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The baseball journey for Max Valencia began at Balboa High School in San Francisco, CA. He was a 4-year Varsity Starter and was named Player of the Year in 1988. He went on to play in Northern California at Skyline and Chabot Junior Colleges before embarking on his professional baseball career.
Max was signed as a Free Agent to the San Francisco Giants (1991) and California Angels organizations (1992-93). He played in the Northern Independent League (1994-96), trained with the Atlanta Braves (Spring 1994), and played Winter Ball in Columbia, South America (1994).
In 1997, Max founded Take It ToThe Max Baseball, a coaching organization that he continues to operate today. He has served as a Pitching Coach for the Varsity Teams at Monte Vista High School and De La Salle High School. Additionally, he was the Manager and Pitching Instructor for the California Warriors 18u Elite Travel Team in Northern California (2014-16).
His love for the game, coaching, and the development of players enabled him to segue into professional scouting. Beginning with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1997, Max scouted thousands of players. His keen eye for talent has supported the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels and the Kansas City Royals.
The Factory Baseball is pleased to have Max on the team. His invaluable experience, knowledge of developing players with a professional career in mind, and genuine love for the sport, serves as a tremendous contribution to the program.
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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.
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.
Adonis Harrison was drafted out of high school in 1994. Skilled with a left handed swing and a keen eye at the plate, he was able to forge a long career in professional baseball. He played first with the Arizona Mariners and at only 19 years of age, moved on to Wisconsin. After appearing in 54 games, he then played in the California League and played with Lancaster. While there, he put up a .350 average in 40 at bats.
In 1997, Adonis was sent back to Wisconsin where he played an entire season. At the end of that season, he received a promotion to the Orlando Rays, AA team. His stint was so successful, that he was named The Best Defensive and Most Exciting Player by Baseball America when he was 21 years old. The momentum continued and earned him a spot on the AAA Devil Rays in Tampa Bay.
Adonis offers to our players a wealth of knowledge and experience. As a draft pick right out of high school, he is his own best example of what players will need to ensure short and long term success. This alone is invaluable.
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.