Brenden Butler Verbally Commits to Upper Iowa!
Nov 14

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Brenden Butler, a 2017 INF/RHP from Oak Lawn, has verbally committed to Upper Iowa University!

Part of the program for the last couple of years, Brenden is a kid who takes complete advantage of what the Rhino program has to offer. He utilized the facility to put extra work in, rarely missed a practice and took pride in the speed, strength and agility sessions. 

On the field, Brenden has the ability to play multiple positions in the infield along with giving time on the mound. At the plate Brenden has the ability to drive the ball over the fence where he had multple home runs for us this past summer. 

Brenden will be coached by Brandon Hunt who is in his first year as the Head Coach of the Peacocks and prior handled the recruiting duties at Augustana.

Upper Iowa, a Divison II school, competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Brenden will join Rhino alumn Cody Ryan at Upper Iowa. 

Last year Upper Iowa went 18-29 overall and 14-22 in conference. 

Very excited for Brenden and it is great to see hard work pay off for this young man. 


Logan Schmitt Verbally Commits to Miami (OH)!
Nov 08

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Logan Schmitt, a 2017 RHP from Plainfield East, has verbally committed to Miami (OH) University!

Coming to us last year Logan was a projectable pitcher who was in the low 80's. Since he has developed into a mid to upper 80's arm with a plus changeup. 

His last three outings he has shut down Indiana Nitro, Cangelosi Sparks and Cleveland Indians Scout Team.

Miami (OH) is Logan's dream school and will be coached by Danny Hayden who is in his fourth year at the helm of the program. Coach Hayden is overseeing a $3 million project that will see upgraded locker tooms, offices and training and equipment rooms. 

The Redhawks went 27-29 overall last season including 14-10 in the MAC conference. 

Logan has a very bright future ahead of him in the classroom and on the diamond. 

We are very excted that Logan has the opportunity to pitch for his dream school.

Congrats Logan!

Jake Knoebel Verbally Commits to Webster University!
Nov 05

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Jake Knoebel, a 2017 INF from Plainfield East HS, has verbally committed to Webster Univerty!

Versatile in the field Jake can play 3B or 2B and has really improved his bat over the past year or so. 

He is a kid that you will be hard pressed not to find in the facility putting work in. He goes about his business quietly and lets his sucess be shown on the field.

Webster, a DIII school located in St. Louis, is headed up by Bill Kurich who has been the head coach for a decade. 

In 2015 the Gorloks finished 8th in the national poll which was the 4th consectitive year that they finished in the top 10 nationally.

Last season Coach Kurich saw four of his players make the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Spring All-Academic Team.

Congrats Jake!

Very excited you found a home you love.

Jeff Zack Verbally Commits to New Mexico State!
Nov 04

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Jeff Zack, a 2017 RHP from Romeoville HS, has verbally committed to New Mexico State!

Previously Jeff was verbally comitted to Tulane University but decommitted when there was an entire staff change. 

On the mound Jeff has been up to 91mph with a still developing skillset. He has a strong build standing at 6'4" and 195 pounds. 

Jeff is ranked 42nd overall in the state by PBR and 21st as a RHP. 

While at New Mexico State Jeff will be coached by Brian Green who will be in his third year at his alma mater. Coach Green turned the program around from a 11-38-1 record in his first year to a 34-23 in his second. 

Coach Green and his staff have also been recognized by Collegiate Baseball as having the 33rd ranked recruiting class in the country outpacing schools such as Tennessee and USC and just behind Virginia and Texas A&M. 

Congrats Jeff!

Very excited for you and your family. 

New Balance Baseball and Program 15 Announce The Future Stars Series Regional Directors and Partner Programs
Oct 12

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New Balance Baseball and Program 15 Announce The Future Stars Series Regional Directors and Partner Programs

Global athletic leader New Balance and Program 15, the premiere baseball player development and training system, have announced New Regional Directors and Partner Programs for the Amateur Baseball Future Stars Series.

The Future Stars Series is the initiative between New Balance and Program 15 to elevate the game of baseball by providing amateur baseball players across all economic levels an opportunity to reach their full potential through the training, development, and guidance of former MLB players, scouts, and coaches.

In a grassroots effort to reach as many undiscovered players as possible, New Balance and Program 15 have announced the addition of 22 Regional Directors and Partner Programs to The Future Stars Series.

