As a player turns 15, 16 years of age, he begins to take his game far more seriously. He begins to think about his future as it relates to baseball. At 18 he needs to understand that his baseball skills need to translate into an asset for his future.
Coach Merritt understands “visibility” is the key to this age group. He wants his players to play at a national level. To be introduced to as many Pro Scouts and College Recruiters as possible, it is critically important for our “Pro Scout Team” graduates to receive the best possible college scholarships…or the best possible pro contract.
Pro Scout Teams – Ages 15, 16 and 18
Pro Scout Coaches
TJ Merritt – Pro Scout Program CoachTJ Merritt joins the Stars program after two years as a Division 1 assistant coach at Indiana State University. Bringing a wealth of experience as a coach and as a player to the Stars. At Indiana State University he was given the responsibility of recruiting and scouting student athletes across the country. Merritt was a major reason for the team’s hitting success as the Sycamores raised their teaming batting average in each of his two seasons.
Merritt played two years at Mesa College in San Diego, Calif., where he was a two-time all-league player, hitting .390 overall and .455 in league games. He also played in the Junior College All-Star Game. In 2004 and 2005, he played at the University of San Diego under Division 1 Head Coach Rich Hill.
A 2005 graduate of University of San Diego, Merritt coached at Mesa College in San Diego, Calif., in 2006, working with the outfielders, base runners, and hitters. In 2007, he moved to Cal State-San Marcos where he worked as the recruiting coordinator along with the outfielders and hitters. Merritt also played a major role in fundraising at Cal State-San Marcos. Also in 2007, he worked for the San Diego Padres as an associate scout to locate potential prospects. In the summer, Merritt worked at various camps across the country. Currently Merritt is a baseball instructor and an assistant coach at Mesa College.