New York Yankee Daniel Aldrich (back, left) and Washington Nationals Brandon Miller pose for a picture with Ben Thomas (left) and Trevor Smith. [Photo Provided]
The Mount Pleasant Recreation Baseball Program got off to a great start for the 2013 season with a baseball clinic at the new Pro Performance Baseball Academy (ProPBA). ProPBA is located at 411 Wando Park Blvd.
More than 250 players signed up for the clinic.
“The turn out was terrific,” said Karl Ankerson, Mount Pleasant Recreation Athletic Coordinator, in a news release. “We are thrilled to have set up this clinic with Pro Performance Baseball Academy. The players are having a wonderful time and the staff here at Pro Performance Baseball are incredible.”
ProPBA set up multiple instructional stations which covered hitting, fielding and pitching (and autograph signing). The conditioning station was conducted by the teaching professionals from Velocity Sports Performance.
Tim Gansrow, owner of ProPBA, was equally as thrilled to see such a turnout. “ProPBA is all about the players and bringing out the potential in every single player,” said Gansrow. “From the smiles we saw throughout the clinic, we know we did our job.”
The staff providing the baseball instruction included future Major Leaguers like Brandon Miller (Mount Pleasant resident) who was drafted out of high school and college, and is one of the 45 spring training players reporting to the Washington Nationals. “I’ve been training at Pro Performance over the winter with Tim (Gansrow),” said Miller, “and teaching the kids the same techniques is a great way to give back to the community.”
Also providing training and instruction was Daniel Aldrich, a Wando High School graduate and former College of Charleston player, who is currently playing for the New York Yankees organization. Minor league standouts and top flight instructors, Josh McLaughlin (Oakland A’s) and Ian Church (St Louis Cardinals) provided major league pitching and defensive insight.
Also instructing was Cody Martin, a current College of Charleston player, who was drafted out of high school and college (Cody’s brother Ethan Martin, was part of Phillies trade sending two-time MLB All-Star center fielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers).