PROGRAM 15, the Official Global Grassroots Player Identification and Development Program for New Balance Baseball, reveals impressive scouting additions to their staff for 2019 New Balance Future Stars Series Scout Days, Combines, Tournaments, and Partner Events.
PROGRAM 15 Scouting Reports are just one of the reasons Future Stars Series Scouting and Evaluation events have built a reputation as the most comprehensive amateur baseball player identification and development experiences available.
Backed by decades of Pro Baseball Scouting experience, PROGRAM 15 ’s highly skilled scouting staff provides amateur players in-depth and credible evaluations they can trust, because they are the same credible evaluations that are trusted by Major League scouts and college coaches across the country.
NY Mets Scouting Director, Marc Tramuta stated, “The evaluation staff at the PROGRAM 15 has had their credibility tested daily throughout Major League Baseball. Reading their reports and discussing the players with them directly leaves little doubt as to what you’ll be seeing. It’s easy to look forward to the Future Stars Series Events and the players in them.”
Jeremy Booth, PROGRAM 15 Founder, CEO and President of Baseball Operations for The New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series recently confirmed the 2019 Scouting Staff which includes former Professional Scouts and Major League veterans who will be covering New Balance Future Stars Series Regional, National and International Player Evaluation events.
Rick Oliver – Director of Scouting
Rick Oliver brings 28 years of experience with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau; 10 years as an area scout, 18 years as the Assistant Director with oversight of amateur scouting, cross-checking, and Scout School, as well as, 11 years as a collegiate coach at U La Verne, Cal State Fullerton (CWS) and Chapman College. Oliver played four years in the California Angels organization; finishing in Triple A (PCL Champions).
Adam Czajkowski – Northeast Supervisor
Adam Czajkowski has 7 years of professional baseball experience, beginning his player evaluation career as an Assistant Coach at Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY while serving as an Associate Scout for the Washington Nationals. He would move on to the Pittsburgh Pirates and would spend a season working with their Major League staff as a video intern. He would later join the New York Yankees within the Scouting/Player Development departments, ultimately signing 2 major league players. Czajkowski has worked with the PROGRAM 15 and the Future Stars Series since inception, first in the front office and now as the Northeast Scouting Supervisor.
Mike Eaglin – West Coast Supervisor
Mike Eaglin spent four years as Scouting Supervisor for the Minnesota Twins, as well as, the better part of a decade as a pro player with the Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox. Before becoming a scout, Eaglin transitioned his knowledge and experience as a professional athlete into the field of coaching and player development. Eaglin started “E3 High Performance Baseball, LLC” to develop the tools of amateur and professional ballplayers across the state of California and beyond.
Rusty Gerhardt – Texas, Gulf Coast
Rusty Gerhardt spent 18 years on the field as a pitcher, manager, and coach in the San Diego Padres Organization. While with San Diego, Gerhardt pitched in 23 Major league games. He eventually joined the MLB Scouting Bureau in North Texas and Louisiana, patrolling the area’s high school, college, and junior college baseball talent for 28 years. Gerhardt is also a graduate of Clemson University where he was inducted in their Hall of Fame. Over the last 25 years, Gerhardt has organized and worked 200+ Open Tryout camps across a 9-state area.
Robbie Moen – Texas, Midwest
Robbie Moen was a standout player at the University of Arizona. After a 4-year pro career, Moen spent 9 years in collegiate baseball as an assistant coach for the University of Arizona, Kansas State University and Loyola Marymount University. Moen was hired by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as a scout and signed Robi Estrada, Steven Tinoco, and Jake Thompson.
Brad Matthews – Southeast Supervisor
Brad Matthews scouting career has spanned over two decades as a Major and Minor League Scout with the Toronto Blue Jays, an Area Scouting Supervisor with the Tampa Bay Rays, and part-time scout with the Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds. Matthews has drafted and signed 39 players including 6 Major Leaguers and was responsible for signing the 1st overall pick and later Cy Young Award winner and 5-time all-star, David Price in 2007. The following year he was selected the Tampa Bay Rays Scout Of The Year. Matthews evaluated Major and Minor League players for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2012-2018.
Noel Sevilla – International Director
Noel Sevilla brings 10+ years of pro baseball scouting experience in the amateur, pro, and international scouting departments for the Boston Red Sox (2008-2010), Seattle Mariners (20102016), and as an MLB Scouting Consultant for The Baltimore Orioles (2017-present). He’s a member of the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League Advisory Commission (2013present). Sevilla is the signing scout of closer Edwin Diaz (3rd round, 2012 MLB Draft) and played a vital role on the signing of former Cuban free agent Guillermo Heredia.
Brad Stoll – Midwest
Brad Stoll has spent 17 years as a part-time scout with the Milwaukee Brewers and nearly 15 of those years as Head Baseball Coach at nationally ranked Lawrence High School, leading his team to the Final 4 or winning the State Title nearly 30% of his tenure. Stoll was named Kansas 6A coach of the year in 2009 as well as Baseball Coaches of America Region 5 Coach of the Year. From 2009-2016, Stoll was the Assistant Coach for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League which played in the championship series twice. Stoll has served as a member of the USA Baseball 18U task force selection committee. He has been a guest speaker at state coaches’ conventions in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas, as well as, a presenter at the ABCA National Convention.
ESPN Senior Writer, Keith Law said “PROGRAM 15 has assembled an enviable staff of longtime industry veterans who bring their experience, scouting acumen, and development expertise to all of their events. They get the right players on the field and they work to help those players improve.”
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ABOUT PROGRAM 15
PROGRAM 15 boasts a faculty and staff that includes multiple Major League All-Stars and World Series veterans responsible for executing the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series, an initiative between the two organizations to elevate the game of baseball by providing amateur players across all economic levels an opportunity to reach their full potential through the training, development, and guidance of former MLB players, scouts, and coaches. For more information on PROGRAM 15 and the Future Stars Series, visit www.futurestarsseries.com or @program15bb and @ftrstarsseries on twitter.
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