SWFL Announces Summer try – outs

SWFL/Saez Collegiate Showcase
Saturday January 16 at Terry Park – 9am – 3pm

The SWFL summer try – outs will be held in conjunction with the SWFL/Saez Collegiate Showcase named in honor of one of our own who passed away in 2014, Louis Saez, son of long-time SWFL Coach Pete and his wife Jessica Lynn Saez. “This is a great opportunity for us to honor the memory of one of our players, stay true to our mission statement to assist local kids in baseball endeavors and for the High School Senior to be seen one last time before his Senior season starts” said John Cedarburg, founding member of SWFL Baseball and Colorado Rockies area supervisor. “This is a great memorial for Louis; to have an elite travel baseball program recognize our son is a wonderful thing” said Pete Saez, father of Louis. SWFL Baseball is a not for profit Baseball organization that has a long history of assisting players from Southwest Florida and around the state of Florida. Hundreds of players have earned an opportunity to play college baseball and many have played professionally. The line-up of College Coaches and Professional Scouts is outstanding with all levels of college baseball represented: Read more

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SWFL Showcase November 14 at FGCU

This is the 22nd year that this Showcase will be run; the 17th year that SWFL has run this Showcase for the High School players that play in the SWFL fall league. The roster consists of players recommended by High School Coaches and Professional scouts and represents the very best players from the area. Numerous Major League players have played in this event including:

Riverdale HS – Tommy Watkins – 1998, North Ft. Myers HS – Jon Huber – 1999, Barron Collier HS – Chris Resop – 2002, North Ft. Myers HS – Jimmy Miller – 2004, Bishop Verot HS – Chris Johnson – 2006, Mariner HS – Casey Coleman – 2008, Port Charlotte HS – David Holmberg – 2009, Sarasota HS – Scooter Gennett – 2009, Mariner HS – Michael Zunino – 2009, Lakewood Ranch – Gus Schlosser – 2014

Five of our former players signed professional contracts this year:

Brendan Sanger – Anaheim Angels

Kyle Miller – Chicago Cubs

Drew Jackson – SF Giants

Aaron Rhodes – Anaheim Angels

Mike Zimmerman – Colorado Rockies

Congratulations to Brendan, Kyle, Drew, Aaron and Mike who started their professional baseball careers.

Many thanks go out to the Florida Diamond Club, FGCU Baseball, Glen Carnes umpiring for their support of SWFL Baseball. Admission is $5. Read more

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Southwest Florida Baseball Fall Invitational – September 12-13, 2015

The Southwest Florida Baseball Invitational is a round robin event that will feature a Pro’s Select Showcase on Friday September 11 with games being played on Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13. This event will feature the best teams in the state from 18U, 16U and High School divisions. This is the first weekend that college coaches can begin recruiting for the fall and this event has always been well attended by college coaches and professional scouts. Teams will play 3 games in a Showcase round robin format. The event will be held at Terry Park and the Player Development complex in Fort Myers, FL. Read more

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The rosters for the Southwest Florida Baseball program were announced yesterday. “The fall is an important season, especially for the unsigned seniors but it also gives the younger age groups a chance to compete and be seen by college coaches and pro scouts” said John Cedarburg, an area supervisor for the Colorado Rockies and a founding member of Southwest Florida Baseball – SWFL. “Many players get good looks in the fall that translates into college scholarships on down the road.” SWFL Baseball will run 4 teams this fall in the 15U – 18U age groups. “We’ll go hard for about 7 weeks and then the players need to shut it down and work on getting bigger, faster and stronger during the months of November, December and early January” said Bob VandeVenter, Board member and 17U fall coach. “They need to devote time to strength and speed training and get away from the game some” Coach Bob continued “let their bodies rest from the field but improve elsewhere.” Read more

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SWFL Baseball announces 2015 Fall try-outs

SWFL baseball is a nationally recognized and acclaimed travel ball organization that promotes baseball and players through travel baseball. Hundreds of former SWFL players that are currently playing in college and at the ML level have played for SWFL Baseball program. Our Coaching staff is widely regarded as the best and we are looking for the best players to compete and continue the SWFL Baseball tradition.

