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Monday, November 7
A.S.B.A. 2011 Summer Highlights

The All Star Baseball Academy just finished another highly successful summer schedule.

The 14u team won the 4 corners tournament, placed third at the U.S.A. Junior Olympic Tournament, won the A.A.B.C. State Sandy Koufax Title and finished 5th in the Sandy Koufax World Series.

The 15u team won the 16u Perfect Game Desert Classic, they also were state runner-up in the A.A.B.C.  State Mickey Mantle Tournament losing to our A.S.B.A.

16U team in the championship game. The 16u team placed well in the U.S.A. Junior Olympics and won the A.A.B.C. State Mickey Mantle State Title, placed 5th in the Western Regionals.

The 17u team won the 18u Perfect Game Desert Classic, the also won the A.A.B.C. State Don Mattingly Tournament and finish 5th at the Don Mattingly World Series.

The 18u team placed 5th in the A.A.B.C State Tournament.

Tuesday, August 2
All Star Baseball 17 Wins the Don Mattingly State Tournament
All Star Baseball 17 defeated a tough AZ Athletics squad to claim the Don Mattingly State Tournament and win the paid berth to the Mattingly World Series. Joey Curletta got the win on the mound.

Monday, July 18
ASBA-Romero Wins 2011 Mickey Mantle State Championship!

All Star Baseball Academy-Romero bashed their way to the 2011 Mickey Mantle State Championship on Saturday night, defeating ASBA-LeBrun 17-7 in the championship game.

ASBA Romero pounded out 76 runs in 5 games during the tourney, and now head to the Mantle Western Region Champiosnhip in West Covina, CA beginning this Thursday. Sister team ASBA Lebrun played very well all week as well.

This is the 15U ASBA team and the defending Sandy Koufax World Series Champion of a year ago. This makes back to back state titles for ASBA Romero, who qualified for regional last year as 15 year olds.

It also makes two state championships so far this summer for ASBA, who last week took the title in the Sandy Koufax division.

Its about time people start giving Director Jonn Freitas and his players and coaches some love here. Great job guys.

Thursday, June 9
Summer 2011 Roster Posted!
Check out the summer 2011 roster! Check back later for the upcoming schedule!

Thursday, June 9
ASBA Junior Olympic Team 16U
The current 16U roster has been posted for the 2011 summer. Check back later for the schedule!

Thursday, June 9
Roster Posted! ASBA Junior Scout Team 17U
Come check out the roster for the summer ASBA 17U team! Check back later for the upcoming schedule!

Sunday, May 1
Ryan Grant JO West 60 times

JO West: Top 60-Yard Dash Times in 14U & 16U.

 Phoeniz - Over 1,500 players from 108 teams ran 60-yard dashes in Peoria Friday during the opening day of the USA Baseball 14U and 16U West Championships.

Here are the top-50 times from both age groups:


