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Elite Baseball Training Announces Elite Softball Training Under Direction of Katie Brennan

June 15th, 2017 | Posted in News & Updates

 

CHICAGO, Ill –Elite Baseball Training has announced the formation of Elite Softball Training under Director of Softball Operations, Katie Brennan.  For five years, Elite Baseball Training has pushed forward the necessary merger between baseball and technology- infused training.  This has allowed Justin Stone and the Elite Baseball Training staff to challenge traditional teaching principles in an effort to get kids better, faster.  Now Katie Brennan will bring the same mission to fast-pitch softball.

 

“Working with children has always been a passion of mine.  I have spent time working with students in the classroom, and while I have enjoyed that aspect, I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with girls and develop a premier softball organization in Chicago.  I am excited to use our hitting technology to develop outstanding hitters while continuing to develop the mental aspect of the game.”  Brennan stated about the chance to head up a new softball organization.

 

Elite President Justin Stone commented, “The addition of  a larger softball operation has always been in our plans.  We’re excited to build upon the national brand we’ve created in baseball, and there is no doubt, Katie will lead us the same way in softball.”

 

Katie will be forming a staff of Chicago’s top softball instructors that will offer camps, classes and private lessons out of the Bradley Sports Center (2500 W. Bradley Pl) in Chicago.  Coach Brennan will be available for private lessons beginning in July, host a free clinic on July 15th, and host her first camp August 7 – 10 at Horner Park.

 

Katie Brennan Lesson Availability

 

Tuesday – 4-9

Thursday – 4-9

Friday – 3-6

Saturday – 1-6

Sunday – 10 – 3:30

 

 

Elite Softball Training will also house travel teams at the 10U and 12U levels.  Tryouts dates for these teams will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

For more information on Coach Brennan or to schedule a private lesson CLICK HERE.

7 Elite Baseball Training Players Drafted in 2016 MLB Draft

June 13th, 2016 | Posted in News & Updates

In just the second year with draft eligible players, Elite Baseball Training had seven of its’ former players hear their names called over the three day MLB Draft.  The Elite 2016s saw 6 names called and Elite 2015 Ethan Skender was popped for the second year in a row after a year at the State College of Florida.

  •    Ethan Skender (Arizona State commit) – 28th Round – San Diego Padres
  •    Tyler Fitzgerald (Louisville commit) – 30th Round – Boston Red Sox
  •    Nick Derr (Florida State commit) – 33rd Round – Cincinnati Reds
  •    Garrett Acton (Saint Louis commit) – 35th Round – Chicago White Sox
  •    Ben Brecht (UC Santa Barbara commit) – 36th Round – Baltimore Orioles
  •    Jordan McFarland (Arkansas commit) – 36th Round – Washington Nationals
  •    Sam Ferri (Arizona State commit) – 38th Round – New York Yankees

 

Congratulations to all on this tremendous honor!

Fellows, Fitzgerald Garnering Draft Buzz

June 10th, 2016 | Posted in News & Updates

By: Oscar Valdovinos

 

Joliet Catholic RHP Drake Fellows and Rochester SS Tyler Fitzgerald share a surprising amount of similarities. Most notably, the two prep prospects are attracting plenty of buzz as potential draft selections in the 2016 MLB Draft, which takes place June 9th-11th.

 

The Elite Baseball Training Academy Class of 2016 grads come into the draft process with their fair share of accolades. Both Fellows and Fitzgerald sit comfortably in Perfect Game’s Class of 2016 Top 100 at 64th and 40th overall, respectively. Fellows was a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd Team All-American, while Fitzgerald was 1st team. Additionally, both Midwest Illinois preps have commitments to College Baseball powerhouses: Fellows to Vanderbilt, Fitzgerald to Louisville.

 

Drake Fellows is 6-5, 205 lb right handed pitcher known for his high upside and maturity on the mound. Blessed with the proto-typical starting pitcher’s frame, Fellows throws a low-mid 90’s fastball and a slider which has been dubbed “filthy” by Perfect Game (May 30th, 2016).

 

“I think the most impressive thing in watching Drake develop over the last 4 years is how he’s learned how to pitch” says Justin Stone, Director and CEO of Elite Baseball Training. “There’s a pro mentality of maturity he has on the mound when, on certain days, he may not have his best stuff but he still finds a way to compete and get the job done.”

 

Tyler Fitzgerald’s name has been popping up in many mock drafts in recent weeks – unsurprising, as it’s hard to see what there is to dislike. Fitzgerald matches a 5-tool skill set at a premium position with outstanding intangibles that coaches rave about. A 6-3, 185 lbs. shortstop with 6.5 speed (courtesy of Perfect Game), Fitzgerald not only stands out physically, but also impresses scouts with his “steadiness and consistency of the game” (PG).

 

“He has leadership qualities, modesty, work ethic and drive.  It takes that combination to make the trek through professional baseball” said Stone. He added “rarely is a player ready mentally to jump into pro ball out of high school. But Tyler could do that if he desires to.”

 

Tune into the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft this week and watch where these two highly touted prospects land.

 

Elite Baseball Training athletes ranked in the Perfect Game USA Top 500 Draft Prospects

  •    Tyler Fitzgerald
  •    Drake Fellows
  •    Ben Brecht
  •    Garrett Acton
  •    Jordan MacFarland
  •    Joey Polak
  •    Sam Ferri

Best Hitting Drill Contest

December 9th, 2015 | Posted in Training Tips

We’ve seen so many bad hitting drills around cages across the country and on the internet that we’ve decided to showcase some of these drills for you and explain the negatives within these commonly used drills.  Below you’ll find my video of the worst hitting drill of all time.

2015 Elite Hitting Drill Contest

In an effort to combat terrible drills like the one above, we are inviting YOU to submit your most ELITE hitting drill in our 2015 Elite Hitting Drill Contest.  You can submit videos to Cory Zomick or Justin Stone or tweet us your video @elite_baseball.  We are looking forward to the entries and keep teaching the sequence!

 

 

Prize: 1 Year Subscription to EliteBaseball.TV and a Video Analysis done by Justin Stone ($127 value)

 

 

Elite Baseball Training Adds Former White Sox RHP Charlie Haeger to Staff

November 13th, 2015 | Posted in News & Updates

 

CHICAGO, Ill – Elite Baseball Training is thrilled to announce the hiring of Charlie Haeger to the full time staff.  Haeger played 13 years of professional baseball including 5 seasons in the major leagues. He will assume the role of Director of EliteBaseball.TV and play a large role in Elite’s nationally ranked travel program.  Charlie will also be available for lessons and classes at Elite Baseball Training’s Chicago facilities.

 

“We’re thrilled to bring on Charlie Haeger as our new director of EliteBaseball.TV and a pitching coach for Elite Baseball Training.  Besides a Major League background with the White Sox, Dodgers and Padres, Charlie brings passion, vision and dedication in building baseball players as well as making EliteBaseball.TV the best digital training product available on the market.” Elite Baseball Training President Justin Stone stated.

 

Haeger will assume his role November, 30th, 2015, and will begin lessons and classes that week.  His lesson schedule is open online and his first class, Preseason Pitching Program, begins December 2nd and is open for registration.

 
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