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Pro Player Hurricanes Baseball

• Team Players
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• Players & Parents Committed To Excellence
• National & Local Tournaments
• Training from Top Pro, College & HS Coaches
• Hurricane Academy & Winter Training Facilities
• Pro-Player Indoor Training Facilities

WHO WE ARE
The Fox Valley Hurricanes were founded in 1983 and incorporated in 1993 in Illinois under the general not for profit corporation act. Since then, the name has been changed to Pro-Player Hurricanes to reflect the more specific geographical locations of our players.  In 2013 the Hurricanes and Team Pro-Player merged to create the Pro-Player Hurricanes organization.

The Hurricanes give local players age 9 through 18 the opportunity to receive the highest level of competition. Hurricane teams have participated in tournaments all over the country.

OUR GOALS 
Playing for the Hurricanes is a unique opportunity for players to excel while working towards individual and organizational goals. Our goal is to continue working with our high school base to improve communication and cooperation in developing player’s skills to the highest levels. In addition, we expose the players to national tournaments and “Showcase” with the intent to expose them to college and professional coaches and scouts.

WHAT SETS US APART
Finally, and most importantly, the Hurricanes look to develop integrity, sportsmanship, leadership, citizenship and teamwork in all our players. Winning comes in bits and pieces but never at the expense of our integrity of the program and the people involved with the team. Each Hurricane team is required to perform community service activities in exchange for their generous support. The bottom line is that the Hurricanes are about more than just baseball. We are trying to develop young men to be outstanding adults through the vehicle of the great game of baseball.

2016-17 PRO PLAYER TEAM LISTING

TEAM COACH EMAIL CONTACT
8U Aimee Dabe ProPlayerDabe@Gmail.com
9U Darrell Peters darrell.peters@sbcglobal.net
10U Mark Dabe ProPlayerDabe@Gmail.com
11U Paul Nagel PTNagel76@Gmail.com
11U Anthony Borecky angtd161830@yahoo.com
12U Mike Cohn MikeCohn09@Gmail.com
12U Joe Maskivish proplayerjoe@gmail.com
13U Matt Thelander mthelander@sbcglobal.net
14U Ron Janik Janik@Fenton100.org
14U Kevin Taylor taylorkevin11@yahoo.com
15U Rachaad Stewart 815-385-2255
15U Paul Belo 815-385-2255
16U Andy Deain 815-385-2255
17U Mick Matsie 815-385-2255
17U Dave Haskins 815-385-2255
18U Kenny Long 815-385-2255

RECENT HURRICANES IN MLB DRAFT

YEAR NAME MLB TEAM DRAFT ROUND
2012 Mike Heesch Chicago Cubs 8th Round
2012 Jared Grundy Minnesota Twins 25th Round
2012 Geoff Rowan Tampa Rays 32nd Round
2011 Nick Martini St. Louis Cardinals 6th Round
2011 Austin Wright Philadelphia Phillies 8th Round
2011 Connor Sadzeck Texas Rangers 11th Round
2011 Jerad Grundy Florida Marlins 42nd Round
2010 Elliot Soto Chicago Cubs 13th Round
2010 Chris Waylock Cleveland Indians 39th Round
2010 Kyle Hunter New York Yankees 40th Round
2010 Connor Sadzeck Pittsburgh Pirates 41st Round
2010 Austin Wright Boston Red Sox 21st Round
2009 Ian Krol Oakland A's 7th Round
2009 Jared Grundy Texas Rangers 46th Round
2008 Austin Wright Pittsburgh Pirates 23rd Round
2008 Kyle Hunter Tampa Rays 30th Round
2007 Jake Smolinski Washington Nationals 2nd Round
2007 Butch Biela Pittsburgh Pirates 13th Round
2007 Elliot Soto Minnesota Twins 13th Round

HURRICANE BASEBALL NEWS


17U Canes are Champs of Northwestern University Will to Live Tournament


9's & 14's @ Great Lakes Perfect Game Super 25 Regional

9's & 14's @ Great Lakes Perfect Game Super 25 Regional


Former Pro-Player Hurricane & KU Star Wes Benjamin Drafted by Rangers in 5th Round

By RUSTIN DODD, The Kansas City Star -06/06/204


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article496301/KU-left-hander-Wes-Benjamin-drafted-in-fifth-round-by-Texas.html#storylink=cpy 

Two months removed from Tommy John surgery, Kansas left-hander Wes Benjamin entered the Major League Baseball draft hoping a team would take a chance on his injured left arm.

