I came to LVBA in early high school, and spent several years playing shortstop for LVBA Director and Coach, Dylan Dando. My only regret is that I could not join the Academy sooner, as I quickly realized the positive impact that the program had on both my physical skills and mental toughness. After a few years of competitive training and tournaments, I was seen and signed by Division-1 Fairleigh Dickinson University (along with two of my LVBA teammates) while playing shortstop for the Academy’s 18U travel team. The next summer, I was selected in the 41st round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, the same team that would later draft me in the 40th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. It’s difficult for me to imagine having the opportunity to play under scholarship at two different colleges (D-I FDU and D-II Pace University), and to be selected twice in the MLB Draft, without the discipline, instruction, and overall preparation that I received at LVBA.