DIRT DAWG SPORTS
"Practice Hard Win Easy"
Former Colorado Rockies Prospect
Class A Modesto Nuts
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 190 lb.
Born: August 16, 1990 in Westwood, Massachusetts, United States
School: College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
Onix Mercado grew up in Puerto Rico but was recruited to play high school baseball in FL. After high school Onix was awarded a scholarship to play college baseball but was soon drafted into the Minor Leagues where he played for the GCL Reds, Billings Mustangs, Daytona Dragons and Stockton Ports. From there he was called up to play for the Cincinnati Reds Major League Organization where he was a catcher for the 2003 season. Onix stayed on with the Reds as a Catching Instructor, and bullpen catcher before moving into the Independent Baseball Leagues. There he played for the North Shore Spirit, Elmira Pioneers, El Paso Diablo’s, Winnipeg Goldeyes and Worcester Tornadoes. Upon return to Puerto Rico he ran his own professional baseball clinic. Dirt Dawgs is now his home base where he offers Strength and Conditioning clinics, Catching Instruction, Pitching, Hitting and Fielding instruction as well as coaching AAU teams.
Don is a graduate of Catholic Memorial High School and Boston College where he earned a degree from the School of Business in Business Management, with a concentration in Computer Science. Having worked in the corporate world for 25 years as well as in his own entrepreneurial business, DC Enterprises, he now brings his business skills to Dirt Dawg Sports. Don combines this business savvy with his baseball and softball managerial experience of 30+ years coaching and volunteering for Legion, Senior Babe Ruth, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken and Little League. He also held positions on the board of Directors as President, Vice President, Player Agent, Tournament Director-, and League VP. He continues to be an advisor to local baseball and softball programs. Don has 3 sons who he coached through various sports and currently has one son playing varsity baseball in college.
Alex is the son of former MLB Boston Red Sox Player 1967 Jose Santiago. Born and raised in Baseball. His baseball summary as a player includes more than 30 years of experience playing baseball. Played every position started as a Pitcher and finish as Catcher. Catcher of the 1982 Puerto Rico Big League Team World Champions and selected All Star Catcher. Played for 18 years at the Puerto Rico Semi Pro Baseball League. Three National Titles at the Puerto Rico Semi Pro Baseball League with Juncos team (1989-1990-1991). Two Runner Up Titles at the Puerto Rico Semi Pro Baseball League with the Juncos team (1988-1992). Selected to participate as a player on 8 All Star Games. Member of the COLICEBA National Team Champions Stan Musial Tourney B.Creek, Michigan (1985). Selected as the All Star Catcher. Inducted to the Puerto Rico Semi Pro Baseball League Hall of Fame in 2009 and his hometown of Carolina, PR Hall of Fame of Sports in 2013.
As a Manager and Coach more than 20 years of experience managing or coaching. Manager and Coach of Little League Baseball and Softball teams from 9 to 18 years old since I was 13yrs old. Manager and Coach of several Juvenile Baseball Teams from ages 16 to 18. Manager of the Puerto Rico Big League National Team.(1989-1990). Manager of the Year Guardianas of Dorado Puerto Rico Women’s Baseball League (2008). Selected to manage the first Women’s Baseball National Team (2009). Silver Medal Puerto Rico National Team Pan-American Women’s Baseball Tournament Venezuela (2009). Gold Medal Cuban Olympic Games Puerto Rico National Team Women’s Baseball (2010). Manager of the Year West Region Puerto Rico Semi Pro Baseball League Patrulleros of San Sebastian (2012). 7th Place 2010 Women’s Baseball World Cup Puerto Rico National Team Women’s Baseball (2010). Manager of the Year West Region Puerto Rico Semi Pro Baseball League Tiburones of Aguadilla (2010). Manager, Coach and Instructor at Dirt Dawg Sports since 2012. Coach of the 2013 NEAAU 14U Dirt Dawg Team Champions. Head Coach Lakeland Pirates 16u Cost to Cost College Exposure Classic (2014)
Jay is from Stoughton, Massachusetts and graduated from Stoughton High School in 2010 where he played varsity baseball. After high school attended Curry College and graduated in 2015 with a degree in business management. Started coaching career as a volunteer with Stoughton Babe Ruth at the age of 16, then later began coaching summer all-star travel teams for Stoughton and AAU at Dirt Dawg Sports. Has won championships at all 3 levels he has coached for a total of 9 championships in 6 years.
