The New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series has announced the coaching staff for the upcoming inaugural Caribbean Classic event, set to be held between October 14-16 at Complejo Deportivo Naranjo in El Naranjo, Dominican Republic.
A four-team, international event set to feature players from the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Aruba, Curacao, Columbia and Venezuela is going to have six members of the New Balance Future Stars Series International Development Staff on hand to provide coaching, instruction and leadership.
There will be no specific team assignment, as coaches will be able to rove between clubs to maximize effective development.
Jeremy Booth is the president and CEO of the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series and Program 15 Sports. A baseball analyst for CBS-TV KHOU-11 in Houston and the Co-Host of the Extra Bases Podcast — Booth has covered the World Series, MLB Draft, MLB All-Star Game and other major events as a popular media personality — as well as a former big-league scout with the Minnesota Twins, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Seattle Mariners, Booth currently oversees an organization that has been welcomed into Fenway Park and Citi Field, as well as numerous other professional ballparks, in the past six years for some of the most-anticipated and highly-respected events in the amateur baseball space. While the Future Stars Series is the global initiative for amateur baseball for New Balance, Booth’s playing and coaching career will also continue to serve him well in an on-field role such as this one on foreign soil.
Danny Sheaffer is the Future Stars Series field coordinator, and long-time major-league catcher, as well as a very successful manager at the minor-league level. An extremely well-respected leader who commands respect immediately, Sheaffer also owns Pro Strike Zone, baseball’s most realistic batting practice target, which has been used effectively at many FSS events.
Jose Silva is the Future Stars Series International Pitching Coordinator, and has been a valuable asset on both domestic and overseas events. A veteran of seven major-league seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds, the big right-hander has recently lent his expertise to his native Team Mexico as a coach in the World Baseball Classic.
Rafael Santo Domingo is a Future Stars Series scout based in Puerto Rico who is often used in a player development role at many of the national events throughout the year, and for good reason. A baseball veteran both as a former big-leaguer as a member of the Cincinnati Reds and coach in multiple minor-league organizations, “Raffy” will be a critical part of the staff as he helps us navigate the baseball landscape on his homeland.
Jason Aspito is the National Outfield and Baserunning Coordinatior for the Future Stars Series, and enjoyed a lengthy professional career as a power, lefty bat and overall well-rounded player. A lifetime .262 hitter with over 100 career homers and exactly 500 RBI, the Chicago native will be relied upon for significant instruction with the position players in attendance.
Sean Travers is the founder of the Six-Four Club and runs the very successful Future Stars Series partner program Mississauga Tigers, who had multiple players featured at the recent Main Event. Travers is a former professional infielder with decades of experience in the travel ball space, and is passionate about teaching. He’ll be another valuable member of the staff down in the Dominican.
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