The Mile High Collegiate Baseball League would like to take the time to congratulate two of its most prominent partners, Steve Jones and former Big Leaguer Doug Jones.
Steve Jones, a long time pitching coach at Colorado Christian University, served as pitching coach for the Denver Bombers in 2014. Coach Jones' contributions to the Bombers last summer were significant, as he solidified the pitching staff; and at one point, led it to 19 straight innings without giving up a run. This is a salute to Steve, as he also managed to get nine pitchers 20-30 innings of work last summer. As one of the top pitching coaches in MHCBL history, Steve takes over the Evergreen High School program, with his son Sam Jones, a former MHCBL top player. We will miss Steve in the MHCBL, but we know he will continue to do an outstanding job in Evergreen.
Further, the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League would like to congratulate former Big League pitcher and owner of 303 saves, Doug was recently named by the Colorado Rockies as the pitching coach in for the Low-A affiliate Boise Hawks. Doug was a primary contributor to the MHCBL pitching guidelines. We will be forever indebted for his contribution to the MHCBL.
A Northern Colorado Native, Gil first became associated with the historic Greeley Grays in 1948, playing for them from 1952 through 1967. Gil played high school baseball for Greeley High School and continued his playing career through college as a member of the University of Northern Colorado, and while serving in the military. Mr. Carbajal also coached Fort Collins High School from 1963 through 1968, and became the owner of the Greeley Grays in 2005.
Kent Gregory played D-I baseball at the University of Denver, followed by years of involvement in other areas of the game. Kent is in his 13th year as the Co-Director of the Pro-Pitching Showcase. He has many years of coaching experience in college summer baseball, during which he has earned two League Championships and two bids to the NBC College World Series. During that time his rosters included more than 20 players who went on to play professional baseball. Kent has been a long-time hitting instructor and scout for multiple Major League organizations, including the New York Yankees for the past 11 years.
John Barnes played college baseball at the University of Northern Colorado for 4 years, was named All-Conference and played in the College World Series. He has since been inducted in the UNC Hall of Fame. He has been coaching for 34 years at both the high school and collegiate levels. He coached the Pueblo Chieftains semi-pro college team to 8 consecutive appearances in the NBC Tournament in Wichita, KS-- finishing 4th out of 65 teams one year. Several of his former players, including Chase Headley of the New York Yankees, have gone on to sign professional baseball contracts.
Al Bleser is a veteran of professional baseball since 1984, serving as a territorial scout for the Milwaukee Brewers-- signing three players from Colorado to pro contracts during his tenure with the Brew Crew. In 1993, Al joined the Colorado Rockies Player Development Department as a minor league hitting coach and manager at the rookie level. While in the Arizona League and Northwest League, Al's teams won the 1997 NWL title in Portland, and led the league in hitting in 1998 & 1999.
Dave Dudley is the General Manager of the Runyon Sports Complex in Pueblo, Colorado; where he has played, coached or served as the GM for more than forty years. Dave played his college ball at Lamar Community College and finished up at Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma; where he played for HOF coach Dr. Joe Record. Dudley is an associate scout for the Texas Rangers and oversees the Pueblo Collegians, as well as over 100 youth baseball teams under the Runyon Sports Complex umbrella.
Dr. Byron Wiehe brings more than 35 years of experience to the MHCBL. Coach Wiehe spent 19 years as the Head Coach at Mesa State, where 39 of his players signed professional contracts. He was selected as the Regional and RMAC coach of the year 11 times, and was a nominee for National Coach of the year once.
Coach Todd Reynolds is the product of Fruita Monument High School, in Fruita, Colorado, where he was a varsity athlete in both baseball and football. Todd followed his high school playing career by playing football for Colorado Mesa University, where he was a three-year starter and played in two National Championship games. Coach Reynolds has coached baseball for fourteen seasons, the last four as an assistant coach for Brighton High School-- three of which Brighton has won East Metro Athletic Conference. 2015 will be the fifth season that Todd will serve as a coach in the MHCBL, and his first as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The MHCBL and Gameday Baseball Partner for 2015 Season
Founded by former college coaches and professional baseball scouts, the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League approaches summer league baseball a little differently. Collegiate summer league baseball should not simply demand more games of its athletes and then send them back to their college programs worse for the wear.
We believe that college athletes should be given the opportunity to play with great competition while receiving instruction from high-quality coaches, thus increasing their chances of becoming exceptional baseball players. And, college players should be given the opportunity to play on a team with coaches who know what it takes to excel at the collegiate level or to move on to the professional ranks.
In the MHCBL, coaches will not just write out line-up cards. Players will be coached and taught new skills to supplement the skills they have already learned, and they will ultimately become better all-around baseball players. If our players put in the work, we believe they will benefit tremendously from their time with the MHCBL.
To become a part of the MHCBL, contact:
Kent Gregory Director of Player Personnel 720-220-5275