The Texas Rangers did just that on Friday, drafting Benjamin in the fifth round with the 156th overall pick. Benjamin became the Kansas baseball program’s highest drafted player since KU coach Ritch Price arrived in Lawrence in 2002


Read more here:  http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article496301/KU-left-hander-Wes-Benjamin-drafted-in-fifth-round-by-Texas.html#storylink=cpy 

Link to Full Article:  http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article496301/KU-left-hander-Wes-Benjamin-drafted-in-fifth-round-by-Texas.html 


 


Former Hurricane RHP/LHP Ryan Perez MVP in Cape Cod League

Aspiring major leaguer can bring the heat with both arms

Ryan Perez is a natural righty, but growing up his father knew his son the aspiring pitcher would have an advantage if he learned to throw with his left arm as well.

"I would grab something right-handed and try to throw it right-handed, but he would stop: 'No, no, no, no, put it in your left. Throw it with your left,'" Perez said.

His dad was on to something. Perez became an all-state pitcher in Illinois, and now - heading into his junior year at Judson University - he has an arsenal of pitches he can throw with either arm.

"Four-seam fastball both ways, change-up both ways, curve and slider both ways," he said. 

CLICK ON LINK FOR FULL ARTICLE:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ryan-perez-can-bring-the-heat-with-both-arms-for-hyannis-harbor-hawks/

 


Pro-Player Hurricane Star Simeon Lucas Drafted by Indians in 7th Round

Pro-Player Hurricane Simeon Lucas drafted in seventh round of MLB draft by Indians. 

Grant High senior catcher Simeon Lucas was drafted Friday by the Cleveland Indians with the 23rd pick in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball draft.

The 6-2, 195-pound left-hitting catcher led Grant to a Final Four appearance in the IHSA state playoffs his sophomore season, and to the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division title this spring. 

Grant senior catcher Simeon Lucas was drafted Friday by the Cleveland Indians with the 23rd pick in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball draft.

The 6-2, 195-pound left-hitting catcher led Grant to a Final Four appearance in the IHSA state playoffs his sophomore season, and to the North Suburban Prairie title this spring

- See more at: http://www.highschoolcubenews.com/news_article/show/393514?referrer_id=596370#sthash.TCle2aDP.dpuf 

Grant senior catcher Simeon Lucas was drafted Friday by the Cleveland Indians with the 23rd pick in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball draft.

The 6-2, 195-pound left-hitting catcher led Grant to a Final Four appearance in the IHSA state playoffs his sophomore season, and to the North Suburban Prairie title this spring.

- See more at: http://www.highschoolcubenews.com/news_article/show/393514?referrer_id=596370#sthash.TCle2aDP.dpuf

 

Link to Full Article:  http://newssun.suntimes.com/sports/27917801-419/grants-lucas-goes-to-cleveland-in-seventh-round-of-mlb-draft.html#.U5JiNyiVr1U 


 


Pro Player Hurricane Adam Kalish (Huntley HS) Athlete of Week

CRYSTAL LAKE (Joe Stevenson, NW Herald April 28) – Huntley's Kalish Player of Week 

The Red Raiders' former closer, who was converted to a starter, came up big twice in a crucial week in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division race.

Kalish, who throws submarine style, won games against two other contenders in the FVC Valley, McHenry and Cary-Grove, to move to 4-0 for the season.

On Tuesday, Kalish allowed two hits and one earned run, while striking out six and walking one in a 12-5 victory over McHenry.

