Specialties: Hitting, FieldingAges 6 – 14
Coach Jim feels the most important life skill he can teach his young ball players is the love of the game with emphasis on the GAME. He wants players to enjoy the sport with the belief “if you have fun, the learning comes easy”. Beginning or transitioning from rec to travel ball, players are encouraged to share their goals with Coach Jim, in becoming the player they want to be, making them enthusiastic about learning and reaching those goals. Coach Jim brings 25 years coaching experience to boys and girls, coaching teams from tee-ball through varsity. He has assisted with the Cleveland Indians Youth Summer and Winter Camps in Florida, Junior Olympics, and was honored as “Coach of the Year” during his coaching at Brecksville High School. Focusing on Hitting and Fielding fundamentals, he continues to attend seminars, increasing his knowledge and development of drills to help his students play with accuracy and speed. He gently urges players outside of their comfort level to switch hit, and works heavily on bunting and slap drills. “Fast Hands” are essential to fielding, giving players the edge against opponents. Teaching young players the strategies of the game encourages them to build skills to assist them as they grow in the sport. Family is a very important part of the “team” encouraging parents, grandparents and siblings to sit in and watch the lesson. This helps to reinforce the skills that have been taught and make the process more fun for everyone. “Baseball/Softball…The Only Game That Defense Controls The Ball…Coach Jim’s Mantra is FUN FIRST”!
Juan Sanchez (Baseball and Softball)
Specialties: Fielding, Hitting and Base RunningAges 7 – 20
Juan Sanchez, originally from Bejuma, Carabobo, Venezuela, has been part of the Toronto, Minnesota, and Milwaukee organizations from 2006-2012, accumulating 442 hits in 7 seasons of affiliated ball and playing as high as the AAA level with the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Juan played for the Lake Erie Crushers from 2013-2015 piling up 261 hits in his Frontier League career. The 2016 season Juan played for the Texas Airhogs in the American Association (AA) hitting a career high 11 homeruns, 51 RBI’s, and 100 hits in 98 games. Juan’s career averages include a .932 fielding percentage and a career batting average of .249 in 947 games. Juan had a career season high 20 stolen bases as a member of the Minnesota Twins organization in 2007. Juan and his wife, Reema, and daughter reside in the Cleveland area.
Mike Mancuso (Baseball)
Specialties: PitchingAges 8 – High School
Mike Mancuso brings experience from both a playing and teaching level. A 2011 graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School and 2016 University of Georgia graduate in the Southeast Conference (“SEC”). He began his professional career in the Chicago White Sox organization in 2016. Mike got his start as a young pitcher taking lessons at this Brecksville facility from veteran instructor Dave Bocanelli. He was recruited by then Kent State Head Coach Scott Stricklin, but chose to be a Georgia Bulldog facing the tough hitters of the SEC. Mike continued to learn a lot about pitching from Coach Fred Corral, and ironically Scott Stricklin became the Head Coach at Georgia where Mike finished his successful college career. In the fall of 2016 Mike began teaching pitching to young players at the Baseball Batting Cages@Brecksville and is currently available for instruction after school and on the weekends.
Josh Barsa (Baseball and Softball)
Ages 8 – High School
Josh Barsa is a native of Parma and has assisted with instruction and coaching at Baseball Batting Cages @ Brecksville since 2015 under coaches Dave Bocanelli, Juan Sanchez, and Mike Mancuso. Josh was the catcher at Padua Franciscan from 2012 – 2014 under coach Bocanelli and is now coaching in the Fielder’s Choice baseball program. Josh is enthusiastic in developing players with proper catching skills to take their game to the next level.
Specialties: Pitching (Baseball)
Ages: All Ages
Clint spent 12 years as a professional pitcher including parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues with the Seattle Mariners. In 1999, Clint was the USA Today‘s Ohio High School Player of the Year, drafted in the 5th round from Brooklyn High School. In 2001, Clint led all Minor League Baseball in strikeouts, compiling over 200 that season. He was named to numerous Minor League All Star games and was chosen to participate in the Major League Futures Game for the Games Elite prospects in 2003. In his youth, Clint played for Fielder’s Choice Baseball where he learned to pitch by the legendary Dave Bocanelli right here at the Baseball Batting Cages at Brecksville. Clint has been giving pitching instruction to all ages from 8 years old to current Professional Pitchers and coached amateur baseball for the last 7 years.
J.P. Sorma III (Baseball)
Specialties: Hitting & Fielding, All Ages
Coach J.P. brings experience from both a playing and teaching background. A 2013 graduate of Independence High, he received a scholarship to The Ohio State University playing under Head Coach Greg Beals. He transferred to Ashland University to hit the field earlier, and play under John Schaly. Graduated from Ashland U in 2017. In high school, J.P. earned 1st team all Ohio honors, set the school record with 43 RBI, and led the region in BA .591. In college, J.P. was listed the top 25 Dll player in the country (Baseball America 2016), 2x All American & 2x National Hitter of the Week, set the HR record (19) for the SFCBL, # 2 all-time single season HR record (17) for Ashland U, and was listed # 14 pick in Ohio for the MLB draft (Baseball America 2017). J.P. was offered a free agent deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016. J.P. became head coach of the 14u and 15u Ohio Aces out of the diamond league for two years before coming to the Baseball Batting Cages at Brecksville to work with all players who are looking to get to the next level. He wants all his players to chase their dreams!
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