SWFL Baseball try-outs for their 15U, 16U, 17U and 18U fall teams will be held on Saturday August 22 at the Player Development Complex in Ft. Myers.

New players, click here to register.
2015 Summer Returning players, click here to register.

Registration will close on Thursday August August 20. Register now!

Check in will begin at 8:30 am. The 60 yard dash will be run at 9:15 followed by BP and I/O. Pitchers should be ready to throw a bullpen. Expect try-outs to last until 3pm.

Cost is $50 for new players, $25 for 2015 summer returning players. No Refunds given

15U, 16U, 17U and 18U teams will be formed from these try-outs.

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Bill Skarbek Memorial Tournament

June 5 – 7, 2015 Terry Park – Ft. Myers, FL

The Bill Skarbek Memorial tournament is named to honor one of the founders of Southwest Florida Baseball – Bill Skarbek. Bill was an active in the community and one of the leaders of youth baseball in the Cape Coral and Ft. Myers area. An FBI agent, a lawyer and terrific family man, he is survived by his wife Selina and 3 children. Read more

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SWFL announces 2015 summer rosters

Southwest Florida Baseball announced its rosters on Tuesday, “this is the initial draft of rosters, the Coaches will be looking for players to finalize their roster throughout the spring” said Clint Montgomery – Vice President of SWFL Baseball. “We’ll hold another try-out in May and be looking for players as the spring evolves.” In all, 34 players were selected to the 17U and 16U squads that will play a rigorous schedule with a total of 5-7 tournaments that will include 2 National tournaments. SWFL most recently won the 2014 Perfect Game Florida State Championships in July and went 4-0 in pool play at the PG World Championships in Jupiter in late October. Read more

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SWFL partners with Pro’s Select for summer try-outs

Southwest Florida Baseball will hold their summer try-outs during the Pro’s Select Collegiate Clinic January 10-11, 2015 at the Player Development Complex in Fort Myers.

The Clinic will feature 16 College Coaches and will have an instructional element to the 2 day event. “The Coaches will be there to assist and evaluate the players, it’s a working environment for all of the Coaches.” said SWFL Co-founder and Colorado Rockies Area supervisor John Cedarburg. “It allows the Coaches to interact and get to know the players and to figure out if they want to possibly recruit the player” Read more

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SWFL 2015 Commitments

SWFL Baseball is proud of our 2015 commitments. They have worked and earned the opportunity to play college baseball on scholarship. Congratulations!

2015 commitments:

Alex Goebel – Santa Fe State
Andrew Mink – Ave Maria U
Brandon Hernandez – Santa Fe State
Chris Berry – U North Florida
CJ Alexander – Ball State U
Cody Spencer – South Florida State
Danny Oberst – Indian River State College
David Dinorcia – Lemoyne U
Donovan Petrey – Florida State U
Garrett Bye – U South Florida
Garrett Zech – U South Florida
Jacob Silverstein – Bethune Cookman
John D’Amelio – Navy
Jordan Spicer – Polk State
Kevin Mitchell – Ave Maria U
Kyle Babb – Ave Maria U
Michael Iantosca – St. Anselm College
Parker McPhail – Belmont Abbey
Shane McClanahan – Charleston Southern
Thaddeus Ward – U Central Florida
Troy Bacon – U of Florida
Tyler Luneke – Brevard College – NC
Zuriel Collins – Charleston Southern

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SWFL 17U Grey captures Perfect Game Florida State Championship

img_03511The Southwest Florida Baseball 17U Grey team won the Perfect Game Florida State Championship behind good pitching, situational hitting and a patient approach at the plate. Troy Bacon pitched 6 innings of 1 run baseball, Thaddeus Ward threw 2 scoreless innings and Jose Valmana picked up the win with 1 inning of scoreless relief. Read more

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