The MHCBL would like to congratulate two of its former players, Kyle Freeland and Nick Green, on their selections in the Rule 4 Major League Baseball Draft.
Kyle Freeland, who played in the MHCBL when it was known as the Colorado Collegiate Baseball League, was selected 8th overall by the Colorado Rockies; while Nick Green, who was a member of the 2013 Denver Bombers, was selected in the 7th round by the Texas Rangers.
Both players have subsequently signed contracts with their respective organizations.
Congrats Kyle and Nick!
MHCBL Announces Jason Hirsh as Director of Pitching Operations
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 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.