Howie Pence – Padres/Astros – Pitcher (Seasonal)
Howie Pence was born in Fort Worth Texas October 1, 1979. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1998 where he lettered one year in baseball. He played collegiately at Sam Houston State University for two years where he suffered a torn UCL ligament. The next two years he spent rehabilitating and then resurfaced in 2003 as a fifth year senior at the University of Texas in Arlington. In June of 2003 he was signed as a non drafted free agent by the San Diego Padres out of a MLB scouting bureau tryout. He played in the Padres organization until 2006 reaching High Class A ball in Lake Elsinore California. In 2006 he played for the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the Northern League and was named to the Northern League All Star Team. By the end of the season his contract was purchased by the Houston Astros, and he finished the season with the Salem Avalanche. Howie now resides in Pearland with his wife Allison and there three beautiful children, Hayley-Jane, Striker, and Ace.
Sean Danielson – Cardinals/Redsox/Reds – OF/INF/Speed & Agility
Sean Danielson signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005. During his stint with the Cardinals, Danielson was most known for breaking a franchise record by stealing 6 bases in a single game. In 2007, he was traded from the Cardinals to the Red Sox for right-handed starting pitcher, Joel Pinero. The Sox sent him straight to AAA for a two year campaign with the Pawtucket Red Sox in the International League. Sean became a free agent in 2009 and signed with the Cincinnati Reds, where he spent the 2010 season in AA for the Carolina Mudcats. He has always been known as lead-off man, for his ability to hit for average and steal bases. Sean plays all outfield positions and occasionally makes appearances in the infield. During his 6 year career, Danielson made two all-star teams, averaged 20+ stolen bases a season, and was known as a big league defender with over 60 outfield assists.
Ryan Patterson – Blue Jays/Tigers/Marlins/D-Backs – (seasonal) OF/INF
Ryan Patterson started his career at Texarkana Junior college. There he won the honors of freshman of the year and played along-side of childhood teammate Hunter Pence. From there Patterson went to LSU, where in his three year stint as a tiger he shattered several school records. By 2005 Patterson had lead his team to the college world series twice and was in the running for the Golden Spike award among many other awards. Soon after his Sr year, he was selected in the 4th round of MLB amateur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. In his 6 years of playing pro ball, Patterson has made several All-Star teams, has over 100 career homers, and once had a game where he went 6-6 with three home runs, two doubles and nine RBIs. Patterson was also recently inducted in the LSU Hall of Fame.
Phillip Allen – UTSA – INF/OF/Speed & Agility
Phillip Allen grew up local in the Sugarland area going to Kempner High School. Know as one of the Houston’s area top prospects Allen decided to take his talents to the University of Texas San Antonio. At UTSA Allen immediately was recognized as one of the best athletes to ever come through the program and was considered a 5 tool player. He was know best for his blazing speed and ability to get on base and make things happen. Allen is now a HPBA coach (12U) as well as instructor at HPBA and is making a positive impact on kids lives everyday!
DUSTY BROWN – Red Sox/Pirates/Rangers – Catching/ Hitting (seasonal)
Brown has played 12 years professionally, most of which in the Red Sox organization where he played parts of two seasons in the major leagues in ’09 and ’10. He was also in the major leagues in ’11 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Brown was a member of the Texas Rangers organization having played the ’12 season with the Round Rock Express, though his season was cut short by Tommy John surgery. Dusty has been labeled throughout his career as a defensive specialist having spent a large portion of his career under the tutelage of catching guru and current Red Sox bullpen coach Gary Tuck, as well as former teammate and Gold Glove winner Jason Varitek. Throughout 12 years of professional service he has gained an expansive knowledge of the position, and is eager to pass that knowledge on to young players in the area.
Brandon Clark – Villanova – Catching/Hitting/Pitching
“Brandon Clark is a local product who grew up in NW Houston and played baseball at Klein High School where throughout his career he caught former 1st round pick and current Nationals pitcher Matt Purke. He chose to attend the University of New Orleans on scholarship but left after first year due to reclassification to Division III. He then transferred to Northeast Texas Community College for a year where he served as the primary catcher as well as DH. He led the Eagles in hitting throughout conference play with a .340 average and propelled the team to being ranked as high as 8th in the NJCAA D1 standings. After his stint at NTCC, Brandon headed up north to play in the Big East Conference at Villanova University. At Villanova Brandon had a career average over .300 and led the team in on base percentage his junior year at a .457 clip while committing just one error in his over 90 game career. Also while he was a Wildcat, he earned multiple Big-East All Academic awards and graduated with a bachelors degree in economics. Much of his success at Villanova and baseball knowledge that he has accumulated he credits to his former coach Deron Spink, who is personal hitting coaches for both Ryan Howard and David Freese.
As a player he was known as a defensive specialist who had a knack for getting on base. He took pride in grinding it out behind the dish for nine innings and keeping the game and his pitchers under his control. Brandon has former instructing and coaching experience with All-Star Baseball Academy and is looking to pass along any knowledge and experience he can to the young players in the area where he grew up.”
Sean Ratliff – Mets – Hitting/Defense/Pitching – Left handed
Aaron Cunningham -White Sox- Left-handed pitcher
Aaron is a local guy who played at the Woodlands High School. He played 6 year of professional baseball as Left-handed pitcher. Aaron was utilized as a starting pitcher, lefty specialist, mid- reliever, and a closer. Through his career he has master every all of these different rolls on the mound. Aaron has a get for for young pitchers ability and full proof system for strike throw. He also is coaching our 13 Elite team at HP.
Caleb Ramsey – Nationals – OF/INF/Hitting
Caleb just got home from a another successful .290 season. They have given him the nickname Mr. Consistency in the clubhouse. We are lucky to have this hometown hero hear during his off-season to give lessons at HP. Come in and work with Caleb and get on track to have a consistent approach at the plate!
Ryan Crew – Brewers – INF/Hitting
Ryan Crew was a stand out at Fort Bend Austin, earning All-State honors at pitcher and shortstop. After high school Crew lettered 3 years at the University of Texas San Antonio. As a Roadrunner he set several records, not to mention becoming the first Freshman All-American in school history.In his sophomore season Crew finished 2nd in the Southland Conference MVP voting to someone named Hunter Pence. His final season at UTSA he lead the roadrunners to a Southland Conference championship earning SLC Tournament MVP as well as lead the league in hitting. Shortly after this season he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005. Crew played a total of 5 seasons earning multiple All-Star honors while playing all 9 positions on the field. Crew quickly moved up the ranks as one of the Brewers top 10 prospects. Crew played and became friends with many of the big league Brewers when he was invited to big league spring training in 2007. Ryan currently is a Houston Fire Fighter as well as coaches our 18U team at HP. He has been making several connections and has had lots of success sending players to college to play baseball.