Regional Directors

Regional Directors will be the single voice for their region to bring players and teams together. They are charged with finding and selecting The Future Stars Series travel baseball teams to play in regional tournaments and to evaluate players for the opportunity to advance to the Super Regionals. Each director is chosen based on their merit and baseball experience as a player or coach and development ability.

Partner Programs

Partner programs are alliances with amateur baseball clubs and training and development facilities throughout North America that will participate in series tournaments and become part of the Future Stars Series and Program15 family.

The following Regional Directors and Partner Programs part of The Future Stars Series.


Regional Director

– Sean Travers, Ontario Blue Jays, Mississauga, ON


Partner Program

– Johnny Bess, Colorado West Lookouts Baseball, Colorado Springs, CO


Regional Director

– California Academy of Baseball, Folsom, CA

Partner Programs

– Darren Nicholson, Hit Lab, Dublin, CA

– Chico Aces, Chico, CA


Regional Director

– Mike Eaglin, The Factory Baseball, Los Angeles, CA


Regional Director

– Ryan Robinson, Next Level Baseball, Tallahassee, FL


Regional Director

– Greg Blaesing, Andy Zwirchitz: Rhino Baseball, Chicago, IL

Partner Program

– Hensley Baseball, Eau Claire, WI


Regional Director

– Chris Pool, Louisiana Knights, New Orleans, LA

Partner Program

– Louisiana Legends, Lafayette, LA


Regional Director

– Jason Aspito, Director- US Elite Baseball, N Huntingdon, PA

Partner Programs

– Northeast Pride Baseball, Hawley, PA 

– Backyard Academy, York, PA


Partner Programs

– Marucci Elite Texas, Houston, TX 

– James Bills, University Of Baseball, Leander, TX 

– Phenom Baseball, Dallas, TX

– Citius Baseball, Corpus Christ, TX


Regional Director

– Ed Riley RBI Warriors, Worcester, MA

Partner Program

– New England Ruffnecks, Northboro, MA


Regional Director

– Billy Hayes – Showtime Baseball, Vancouver and Seattle, WA


Regional Director

– Nate Perry – Prospects Baseball Network/Midwest Prospects, Cincinnati, OH

Program 15 President and Director of Development, Jeremy Booth said, “This is an impressive group of men to lead their regions as we move into the next wave of stars. Each member of the alliance is chosen carefully and puts the player ahead of themselves, which is the only way it should be. The collective of this group has already been responsible for dozens of first round draft picks, and thousands of college scholarships for young players and The Future Stars Series will continue to build on that momentum”.

For assistance with connecting teams and players with Regional Directors

For the latest Future Stars Series updates and announcements follow @ftrstarsseries on Twitter.

To learn more about New Balance baseball, visit, and follow @NB_Baseball on Twitter and @Nbbaseball on Instagram.

About Program 15:

Program 15, based in Houston, TX is built on the idea of quieting the noise and helping families to navigate the paths of proper instruction and development plans for all youth players with aspirations of playing baseball beyond high school and select ball levels through the execution of personalized development plans for each player. To learn more about Program 15, please visit

Keep up-to-date with all of the latest Program 15 news and announcements on Twitter @Program15BB.

About New Balance: 

New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. New Balance is the only major company to make or assemble more than 4 million pairs of athletic footwear per year in the USA, which represents a limited portion of our US sales. Where the domestic value is at least 70%, we label our shoes Made in the USA. New Balance owns five factories in New England and one in Flimby, U.K. New Balance employs more than 5,000 associates around the globe, and in 2015 reported worldwide sales of $3.72 billion. 

To learn more about New Balance, please visit and for the latest press information please visit Keep up-to-date with all of the latest New Balance news on Twitter @NewBalance and newbalance on Facebook.

Media Contact 

Company Name: New Balance

Contact Person: Carrie Kabat 


Phone: 617-783-6710 

Country: United States 


Media Contact 

Company Name: Program 15 

Contact Person: Rachel Allen 


Phone: 713-242-1662 

Country: United States 


Zach Carney Verbally Commits to Wabash Valley College!
Oct 11


Zach Carney, a 2017 OF from Kimberly HS, has verbally committed to Wabash Valley College!

Zach is a player who is going to tremendously benefit from the junior college route. He has a great skillset that needs to continue to develop. In the field Zach plays a fantastic outfield and has an arm that gets up to 87mph.

