Juan Romero Baseball Camp

A Grand Slam in Southwest Florida since 1988

A Grand Slam in Southwest Florida since 1988

A Grand Slam in Southwest Florida since 1988A Grand Slam in Southwest Florida since 1988

CAMP HISTORY- MLB PLAYERS

MARTY CASTILLO

BOBBY ESTALELLA

MARTY CASTILLO

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  • Member of the 1984 World Series Champion Detroit Tigers. Played 3rd base and catcher at the MLB level, all with the Tigers, from 1981-1985.

GENE CLINES

BOBBY ESTALELLA

MARTY CASTILLO

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  • Outfielder of the 1971 World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Geno also played with the Mets, Cubs, and Rangers. Former MLB Hitting Coach with the Mariners, Brewers, Giants and Cubs. He has also worked as an advisor and as a player development coach with the Giants and Dodgers.

BOBBY ESTALELLA

BOBBY ESTALELLA

BOBBY ESTALELLA

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  • Started his  Major League career as a catcher  with the Phillies in 1996. Bobby also played with the Giants, Yankees, Rockies, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays during his nine years in the show. 

JULIAN JAVIER

JEFF MONTGOMERY

BOBBY ESTALELLA

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  • This St. Louis Cardinals superstar won the World Series in 1964 and 1967.  Considered among the top 50 players  to ever wear a Cardinal uniform, he played there from 1960-1971 . The two time All-Star finished his career with the Reds in 1972. His son Stan Javier enjoyed a long MLB career and the WS Championship with the Oakland A's in 1989. 

JEFF MONTGOMERY

JEFF MONTGOMERY

JEFF MONTGOMERY

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  • Primarily a closer, Jeff pitched from 1987-1999 in MLB, mostly with the KC Royals and briefly with the Cincinnati Reds. A three (3) time All-Star, in 2003 he was inducted as a member of the Royals Hall of Fame. Jeff is currently a Royals broadcaster with the Fox Network in Kansas City.

LANCE NIEKRO

JEFF MONTGOMERY

JEFF MONTGOMERY

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  • Played for the San Francisco Giants from 2003-2007 as a first baseman. Son of former Houston Astro pitcher Joe Niekro and nephew of Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro. Lance is currently the Head Baseball Coach at Florida Southern College, where he has been the skipper since 2012.

ARIEL PRIETO

ERIC RASMUSSEN

ERIC RASMUSSEN

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  • Former MLB starting pitcher with the Oakland A's (1995-2000) and Tampa Bay Rays (2000). A coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2015-2017); Prieto started his career with the Cuban National team and was drafted by the A's in the first round in June, 1995.

ERIC RASMUSSEN

ERIC RASMUSSEN

ERIC RASMUSSEN

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  • Former MLB pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres and the KC Royals. Has also coached professional baseball with the Minnesota Twins organization for many years.

CHUCK RICCI

ERIC RASMUSSEN

VICTOR RODRIGUEZ

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  • Pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1995, as part of an eleven year professional career as a player. Chuck is  currently the Tampa Bay Rays National Scout for Amateur Baseball.  Previously he scouted for the Cleveland Indians. He was an actor in the movie Major League II. 

VICTOR RODRIGUEZ

VICTOR RODRIGUEZ

VICTOR RODRIGUEZ

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  • A veteran coach of the JRBC, Victor has proven to be a valuable mentor to Major League hitters. Current Assistant Hitting Coach of the Cleveland Indians. His son, Victor Jr., is the South Florida Scout of the Tampa Bay Rays. See complete biography in Coaches Section.

COOKIE ROJAS

VICTOR RODRIGUEZ

COOKIE ROJAS

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  • His family followed in his footsteps. Victor is a broadcaster with the LA Angels, Mike was the 2018 manager of the KC Royals AA club and has MLB coaching experience. Grandson Mikey was a catcher at Nova Southeastern University and at Auburn. See complete biography in Coaches Section.  

MIKE VENAFRO

VICTOR RODRIGUEZ

COOKIE ROJAS

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  • Former Major League relief pitcher with the A's, Rays, Rockies, Dodgers, Rangers and Twins.

CARMEN CALI

CARMEN CALI

CARMEN CALI

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  • Product of Gulf Coast LL in East Naples. See complete biography in Coaches Section.

DON CARMAN

CARMEN CALI

CARMEN CALI

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  • Product of LL Baseball in Oklahoma. See complete biography in Coaches Section.

CHRIS RESOP

CARMEN CALI

STERLING HITCHCOCK

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  • Product of North Naples LL. Seen here with son Colton in 2016. See complete biography in Coaches Section.