Born in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico on August 15, 1940. Jose had an eight-year career in major league ball, three years with the Athletics and five with the Red Sox. José Santiago became a professional baseball player in 1957. He was signed by Kansas City scout Félix Delgado. In 1965, he started the season with the big league club, but only appeared in four games. His record was 12-13, with seven complete games to his credit and 119 strikeouts. José was selected as Red Sox Pitcher of the Year. In 1967. Dick Williams named José Santiago as his starting pitcher in the first game of the 1967 World Series. Santiago pitched a solid game, allowing the Cardinals just two runs in seven full innings. It was his misfortune to be paired against Bob Gibson, who allowed but one Red Sox run - a third-inning solo home run by José himself in his first-ever World Series at-bat. In 1968, Santiago appeared in just 18 games, every one as a starter. His record was 9-4 with a sterling 2.25 ERA. Dick Williams named Santiago one of his seven pitchers for the 1968 All-Star Game, but he developed tendonitis in his right elbow in early July and did not pitch in the game.
Santiago also managed the Puerto Rican national team for some time, and was pitching coach as well. During the 1980's, he served as Press and Publications Officer for the Sports and Recreation Department of the Government of Puerto Rico. In fact, after leaving major league baseball, José has been very energetic with an almost bewildering array of activity. Among other things he has been: Voice of the San Juan Senators for five years, General Manager and Voice of the Santurce Crabbers for almost 10 years, named Narrator of the Year three times, President of Little League baseball for 20 years, Manager of the Puerto Rican national team, Manager of a number of AA Amateur Baseball League teams, including Coamo, Juana Díaz, Río Piedras, Juncos, San Sebastian, and Río Grande, Pitching Coach for the Chicago Cubs Daytona Beach Class A team in 2000 and Voice of the Carolina Giants in the Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League team 2004-2006.
Francisco grew up playing baseball in the city of Boston. At an early age he discovered he’s love and passion for coaching and teaching the next generation what he has learned. A Hyde Park High School graduate, Francisco was a 2 time All-City participant representing his school at the annual all-star game played in the historic Fenway Park. He played his college career at Mass Bay Community College where he won the Sportsmanship Award of The Year as a freshman player.
As a coach, he has won a variety of awards at different levels. Francisco has the ability to teach all nine positions from his past experiences. He brings 10 years of coaching experience to the Dirt Dawgs; and he is now the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Randolph High School.
Arnold is the son of former Red Sox pitcher Jose Santiago (1963-1971) who pitch the 1st game of the 1967 World Series. Arnold signed with the Cleveland Indians in the 24th Round of the 1994 Amateur Draft. He played with the Indians from 1994-96, with the Cubs in 1998 and with the Royals in 1999. In 1995 with the Burlington Indians he led his team in hitting .285 and was elected to the Appalachian League All-Star Game. In 1997 with the Meridian Brakemen of the Big South League (Independent League) Arnold led the league in hitting .371, in RBI’s with 53. Arnold was named league MVP and still holds the Big South League record of hitting 4 home runs and 12 RbI’s in one game. He retired from baseball with a .290 career average. Arnold from 1994-2004 played winter ball back in his hometown Puerto Rico with San Juan, Ponce, Caguas and Mayaguez teams. Back there he was able to played with MLB players like, HOF Roberto Alomar, Carlos Delgado, Carlos Baerga, Edgar Martinez, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Javier Vazquez , Javy Lopez, Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, Sandy Alomar Jr , Alex Cora, Joey Cora and many more, his career average in the winter league was .313 and his 1st winter league hit was against lefty Billy Wagner and his last against lefty JC Romero. Also played minor league baseball with Bartolo Colon, Manny Ramirez, Russell Branyan, Sean Casey, David Ortiz, Vladimir Guerrero and many more, his 1st minor league hit was against RHP Kevin Millwood.
