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David Acton is in his 30th year of professional hitting instruction and coaching. He has helped develop and coached over 1,200 college players, 121 minor league players, 21 Major League players, some are current. Many of the players David has instructed, holds many hitting records at Colleges and area High Schools to this day (Keller, Arl. Martin, Arlington, Mansfield, Grapevine, FW Arlington Heights, and many more).
For more than 28 years, David has been a part time or associate Major League Scout. He has worked with the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox and currently the Atlanta Braves. He also worked for an MLB agent by identifying baseball talent. David is the Owner of the Arlington A's Baseball Club, which started in 1988.
The A's is established as one of the best select baseball organizations for getting players ready to play at the next level in the nation. The A's have won many Connie Mack, Premier Baseball and other top tournaments over the years. Also, he was instrumental in organizing part of the NTX Scout Camp, American Premier, and Texas Premier baseball organization, and the Hitter’s Edge Baseball. David played at Arlington Sam Houston HS where he was highly decorated in Baseball and Football. He was a MLB prospect and was also named to the Texas High School Coaches Association North All Star team as the starting catcher. He earned a baseball Scholarship to Dallas Baptist University. He was selected to 2 college summer All Star games as a catcher and 3rd baseman and played independent pro ball.
Battling arm injuries was his demise that ended his career. To this day arm care is a big part of his organization's priority and Instructors/Coaches; Colin Charland, Mike Bacsik Sr., Andy Adams, and Brian Holman, help implement that for all their players. On his watch, they have had only 3 major arm injuries in 30 years. David, attributes his success of teaching the game and scouting to some of his former teachers of the game such as, legendary Tommy Cantrell; Sam Houston High School coach that played for the Orioles, Tony Ruebella; long time Reds scout, Ray Crone Sr.; MLB player/scout, and Tom Chandler Sr.; Legendary Texas A&M coach/pro player/scout.
David is married to his wife Kim and is a member of St Michael Catholic Church in Bedford. He has two sons Josh (Varsity coach and teacher at Fossil Ridge HS) Jared (Varsity coach and teacher Chisholm Trail HS) and Daughter Jordan (Director of Operations at Hitters Edge and Arlington A's)
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For the past 21 years, Colin Charland has been a professional pitching instructor for various age groups. Colin has coached and instructed well over 400 future college pitchers and has instructed 18 future professional pitchers, 3 of which have pitched in the major leagues. Since 1996, Colin currently coaches and instructs for the Arlington A’s baseball organization.
Colin has also coached in championships such as, Connie Mack and Premier Baseball World Series. Colin graduated in 1984 from Duncanville HS receiving 1st Team All District Pitcher, All Metro Honorable Mention his junior year and 2nd Team All District Pitcher his senior year. After graduating in 1984, Colin attended Dallas Baptist University on a full baseball scholarship. Being redshirted his freshman year, the following year in 1985, Colin was All District NAIA with an 8-4 record. In 1986, he was All District NAIA, Honorable Mention All American with an 11-3, recording 126 strikeouts in 96 innings. Colin holds the current season record holder for strikeouts in a season – 127. A record that still stands after 31 years and current season record holder for strikeouts in a 9-inning game – 16. A record that still stands after 32 years. Colin was 6th Round draft pick of the California Angels in 1986.
Colin has many successes with the California Angels. In 1988, Colin was Co-winner of the California Angels Minor League Player of the Year, California League All Star going 17-5 with a 2.51 ERA. Colin was 2nd in strikeouts with 183 in 204 innings pitched. Led the league in wins and complete games (12), California League Co-pitcher of the year, # 3 Rated prospect in the California League behind Ken Griffey Jr and Jaime Navarro, and Dominican Winter League All Star.
In 1990, Colin was traded to Cleveland Indians in January with Jeff Manto for Scott Bailes and placed on the Cleveland Indians 40 man roster. After suffering multiple injuries, Colin was released in 1993 from the Cleveland Indians from Triple A Charlotte and picked up by California Angels and finished the year in Vancouver (Triple A affiliate). Unfortunately, Colin ended his 8 year professional career due to an injury.
Colin now uses fundamentals of the game and implements player development, instruction and coaching techniques through professional experience. Colin currently resides in Fort Worth, TX with his beautiful wife Angie.
For the past 18 years, Andy Adams has been a professional hitting instructor for various age groups. Since 1999, Andy is currently a full-time instructor, coach, and administrator. Andy instructs and coaches through the Arlington A’s Baseball Organization.