STERLING HITCHCOCK

STERLING HITCHCOCK

STERLING HITCHCOCK

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  • Former pitcher with the NY Yankees, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and the St. Louis Cardinals (1992-2004). In 1998 he was the National League Championship Series MVP while pitching for the Padres and he also competed against the Yankees in the World Series that year.

CASEY WISE

STERLING HITCHCOCK

CASEY WISE

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  • A long time Naples resident, Dr. Casey Wise played four seasons at the MLB level with the Milwaukee Braves, the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. He was an infielder with the Braves in the1958 World Series vs. the NY Yankees. Casey passed away in Naples in 2007. 

LUIS TIANT

STERLING HITCHCOCK

CASEY WISE

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  • One of the best AL pitchers from 1964-1982, Tiant won 229 games, most by a Cuban born pitcher in MLB history. Considered by many as the best 20th century pitcher not yet in Cooperstown, he is currently in 3 Halls of Fame, including the Boston Red Sox (1997).

PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS & COACHES CONTRIBUTING TO THE JRBC

2012 JRBC WINTER SUPER CAMP STAFF

CARLOS ALFONSO

A long time contributor to the JRBC, Carlos played primarily in the Houston Astros organization, with a brief stint with the Cincinnati Reds AAA club in Indianapolis. Graduate of Naples HS. See complete biography in Coaches Section.

DOMINIC BLANCO

This former JRBC camper and Gulf Coast HS grad, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners and also played with the Minnesota Twins organization. 

MARK CARDILLO

This former JRBC camper and Barron Collier HS grad, played at Villanova University before playing professional baseball in Italy for several years. In fact, he went back to Italy in 2018 to work with the Italian National Team. Mark was also a member of the Naples Select Club coached by Tom Resop and Coach Romero in 1999.

TED CORBIN

One of the best SS to ever play in Collier County (BCHS), Ted advanced to the AAA level with the Minnesota Twins. He also played at Auburn and at Clemson.

GREG DAVID

The 1985 first round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays, Greg played at the AAA level with the San Diego Padres. The Barron Collier grad played JV for Coach Romero in 1982 and Varsity for Coach Bob Smith the next three years. 

RONNIE DECK

He played in the Tampa Bay Rays organization and at Oklahoma Christian University . In addition, Ronnie has coached at different levels, including several years as bullpen catcher with the Baltimore Orioles.  Current Head Baseball Coach at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. 

JRBC 2008 Winter Super Camp Closing Ceremonies.

KIT FOWLER

This former JRBC camper and long time  JRBC Coach is currently a pitcher with the Schaumburg Boomers in Illinois. The Lely HS grad also played at St. Pete State College and at Tennessee Tech University. Kit is a product of Gulf Coast LL in East Naples.

JIM GAITIN

He advanced to the AAA level with the Cincinnati Reds organization as a catcher in the late 1960's. Competed with a guy named Johnny Bench behind the dish. 

JOHNNY GORDON

This former Lely HS CF played for Coach Romero. After competing at Warner Southern College, Johnny played in the Detroit Tigers organization. He is also a product of Gulf Coast LL in East Naples.

DAVID GUTHRIE

A current NBA official, David starred in baseball and basketball at Hoover HS in Alabama. He later joined the NC State baseball team before playing in the Cincinnati Reds organization. 

ADAM JOHNSON

Former OF in the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago White Sox organizations, he advanced to AAA. Adam is considered one of the best hitters ever at Barron Collier HS. He also played at UCF with brothers Eric and Andy. The product of North Naples LL is currently an Assistant Coach at BCHS.

ERIC JOHNSON

A former catcher of the Colorado Rockies organization, the  Barron Collier HS grad also played at UCF with brothers Adam and Andy. Eric is a product of North Naples LL.

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MICHAEL JOHNSON

  • A product of Golden Gate American LL. Please see complete biography in Coaches Section. 

JASON LOUWSMA

  • A clutch performer at FGCU, Jason also played in the Cincinnati Reds organization. He was a terrific hitter and fielder, playing SS and 3B with the Eagles.  Coach Romero had the pleasure to be one of his coaches in 2005 and 2006 at FGCU. The Sanford, FL athlete is also a product of Manatee CC.  

ROLLIE R. RICE

  • A Naples resident since 1955, Rollie has influenced countless young men during his long and illustrious coaching career. This legend, who was the first Collier County Parks and Recreation Director,  played in the St. Lous Cardinals organization. 

JOE ANTHONY RIVERA

  • The lefty pitcher is a graduate of St. John Neumann HS. Joe pitched at Berry University before being drafted by the Texas Rangers. In addition to the Rangers, he was a hurler in the Frontier  League while playing at Traverse City, Michigan. He has also played  professionally overseas in Europe and is currently an assistant coach at SJN HS.