Kalish came back on Saturday, after Huntley had dropped division games to McHenry and C-G, and fired a three-hitter at C-G for a 5-3 victory. He struck out six, allowed three hits and two walks and retired 14 consecutive batters at one point in that game.

The victory put Huntley in a three-way tie for first with C-G and Jacobs. 


Link to Full Article:  http://mchenrycountysports.com/articles/2014/05/12/7ef4919ff0ff41d3a09ff5d5e93d62f3/index.xml 


 


Pro Player Hurricane Mike Borst (McHenry HS) Athlete of Week

CRYSTAL LAKE (Joe Stevenson, NW Herald April 28) – Athlete of the Week - Mike Borst, McHenry, JR.

The left fielder had 10 hits in the Warriors’ four wins for the week as they went 4-1, with three Fox Valley Conference victories.

Borst singled and stole second in the ninth inning Saturday, then scored on an error as the Warriors edged Dundee-Crown, 3-2, in nine innings. He was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI in that game. 


Link to Full Articlewww.mchenrycountysports.com/articles/2014/04/28/43cb420256a04d15b8aabe8a34212bfb/index.xml 


Pro Player Hurricane Smith happy to be back from injury

CRYSTAL LAKE (Joe Stevenson, NW Herald April 15) – Josh Smith experienced the normal doubts anyone would have traveling the long road back from shoulder surgery.

Perhaps even more so given what Smith was accomplished while throwing baseballs really hard. 


Link to Full Article:  www.mchenrycountysports.com/articles/2014/04/15/7b99f181eef24d19a2995a3b4a4e4564/index.xml


 


Congrats to Simeon Lucas PBR Porsche Exchange Player of the Week

Prep Baseball Report:   Wed April 9, 2014 
By Sean Duncan, Executive Director 

Simeon Lucas has grown accustomed to playing under the microscope. As a sophomore, he helped power Grant HS to surprising third-place finish in Class 4A. The pressure has only amplified for Lucas, who entered the spring as one of the Midwest’s top draft prospects. 
 
Link to Article:   http://www.prepbaseballreport.com/news/IL/Porsche-Exchange-Player-of-the-Week-Simeon-Lucas-8015497632  


Pro Player Canes on Perfect Game Super 25 "Org of the Year" Watch List
 
PG Organization of the Year Watch List
Drake Browne    
Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
 

In the Inaugural Season of the PG Super25, Perfect Game will be rewarding the organization that performs to the highest level in all age divisions 9u-17u.  While final details have not yet been determined, the Organization of the Year will receive a feature article on the PG website, a custom banner to hang in your facility/ballpark, announcements through Social Media, and much more!

At the conclusion of the PG Super25 National Championships, the National Office will announce the list of five finalists for the award.  All Super25 Regional Directors, full-time PG staff, and Perfect Game scouts will then cast a vote from the list of finalists to determine the winner.

Read the rest of the Article:  http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=9486 
 


Canes Lead List of Top Fox Valley Prospects 

Hurricanes highlight Fox Valley with over (20) Pro Player Hurricanes referenced by the Northwest Herald including (5) key players to watch this season.
 
Link to Article:   http://www.nwherald.com/2014/03/23/2014-baseball-team-preview-capsules/adcl458/ 


Simeon Lucas - Perfect Game WWBA National Championship

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Pro Player Academy was one of the few teams that was able to avoid rain and get a game in today at East Cobb for the 2013 17u WWBA National Championship. Simeon Lucas took advantage of the opportunity to show off his talents in front of a crowd of collegiate coaches and professional scouts, which he’s become accustomed to doing.

The 97th ranked prospect for the class of 2014 impressed the scouts again in the five-inning contest against the East Cobb New England Indians. Lucas went 1-for-2 with a single through the right side gap. He was also hit by a pitch and came around to score twice.

Pro Player Academy piled on the runs to win 12-3 just before another downpour came to wash away today’s remaining games. The coach of Pro Player Academy was happy to get the game at the East Cobb Complex in.

READ FULL ARTICLE
https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=8755


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