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These players have been to Macomb Batting Cages along with many others, including over 50 All-State players.

Eddie Lara | Alex Avila | Nicholas Buss | Chris Getz | Jason Beverlin |
Jayson Ruhlman | Mike Moljewski | John Martinez | James Martinez |
John DiLaura |
Jon Kowalski |Jim Lipari | Justin Mazur | Steve Laudicina | Herman Petzold | Josh Kirsten | Chris Demetral | Brian Sikorski

Eddie Lara

16 Years as a Professional Ball Player:

  • Oakland Athletics (Minors): 1992-1999

  • Long Island Ducks (Atlantic League): 2000

  • Schaumburg Flyers (Northern League): 2001

  • San Angelo Colts (Central League): 2002

  • Newark Bears (Atlantic League): 2003-2004

  • Bridgeport. Atlantic City (Atlantic League): 2004

  • Edinburg Coyotes (United League): 2005-06

Alex Avila

Attended: University of Alabama
Drafted By: Detroit Tigers (5th Round- pick 163, 2008)

Was named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List (College Baseball Player of the Year) in 2008.

His Grandfather Ralph was a longtime scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers; and his father Al is Assistant General Manager and Vice-President for the Detroit Tigers.  He also worked here at Macomb Batting Cages for his first job.


Alex made his Major League Debut with the Detroit Tigers on August 6, 2009 against the Baltimore Orioles.  He hit his first career double that day, and the next day, hit his first career home run to right field at Comerica Park.

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Nicholas Buss 

Attended: University of Southern California
Drafted By: Los Angeles Dodgers (8th Rd, pick 247, 2008)

Earned All-Southern California and All-Pacific Coast Conference first team honors as a 2006 freshman after leading San Diego Mesa CC with a .382 (66-for-173) batting average.

Currently playing for the Inland Empire 66ers of the California League (Minor League team for the Dodgers).

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Chris Getz 

Attended High School at Grosse Point South High School where he was a 3 time All-Michigan selection in baseball and holds the South career records for batting average (.465), doubles, stolen bases, walks, and saves.

Played Baseball at the University of Michigan after transferring from Wake Forest. Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 2005 Draft.

Called up by the White Sox on August 9, 2008; and made his first appearance on August 12th where he collected his first Major League base hit.  On August 13th, he made his first career start at second base, where he went 1-3 with a base hit.

In November 2009, Getz was traded to the Kansas City Royals, where he became the backup second baseman. 

Click here to watch Chris Getz's first hit in the Major Leagues!

Jason Beverlin 

Selected in the 4th Round of the 1994 Draft by the Oakland Athletics.  The next summer, he was traded to the New York Yankees along with Ruben Sierra in exchange for Danny Tartabull. 

Jason was signed by the Anaheim Angels as a minor-league free agent after the 2000 season.  After one season in the Angels farm system, he became a free agent and was signed by the Cleveland Indians.

In 2002, Beverlin made his Major League Baseball debut. That year he played with both the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. He spent three of the next four seasons pitching in Japan with the Yakult Swallows and Yokohama BayStars. In 2007, he briefly played for the Buffalo Bisons, the AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

Jason is a former Macomb Batting Cages instructor, and he is currently the pitching coach at Georgia Southern University.

Jayson Ruhlman

Jayson graduated from L'Anse Creuse High School North in Macomb, Michigan in 2002.  He went to Central Michigan University to play baseball, where he went 5-4 with a 4.40 ERA in 2005.

In 2002, he was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 12th Round of the draft.  He did not sign, and instead went to Central Michigan.  In 2005, Jayson was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 23rd Round.

Jayson is currently playing for the Daytona Cubs of the Florida Southern League.  In the 2008 Season, he went 8-6 with an ERA of 2.84 in 48 appearances.

Mike Moljewski 

Attended: University of Miami- Ohio

Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 33rd round of the 2001 Draft.  Did not sign with the White Sox.




John Martinez

John played four years of varsity baseball at De La Salle, where he was a three year all-state selection.  In his senior year, he was selected to the state Dream Team.

His brother James plays baseball at Western Michigan University.  John is currently in his second season playing baseball for Michigan State University.


