekend as they have reached the pinnacle of NCAA 1 baseball.

     LeMahieu, the starting shortstop of Louisiana State University, and Whitlow, the starting rightfielder for Stanford University, are members of their respective teams as they begin play in the NCAA World Series this weekend.

     Whitlow gets the first chance to play as his Stanford team takes on Florida State University on Satruday afternoon.  LeMahieu moves into action with his team on Sunday evening as they take on North Carolina. 

     Our best wishes go out to both young men and their teams as they begin play.  Like many of you, we will be watching with great pride as these young men move forward!



Saturday, September 18
A. Green Players Head To College

The A. Green Summer Baseball Program is please to announce that all of our recently graduated players are heading off to college to continue their acdemic and athletic careers.  As well, two of our players returning to high school this fall have announced their collegiate selections.  All of the information is listed below and we wish to extend our gratitude, thanks and best wishes to each player and their families.  Well done young men, well done!

HEADING OFF TO COLLEGE - FALL 2010:

Patrick Lancaster - Bowling Green State University

Brett Brindley - Oakland University

Caleb Wick - Oakland University

Al Zeiher - Spring Arbor University (Michigan's 2010 Mr. Baseball)

Mark Weist - Spring Arbor University

Jeff Sorenson - Wayne State University

Ricky Knapp - Florida Gulf Coast University

Patrick MacKenzie - Central Michigan University

David Blalock - Kellogg Community College

John Jakubik - Kalamazoo College

Evin Einhart - Iowa Western Junior College

Jay Perry - University of Michigan

 

RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR FALL 2011:

Joel Seddon - University of South Carolina

Eric Haase - Ohio State University 



   
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