Lance was a first baseman and outfielder for Austin Slam Baseball. A favorite memory of Lance playing Slam was that while sitting on the bench during a game, he ran out of the dugout and caught a foul ball in front of his back-up first baseman. He said that he just "reacted". Lance was full of energy as a teen and a great pleasure to be around.
He played college ball at Rice University before being drafted by the Houston Astros in the 1st round of the 1997 draft. Lance made his MLB debut in 1999 with the Astros and had a great career at Houston. He has received many awards through the Astros and Major League Baseball. Lance has also played with the New York Yankees and is currently with the St. Louis Cardinals where he was a 2011 World Series Champion!!
Matt played for Austin Slam Baseball since he was 13 years old. He was a pitcher and outfielder for Austin Slam. He graduated from McCallum High School in 1998 and was the 2nd round pick for the Atlanta Braves in 1998.
Tommy Boggs worked with him teaching pitching techniques since he was a very young boy. Matt has always had an incredible work ethic and it has paid off with his pitching at the Major League level.
Matt is currently with the Colorado Rockies. He had a fantastic 2010 and 2011 season with the Rockies as a specialty pitcher coming in during the late innings of games!!
Scott Ruffcorn was a pitcher for Austin Slam. One of our memories of Scott, besides being a dominant pitcher, was that he always brought bags of Hershey bars his mom sent for the team to every tourney. Scott always had a smile on his face.
Scott grew up in Austin and went to high school at Austin High where he was a standout baseball player. He was drafted out of Baylor University in the 1st round by the Chicago White Sox in 1991. He pitched in the Major Leagues with the Phillies.
Randy was a pitcher for Austin Slam Baseball. He went to high school in San Antonio and was with a group of boys who traveled from San Antonio to play Slam Baseball. He was a very hard-to-hit lefty pitcher.
Randy attended Florida State University. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 1997 draft by the New York Yankees. He made his Major League debut in 2000 with the Yankees. He has pitched for Arizona since 2004.
Ryan played outfield for Austin Slam Baseball for several years. He was very competitive on the field with a quiet determination. He would run out anything that he hit with a desire to beat out any throw.
Ryan attended Round Rock High School where his father, John Langerhans was his high school baseball coach. He was drafted out of high school in the 3rd round in 1998 draft by the Atlanta Braves. Ryan has played for Atlanta, Oakland and the Washington Nationals.
Stephen was a left-handed pitcher for Austin Slam. He was a tall force on the mound versus high school players.
Stephen pitched for the University of Texas. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 18th round of the 1995 draft.
Stephen made his major-league debut for Arizona in 2003 in relief against the Dodgers. He is currently with the Houston Astros.
Robbie was a left-handed pitcher for Austin Slam Baseball. There are many stories that we could tell regarding Robbie, but one of our favorites was when he was 16 years old and pitching against Todd VanPoppel in a tournament in Wichita Falls. There were many scouts in the stands and both pitchers were just blowing 90+ mph pitches past the batters. The stands were a buzz that day!
Robbie grew up in Austin and attended McCallum High School. He was drafted out of high school in the 1st round by the San Diego Padres in 1990. He pitched in the Majors with the Colorado Rockies.
Nathan was extremely tall on the mound. He was a forceful pitcher for Austin Slam Baseball.
He was drafted in the 2nd round by the Montreal Expos in the 1987 draft. He made his Major League debut in 1993. Nathan was a part of the following organizations: Montreal, Atlanta, Boston, St. Louis and Colorado.
J.D. Smart played many years with Austin Slam. He was a right-handed pitcher and shortstop for Slam and extremely competitive. During a tournament in Lake Tahoe he once had an opposing player slide into second and "take him out". An all-time most interesting Slam moment occurred after that incident.
J.D. pitched for the University of Texas. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 1995 draft by the Montreal Expos. He pitched for Montreal and the Texas Rangers.
Chris grew up in Baytown, Texas. He was a right-handed pitcher for Austin Slam. Chris was a great asset to the organization especially during tournaments.
He attended Texas A&M University. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 1st round of the 1994 draft. Chris made his Major League debut in 1997 for the White Sox.
Greg made his Major League debut during the 2008 baseball season. He was in the Phillies dugout through the 2008 World Series Championships! Greg was the Phillies number one pick during the 2004 Major League draft. He was an outstanding center fielder for Austin Slam Baseball and attended Connally High School. He began Slam as a "diamond in the rough" while a freshman in high school and has progressed to the Major League level with a lot of hard work and determination. Greg was gifted with incredible speed which is matched by very few even at the elite level. Greg was previously with the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees!! He has two World Series Championship rings one with the Phillies and one with the Yankees. He is currently with the Kansas City Royals.