Ben Johnson (Austin Wings) 6.62

Anthony Balta  (OC Baseball) 6.71

Daniel Perez (Club All-Star) 6.72

Ethan Cohen (NorCal 2013) 6.73

Draye Turner (PBA Storm-Red) 6.77

Bjon Boyd (NorCal 2013) 6.78

Forrest Wright (SoCal Cardinals-Grey) 6.79

Logan Dugas (Gladiator Baseball) 6.80

K.C. Rivera (Rocky Mountain) 6.80

Ryan Grant (All-Star Baseball Academy) 6.81

Taylor Zander (SoCal Cardinals-Grey) 6.81

Zac Hoffpauir (All-Star Baseball Academy) 6.82

Jacob Langhamer (Austin Wings) 6.82

Steven Golden (NorCal 2012) 6.82

Zach Drouillard (Gladiator Baseball) 6.83

Parker Starr (Placentia Mustangs) 6.83

Jordan Farris (SoCal Cardinals-Grey) 6.83

Cody Poteet (Placentia Mustangs) 6.84

Nick Catalano (Team Anderson 2012) 6.84

Braden Bishop (Danville Hoots-Zoots) 6.87

Colton Johnson (HB Nitro) 6.87

Drew Jackson (Danville Hoots-Zoots) 6.88

Josh Adams (EDH Vipers) 6.89

Austin Kurke (Southern California Bombers) 6.89

Devin Carter (ABD Boxers) 6.90

Steven Gigli (Club All-Star) 6.91

Daniel Gonzalez (The Show 2012) 6.91

Shilo McCall (Four Corners) 6.92

James Clay (Houston Heat) 6.92

Nicholas Fatica (Angels Amateur Baseball Program) 6.93

Travis Streeter (Austin Wings) 6.93

Connor Hustead (AZ Athletics 16U) 6.93

Preston Caldera (Danville Hoots-Zoots) 6.94

Jherremya Leuta-Douyere (Team Anderson 2013) 6.94

Colin Friedman (Albuquerque Baseball Academy) 6.95

Colin Klees (AZ Athletics 16U) 6.95

Taylor Jones (NorCal 2013) 6.95

Dylan Navarro (SoCal Dirtbags) 6.95

Joey Curletta (All-Star Baseball Academy) 6.96

Zach Gibbons (Angels Amateur Baseball Program) 6.96

Ryan LeRoy (Dallas Tigers-Holmes) 6.97

Taylor Uselman (Four Corners) 6.97

Caleb Wood (PBA Storm-Red) 6.97

Kevin Viers (Team Anderson2012) 6.97

Nelson Benjamin (PBA Storm-Red) 6.98

Joshua Ehrlich (Quakes Baseball Academy) 6.98

Louie Payetta (Quakes Baseball Academy) 6.98

Tanner Bily (San Gabriel Valley Arsenal) 6.98

Patrick Mulry (Club All-Star) 6.99

Angel Valverde (East Bay Lookouts) 6.99

Hunter Mercado (NCTB Stars) 6.99

Colin Reynolds (NW Timberjacks) 6.99

Nicki Ruppert (San Diego 2012) 6.99  


Tommy Gamble (NorCal Grizzlies), 6.88

Garrett Cluk (CCB) 6.89

Jamie Westbrook (Arizona Blaze) 6.95

Noah Kelly (PBA Storm) 6.97

Teague James (NW Timberjacks) 6.99

Trace Loehr (Baseball Northwest) 7.03

Luke Ramirez (San Diego Show) 7.03

Alexander Verdugo (PBA Storm) 7.04

Brandon Sandoval (West Coast Clippers) 7.05

James Terrell (NorCal Grizzlies) 7.09

Cameron Sterne (Baseball Northwest) 7.10

Andre Gregory (EDH Vipers) 7.10

Chet Gleason (All-Star Baseball Academy) 7.11

Grant Fennell (San Diego Stars) 7.11

Adam Leonard (Angels Amateur Baseball) 7.12

Nick Madrigal (Hard 90) 7.12

Mertin Chagnovich (USA Blue) 7.14

Jacob Oakley (NorCal 2014) 7.15

Vince Fernandez (NorCal Grizzlies) 7.15

Tyler Cook (ABD) 7.18

Austin Brakebeill (PBA Storm) 7.18

DJ Lewis (San Diego Shoe) 7.18

Andrew Wright (San Diego Stars) 7.19

Aaron Dominguez (Team Rawlings) 7.19

Tyler Atkinson (Team Rawlings) 7.19

Christian Bailey (USA Blue) 7.20

Austin Knolles (Arizona Blaze) 7.21

Giovanni Garbella (Encinitas Reds) 7.21

Evan Claproth (OC Baseball) 7.21

Craig Buzzard (Albuquerque Baseball Academy) 7.23

Garrett Gutierrez (Team Anderson) 7.23

Tanner Draper (UBA Blue) 7.23

Branson Trube (UBA Idaho) 7.23

Jordan Farhat (Encinitas Reds) 7.24

Cody Buchda (All-Star Baseball Academy) 7.26

Daniel Casey (Arizona Clash APST) 7.26

Alex Jackson (Encinitas Reds) 7.26

Brandon McNulty (RBI CA Arsenal) 7.26

Kent Keeling (Albuquerque Baseball Academy) 7.27

Trey Brimhall (USA Blue) 7.28

Bryce Johnson (PBA Storm) 7.29

Steven Mendoza (OC Baseball) 7.30

Chris Taylor (Team Rawlings) 7.30

Nathan Chokey (Arizona Blaze) 7.31

Geoff Tamayo (ABD Seadogs) 7.32

Gerard Hernandez (Angels Amateur Baseball) 7.32

Austin Rapp (Baseball Northwest) 7.33

Matthew Hauck (Baseball Northwest) 7.33

Michael Echavia (NorCal Grizzlies) 7.33

Austin Ambrosini (EDH Vipers) 7.34

Joey Covert (PBA Storm) 7.34

Tre Taylor (Arizona Clash APST) 7.36

Kory Longaker (Baseball Northwest) 7.36

Nathan Chang (NorCal Grizzlies) 7.36

David Greer (Team Rawlings) 7.36

Friday, April 8
How ASBA has fared in State A.A.B.C. league
















Friday, April 8
2011 Recruitment Letter


Dear Player,              

Congratulations on your success in the class room and on the baseball diamond during your young career.                     