He attended Indian Hills Community College in Iowa where he was the closer and first basemen from 1992-94. Arnold received several awards while at IHCC, 1992-93 All Team ROY, Conference ROY, JUCO 1st Team All-Star. He led the Conference in Saves with 24 and had the lowest ERA for a reliever 0.50 ( 79 SO in only 43.2 IP ), as a 1st basemen hit .398 with 9 HR and 37 RBI’s, played in the JUCO World Series. In 1993-94 All-Team Sophomore, Conference Player of the Year and MVP, 1st Team All-Star, elected to the 1st Team All American. Arnold hit .410 with 18 HR and 79 RBI’s and in the District Tournament was named MVP after hitting .556 with 3 HR and 15 RBI’s in 6 games. In 1993 was named College Player of the Year by (LAGA) Latin Athlete Golden Award, presented by Pepsi.
m I Grew up in Braintree and played AAU baseball for the South Shore Baseball Club Seadogs from age 8 to 16. I went to Braintree High school and played Varsity baseball for the Wamps from 1999-2001. After high school I went on to play for Curry College and was a pitcher from 2002 to 2006. During and after college I played for two years in the Boston Park League and three years in the Yawkey League for the South Boston Saints.
Coaching Career: After I graduated from College I was the Assistant Varsity Coach of the Duxbury High School Softball team from 2007-2010. We went to the Div 2 state finals two out of the three years I was with the program. From 2007 till 2010 I was a pitching and hitting instructor for Frozen Ropes Training Center and I also coached the 14 Baseball AAU team. In 2011 I joined the Stoughton High School baseball program and was the JV coach from 2011-2013. Then in 2014 I took over as the Assistant Varsity Baseball coach for Stoughton High School and just finished up my third year with that Varsity.
Johanna is a female right handed baseball pitcher, born in Aguadilla, PR on October 29, currently living in Avon, Ma. Started to play baseball at Isabela, PR Little League at the age of 5 where she played till she was 16 years old all in boy’s teams. Named pitcher of the year 6 times, and also made several All-Star Games and All Star Teams in that frame. Stopped playing baseball at 16th because it was difficult for her to get a boys team to sign her to play. She kept on playing softball when she got to college playing as a short-stop and as a first base but did not pitched. On 2008 the 1st Womens Amateur Baseball League was created, and Johanna pitched on the League from 2008-2010 with the Arecibo Lobas and the Roosevelt Cangrejeras. Won three national titles in her three years of participation. Named the MVP player on two occasions. Pitched 18 games and finished undefeated with a perfect record of 18-0 in her five years of participation. Member of the Puerto Rico National Team that won Silver on the 1st Panamerican Tournament Held on Venezuela on 2009. Was the first pitcher from Puerto Rico to start and win a game internationally when she defeated in the first game the Venezuela squad. She left the game winning on the 5th inning on the final medal game, but Puerto Rico lost the game to Venezuela, she finish the tournament with 1-0. Member of the Puerto Rico National Team that won Gold on the 4th Cuban Olympic Games celebrated on Cuba on 2010, she finish the tournament with 1-0 and 1 save. Also member of the 1st Puerto Rico Womens National Team that participated in the World Cup held on Venezuela on 2010, she lost her first game as Womens baseball pitcher against Cuba and then won against Netherlands, finish the tournament with 1-1. On 2012 she started to practice at the Dirt Dawg Sports Facility in Canton, MA in order to prepare for the 2014 Team USA Tryouts she made it to the Top 40 on the nation. Johanna, graduated from Inter-American University in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s Degree on Criminal Justice on 2014 where she finished studying the last two years when she moved to USA doing on line classes. She is actually playing with Lobas de Arecibo womens baseball team in PR where she goes and play several times on the season. Also is the assistant-coach for her husband Alex Santiago on the 11's AAU Team, 12's Team and 16u Showcase Dirt Dawg Teams.
Awards and Recognitions
· 2009 MVP Lobas de Arecibo and (2) League Championships (2008-2009)
· 2009 Selected by the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee as the Women's Baseball Player of the Year.
