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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 (AAA)
  • 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

  • OF Ben Pelletier – Philadelphia Phillies (A)
  • LHP Blake Hodgens – Penn State
  • RHP Carson Ragsdale – Univ of South Florida – San Francisco Giants (AA)
  • RHP Reeves Martin – Univ of New Orleans/Seattle Mariners (AA)
  • RHP Nate Pearson – Toronto Blue Jays (MLB)
  • OF Gilberto Celestino – Minnesota Twins (MLB)
  • SS 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 (AA)
  • OF Chavez Young – Toronto Blue Jays (AA)
  • OF Nick Ortega – Butler
  • RHP Shameko Smith – Polk State/Colorado Rockies (AA)
  • OF Gabe Montenegro – Southern Miss
  • RHP Christian James – Florida International/NY Mets (A)

 

2017

  • SS Spencer Myers – Notre Dame
  • 1B PK Morris – Florida Atlantic University/Toronto Blue Jays (A)
  • RHP Tommy Mace – Univ of Florida/Cleveland Indians (A)
  • 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/Cleveland Indians
  • OF Cameron Diaz – Wagner
  • RHP Will Ohme – North Florida
  • LHP Preston Perez – Hamilton
  • OF Justice Thompson – University of North Carolina/Cincinnati Reds

 

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
  • Brodie McCracken – University of Alabama Birmingham
  • Miguel Denson – Shelton State
  • Tyson Kirkland – Lawson State

 

 

 

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