At the plate Zach has reworked his swing and brings a ton of potential with it which shows when he hit .600 with 2 doubles and was named to the Perfect Game Kernels Foundation All Tournament Team. Zach is also ranked as the 14th best '17 OF in the state of Wisconsin by Prep Baseball Report. 

Zach will be coached by Rob Fournier who has been the head coach at WVC for 19 years and has been a staple in the top 25 rankings, including 15 straight seasons. 

Most impressive is Coach Fournier's ability to help his players continue onot 4 year schools or the MLB draft. Just this past year he saw 6 of his sophomore players commit to DI schools including Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana State, Eastern Illinois and Western Kentucky. He also saw 5 players drafted in 2016 and 6 in 2015. 

Very excited to see the continued progression of Zach at a fantastic college that focuses on the classroom and future of their players. 


Cody McArthur Verbally Commits to Missouri Western State!
Oct 08


Cody McArthur, a 2017 catcher from Tinley Park HS, has verbally committed to Missouri Western State!

On the diamond Cody is one of those kids that you would take an entire roster of because he plays the game the right way. Behind the dish he is a great defensive catcher with a plus arm that work great with pitching staffs. At the dish Cody shows some pop in his bat with 3 HR his junior year for Tinley Park. Cody was an all conference catcher his sophomore and junior years. 

Perfect Game named Cody to multiple All Tournament Teams including the 2015 WWBA Kernals Foundation Championship in Iowa and the 2016 WWBA 2017 Grads in Georgia. 

Cody will be coached by Buzz Verduzco who is in his 18th season as head coach at MWSU, a Divison II program. Coach Verduzco came from Washington State where he was the primary recruiting coordinator for the Division I program. Overall Coach Verduzco has a 501-368 record and has seen three of his players selected in the MLB draft. 

MWSU recently completed a $7 million dollar spring sports complex which includes the all turf infield and lighting for the baseball field. They also have a $10.3 million dollar indoor sports facility that is also home to the Kansas City Chiefs training camp during the summer. 

Extremely excited for Cody and his family and think this is a great fit for Cody. 


Eli Kramer verbally Commits to Nebraska!
Oct 03


Eli Kramer, a 2019 OF/RHP from Hortonville HS, has verbally committed to the University of Nebraska!

Eli is a left handed hitter with an incredibly sweet and simple stroke that is easily repeatable. He has very quick hands through the zone which results in constant hard contact and 90+ exit velo. He is a fantastic outfield with high end speed. On the mound he is low to mid 80's. 

Prep Baseball Report has Eli ranked as the best OF in Wisconsin in his class and 15th OF overall in their entire coverage area. 

Eli will be coached by Darin Erstad, a three time Gold Glove winner in the MLB and a Nebraska alumn. Coach Erstad was also a No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 MLB draft along with a two time All-Star. 

Entering his sixth season as head coach of Nebraska Coach Erstad has made two trips to the NCAA Tournament and qualified for the Big Ten Tournament each year. Last year he coached his team to a 37-22 overall record and a 16-8 record in the Big Ten. 

Eli becomes the second Big Ten player to come out of Rhino Baseball along with Brad Littleton who is in his freshman year at Indiana. In Wisconsin, Eli will be only the 3rd player in the 2019 class to make his verbal committment. As a program, Eli becomes the 76th player to commit to play college baseball. 

Very excited for Eli and his family. Tremendous fit at Nebraska!


Gavin Lovesky Verbally Commits to Mizzou!
Sep 12

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Gavin Lovesky, a 2017 3B/OF from Lockport Township HS, has verbally committed to the University of Missouri!

Gavin is an very gifted athlete that has lightning quick hands at the plate. His exit velo has been up to 108mph and he is a sub 7.0 runner with an arm that is up to 95mph from a running start. 

Prep Baseball Report has Gavin ranked as the 3rd best 3B in the state and the 35th overall player. 

Gavin will be coached by Steve Bieser who is in is first year at Mizzou. Previously Coach Bieser was at SEMO where he helped lead them to a NCAA Regional last year. 

Mizzou has had 15 conference titles, 15 NCAA tournament appearences and 6 CWS appearences. They have also had big league names such as...


Ian Kinsler and Max Scherzer wear the Mizzou logo. 

Gavin is the 2nd SEC commit in our 2017 class and the 6th player overall to commit in that class. He also becomes the 75th layer since 2013 to go on and play college baseball. 

Very excited for Gavin and his family. 


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Aug 22

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Wyell Woods Verbally Commits To Eastern Illinois University!
Aug 22

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Wyell Woods, a 2017 OF from Marian Catholic HS, has verbally committed to Eastern Illinois University!

On the diamond Wyell is one of the more athletic players you will see. He brings a lot of tools to the table including 6.7 speed, 90+ exit velo and a 85+ arm. 

Prep Baseball Report had Wyell ranked as the 17th best OF in his class and the 107th overall player. 

Wyell be joining Rhino alumn Jordan Walden at EIU and both will be coached by Jason Anderson.

Coach Anderson took over the program last year and is looking to build on a 15-39 record. As the top assistant at EIU for three years


before taking the top spot, Coach Anderson saw two of his players drafted to MLB teams. 

With his committment, Wyel becomes the 5th Rhino player in the 2017 class to make his verball committment (4 of them Division I) and the 74th Rhino player since 2013. 

Very excited for Wyell and the opportunity in front of him. Congrats!

Mike Edwards Verbally Commits to Wisconsin-Milwaukee!
Jul 27

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Mike Edwards, a 2017 RHP from Oak Forest HS, has verbally committed to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee!

At Oak Forest, in his junior year, Mike finshed with 51 2/3 IP, 52 K, 6 BB, and a .619 ERA. 

Because of his dominating year, Mike was named to the IHSBCA All-State Team. 

On the mound Mike has been up to 88mph with a plus changeup that keeps hitters off balance. 

Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a DI program in the Horizon League. Last year UWM finished 2nd in the conference to Wright State. As a staff last year, Milwaukee finished near the top of the conference in many pitching categories including opposing BA (3rd), batters struck out (1st), saves (1st), runs allowed (2nd) and HR allows (1st). In 2015, Milwaukee saw three of it's players drafted in the MLB Draft. 

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While at UWM Mike will be playing against Rhino alums Noah Masa (UIC), Drew DeMumbrum (Oakland) and Matt Bottcher (UIC). 

Mike becomes the 4th 2017 committment from Rhino Baseball including the 3rd Division I player along with the likes of Jeff Zack (Tulane) and Chad Cwik (Arkansas). 

Congrats Mike, we could not be more proud of you and plan on seeing you do big things at UWM!

Eddie Wilkins Verbally Commits to University of Illinois Springfield!
Jul 04

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Eddie Wilkins, a 2017 RHP/1B from Reed-Custer HS, has verbally committed to University of Illinois Springfield!

In his junior year Eddie helped Reed Custer to a state championship in which he was a 1-2 punch on the mound with fellow Rhino player Brent Headrick (ISU commit). 

On the mound Eddie has been up to 86mph and with his arm slot shows some arm side run to his ball. 

UIS is a DII program that competes in the GLVC. Last year the Prarie Stars went 28-23 overall and 15-13 in conference. 

Eddie will be pitching on a brand new turf infield as UIS has raised $270,000 out of a goal of $1 million dollars which will include the turf infield and a enhance the team locker room and clubhouse and multi-cage covered htting facilty. 

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Whle at UIS, Eddie will be coached by Chris Ramirez who is in his third season at the Helm of the Prarie Stars. Coach Ramirez came from Texas A&M- Corpus Christi where he recruited three nationally-ranked classes. 

Eddie had multiple schools that wanted him to pitch for them but in the end he loved the school and coaches and knew this was the right fit for him. 

Congrats Eddie, very excited for you and your family!

7u and 8u NEWS FOR 2016/17 Season!
Jun 27

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Three Championship Appearences and Undefeated Events This Weeekend
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Rhino youth teams added three more championship appeareances this past weekend along with 12u North and 16u North having strong showings as well. 

9u East takes 2nd at GameDay USA Deep Dish Classic - Lost against Top Tier in 'Ship

9u North takes 1st at Mokena Blaze Father's Day Tourney - Beat Mokena Blaze in the 'Ship

14u North takes 1st at GameDay USA Deep Dish Classic - Beat Top Tier Black in 'Ship

12u North went 4-0 in the I-94 Round Robin with wins against Ralwings Hitters White, Downers Grove Longshots and Elite Baseball.

16u North went 4-0 at the 2018 CSA Showcase beating the STiCKS, Illinois Indians, Longshots Navy and NW Indiana Elite. 

Solid weekend by all!