Numerous players instructed and coached under Andy Adams have been drafted and have earned scholarships to play at the next level. During his time with the Arlington A’s, Adams has coach in many well-known championships such as, Connie Mack and Premier World Series. He also worked as an Associate Scout for the New York Yankees for eight years. Furthermore, Andy played high school baseball at Mansfield HS(Texas) where he was a 3 year starter from 1992-1994.
After earning All Region Honors his senior year, he began his collegiate career at Navarro College. Andy played on two conference championships teams in 1995 and 1996 while at Navarro, earning All-Conference Honors during his sophomore campaign. He continued his baseball collegiate career at the University of Texas Pan American and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.
Andy hit .379 in an injury shortened seasoned as a junior. As a senior at UTPA, he hit .317 while leading his club in HR’s and slugging percentage. Andy was also named an Academic All-Conference player after his senior season. Andy currently resides in Arlington, TX. Andy is married to his beautiful wife Leslie and they have two daughters, Emily and Lauren.
After an exceptional high school career, Brian was selected by the Montreal Expos in the first round of the 1983 June free agent draft, the sixteenth player selected overall. Brian decided to forgo a college baseball scholarship and signed with the Expos organization.
Brian made his Major League debut on June 25, 1988, vs. Barry Bonds and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Five days later he recorded his first Major League win on June 30, 1988, when he threw a five-hit, complete game shutout vs. Tom Glavine and the Atlanta Braves.
In 1989, Brian was traded, along with Randy Johnson, to the Seattle Mariners. On April 9, 1990, Brian was the Mariners Opening Night starting pitcher vs. the California Angels and recorded the victory with a 7-1 win. He is perhaps most well known for his pitching performance on April 20, 1990 vs. the Oakland A’s when he came within one out of throwing a perfect game.
Brian was a workhorse for the Mariners during the late 1980s and early 1990s logging thirty-two wins and fourteen complete games, five of those shutouts, in just two and a half seasons of work. He was on his way to a very bright future when regrettably his playing career was cut short when an arm injury forced him to retire. However, Brian’s son David is now a professional pitcher and his brother Brad is the Major League bull-pen coach for the Texas Rangers.
After his playing career, Brian became heavily involved in youth baseball. After enormous amounts of success coaching (both Varsity High School and private lessons) Brian decided to move to Texas to be closer to his family. He joined the Texas Edge team in 2017 and is thrilled for the opportunity to pass on his extensive baseball knowledge to new players in a new region.
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Steve was a third round pick of the San Francisco Giants out of High School, but decided to take a scholarship to the University of Southern California. There: he was an All-American and a member of the National Championship teams.
As a supplemental round draft pick in 1971, Steve joined the Kansas City organization in July. He was called up to the majors the following year.
Steve had a fantastic Major League Baseball Career. In his first season, Steve was the AL Rookie Pitcher of the Year. A 22 game winner in his second season, Steve was the Royals' Pitcher of the Year. Steve won 59 games; made 2 American League All Star teams.
Steve also, became the only MLB pitcher in history to record no-hitter in each of his first two years. A pitcher who prevents the opposing team from achieving a hit is said to have "thrown a no-hitter". This is a rare accomplishment for a pitcher or pitching staff: only 299 have been thrown in Major League Baseball history since 1876. Over the 140 years of Major League Baseball history, and over 210,000 gamesplayed.
When rotator cuff, knee, and back issues reduced Steves effectiveness, he retired in the spring of 1981. He took a job in broadcasting the next year.
For the next four decades, Steve did TV and radio for the Texas Rangers, TV for Kansas City, the CBS Radio Game of the Week, and ABC Baseball Night America.
Steve retired from broadcasting after the 2016 season and has continued to focus on individual and group instruction, primarily in the mechanical and mental approaches to pitching.
Bobby Crosby Bobby was born and raised in Orange County where he went to La Quinta High School in Westminster, Ca. In his senior year he received 2nd team all American honors. He was drafted in the 35th round by the Anaheim Angels but decided to forgo pro ball for the time being to accept a scholarship and play for Cal State University Long Beach. He started at shortstop right out the gate as a freshman and helped them reach the regionals in 1999. In his sophomore year, he was awarded 1st team all Big West. The summer after his sophomore year, Bobby was selected to play for team USA. He was the starting shortstop for the national team that summer and received MVP honors and helped lead them to victory in the International Honkball tournament based in Holland at the end of the summer. He returned to Long Beach State for his Junior season and was awarded with Big West Player of the Year.