MIKE ROJAS

  • Current Manager of the Caracas Lions in the Venezuelan Winter League and 2018 AA Manager of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KC Royals). Mike has also coached at the MLB level with the Detroit Tigers and the Seattle Mariners. Former catcher in the Oakland A's and the Toronto Blue Jays organizations.

JOE SADELFELD

  • A rare two sport college star at Ohio State. Joe competed in baseball and basketball as a Buckeye. He signed a professional contract with the San Francisco Giants but an arm injury cut short his dream of playing at the MLB level. A retired teacher with the Collier County School District, he also coached numerous sports during an illustrious  career.

Dec, 2005-Turco, Clines, Cardillo, Alfonso, Cookie, Carman, Crouse, Duffy, M Rojas, Murphy, & Romero

JEFF SCHAUS

This former JRBC camper and Barron Collier grad starred as an OF at Clemson University before a brief career in pro baseball with the LA Dodgers organization.

STEVE SINGLETON

Coach of the 2018 Florida State League Champion Fort Myers Miracle, Steve played in the Minnesota Twins organization for several years. He was also an outstanding infielder at the University of San Diego. Current Assistant Softball coach at the University of Texas in Austin.

JEFF SMITH

A long time contributor to the JRBC, Jeff was an outstanding baseball and basketball player at Naples HS. He was coached in both sports by his father, the great Tommie Smith. Another product of the Gulf Coast LL in East Naples. Please see complete biography in Coaches Section. 

JEFF TENBARGE

He was a 6th round draft pick of the Houston Astros from Evansville University in 1992 and played a few years in the Houston organization. Please see complete biography in Coaches Section.

TOM TYLER

Former AAA pitcher with the Kansas City Royals and the NY Mets. All four of his sons attended the JRBC, including Trent Tyler, who played for Coach Romero at Lely HS, then went on to pitch at Polk State College and at Florida Southern College. 

RYAN WILLIAMS

This former JRBC camper and Estero HS grad, was also coached by Coach Romero at FGCU and with the Naples Select Travel Club. Ryan is a former pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization.

Tim Cain giving the campers words of wisdom at the 2018 Winter Super Camp

TIM CAIN

  • Current Assistant Coach at Naples HS, Tim played in the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox organizations. He was also a pitcher at the University of Connecticut and started his career at Gulf Coast LL in East Naples.  

FRANK TURCO

  • Current Head Coach of the Canterbury Cougars. Coach Turco, who was previously the Coach at Estero HS, has won three consecutive state titles at Canterbury HS. He played at Berry College in Miami and was an infielder with the Texas Rangers organization.

NIELS STONE

  • This former JRBC camper and Gulf Coast HS grad played at Indian River State College before being drafted in the 27th round in 2018 by the Chicago Cubs as a pitcher. In 2019 he competed in Eugene, Oregon, home of the Emeralds (A). Niels, a product of North Naples LL, has also coached at the JRBC on multiple occasions.

OTHER NOTABLE JRBC ALUMNI

Jeff Heuerman

JEFF HEUERMAN

This former JRBC camper and Barron Collier HS grad played at Ohio State on the football team. He has been playing in the NFL as a tight end with the Denver Broncos since 2015. He was selected in the third round by Denver that year and the Broncos went on to become Super Bowl Champs!

BOBBY SPANO

This former JRBC camper and Barron Collier HS grad, played for Coach Romero in the 1996 Junior Olympics. Bobby, who went on to play at FSU and at FAU, eventually competed in the Florida Marlins Minor League system as an infielder. His BCHS team won the State Title in 1997. 

MATT PIERCE

This former JRBC camper and Estero HS grad, was a member of the Memphis Redbirds in 2017 (AAA Pacific Coast League Champs!). Matt has been a  pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals system for several years.  

ANDY D'ALESSIO

This former JRBC camper and Barron Collier HS grad played at  Clemson before  playing in the SF Giants organization. Andy is also a product of North Naples LL.

TYLER ROSS

This former JRBC camper and Barron Collier HS grad, was the LSU starting catcher before embarking on a professional career with the SF Giants. Tyler is also a product of North Naples LL.

David Peterson

DAVID PETERSON

This former JRBC camper was the 2017 first round draft pick of the New York Mets. David, who was a star pitcher at the University of Oregon, pitched at Binghamton, NY (AA) in 2019. He was invited to the Mets' Spring Training facility to compete for a MLB job in 2020.

MICHAEL WALKER

This former JRBC camper and Naples HS grad, currently plays as a kick returner for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL. He comes from a very athletic family. His father Mike also played in the NFL and uncle Pete Walker, the pitching coach of the Toronto Blue Jays, had a stellar career as a MLB pitcher. Michael, who played at Boston College, is also a product of GGLL.