Team Mizuno Northeast (TMNE) is the premier baseball development program in New England. The organization has always been dedicated to bettering baseball in New England through player development. The goal of TMNE is to produce fundamentally sound high school and college baseball players. This goal is achieved through providing players with the top coaching, facilities and baseball development programs in New England.
We would like you to join us in welcoming Ellen Pinto to the Team Mizuno Northeast Staff! She comes to us with 16 years of baseball administrative experience. She will be assisting Nate, Kevin, Kelly, AJ and the rest of the coaching staff with the administrative part of the program. She will also help with communication and transitions into Hit Quarters for the upcoming Team Mizuno only clinics, batting, pitching and fielding instruction. Here are some words from Ellen:
“I am very excited to be part of Team Mizuno Northeast. I have been involved with baseball for over 20 years as a volunteer. I joined the board of directors for my sons little league program when he was 5 years old. I started as a concession stand manager then league president for over 10 years. Next, I became the District Administrator where I am currently responsible for over 10 leagues. Part of my duties include helping the leagues promote participation, I provide and explain the rules, I have assisted with forming and completing mergers and let’s not forget having fun. In addition, every Summer my staff and I run the local Williamsport tournament at the district and sectional level. One of my 9 year old teams was the first to win the State Tournament and move on to the Regional. I have had six teams go to Bristol CT for the Eastern Regional Finals. I look forward to meeting everyone and begin my Team Mizuno Journey, if you don’t see me and I don’t come over to introduce myself please say hello!”
Team Mizuno Northeast is proud to announce that thus far, 8 members of the 2017 class (PJ Barry, Luke Benoit, Tyler Flanigan, Brandon Jenkins, Jamil Vanheyningen, Jermaine Vanheyningen, Jack Wallace, and Chase Williamson) have all made their college baseball commitments. In 2016, these players were coached by Frank Cooney, Team Mizuno Northeast’s National Director of Recruiting & Scouting.
PJ Barry, a 6’ OF from SPM (Worcester, MA) has committed to attend St. Leo University in St. Leo, Florida. St. Leo, a division 2 powerhouse, competes in the Sunshine State Conference along with perennial national championship contenders University of Tampa and Rollins College. PJ had an impressive summer, hitting .346 to go along with 21 stolen bases, while also earning all-tournament team selections at both the Perfect Game WWBA and BCS Finals.
Benoit, a 6’4” OF from Lawrence Academy/IMG Academy, has committed to attend the University of Kentucky. UK competes in the SEC, arguably the best division 1 baseball conference in the country. Luke finished the summer with a .389 average, leading the team with 26 stolen bases, while making the Perfect Game BCS Finals all-tournament team. Luke finished the summer ranked as one of the top 500 high school baseball players in the country (#441).