In the June Draft in 2001 he was selected as a 1st round pick, 25th overall by the Oakland Athletics. In the minor leagues Bobby was a California League All Star in 2002 and was named the Rookie of the Year for the Pacific Coast League in 2003. At the end of the 2003 triple A season Bobby was called up by the A’s and made his major league debut in Baltimore in September of 2003. In 2004 Bobby was the starting shortstop for the Oakland A’s and by the end of the year he had hit 22 which set the record for HR’s hit by a a rookie shortstop for the Oakland A’s. Through his defense and power that year, he ended up receiving the American League Rookie of the Year award. He played in the big leagues from 2003-2010 for the A’s, Pirates, and Diamondbacks. Bobby has a passion for teaching and working with young players.
He owned and operated a baseball academy in Orange County, Ca for 4 years and has recently moved to the Southlake area to be closer to his family who resides in the area. He currently is a minor coach for the Oakland A’s and is excited to be a part of the staff and bring his knowledge and passion for the game to this area.
Jeff Hobbs has been coaching select baseball and professional hitting instructing for over 20 years. Jeff Hobbs and his son Jared Hobbs, currently work with the Freshman and Sophomore kids on the Arlington A's baseball team. Jeff Hobbs, and his son Jared, excel at helping kids get to the ready for next level and varsity baseball.
He has coached select at the high school level and has been with youth baseball for the last 10 years. He was a coach for Team Texas in the Sunbelt Classic High School All-Star tournament. As a player, Jeff was a middle infielder/outfielder.
Jeff’s instructional work comes from studying Charlie Lau, Rudy Jaramillo, Dusty Baker and Luis Ortiz for hitting. Jeff emphasizes the teachings of Tom House for pitching. His coaching philosophy is to get the most out of each player by emphasizing fundamentals and perfect effort.
Kendall Boone is a professional hitting/fielding instructor for the past 2 years for various age groups. Kendall graduated from Keller HS (Texas) in 2007, playing shortstop and third base for the Indians under head coach Rob Stramp. He was a Second Team All-State selection as a senior as well as an Editor’s Choice DFW Third Baseman of the Year while hitting .441.
In the classroom, he was a part of the Top 20% of his class. After graduation, Boone attended Cedar Valley College (Texas) and played third base for the Suns under head coach Robert Dally. He was an All-American and led the country in walks with 51 while hitting .450 with a .560 on-base percentage. Boone transferred to West Texas A&M (Canyon, TX) and exceled by hitting a .424 in his first season with the Buffs, which ranked 15th in the nation.
He recorded 75 hits with 21 doubles, four triples and eight home runs. He tallied a team-high 57 RBIs and scored 56 runs. Boone also was first team all-LSC and all-South-Central Region selection and also named NCBWA and ABCA all-American. Kendall in his senior Season 2012, made 1st Team All Lone Star Conference-2nd base and 2012 1st Team All South-Central Region-2nd base, and Daktronics Player of the Year. Boone also, set multiple WTAMU offensive records including (most doubles in a season, most consecutive home games with a hit (56), most RBIs in a 2-season tenure, etc.).
After earning a Bachelor Degree in International Business with a Minor in Management, Kendall played a year of semi-pro baseball in Canada. Boone currently resides in Fort Worth, TX and is coaching and instructing with Hitter’s Edge and the Arlington A’s organization this upcoming 2017 fall season.
Ike Schlabach played for the Arlington A's Baseball Organization all four years in High School. After High School, Ike was selected in the 2015 MLB Draft as a Left Handed Pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
For the last 4 seasons, Ike has been playing in the Minor Leagues, working his way up the ladder. In 2015, Ike played for the Gulf Coast League Pirates. In 2016, Ike played for the Bristol Pirates. In 2017, Ike played for the West Virginia Black Bears. In 2018, Ike played for the West Virginia Power.
In 2017, Ike played for the West Virginia Black Bears and was the New York- Penn League All Star with a season record 6-4 with a 2.83 ERA. Ike also had the lowest opposing batting average (.200) for starters in the league and 3rd lowest opposing batting average for all pitchers in the league.
In 2018, Ike played for the West Virginia Power. Ike was a valuable starter and relief pitcher in 2018 having an 8-4 record with a 2.9 ERA as a starter.
Currently, Ike is home for the off-season and is available for pitching lessons until February.
Jessica McClasky is in her 3rd season coaching Varsity softball at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth. Nolan has back to back appearances in the State Final Four.
She has been an instructor for the last 5 years. Focusing on hitting/slapping and defense. She has worked at numerous camps around the DFW area. Also, she has worked closely with coach Craig Snyder of Florida State at camps in Tallahassee, Florida and Oklahoma City.
Jessica played softball at Keller High School were she played middle infield, and 1st base. She then went on to play at North Central Texas College for two years playing outfield. She suffered a broken leg in her sophomore season before transferring to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma to play outfield and graduated with a Degree in Communications.