The mission of Southwest Florida Baseball – SWFL – is to provide high school players with a quality baseball experience, an opportunity to be seen by college coaches and professional scouts. We want to develop the players on the field and assist them in becoming young men. John Cedarburg, Dave Fore and Bill Skarbek are the original founders of SWFL baseball and have set it up as a not for profit organization. Our board members are Russ Schropp, Glen Carnes, Ryan Horton and Clint Montgomery. All have extensive backgrounds in amateur baseball. SWFL baseball is active in the community by running a fall league, baseball tournaments and clinics, a golf tournament and travel teams in various age groups. Our sponsors are Every Athletes Edge and Carrera Bats. EAE is a nutritional supplement group that promotes a healthy life style through an organic blending of herbs, vitamins and amino acids. Visit their web site at www.everyathletesedge.com and get the edge. Carrera Bats offer high quality wood and BBCOR bats for all age levels.
The Southwest Florida Baseball travel teams have been on the move since 1993 showcasing baseball players for college coaches and professional scouts alike. SWFL will feature travel teams in 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U and 18U travel circuit and each team will attend 5-6 showcases or tournaments. The SWFL baseball program has garnered numerous National, State and World titles over the years; most recently this past summer the 16U team Coached by Clint Montgomery and Bob Vandeventer collected 3 Championships including the 2013 Perfect Game Memorial Day Championship!
College coaches and professional scouts have noticed Southwest Florida baseball players over the years as 237 players have received scholarships or opportunities to play because of the SWFL fall league or a travel teams. 21 2013 graduates will have the opportunity to play collegiately as a result of the SWFL program. 54 alumni have had the opportunity to play or are still playing professional baseball including the 20rd overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft Jon Crawford - DET. Sean Brady – 5th – CLE, Cameron Griffen – 23 – PIT and Audrey Santana – 38 – CWS were drafted and signed professional contracts. Michael Zunino – Seattle, David Holmberg - ARI made their ML debuts this summer along with Scooter Gennett – MIL. All 3 are off to good starts in their ML careers. Another SWFL graduate – Chris Johnson has been battling all year for the NL Batting title. Good luck to our pros and we wish all of our SWFL graduates the very best in their baseball careers.
As you can see, the Southwest Florida Baseball program is successfully meeting their stated mission to assist young men to further their baseball careers. We thank you for your interest in Southwest Florida Baseball and look forward to seeing you at the ball park.