· 2009 Nominated in Puerto Rico to ASES Sports Award as Female Athlete of the Year.
· 2009 Inter-American University in Aguadilla, PR Selected Female Athlete of the Year.
· 2009 Recognized in her hometown Aguadilla, PR as Female Athlete of the Year.
· 2010 Womens League Championship with Roosevelt Crabbers.
· 2014 Invited to USA Womens National Team Tryouts in North Carolina and California.
· 2015 Played on the Boston Mens League as a pitcher for the Boston Cardinals.
Graduate of Xaverian Brothers High School where he was a multi sport athlete. Rich was a standout player in both baseball and hockey in high school. Rich focused on Hockey at a younger age and was drafted by the New Jersey Devils of the NHL. His career was cut short by career ending leg injury. It was at this point that Rich’s passion for baseball took root. Rich has coached at all levels of the game for the past 31 year, certified at the Babe Ruth , Cal Ripken and Little League level. Rich has volunteered for the past 25 years to local programs and boards. Rich’s volunteer spirit stems from his mother’s passion for the game as she was the President and one of the founders of Stoughton Little League.
Achievements: 17 League Championships at the Little League, Babe Ruth ,Suburban and Hockomock Levels 3 Babe Ruth State Titles NEAAU Titles as well as various Tournament Championships Nationwide. 2013-2015 NEAAU 14u Championship.
Ed Hagerty is originally from Holbrook where he was a standout in both basketball and baseball. He earned the Patriot Ledger All Scholastic award 1993 & 1994, Enterprise All Scholastic 1993 & 1994 and the Boston Globe All Scholastic 1994. He went on to Curry College where he played baseball for the Curry Colonels from 1995-1998. As a Colonel he was named Rookie of the Year in 1995, Pitcher of the Year 1995, 1996 &1997. Ed tied the school record for a 17 strike out performance in 1997 and earned the title of Team Captain in 1998. He was also named Curry Scholar Athlete 1997-1998 and finished at Curry with a 20-9 pitching record. His coaching resume includes Stoughton High School Varsity Pitching Coach. Dirt Dawgs is proud to have Ed as one of our pitching instructor offering private lessons and clinics.
Players who take lessons with Kevin realize immediately his passion for the sport and his extensive knowledge of the mechanics of hitting. Kevin studies in detail each movement of professional baseball players on video then breaks down the mechanics to be able to teach players the proper body position to maximize strength and hitting angles. At Dirt Dawgs Kevin taught all instructors his method of hitting instruction so all of our instructors work together to build on the mechanics of hitting for all athletes. Kevin has helped many players, from several communities to become some of the most feared hitters in the region on the baseball and softball diamonds. Kevin has gained the respect of those associated with professional, collegiate, amateur and youth baseball programs. Kevin has committed his life to youth baseball and softball. His passion is clear as you see him working through a lesson or attending students games in and around the state. Experience Includes College Showcases – Nationwide Major Prospect Clinics in Puerto Rico for the past 8 years Hitting Clinics – Professional,College, High School and Youth Levels US-Puerto Rico-Domincan Republic
Kyle Graduated from Curry College with a degree in Business Management and was a 4 year starter at Curry College in Centerfield and on the mound. Kyle was the Stoughton High School varsity baseball captain 2009 & 2010, then went on as a freshman starting center fielder and pitcher for the Curry College Colonels. Kyle was named to the CCC All Conference Squad both his freshman and sophomore years, and was a part of the 2015 Curry College Baseball CCC Championship team, helping the team achieve the win with a walk off single in the championship game. Hes made his mark on the game with his ability to play the outfield both mentally and physically, hes been a successful hitter, and base runner at a high level and has had success on the mound as well and brings all his teachings and tips to the Dirt Dawg family. Kyle’s love for baseball started at a very young age. He currently shares his passion and enthusiasm for the game with current Dirt Dawg players and has boundless energy both on and off the field. And has also been given the opportunity to work with Stoughton High School, where he will volunteer as an assistant coach and help with the pitchers and outfielders as well.
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