Professional Instruction

Preparation for the next level

Our expectations are very high and so are our standards. PCA will periodically bring in our specialized instructors to help the players develop at a high level. All instructors and training techniques will have been approved by 11 year MLB veteran and All Star Steve Ontiveros. Assistant/Head coaches will be used throughout the season in assistance with individual skills and team drills.

Steve Ontiveros Head Instuctor

Steve attended the University of Michigan where he focused on his major of Kinesiology. It was here that he took pre-med courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, Kinesiology, and Exercise Physiology.

Steve became the cornerstone of the pitching staff at the University of Michigan posting the most wins, strikeouts, ERA, innings pitched and appearances record. In his first two years at the University of Michigan, his teams won two Big Ten titles and played in the College World Series. During Steve's junior year, he was the Oakland A's first selection of the 1982 June Amateur Draft.

Steve's professional career started during the summer of 1982 and endured until the end of the 2001 season. He played for five Major League clubs: Oakland (six years), Philadelphia (three years), Anaheim (two years), and parts of two seasons with Seattle and Boston. In a ten-season career, Ontiveros posted a 34-31 record with 19 saves and a 3.67 ERA in 207 games pitched (73 as a starter).

One of the highlights of Steve's professional career was an appearance in the 1995 All Star game. This came the year after he posted the lowest ERA in the American League, above such players as Roger Clemens, David Cone, and Randy Johnson.

In 2008, Steve was the pitching coach for the Chinese Olympic Baseball Team at the Beijing Olympics.

During his career, Steve mastered seven different pitches and was gifted with the ability to teach these pitches. Steve has had the opportunity to work with many pitchers of all ages. In total, Steve has trained (700) little league all star pitchers, 9 all state high school players, 4 high school pitcher of the years, 1 National Pitcher of the year, 72 of his pitchers have gone on to play in college (54 have received scholarships) numerous minor league players and 10 Major League Players. (including Ismail Valdez, Huston Street, John Webb, Pete Walker David Aardsma, Charles Brewer , Daniel Coulombe and Kevin Quackenbush).


Brian Harper

Brian is currently the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs AAA affiliate and he will bring his vast years of experience both as a player and a coach. Brian played in the Major Leagues for 16 years and won a World Series title as the starting catcher for the Minnesota Twins in 1987. Brian will also work with our catchers to get them ready for the challenges before them. Two of Brian's sons went on to play professional baseball.

Marcus Jensen

Marcus has played and coached professionally for over 20 years. He is on staff at Player’s Choice as the lead catching and hitting instructor. Marcus played 6 years in the Major Leagues as a catcher. He was a #1 draft choice and also played on the USA Olympic team. Marcus is currently the hitting coordinator for the Oakland A’s organization. His son Marcus Jr. was drafted and is currently in the Tampa Bay Rays organization

Brett Harper

Brett is currently playing professional baseball and will join us once his season is complete. Brett is a big POWER HITTING first baseman and has had success at all levels he has played. He brings us new enthusiasm as last year was his first to coach at PCA. Brett brings us additional knowledge at both the 1B position as well as outfield.

Woody Nisbet

Woody has been training at Players Choice since his high school days. He played his high school baseball at Sunrise Mountain and collegiately at South Mountain CC and Coastal Carolina - a Division I powerhouse. Woody has been a student of Steve Ontiveros since high school. Woody is strong at teaching all aspects of the game.

Felipe Perez

Free Agent signee with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Felipe is a hardthrowing pitcher that is excellent with our younger players.

Darwin Perez

Coach Perez accolades include winning a minor league Gold Glove award. He has played professionaly in the US and his native Venezuela.

Edward Concepcion

A Dominican Republic native, Coach Concepcion has played in several organizations including the DBacks and SF Giants. He's flamethrowing pitcher that coaches our 13u team.

 

Jerry Thaut

Jerry comes to us from the great state of Washington where he coached high school baseball for over 20 years. He has been training over ten years at Player’s Choice. He was elected into the Washington baseball coaches HALL OF FAME for his work at Moses Lake. Jerry also had the opportunity to coach some great talent. Two of his players went high in the draft. Gabe Boruff was the GATORADE NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR, Which means he was selected as the best player in the nation. Gabe was a #1 draft choice for the Minnesota Twins. Ryan Doumit was also drafted high (2nd rnd) by the Pittsburg Pirates, where he played 7 years in the Major Leagues. Ryan is currently on the Minnesota Twins Major League roster. Jerry’s son Devin is currently playing professionally after being a standout at Saguaro High and also in college.

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