Meet The Pros

Major League Baseball Players Alumni UP17® is the official online coaching service of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. Our staff of ProCoaches includes former Major League All-Stars, World Series champions, franchise record holders, and more. These guys are baseball experts who understand the game and know what it takes to succeed.

Brian Tollberg

Brian Tollberg

Major League Exp: 4 yrs

Padres

Brian was signed out of the independent Frontier League by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1995. He debuted on June 20, 2000, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, pitching 7 innings of shutout baseball and earning the National League Pitcher of the Week his first week in the Major Leagues. Tollberg was the first player to reach the Major Leagues from the independent Frontier League, a league who has since named their version of the Cy Young award after Tollberg.

Nick Green

Nick Green

Major League Exp: 9 yrs

Braves, Devil Rays, Yankees, Mariners, Red Sox, Dodgers, Blue Jays, and Marlins

Nick was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 32nd Round of the 1998 amateur draft. He debuted with the Braves on May 15, 2004, against the Milwaukee Brewers, and got his first hit in his third at bat. Green is currently a Fox Sports Analyst for the Atlanta Braves pre- and post-game show as well as radio color analyst for the Gwinnett Braves, Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.

Anthony Telford

Anthony Telford

Major League Exp: 9 yrs

Orioles, Expos, and Rangers

Anthony was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 3rd Round of the 1987 amateur draft. His debut came on August 19, 1990, pitching 7 shutout innings against the Oakland Athletics. After 3 seasons with the Orioles, Telford went on to pitch 6 more for the Expos and another with the Rangers. He is currently the owner of The Zone of Tampa Bay pitching academy.

Desi Relaford

Desi Relaford

Major League Exp: 11 yrs

Phillies, Padres, Mets, Mariners, Royals, Rockies, and Rangers

Desi was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 4th Round of the 1991 amateur draft. His debut was on August 1, 1996, against the St. Louis Cardinals going 1-3. Relaford is a jack of all trades who speaks fluent Spanish, owns a holistic nutrition consulting practice, and plays three instruments (piano, violin, and upright bass).

Jeff D’Amico

Major League Exp: 8 yrs

Brewers, Mets, Pirates, and Indians

Jeff was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st Round of the 1993 amateur draft. He debuted as a 20-year old on June 28, 1996, against the Toronto Blue Jays, throwing 5.2 shutout innings to earn the win. His best year came in 2000 when he carried a 2.66 ERA through 162.1 innings of work. Standing 6’7” tall, Jeff was tagged with the nickname “Big Daddy” due to his ability to tower over opponents.

Charlie Hayes

Major League Exp: 14 yrs

Rockies, Giants, Phillies, Yankees, Brewers, Pirates, and Astros

Charlie was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 4th Round of the 1983 Draft. He debuted with the Giants against the Houston Astros on September 11, 1988. During his 14-year Major League career, Hayes also played for six additional teams, including the New York Yankees, with whom he won a World Series Championship in 1996. Hayes currently runs a hitting facility in Tomball, Texas. His son, Ke'Bryan Hayes, is currently rising up through the Pirates Minor League system after being chosen as a 1st Round pick in the 2015 Draft.

Tanyon Sturtze

Tanyon Sturtze

Major League Exp: 12 yrs

Cubs, Rangers, White Sox, Devil Rays, Blue Jays, Yankees, and Dodgers

Tanyon was drafted by the Oakland Athletics out of Quinsigamond Community College (Worcester, MA) in the 20th Round of the 1990 amateur draft. He made his debut with the A’s on May 3, 1995, against the Houston Astros. After a 12-year Major League career, Sturtze now helps youth players through the Pinstripes Sports Dreams Foundation and the Jays Care foundation.

John Doherty

John Doherty

Major League Exp: 5 yrs

Tigers and Red Sox

John was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 19th Round of the 1989 amateur draft. His debut came on April 8, 1992, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Doherty pitched for the Tigers and Red Sox during his 5-year Major League career.

Matt Wise

Matt Wise

Major League Exp: 8 yrs

Brewers, Angels, and Mets

Matt was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 6th Round of the 1997 Draft, debuting for them on August 2, 2000, against the Detroit Tigers, throwing two scoreless innings. Wise resides in Arizona with his family and is currently the pitching coach for the Inland Empire 66ers, the High-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels.

John Frascatore

John Frascatore

Major League Exp: 8 yrs

Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Diamondbacks

John was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 24th Round of the 1991 amateur draft. He debuted on July 21, 1994, against the Atlanta Braves, officially starting his 8-year Major League career. Frascatore resides in St. Petersburg, FL, and spends his summers in Pennsylvania, helping at Camp Wayne for Boys.

Joe Oliver

Joe Oliver

Major League Exp: 13 yrs

Reds, Brewers, Tigers, Mariners, Pirates, Yankees, and Red Sox

Joe was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd Round of the 1983 amateur draft. He debuted July 15, 1989, against the Montreal Expos, and went 1-3 with an RBI. He currently manages the Lowell Spinners, the Short-Season A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, in the NY-Penn League.

Paul LoDuca

Paul LoDuca

Major League Exp: 11 yrs

Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, and Nationals

Paul was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 23rd Round of the 1993 amateur draft. His debut was on June 21, 1998, against the Colorado Rockies, beginning a 7-year span with the Dodgers. LoDuca, a 4-Time All-Star, is currently a horse racing and college baseball TV analyst.

Toby Hall

Toby Hall

Major League Exp: 9 yrs

Devil Rays, Dodgers, and White Sox

Toby was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 9th Round of the 1997 amateur draft. He debuted for the Devil Rays on September 15, 2000, starting a 7-year run as the Rays’ catcher. Toby holds the Rays franchise record of games played for a catcher (673). After a year with the Dodgers and two more with the White Sox, Hall’s career ended, due to shoulder surgery. Since retiring, Hall has run the Toby Hall Foundation, a charity providing financial assistance to families with disabled and special needs children in the Tampa Bay area.

Denny Hocking

Denny Hocking

Major League Exp: 12 yrs

Twins, Rockies, and Royals

Denny was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 52nd Round of the 1989 amateur draft. He debuted on September 10, 1993, and played the following 11 seasons with the Twins as a super utility player. In 2000, Hocking played 10 or more games at 7 different positions on the field, showcasing his versatility. Denny currently manages the Inland Empire 66ers, High-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels.

Joe Mahoney

Major League Exp: 2 yrs

Orioles and Marlins

Joe was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 6th Round of the 2007 amateur draft. He debuted on July 7, 2012, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Mahoney is currently UP17’s General Manager and is very passionate about teaching players how to improve their games.

Matt Angle

Major League Exp: 1 yrs

Orioles

Matt was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 7th Round of the 2007 amateur draft. He debuted on July 17th, 2011, against the Cleveland Indians. Angle is currently UP17’s Director of Player Development and prides himself on using video to better hitters he works with.