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Our podcast is for those who are interested in baseball player development and the recruiting process. It was originally started by Sammy Eisenberg as a 13 year old. He wanted to share knowledge he gained as he interviews current & former professionals around the game of baseball. If you are committed to the process of getting better, we want to help you Play Ball, Kid!

Play Ball Kid Baseball Development Podcast Bryan Eisenberg, Sammy Eisenberg

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Our podcast is for those who are interested in baseball player development and the recruiting process. It was originally started by Sammy Eisenberg as a 13 year old. He wanted to share knowledge he gained as he interviews current & former professionals around the game of baseball. If you are committed to the process of getting better, we want to help you Play Ball, Kid!

    Baseball Development & Recruiting Q &A with Colter Bostick Live 6-22-22

    Baseball Development & Recruiting Q &A with Colter Bostick Live 6-22-22

    This episode was recorded live on Twitter Spaces with Colter Bostick, Javi DeJesus and Corey Gardner. 

    Colter Bostick is the former pitching coach at Rice University. He is the co-author of Play Ball Kid: How to develop baseball players from middle school dreamers through committed college recruits.

    As both a coach and as the director of his baseball performance program, Maximized Baseball, Bostick has worked with professional and collegiate pitchers to accelerate their abilities and talents. He has also consulted with major league organizations in their talent evaluation and acquisition.

    Bostick developed and refined a program focusing on mechanical diagnostics, pitch design and individualized throwing programs resulting in maximized player development.  Maximized Baseball’s focus on guidance and pitching development produced over 30 all-state selections and 100+ pitchers committed to college programs or drafted as top-rated prospects.

    As an area scout for Prep Baseball Report, Bostick built an extensive network of coaches throughout the region while evaluating and scouting talent.

    He pitched collegiately at Midland College and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in English Communications.

    He launched his post-playing baseball career with the Glens Falls Dragons of the Perfect Game Collegiate League in 2015. Later that same year he founded Maximized Baseball in San Antonio.

    Bostick grew up in the northwest region of the country, primarily residing in Cody, Wyoming before he moved to Texas to pitch collegiately.

    He and wife, Lauren make their home in Houston.


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    Recruiting and developing college ready hitters with Coach Corey Gardner

    Recruiting and developing college ready hitters with Coach Corey Gardner

    Corey Gardner is currently the Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Southern Wesleyan University, where he coaches hitters & infielders. Corey had previous stops at The University of Rio Grande and Kentucky Christian Univeristy. He previously owned a travel baseball program as well.
    In this episode we talk about how student athletes can project confidence when speaking to college coaches on the phone or in person. Corey shares the 1 question he would ask over 10,000 student athletes every year on the recruiting trail. Corey shares advice on how to connect with coaches on email and social media. We also answer a few audience questions since this was recorded live on Twitter Spaces. How coaches evaluate hitters through social media videos

    What are the best ways and angles to capture video of your hitters

    The 3 things you must capture in video

    Should you show only your best swings or also ones where you are fooled

    Why showcases videos may not be enough to get coaches attention

    The key things Corey wants hitters to understand about their swing

    How he enjoys using a flat bat to help hitters

    Some of the best drills for hitters

    What gets kids crossed off his list when he is out recruiting

    What are 2 key things he looks for in hitters on the recruiting trails

    Why even if you go 0 for X in his at bats, you can grab a coaches attention

    The 3 character traits a coach wants for their recruit

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    • 37 min
    Amplifying our Body's Performance with Tracy Hayes, the MobilityChick

    Amplifying our Body's Performance with Tracy Hayes, the MobilityChick

    Tracy Hayes, aka “MobilityChick” is the founder of Amplified Movement and a Movement + Mobility Specialist most known for her 12-Week Baseball Mobility Series launched within the MLB community in 2020 that has garnered the attention of players and strength coaches from 24 of the 30 MLB organizations, from A-ball to All-Star. In less than 2 years since her mobility series’ launch, Tracy has had nearly 1k enrollments in her various mobility routines and programs within pro and non-pro baseball. Tracy has been featured on MLB.com for her work with the Orioles and for personally mentoring their Strength Coach, Liz Pardo. Tracy has been a featured guest on several podcasts. 

    Tracy has a unique perspective as a former “baseball wife”, is a mama to 4 young children, two of whom currently play Little League, and she has made it her mission to create a healthy, fun, and effective youth sports experience for all of her children and the millions of other kids who love to get outside and play the game of baseball. Make sure to check out her Youth Warm Up series.

