Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Joe Torre

In 2016,  Joe got over 50 players signed to professional contracts in leagues around the country. He helps players chase their dream, giving them the best assistance possible. Joe took over the Black Sox in 2002 and did not play in high school or college. In 2016 we played our first Frontier League Spring Training games.

In 2009, Joe played for the Riccione Dolphins in the Serie A2 Division in Italy.  In 2012, Joe went from being a player-coach with the Roswell Invaders in the Pecos League to being the 1st base and bench coach for the El Paso Diablos, working under former MLBers Tim Johnson, Carlos Lezcano and Oscar Suarez.  Joe was the Northeast Advisor to the Baltimore Orioles under International Scouting Director Fred Ferreira from 2013 to 2014. 

In 2016, 34 players who attended the Pro Spring Training Tour signed and played Professional Baseball. 24 who attended the Florida trip did the same.


Carlos Lezcano

Carlos last managed the Joplin Blasters of the American Association in 2015. Carlos has over 20 years of managerial experience including 1,012 victories and a winning percentage of .525 in affiliated baseball where he managed for Seattle, San Francisco, Milwaukee and San Diego. He also managed in the Mexican League and the Puerto Rican Winter League. He recently also Coached in the California and Arizona Winter Leagues as an Indy Manager.

Lezcano will help coordinate with the Latin players as well on the trip.


 Photo Credit:  dimnikolov

Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Simon Walters

"I played for Simon in 2009-2010, I saw what he had with his Ft Lauderdale Superstars team and together we used his resources and knowledge of Indy Baseball to sign dozens of players. He has been doing this for 20 + years. He is responsible for most of the moves we make and the reputation and access to the MLB Spring Training Games. He taught me most of what I know in this business. He helped me get back to Pro Ball in 2012 with Roswell and from there I went to the American Association and worked under big leaguer Tim Johnson and that's where I met Carlos Lezcano." -Joe Torre

Simon Managed in the Empire League in 2016 and in Roswell in the Pecos League in 2012. In 2015 he spent time in the Frontier League and American Association as an Assistant Coach.

Dennis Pelfrey

Manager Dennis Pelfrey is the Manager for the Florence Freedom that plays in the Frontier League. Pelfrey's career spans from four seasons coaching for the Gary South Shore RailCats under Veteran Indy Pro Manager Greg Tagert (which included a 2013 American Association Championship) to playing six seasons of professional baseball, the majority of those seasons in The Frontier League from 1999-2004, and after a Collegiate career at Northwood University - Texas. Pelfrey not only brings his vast baseball knoweldge, but he also trains the athletes on the mindset of playing winning baseball, from a player's and an Indy Manager's standpoint.

 FLORENCE FREEDOM MANAGER DENNIS PELFREY

FLORENCE FREEDOM MANAGER DENNIS PELFREY

Anthony Santiago, Chicago White Sox

Latin/Cultural Development Coordinator: Anthony Santiago

This is cool! This is a new job, or at least, a new job title. Anthony is the younger brother of Hector Santiago, former White Sox and current Twins screwballer, and was signed by the Sox in 2012. While his pitching career didn’t last, the Sox clearly saw something in him and retained him as a coach. He’s only 27 years old, but the players that come out of Latin America are often much younger than that, so he’ll be able to relate to them well. It’s nice to see the Sox try to take a more involved role with this.

Link to career stats: http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=623968#/career/R/pitching/2014/ALL