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Rafael (Raf) Melchione
Owner/General Manager of Arizona Core Baseball

Rafael played professionally from 1995 to 2002 with stops in the Athletics and Angels organizations. In the off-seasons, Rafael began instructing hitting and developed a proven methodology for teaching the proper swing. He has served as a hitting instructor for many major and minor league players, as an instructor for the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants, and as Hitting Coach for the Mesa Miners, and the Reno Silver Sox. The Silver Sox led the independent Golden League in hitting in 2006 and Rafael was selected as a Golden League All-Star Hitting Coach. In 2007, Rafael decided to devote full time to Arizona Core Baseball / Big League Baseball Instruction to continue the excellence started several years ago. In 2009, Rafael returned to professional coaching with the Sioux City Explorers (AA). Rafael trained under former Dodger slugger Reggie Smith and legendary hitting instructor, Jim Lefebvre. Raf is personally responsible for placing over 180 of ACB's students into college programs.

Among the players Raf has tutored are:
Geoff Jenkins - Philadelphia Phillies (MLB All-Star)
Howie Kendrick - LA Angels
Jacob Cruz - New York Mets
Marcus Jensen - 7 Year Major Leaguer
Victor Hall - Philadelphia Phillies (AAA)
John Gaston - Houston Astros (A)
Daniel Butler - Red Sox (A)
Josh LeBlanc - Anaheim Angels (A)
Barry Ginther - San Francisco Giants (A)
C.J. Lang - Chicago White Sox (A)
Tyler Johnson - Anaheim Angels (A)



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Victor (Vic) Hall
Director of Operations
Hitting Coach / Outfield Coach

• Drafted by Diamondbacks in 1998 at age 17
• Played 9 years of professional baseball with Diamondbacks, Astros, Mets, Yankees, and Phillies.
Made two stops at the Major League level with Astros and Mets
Trained under and with former Dodger slugger Reggie Smith and legendary hitting coach Jim Lefebvre
• Tallied 341 career stolen bases


“He not only has good speed, he has world-class speed. This is one of the fastest guys in the big leagues.”
                    
- Gerry Hunsicker, Houston Astros General Manager

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Desi Wilson
Lead Instructor and Hitting Coach

Played his college baseball at Fairleigh Dickinson    University
Only player to go on to MLB from that school
Drafted by the Texas Rangers
Made his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants on August 7, 1996
Desi played 16 seasons of professional baseball
Currently the hitting coach for Cubs Peoria Class A Affiliate
Amassed an amazing 1,875 hits in his pro career
Finished with a .311 lifetime batting average!


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Marcus Jensen

Hitting Coach / Catching Coach

Made his big league debut in April of 1996
Played 7 seasons of major league baseball
Played for Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Minnesota, Texas and Boston.
In 2006, led the Golden League in hitting
Led the Reno Silver Sox to 2006 championship

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Jacob Cruz

Hitting Coach

Played collegiately at Arizona State University
Drafted by San Francisco in 1st round of 1994 amateur draft (32nd overall)
Made his MLB debut on 07/18/1996 (age 23)
9 Year MLB career with Giants, Indians, Rockies, Tigers and Reds

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Daniel Butler

Hitting / Catching Coach

Played his college baseball at University of Arizona
Signed as Free Agent by Boston Red Sox out of Cape Cod League
Has played at A-, A+, AA, and AAA levels for Red Sox (since 2009)
2010 South Atlantic League (A+) All-Star
Top Red Sox Catching Prospect

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Nick McCoola

Hitting Coach / Infield Coach

Played his college baseball at Wichita State University

3 Year Starter at SS for the Shockers
Played professionally with the Souix City Explorers

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Nate Maldonado

Hitting Coach / Catching Coach

Local Product of Agua Fria High Sschool

LA Angels of Anaheim Bullpen Catcher
Roving Catching Instructor for LA Angels Pro Scout Teams

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Chris Marini

Hitting Coach / Pitching Coach

Local product of Ironwood High School in Glendale
2001 Region Player of the Year and 1st Team All Arizona
Played at Glendale CC and the University of Arizona
2003 Baseball America 1st Team All-American
• 10th round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2003
Four years of professional baseball as a pitcher and an   outfielder  in the Twins and Rangers organizations
Coached at Centennial HS and Glendale CC
Played for Mesa Miners and the Reno Silver Sox of the Golden Baseball League
2006 Golden League All-Star

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Nelson Figueroa

Pitching Coach

• Drafted by the New York Mets
Made his big league debut in 2000
Pitched for Diamondbacks, Brewers, Phillies, Pirates
MVP of 2007 Taiwan Series gathering 3 wins (Gm 7)
Currently pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies
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Edgar Varela

Hitting Coach

Played at Long Beach State University
Selected by Detroit Tigers in 1998 Amatuer Draft
5 Years of Professional Baseball with White Sox, Diamondbacks and Marlins
Currently a hitting coach with the Pittsburg Pirates

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Jody Martinez

Hitting Coach / Infield Coach

Played professionally for 8 years
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Kory DeHaan

Hitting Coach

Played at Morningside College

Drafted in the 7th Round by Pittsburg Pirates in 1997
Rule 5 Draft to San Diego Padres in 2000
Made his MLB debut on April 5, 2000 with San Diego
Played 7 years of professional baseball

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Scott Schneider

Pitching Coach

Played college baseball at Norfolk State University
Drafted by Anaheim Angels in 12th round of 2000 amateur draft
6 years pro baseball with LA Angels, 2000-2005
Reached AAA in 2005
3 years pro baseball with Reno Silver Sox, 2006-2008
Set record in 2006 for saves in a season
Player/Coach for Silver Sox in 2008

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