It is these outstanding qualities that the All Star Baseball Academy College Prep Teams are seeking.            

We are proud to extend you an invitation to become part of a quality baseball experience in the summer of 2011.  The ASBA Connie Mack College Prep Teams will be comprised of top Arizona High School baseball players.  The schedule will be against top baseball programs and will include 3 total tournaments, 4 Corners Classic and the CONNIE MACK  National QUILIFIER Championships.  Along with competition in the prestigious Arizona Connie Mack league.             Our 2010 ASBA College Prep Teams finished their summer seasons with a very impressive combined record.  Included in their summer was a 18U     

A.A.B.C. Connie Mack State Runner-up.  Our 17U A.A.B.C.Don Mattingly team was also State Runner-up . Our 15U Mickey Mantle Team won the A.A.B.C. 16U State Championship.Our 14U Sandy Koufax team finished off the summer by winning their second straight A.A.B.C. National Championship.            

As always it is ASBA’s main goal to assist all of its players in helping them secure the opportunity to play baseball at the collegiate or professional levels.  By playing for the ASBA Connie Mack College Prep team you will be highly considered for a spot on the 2011 College Scout team which plays against the State’s Junior College programs in the Fall season.  This Scout team experience is a terrific opportunity both for progress in skills and development but exposure to some of Arizona’s finest Junior Colleges.            

Once again, congratulations on your success, please discuss this with your family.  Our coaching staff will be available to answer any questions or concerns you or your family might have.  Please do not hesitate to contact us.  We will need to know of your commitment by APRIL 1st. Upon your commitment a non refundable deposit of $300 will be required at that time to secure you spot on our Connie Mack College Prep Team.            

All Star Baseball Academy wants you to be part of our ASBA family!  


Academy Director

Jonn Freitas

Monday, October 4

PEORIA, Ariz. -

One more inning.

On an arid Monday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex, the ABD Bulldogs captured the Perfect Game/EvoShield National Underclass Championship title in an eight-inning thriller, needing a RBI single by right fielder Jeremiah Davis to do so.

Neither team's offense caught a spark through the first half of the contest.

Through four innings, ABD and All Star Baseball Academy combined for just four hits.

Robert Heath held the Bulldogs' bats silent through two innings, retiring the side in order with the help of his defense in the first and allowing only a two-out walk in the second.

But ABD third baseman Willie Barcena ended Heath's early no-hit bid with a one-out single to left-center field in the third. And the Bulldogs eventually took a 2-0 lead two innings later in the bottom of the fifth.

With Davis standing on third following a lead-off double and an ensuing fielding error, center fielder Corey Dempster hit a RBI single to give ABD a late 1-0 advantage. Then, shortstop Elliot Brazilli stroked a solo home run over the left-field fence.

All Star Baseball Academy refused to lie down, though.

With 90-mph righty Tanner Rahier taking the mound for the Bulldogs in the top of the sixth, All Star Baseball quickly tied that game on a two-RBI double by center fielder Zac Hoffpauir — the tournament's Most Valuable Player after an 8-for-13 playoff performance for nine RBI.

Then, Heath fought out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.

But fortune and momentum eventually ran out as Davis singled in the go-ahead game-winning run in the eighth for ABD.

Bulldogs right-handed pitcher Ryan Kayoda earned the tournament's Most Valuable Pitcher award after striking out 15 hitters and allowing one earned run on eight hits through 12 2/3 innings. Kayoda also pitched ABD to a 3-0 semifinal win over the Minnesota Blizzard.

All Star Baseball Academy's Alan Madsen also received consideration. Madsen threw two complete games, including an eight-inning win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the championship quarterfinals. Through 13 innings, he allowed six hits, no earned runs, and struck out 11.

Thursday, September 30

I spent last weekend hitting the scout team trail again.

Saturday I headed over to Glendale CC to catch All Star Baseball Academy, the most consistently talented group of the academy teams in the valley. Once again Jonn Freitas has assembled a solid squad of 2011 and 2012 players.

