MLB announces partnership program with Latin American trainers

The Office of the Commissioner announced on Thursday the Trainer Partnership Program, a new program in collaboration with Latin American player trainers aimed at combatting the use of performance-enhancing substances by amateur players and improving compliance with Major League Baseball rules.

August 30th, 2018

The Office of the Commissioner announced on Thursday the Trainer Partnership Program, a new program in collaboration with Latin American player trainers aimed at combatting the use of performance-enhancing substances by amateur players and improving compliance with Major League Baseball rules.

Under the new initiative, participating trainers will enroll their players in MLB's drug testing program, submit themselves and their employees to background checks, keep updated records of amateur players in their care, and comply with MLB rules regarding international player signings. MLB will provide partner trainers with enhanced scouting opportunities and promote the use of partner trainers to players and their families. MLB also will work closely with partner trainers to jointly address issues in Latin American amateur baseball. 

The program is voluntary and will begin with pilot programs in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Already, 46 trainers - all of whom came highly recommended by MLB Clubs -- have agreed to participate in the pilot programs. Attached is a list of partner trainers who have committed to the Trainer Partnership Program from each country. MLB plans to expand the opportunity to additional trainers in both countries in the coming months.  

Drug testing for the Trainer Partnership Program began this week and MLB will be holding its first showcase as part of the Trainer Partnership Program on September 18-20 at Temistocles Metz Stadium in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. Only players from participating programs will be eligible to participate in this event and representatives from all MLB Clubs are expected to attend. MLB is planning a similar event for Venezuelan partner trainers in the coming months.

Morgan Sword, MLB's Senior Vice President, League Economics & Operations, said: "This new partnership program is an important step forward for our industry and fully supported by our Clubs and the international scouting directors. Independent trainers are an essential part of the player development system and we look forward to working with our partner trainers who are fully committed to developing their players in a safe and healthy environment."

 

MLB TRAINER PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PARTNER TRAINERS

Trainer | Program | Location

Arias, Alfredo | Arias Baseball Academy | San Pedro de Macoris

Batista, Amauris | Chapita Academy | Santiago

Carmona, John | JC Academy | Santo Domingo East

Encarnacion, Richard | Encarnacion Development System | Santo Domingo East

Espinal, Freddy | Quality Baseball Academy | Santo Domingo East

Ferreras, Franklin | Franklin Ferreras Academy | Santo Domingo North

Fontana, Eddy | J&E Academy | Santiago

Garcia, Fausto | Fausto Garcia Academy | Santiago

Genao, Laurentino | LGS Academy | Santo Domingo North

Genao, Ramon | Papiro All-Star | Santo Domingo East

Guerrero, Wilton | Los Guerreros Academy | Nizao

Guzman, Carlos | CG Academy | Boca Chica

Herrera, Josue | HPP Academy | Santo Domingo East

Herrera, Juan (Mon) | D'Mon Baseball Academy | Bani

Irrizarry, Christian | API Academy | Santo Domingo East

Lezan, Pedro | Bartolo Colon Academy | Puerto Plata

Marrero, Aldo | Aldo Marrero Academy | Santiago

Monero, Valentin | Rinocerontes de Valentin Monero | Boca Chica

Nina, Amauris | Amauris Nina Academy | Santo Domingo East

Pena, Nolan | Nogae Baseball Academy | San Pedro de Macoris

Perez, Angel | Angel Perez Academy | San Pedro de Macoris

Ramos, Jaime | Jaime Ramos Academy | San Cristobal

Rodriguez, Francisco Javier | Alianza Academy | Santo Domingo East

Valdez, William | WV Academy | Santiago

Valera, Raul (Banana) | Banana Baseball Academy | Santo Domingo West



MLB TRAINER PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM VENEZUELA PARTNER TRAINERS

Trainer | Program | Location

Bernal, Renny | Magallanes | Valencia

Blassini, Jose | Hermanos Blassini | Valencia

Concepcion Jr., David | Academia David Concepcion | Cagua

De Pablos, Kander | KPL Baseball Academy | Valencia

Gomez, Prospero | PDW | La Guaira

Grasso, Victor | Prospectos Elite | Maracaibo

Guillen, Carlos | Carlos Alfonso Guillen | Maracay

Hernandez, Ramon | RH | Maracay

Izturis, Cesar | Academia de Besbol Maicer y Cesar Izturis | Barquisimeto

Mendez, Guido | Occidental Deportiva | Maracaibo

Mendez, Yassir | 4Pro International Baseball Academy | Valencia

Moscatel, Kevin | Caribes Top Prospect | Puerto La Cruz

Ocanto, Johan | Academia ABAR | Caracas

Olivo, Carlos | OL Baseball | Valencia

Ortiz, Francisco | Just Prospect | Puerto La Cruz

Perez, Robert | Academia Robert Perez | Barquisimeto

Quiroz, Alexis | AQ | Maracay

Salazar, Alexis | BC All Star Academy | Barquisimeto

Suarez, Denni | DS Baseball | Puerto La Cruz

Vahlis, Roberto | Academia Roberto Vahlis | Margarita

Veliz, Andres | Bucaneros | Maracay