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From an early age, Michael Eaglin dreamed of being an athlete. Like most young men his age, he spent hours on the local playground practicing his jump shot, mastering his swing and learning never to drop the ball after a long pass in the end-zone. It wasn't long before the fireplace mantel was filled with awards and trophies from various little league teams throughout Northern California.
By the time he reached high school, Michael was a three-sport athlete -- excelling in basketball, baseball and football. Football was a sport that seemed to come naturally to Michael, his lightening rod speed and agility served him well. By the end of his senior year, he was a three-year Varsity Letterman and had earned All-League, All-State, East Bay Player of the Year and Blue Chip All-American honors as a Wide Receiver / Defensive Back.
But football alone wasn't enough for Michael, he needed something athletic to do during the winter/spring sports season -- he yearned to play sports all-year-round. First up was basketball and then came his favorite time of the year... baseball season. Baseball was where his love for the game and his athletic versatility came in. It quickly went from being a sport to fill time between football seasons, to a new found passion. Michael spent most of his little league career as a shortstop and this seemed to be just the right fit for his high school team as well. It wasn't long before Michael once again began piling on the accolades. He ended his high school baseball career as a four-year Varsity Letterman and was named to All-League, All Northern California and All-State teams -- and was named League MVP.
Throughout his high school career, major league scouts kept a close watch over Michael's successes. And upon graduation, the Chicago White Sox were first to seize the opportunity to draft him during the 1991 free-agent draft. Opting to go on to college rather than play professional baseball, Michael decided to accept an athletic scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley to play football. The terms of his scholarship also gave him the opportunity to play baseball for the university by his sophomore year. Unfortunately a change in the coaching staff nullified the agreement -- the new football coach would not allow Michael to play both sports. Feeling little choice and not wanting to give up his first love of baseball, Michael left Berkeley and was quickly signed to a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves.
In 1992, Michael began his professional baseball career with Atlanta, gradually advancing from Rookie Ball to Double A. Although he spent most of his early baseball career as a shortstop, in the minors Michael switched over to second base. Even with a new position on the field, Michael continued to earn praise -- he was once again named to various All-Star teams and was honored as the Most Outstanding Defensive Second Basemen throughout Class High A ball in 1996 while moving up within the Atlanta Braves organization. Finally after seven years with Atlanta, Michael decided to leave the Braves and signed as a free agent with the Chicago White Sox -- where he ended his baseball career.
In 1999, Michael decided to retire from baseball. Upon leaving Michael was looking for another occupation when a friend recommended that he take a position as a child-care worker at a home for troubled boys. Michael’s mild-mannered temperament and easy-going attitude proved to be just the right combination for the job. The boys at the home seemed to not only respond to him, but came to respect him as well. Soon, it became increasingly apparent that Michael had a gift for working with kids. With his athletic career behind him, Michael decided it was time to keep a promise he made to himself and his mother years before upon leaving UC Berkeley-- he wanted to return to college to complete his bachelor’s degree. And in 2003 he graduated from the University of California at Davis with a degree in Sociology.
From there, Michael pursued dual careers as an educator and a baseball coach. He first returned to his Alma Mater (De Anza HS) to assist in coaching both Baseball and Football. He then headed to the east coast and began training kids at The Baseball Center NYC in Manhattan, NY. Soon after a move to Washington DC had him taking on split duty between the B.A.T.T.E.R.-U.P. Foundation (Washington, DC) where he was the Director of Player Development and Pro Training and the Baseball Factory (Columbia, MD) where he gave one on one instruction to aspiring baseball players. In 2007 Michael was hired as scout by the Minnesota Twins Baseball Organization and would return to his childhood home of the San Francisco Bay Area to Supervise Northern California. Two years later he would move to his current residence of Los Angeles, California to take over the supervision of Southern California. After 5 years of scouting Michael felt it was time to move on and explore other avenues. So at the end of 2011 he decided to resign from the Twins and concentrate on his own baseball training company “E3 High Performance Baseball, LLC” which he currently owns and operates developing the tools of amateurs as well as professional ballplayers all over the state of California. Always present to Michael has been his desire to combine his devotion to work with young people and his first love --- Baseball.