Brent was a pitcher and outfielder for Austin Slam. His talent was always years ahead of his age group. Brent was very quiet but a force to be reckoned with on the playing field. Brent didn't just hit home runs. . .he hit absolute bombs! He was also an outstanding pitcher in high school. Brent was very reliable and a great team player.
Brent grew up in Austin and attended Westwood High School. He was drafted out of high school by Detroit in the 2nd round of the 2002 draft. He made his big league debut at center field for the Tigers.
Kevin grew up in Kerrville, TX where he was a standout high school athlete and graduated in 2002. He then attended Texas A&M University where he was a catcher. During his career at A&M he eventually became a closing pitcher for the team.
Kevin was drafted in the 4th round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He was traded along with two other players in 2006 to the Yankees for Gary Sheffield.
Kevin made his Major League debut on June 10, 2011.
Thomas was a 2006 graduate of Austin Slam Baseball. He throws right and bats right. He attended Texas State University in San Marcos.
Thomas was drafted in the 24th round by the Colorado Rockies in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his Major League debut on September 11, 2011 playing short stop for the Rockies.
Drafted by the Cardinals out of Brownwood High School in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft, Miller became one of the highest rated prospects in baseball. He was named the Cardinals' minor league pitcher of the year in 2010 and he participated in the All-Star Futures Game in 2010 and 2011.
Miller made his MLB debut on September 5, 2012 against the New York Mets, throwing two shutout innings, giving up one hit, walking none, and striking out four in relief.
Rick was on one of the original Slam Baseball teams in the early years of the organization. His younger brother, Adam, eventually played Slam as well. A fond memory of Rick was our trip with the team to a tourney in Memphis. We took the team to tour Graceland and Elvis' jets. In the evening the team sat around the pool and listened to Rick sing and play his guitar. Rick attended Texas A&M and while there he entered a singing contest which he won...thus began his singing career!
Aaron was a 2008 graduate of Austin Slam Baseball. He attended McNeil High School. Although he was a fantastic, speedy, baseball player, he was very highly recruited to play football. Aaron played 3 years of football as a corner for the University of Texas Longhorns. He was a part of many exciting games at UT including the National Championship game vs. Alabama where Colt McCoy went out injured.
Aaron was drafted as the 34th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2011 NFL Draft. He made his first interception during the 2011 season off Tim Teabow and the Denver Broncos.
Aaron has a younger brother who is currently in the Austin Slam organization.
Robbie Beckett-San Diego Padres
Matt Belisle-Atlanta Braves
Anthony Bryant-St. Louis
Brent Clevlen-Detroit Tigers
Christian Colon-Kansas City Royals
Todd Glaesman-Tampa Bay
Adam Hornung-California Angels
Erik Macha- Arizona Diamondbacks
Shelby Miller-St. Louis
Mario Ramos-Oakland A's
Stephen Randolph-New York Yankees
Wade Townsend-Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Kevin Whelan- Detroit Tigers
Gavin Wright-Houston Astros
Abe Woody- Cincinnati Reds
Lance Berkman-Houston Astros
Jonathan Burns-Atlanta Braves
Chris Clemons-Chicago White Sox
Randy Culp-Montreal Expos
Josh Elander-Washington Nationals
Micah Gibbs-Chicago Cubs
Greg Golson-Philadelphia Phillies
Mark Prather-Houston Astros
Dominic Ramos- Boston Red Sox
Rhett Riviere- Minnesota Twins
Scott Ruffcorn-Chicago White Sox
J.D. Smart-Montreal Expos
Brandt Walker-Houston Astros
Khalid Ballouli-Milwaukee Brewers
Randy Choate-New York Yankees
Wes Culp-Atlanta Braves
Runey Davis-Chicago Cubs
Mike Hardge-Montreal Expos
Drew Holder- Houston Astros
Blake Kelso-Washington Nationals
Kevin Keyes-Washington Nationals
Ryan Langerhans-Atlanta Braves
Nathan Minchey-Montreal Expos
Jeff Ontiveros-Boston Red Sox
Danny Peoples-Cleveland Indians
Andrew Prater- Pittsburgh Pirates
Keith Stein- Detroit Tigers
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