James Martinez

James played four years of varsity baseball at De La Salle, where he was a three-year starter in baseball. 

As a junior, he was named second team all-state in baseball.  As a senior, he selected to the state Dream Team and played in all-star game at Comerica Park, when De La Salle won the state baseball championship with a 36-5 record. 

Jimmy was also named the Macomb County Player of the Year in both baseball and football during his senior year.

His brother John plays baseball at Michigan State University.  James is currently in his second season playing baseball for Western Michigan University.

John DiLaura

John played four years of varsity baseball at De La Salle under Coach Brian Kelly.  In his Junior and Senior seasons, he was named to the First Team All-Catholic League, First Team All-District, and First Team All-Region.  He was also named to the First Team All-State and First Team Dream Team during his Senior Season.

His father, John, played collegiate baseball at the University of Toledo for four seasons.

Currently, John is a redshirt Freshman playing baseball at the University of Michigan.

Jon Kowalski

Michigan State University 

Jim Lipari

Bowling Green University 

Justin Mazur 

Justin is a 2005 Graduate of De La Salle Collegiate High School in Warren, Michigan.  He was selected to the 3rd Annual Negro League High School All-Star Game.

He was named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team after making a team-high 15 appearances (seven starts) and went 5-0 with a 5.58 ERA and 28 strikeouts.

He began the season with three straight scoreless relief appearances, including his first win Feb. 24 versus Northern Kentucky.  He posted a 4.10 ERA in his seven starts.

In June 2010, Mazur signed a Minor League contract with the Kansas City Royals, and reported to the Royals extended-season (Single-A) team in Arizona.

Steve Laudicina 

Steve earned three varsity letters in baseball at De La Salle.  During his Junior and Senior seasons, he earned All-District First Team, All-Region First Team, and All-State First Team Honors.  As a junior, he posted a 10-0 record with a 1.45 ERA and as a Senior, he posted a 7-3 record with a 1.04 ERA while striking out 120 in 72 innings pitched.

Steve is currently playing baseball as a Freshman at Western Michigan University.

Herman Petzold

Herman is a three-time letter winner at De La Salle Collegiate High School in Warren, Michigan.  While at De La Salle, he had a .331 career average, and was captain of the baseball team his senior season. 

In 2006, he received several honors, including team MVP, all-state, all-district, all-region, all-county, all-metro, and all-league.  In his junior season, he was all-district and academic all-state.


Josh Kirsten

Josh played three years of baseball at Ashland University (Ohio) and had All GLIAC honors.  While with the Eagles as a catcher/outfielder, he had a .345 batting average, hit nine home runs and stole 49 bases in his career.

He is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Ashland University baseball team.

Chris Demetral

Chris graduated from Sterling Heights High School in 1988 and attended college at Western Michigan University, where his younger brother Scott is the head baseball coach.

After his junior season at WMU, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 31st round of the amateur draft. 

In his first three years in the Dodgers’ farm system, he worked his way up from rookie ball to AAA, the final stop before the big leagues.

After six seasons in the Dodgers’ system, Demetral became a free agent and signed with the Texas Rangers, playing AAA in Oklahoma City for three years, before signing with the Detroit Tigers in 2001.  The Tigers released him nine days into Spring Training

After six seasons in the Dodgers’ system, Demetral became a free agent and signed with the Texas Rangers, playing AAA in Oklahoma City for three years, before signing with the Detroit Tigers in 2001.

Chris played for the Greek Olympic Baseball Team in the 2004 Olympics, and is looking forward to playing again.

Brian Sikorski

Brian attended Western Michigan University and obtained a degree in criminology. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1995 amateur entry draft by the Houston Astros.

Brian made his Major League Debut in 2000 with the Texas Rangers.  After one season with the Rangers, he made his Japanese Debut with the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Nippon Professional Baseball League.

In 2004, Brian played for the Yomiuri Giants.  In 2006, he signed a contract with the San Diego Padres, but during the summer of 2006 he was traded to the Cleveland Indians. 

On May 17, 2007, Sikorski's contract was sold to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. He signed to play for the Chiba Lotte Marines in 2008.