Brandon Fredzess played baseball in Oakland, CA all the way up thru high school. He played as a middle infielder, 3rd baseman, and pitcher. He graduated from Oakland High School in 1999 and was scouted by the Kansas City Royals.
Following his stint with the professional organization, Brandon began coaching in 2008. He wanted to give back to the community and coached with the Richmond Little League. He had two undefeated seasons and continued coaching Little League through 2012.
Based on his success with younger kids, Brandon decided to fill the void for travel baseball amongst high school-aged youth. He created the Richmond Bulldogs, a program for boys 14 and up. The long-running program is still in existence and merged with Hit N run in 2017.
Brandon is currently known as Coach Fredzess, Varsity Baseball Head Coach at De Anza High School. Prior to his tenure, the program had only 3 wins for the season and now hold an undefeated league record of 10-0.
Ruben is a very talented baseball coach and has managed several championship travel baseball teams since 1989. Ruben played baseball at L.A.V.C and has shared his baseball experience / knowledge with many players through his program. Proud to say, a good amount moved on to become impact players for the minors, colleges/universities/JC’s. He’s enjoyed watching his high school players represent at D1 CIF Championships at Dodger Stadium consistently. His goal is providing resources and opportunities for all youth to become productive and caring citizens. A strong believer of incorporating life lessons through baseball such as: Character, Leadership, Accountability, Work habits, teamwork and positive sportsmanship.
T’Won Blake is a Richmond, CA native and a proud alumnus of John F. Kennedy High School. He played high school baseball and boasts a stellar record. After high school, he went on to play at Contra Costa Junior College before going to Upper Iowa University. At Upper Iowa, T’Won played two seasons as a catcher at the Division 2 level.
Following his collegiate baseball career, Coach Blake found success in coaching youth baseball. He believes that he acquired skills as a catcher that are critical to the mentality needed to be successful in the sport. He possesses 27 years of experience gained while playing at all levels. He enjoys teaching youth the overall structure of the game and the mechanics that support them for as long as they wish to play.
For the last four years, T’Won has coached baseball at Salesian was also a varsity baseball coach at Salesian College Preparatory High School in Richmond, CA.
Andrew Saenz is a collegiate baseball player. He was raised in the San Fernando Valley and joins TKP under the mentorship of his former coach Ruben Rodriguez.
He played throughout his formative years - youth, high school, and now college. Early on, he had a place on the rosters of two travel baseball programs, the Mid Valley Sharks and SoCal Bums. While attending Chatsworth High School, he played all four years where his team placed as City Champion Runners-up in 2014 and 2016. Andrew is currently a Pitcher for the Eagles, the LA Mission College team. The Eagles won the title of Regional Champions 2017.
Andrew is a welcomed addition to the TKP Huskies organization. His ability to relate to the players as a player himself is invaluable.
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Manuel Durazo is a native Angeleno who developed a love for baseball in high school. He played Varsity at Franklin High School and shared in many victories – Championship wins and All League accolades. In 1991, he was one of two players invited by Dodgers Head Scout, Mike Brito, to play on the Mexican National Team. This team played in the first national USA vs. Mexico tournament at the Mexican Red Devils stadium in Mexico City, Mexico.
Following high school, Manuel went on to play at Santa Monica College and Pasadena City College. He was a catcher and went All-American hitting .335 as a backup catcher at Santa Monica College. At Pasadena City College, he went 2 for 2 contributing to a monumental 5-2 win over Loyola Marymount in 1994. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from Azusa Pacific University.
Manuel is a devoted husband and father to Joaquin and Rebekah. Coached by their father, Joaquin is a TKP player and Rebekah is a nationally ranked catcher in softball for class 2021. Manuel brings to TKP a sincere love of baseball and mentorship. He believes his interest in the game is what helped him survive the gang violence of East Los Angeles and he seeks to pass along the knowledge gained to the next generation of young men.
Brian Edwards is a Northern California native. He started playing baseball at an early age and joined the team at Contra Costa Junior College in 1999.
He played Shortstop at Contra Costa JC. In his second year, he became a NoCal All Star. In 2001, he began attending Upper Iowa University. Upper Iowa University is a Division II school and where Brian played Shortstop and 3rd Base, 2001-2003.
Brian is a welcomed addition to the TKP Huskies organization. He remains close to the game, as he still plays on the weekends in his spare time.