In the summer of 2012, Sam Marsonek and several former MLB players started a ministry for amateur players to compete on travel teams throughout the summer and fall under the umbrella of SCORE Baseball. Typically one team per class from 14u-17u were based out of Tampa, Florida and players brought in from Latin America, Bahamas and Canada as well as around the state of Florida. Since the inaugural year, over 100 players has gone on to play collegiate baseball with nearly 50 signing professional contracts. In the summer of 2018 the transition was made to Baseball Country here in Jena and the name has since changed to Baseball Country Developmental Teams. The opportunity provided by BC is not only for players to compete at all the national events in Al, Ga and Florida but also to train year round at our facility both physically and most importantly spiritually. Throughout the summers, housing/meals are provided as well as transportation/hotels to and from events. Below is a list of notable names that have played for Sam:

2012

OF Jacob Wright – Univ of Pittsburgh

OF Sam Machonis – Florida Southern/Detroit Tigers

C Austin Leeney – Elon

INF Mike Korte – Lipscomb

RHP Chris Williams – Saint Leo

OF Hayden Kelley – South Florida

RHP Jordan Doyle – Flagler

INF Nolan Schrenker – Newsome

LHP TJ Peterson – Florida Gulf Coast

LHP Matt Mullins – Eckerd

 

2013

RHP Nick Eicholtz – Univ of Alabama

RHP/C Brandon Brosher – Oral Roberts/NY Mets (AA)

OF Jacob Cordero – Arizona Diamondbacks (A)

OF Eloy Jimenez – Chicago White Sox (MLB)

RHP Yenssy Diaz – Toronto Blue Jays (MLB)

RHP Jose Pupo – Polk State

 

2014

RHP Alex Faedo – Univ of Florida/Detroit Tigers (AA)

INF Kevin Merrell – Univ of South Florida/Oakland A’s (AA)

OF Pedro Gonzalez – Texas Rangers (A)

RHP Carlos Espinal – New York Yankees (A)

OF Levi Gilcrease – Baylor University

OF Diamond Johnson – Florida Atlantic

RHP Cole Gordon – Mississippi State/NY Mets (A)

LHP Matt Meyer – Jacksonville

RHP Tyler Carr – South Alabama/Philadelphia Phillies (A)

 

2015

Ben Pelletier – Philadelphia Phillies (A)

Blake Hodgens – Penn State

Carson Ragsdale – Univ of South Florida

Reeves Martin – Univ of New Orleans/Seattle Mariners (A)

Nate Pearson – Toronto Blue Jays (1st Rd)

Gilberto Celestino – Minnesota Twins (A)

Ronnie Brito – LA Dodgers (A)

 

2016

C Saul Torres – New York Yankees (A)

LHP Michael Sandborn – Vanderbilt

RHP Andrew Belcik – Notre Dame

OF Ryan Mejia – Florida State

RHP Travis MacGregor – Clemson/Pittsburgh Pirates (A)

OF Chavez Young – Toronto Blue Jays (A)

OF Nick Ortega – Butler

RHP Shameko Smith – Polk State/Colorado Rockies (A)

OF Gabe Montenegro – Southern Miss

RHP Christian James – Florida International/NY Mets (A)

 

2017

SS Spencer Myers – Notre Dame

!B PK Morris – Florida Atlantic University/Toronto Blue Jays (A)

RHP Tommy Mace – Univ of Florida

OF Duncan Hunter – Jacksonville Univ

RHP CJ Van Eyk – Florida State

INF Dalton Wingo – Univ of Central Florida

OF Pablo Abreu – Milwaukee Brewers (A)

INF Albert Suarez – LA Dodgers (A)

LHP Spencer Bodanza – Miami

OF Jose Cadenas – Tampa

RHP Luke Drummond – Birmingham Southern

RHP Jeffrey Hakanson – Univ of Central Florida

RHP Tristan Harvin – Birmingham Southern

C Dillon Morton – Winthrop

 

2018

INF Jamarcus Lyons – Univ of Central Florida

INF/RHP Duncan Pastore – Nova Southeastern

INF Jacob Phelps – Columbia

RHP Franco Aleman – Florida International

OF Cameron Diaz – Wagner

RHP Will Ohme – North Florida

LHP Preston Perez – Hamilton

OF Justice Thompson NW Florida State College

 

2019

RHP Michael Dominguez – Florida State/Toronto Blue Jays

C Jakob Hines – Polk State

INF Dayro Perez – NY Yankees

INF Christian Gonzalez – St Louis Cardinals

OF Alexander Ramirez – Texas Rangers

2020

INF Brandon Moore – Montevallo

RHP Caleb Junkin – Merrian Military

OF Tyson Mickie – Middle Tennessee

3B/RHP Daniel McCary – Alabama – Huntsville

RHP Cade Whitley – Delta State

2021

INF Mayes White – Florida State

RHP Bryce Cunningham – Vanderbilt

OF Houston Evans – Florida State