Brad Pennington

Camp Director

Brad Pennington

(Camp Director)

Brad was a former Major League Pitcher who pitched with 5 Major League Teams, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Anaheim Angels and the Tampa Rays. Brad was the number 1 prospect for the Orioles in 1993. After his professional career Brad was the pitching coach and North Carolina State. Brad has worked with numerous players of all ages and several players have made the Major Leagues. Professionally Brad averaged more than 1 strike out per inning and gave up less than 1 hit per inning.

Orlando Palmerio

Lead Hitting Instructor

Orlando Palmeiro

(Lead Hitting Instructor)

Orlando was drafted by the Anaheim Angles and played 17 years professionally with 13 years in the Major Leagues with the Anaheim Angles, St Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros. Winning a World Series in 2002 with Anaheim.  Palmeiro hit over 300 for 10 years professionally

Rafi Rodriguez

Infield instructor

Rafi Rodriguez

(Infield instructor)

Infield instructor and a local to the area, Rafi Rodriguez graduated from Spanish River High School where he played shortstop before being a four-year starter for Mercer University in Macon GA. He signed with the Texas Rangers as a Free Agent in 2001 and played in the Rangers minor league system for 3 years. Rafi coached for Puerto Rico in the Winter League for two seasons and won a National Championship as a coach for the Lynn University Women’s Softball team. He has also coached several local high school teams for the past 5 years.

Alejandro Machado

Bio

Alejandro Machado

(Instructor)

Alejandro José Machado  brings ELEV|8 years of hands-on experience as a pro-ball player.  Alejandro was born April 26, 1982, in Caracas, Venezuela.  He started his career as an infielder with the Atlanta Braves. He was a switch-hitter and throws right-handed.

In 2004 Machado hit a combined .306 with 30 stolen bases in a career-high 139 games with the Expos’ Single-A Brevard and Double-A Harrisburg clubs. He posted a .399 on-base percentage between the two stops, and tied for the organization lead with his 30 steals, while ranking fourth in batting. Machado also hit five home runs with 45 RBI’s and 63 walks.

Claimed by the Boston Red Sox in Rule V from the Washington Nationals, Machado spent his first season at the Triple-A level with the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2005.  He was honored with the PawSox Rookie-of-the-Year Award that year.  He was among Pawtucket’s most consistent players all season, and finished 10th in the International League with a .300 batting average.  He also tied for the club-lead with 21 stolen bases and played tremendous defense at second base, shortstop, and in the outfield.

Luis De La Cruz

Instructors

Luis De La Cruz

(Instructor)

Luis played professional baseball for 9 years, including AAA with the Cardinals. He is one of the most advanced trainers and catching coaches in the area, and also works with many of the Elite travel Teams.

Desi Relaford

Instructor

Desi Relaford

(Instructor)

Former professional baseball infielder. He played in Major League Baseball for the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies. Known more for his defense than his bat, his versatility was his trademark. Over the course of an 11-year major league career, he played every position in the field except first base and catcher; he pitched in one game for the New York Mets in which he recorded a perfect inning with a strikeout and threw over 90 mph.