In the 2011 group, Pinnacle RH pitcher Jake Winters is going to be a guy to reckon with in the spring. He's a late bloomer physically compared to his older brother Justin ( currently at Paradise Valley CC), but the arm action is sweet and the delivery is balanced and athletic. He had a great summer with the Firebirds and will be a high 80s arm next spring with the ability to spin it.

One of the hidden jewels in the 2011 class is Centennial LH pitcher Josh Taylor, a 6-5 lefty with a physical frame and an enormously high ceiling. I saw him last spring and he caught my eye then. he's continued to develop over the summer and is going to get some attention from area scouts next spring.

Millenium 2011 RHP/ Utility Austin Hoffman has a lanky 6-6 frame and will surprise you with his athleticism. He'll add strength over the next couple of years, and he's already shown the ability to pitch. As the velo climbs so will his stock.

Prescott infielder Mike Criss is an under the radar guy that I like. He has very good infield actions and the feet work well. Its a solidly built frame and he looks like he can run a little.

Pinnacle senior LHP/ 1B Kris Ayers is trying to come back from some shoulder issues, and hasn't taken the mound yet. He's spent the summer playing first and has improved as an offensive player. At 6-5 230 he's strong as an ox and surprisingly light on his feet for a guy of his size. This is another one to keep an eye on

Sunrise Mountain CF/RHP Steven Kane has a prototypical 6-4 190 frame, and is a strike thrower who can show mid 80s velo. THere is upside here both as an arm and as an outfielder who has been a consistent producer with the bat.

ASBA has a very solid group of 2012 players as well.

Boulder Creek middle infielder West Tunnell is as fundamentally sound of a player as we have in the state. He's always been undersized, but has suddenly sprouted to 5-10 and 165. He's a tough out from the left side and a consistent defender with an interesting upside.

Sunnyslope middle Colin O'Neil is another guy to keep an eye on. He needs to become more physical, but there's an athlete in there and some arm strength.

I like Valley Vista OF/LHP Nelson Benjamin. One the mound he has a quick arm and showing low 80s velo with some arm side movement. There's good athleticism is his entire game, and watching him develop could be interesting.

Ryan Grant, an outfielder from Brophy, is a guy who should get on the field for the Broncs this spring. He can run, appears to be a pretty polished defender and handled the bat as well.

Mountain Pointe's Joey Curletta is a specimen at 6-4 and 215. He's already displayed prodigious power in the past, and will surprise evaluators by how well his feet work around the bag at first.

Geraldo Arzaga is a strong bodied 3B who swings it from the left side. His brother played college baseball and he looks like he'll follow in the footsteps. He showed workable arm action on the hill with an excellent change up.

Cactus Shadows RHP/OF Sean O'Grady did a nice job for the Falcons in the spring, and he continues to develop as a player. I think he has some upside on the hill, where he shows a quick arm (low 80s) and the makings of a good slider.

ASBA was missing a trio of players (AJ Young, Zach Hoffpauir and Matt Haro)who were at the USA Baseball NTIS in Cary, NC.

I'll share my Sunday notes tomorrow.

Thursday, September 30
If you are a Baseball America reader, there is a very nice piece on former Goldwater HS and All Star Baseball alum Justin Bloxom. Justin was drafted in the 11th round this year out of Kansas State by the Washington Nationals. If you knew him in high school, you probably wouldn't recognize him. The wiry 170 pound catcher turned into a 6-1 205 pound switch hitting masher. He's currently hitting .309 with 11 homers, 70 RBIs and 10 steals for Hagerstown in the Class A South Atlantic League.

Thursday, September 30
Recruiting Trends: A 5 Year Analysis- Part II

In Part I of this series, we looked at the colleges that have been most active in recruiting and signing Arizona players. We also broke down the high schools that have produced the most players for Division I baseball.

In Part II of the series we will take a look at the summer teams and fall scout teams and compare the number of players signed from each program. Is there an advantage to playing for one team over another?

Summer baseball in Arizona is comprised primarily of teams competing in Connie Mack and American Legion baseball, with Connie Mack the leader in the Phoenix area and Legion ball more prevalent in Tucson. In addition, many high school programs are very active in the summer in Coaches leagues as well as in CM and Legion ball.

The predominant summer baseball club in Arizona for more than 10 years has been the Arizona Firebirds. The club has 2 Connie Mack World Series appearances, including a championship in 2006. It should come as no surprise then, that the club has produced 34 D1 signees over the past 5 years. In addition, the Angels Scout team, which competes in the summer as well as the fall , can claim 28 signees. All Star baseball Academy, which often gets overlooked in this discussion, has produced 24 signees.

These are significant numbers, but what really stands out to me is that these 3 groups comprise only 86 of the 187 signees (46%) over the 5 year period. The remainder of the players are spread out over remaining clubs (i.e. Dodgers, Rocky Mountain Baseball, Players Academy, Arizona Clash, KFC, Tucson Wildcats, Pilots etc). In addition, a significant number of players have had little or no affiliation with summer baseball outside of the high school program.

When we look at Arizona baseball in the fall, the focus goes to Scout teams. There are 4 sponsored scout teams right now in Arizona (Diamondbacks, Angels and Rays in Phoenix- White Sox in Tucson). In addition, there is a Dodgers teams and several academies play similar schedules as the sponsored scout teams, non- competitive games versus area junior colleges.

Over the 5 year period, we've also had a couple of years where the Tigers sponsored a team (prior to the Rays).

The Scout team producing the most players over the 5 year sample has been the Diamondbacks, who can claim 67 of the 187 signees. Still, this is still only slightly more than a third of the total. The Angels follow with 33 signees, and All Star Baseball again represents well with 20. Keep in mind that the Rays have only been around for 2 years, and their 2011 class is very strong.

5 Year

Dbacks 67

Angels 33


W Sox 19

Tigers 12

These 5 clubs have accounted for 151 of the 187 signees (80%).

So what conclusions can we draw?

I've maintained for years that the importance of who you play for is somewhat overblown when it comes to "exposure" to colleges. If you can play, if you have managed the process efficiently, communicated with college coaches, and if you are a solid student, you can get a legitimate look from college coaches.

Some teams may seem to have better track records, but I think its apparent that no single group holds a huge advantage, and that improving as a player is much more important than who you play for. 

Friday, September 24
A.S.B.A. former player Eric Sogard becomes 96th Sun Devil to play MLB

Former Arizona State standout Eric Sogard became the 96th Sun Devil to play Major League Baseball when he pinch hit for the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night in Kansas City. He walked in his first Major League at bat against 2009 Cy Young Award winner Zach Greinke, and later collected his first Big League hit.

Sogard, who was acquired by Oakland from the San Diego Padres last offseason, hit .300 for the AAA Sacramento River Cats, helping them to the Pacific Coast League playoffs. He collected 154 hits in 137 games, including 28 doubles and five homers. His 154 hits led the River Cats, as did his 75 walks. He also drove in 65 runs and scored 82 times. During his career in the Minors, he has earned four different All-Star honors.

Sogard was a Sun Devil from 2005 to 2007, leaving ASU with a .371 lifetime average. He earned Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2007, a year in which he hit .400 with 11 homers and 62 RBI. He earned All-American honors in 2006 and 2007 and was a two-time First Team All-Pac-10 selection. Over his three seasons in Tempe, Sogard hit 20 home runs and drove in 116 runs. After not being drafted following high school, Sogard was selected in the second round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres.

Sogard becomes the fifth Sun Devil to make his MLB debut in 2010, joining Mike Leake (Cincinnati Reds), Ike Davis (New York Mets), Colin Curtis (New York Yankees) and Brett Wallace (Houston Astros). Sogard was teammates with all of them at some point during his Sun Devil career.

Saturday, October 30
All Star Baseball Wins 2010 Sandy Koufax World Series

The All Star Baseball Academy, after dropping their initial game of the tournament, ran the table the rest of the way and claimed the championship in the 2010 14U Sandy Koufax World Series.

ASBA mercy ruled West Covina, CA 15-7 in the title game.

After surrendering 5 runs in the the of the first, ASBA responded by hanging a 7 in the bottom half and 4 in the third inning to take control. Earlier in the day,

ASBA eliminated Michigan 4-3 in a game delayed 7 hours due to rain. ASBA had handed Cal its first loss of the tournament on Saturday night with a 10-7 win.

* Calvin Lebrun (Sunnyslope 2014) was named the tournament's outstanding pitcher.

* Kyle Buchda (2013 Sunnyslope) was 7-10 with 5 RBIs.

* Zach Johnson (Liberty 2013) had a .643 BA, went 2-0 on the mound, and also won the home run derby.

* Kyle Brown (Sunnyslope 2014) was 8-17 (.471) and went 5-6 with 5 RBIs over the last 3 games.

* Marshall Shill (2014 Mingus) tossed a complete game 5 hitter on Friday.

* Garrett Poole (2014 Corona Del Sol) was 2-0 for the tourney on the bump.

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