    Tracy’s vast background includes Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, and Linguistics during her studies at Northwestern University, a professional career in Research at McKinsey & Company in addition to advanced studies in biomechanics for athletes. Her methods incorporate fundamentals from PRI, FRC, ELDOA, Physical Therapy-based functional yoga (LYT), in addition to Classical Pilates, and over 1,000 hours of specialized yoga training. Tracy is a Master Pilates instructor and published author, an NLP Practitioner, trained in EFT (Tapping), and is a regular with Vipassana meditation.

    Please share this episode with every baseball mom and dad that you know. Let's help our kids move better. The payoffs will be amplified.


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    • 39 min
    Recruiting & Developing Explosive College Pitchers with Javi DeJesus

    Recruiting & Developing Explosive College Pitchers with Javi DeJesus

    Javi DeJesus was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico where he learned to love the game of baseball.  His parents moved to Beaumont, TX where he had a lucrative high school career throwing the schools first two no-hitters, District 22-5A MVP and earned a scholarship to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. From 1990-1992, Javi amassed a record of 23-1 (22-0 as a starter), with a 13-0 junior season which earned him  1st Team All-American Teams Coach’s Poll, 2nd Team All American Collegiate Weekly, and 3rd Team All America Baseball America. He also earned 1st All Louisiana and Sun Belt Co-Pitcher of the Year award.

    In 1992, he was invited to represent Puerto Rico in the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. His junior season helped capture the attention of the Minnesota Twins who drafted him in the 17th round.  He played 10 years in the minors with a record of 54-33 and a 3.99 ERA earning 4 All Star appearances and Minnesota Twins Pitcher of the Month in 1994.

    After retirement, Javi began coaching and working with young men throughout the Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio area.  He along with the late Charly Butcher founded the Fort Wayne Cubs, nka FW Diamondbacks, which has helped over 300+ young men of playing at the collegiate level with over dozen drafter to play professionally and two current MLB players, Kevin Keirmaier and Zack McKinstry.

    Currently, Javi is the Pitching Coach at Ivy Tech CC where helped lead his staff finish 30th in the country in Pitching.  His passion for teaching the game and developing pitchers has led mat Peters to be considered as an MLB Draft prospects taking him from 89-93 mph to touching 103 and sitting 96-98mph over the course of the spring season.  His work ethic and constant use of video analysis apps has helped transform his pitchers into formidable prospects for 4 year schools.

    In this episode we discuss:


    What he is looking for when recruiting pitchers
    What parents and student athletes should look for in a program when evaluating how will they develop players
    Some of the tools Javi brought into his pitching lab at Ivy Tech (PitchAI, The Kinetic Arm and the PitchLogic Smart baseball).
    What he is doing with the 16 year old pitchers he coaches this summer to help their development and recruiting.


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    • 28 min
    How to Speak to College Coaches with Coach Corey Gardner

    How to Speak to College Coaches with Coach Corey Gardner

    Corey Gardner is currently the Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Southern Wesleyan University, where he coaches hitters & infielders. Corey had previous stops at The University of Rio Grande and Kentucky Christian Univeristy. He previously owned a travel baseball program as well. 

    In this episode we talk about how student athletes can project confidence when speaking to college coaches on the phone or in person. Corey shares the 1 question he would ask over 10,000 student athletes every year on the recruiting trail. Corey shares advice on how to connect with coaches on email and social media. We also answer a few audience questions since this was recorded live on Twitter Spaces on May 27th, 2022. Question include:

    "If you get an introduction email from a player and you are not allowed to respond due to age restrictions. How does player know if you are interested or not."

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    "As Corey mentioned, parents aren’t around their child when in college….  With the surge of student athletes who have taken their own lives, what are some things a parent/athletes can ask when looking for a program in regards to supporting your athletes mentally or safeguarding the athletes whole self?   Second- how do college coaches makes sure their athletes are mentally and emotionally balanced/ being supported with the pressures of being a college athlete?"


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    • 31 min
    Ignore O.P.O (other people's opinions) with Patrick Jones former MilB & High School coach and podcaster

    Ignore O.P.O (other people's opinions) with Patrick Jones former MilB & High School coach and podcaster

    Patrick Jones is the host of the Patrick Jones Baseball podcast, a private hitting coach, as well as a former MilB coach & high school coach. Patrick is the first guest on this podcast to be interviewed by both Sammy (3 years ago) and Bryan. Patrick has been spending a lot of time speaking to college coaches, travel ball coaches on his podcast recently and is also helping families with the college baseball recruiting process.  


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    • 38 min

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