Steve Pinto, Owner
STEVE PINTO is a former minor league hitting, third base and bench coach. In 1996, Steve was an outfielder/first baseman for the North Atlantic League champion Catskill Cougars. He played four years of professional baseball. In 1997, Steve served as third base coach for the Northern League’s Cougar franchise under current NY Mets Triple-A manager Wally Backman and was the teams’ hitting coach the following year under former Detroit Tigers outfielder and hitting coach Gates Brown.
Steve started Pro Prospects Training Center in December, 1997.
Tony Diaz Director of Skill Development (PA Facility)
Pro Prospects is excited to announce that Tony Diaz will be rejoining the staff beginning June 2013 after a seven-year stint running a baseball training facility and coaching youth travel baseball in South Florida. From 2007 through 2011, Tony was head instructor and part-owner of Baseball City U.S.A. in Coconut Creek, Florida. His coaching resume coaching duties at North Broward Prep, head coach of the South Florida Blaze from 2009-2011 and head coach of the Parkland Pokers from 2010-13.
During his playing days, Tony was a four-year starter at Division I Sacred Heart and was the team’s starting center fielder on the 2006 squad which made the NCAA Regionals.
Tony was a full time instructor at Pro Prospects from 2006-2007.
Stephen C Gamma, MS, ATC CSCS Director of Sports Performance
Stephen C Gamma, MS, ATC, CSCS holds a Master of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Idaho and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Stephen is a former Minor League Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coach and recipient of the 2010 Appalachian League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award. Stephen is the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Mount Saint Mary College (NY) and Director of Sports Performance at Pro Prospects Training Center (NY). Stephen has presented research (poster) at the 2014 FWATA Annual Symposium and 2015 World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy World Congress. Publications include the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, The Sports Digest, STACK Media and Joeygreanystrengthandconditioning.com.
Eric Lenz is currently the Varsity Assistant for the Wallenpaupack Area baseball program & has been coaching at the high school level for the past 13 years. He is also a Health & Physical Education teacher at Wallenpaupack Area Middle School & a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He played high school baseball at Hazleton Area, reaching the District 2 championship in back to back years in 1996-1997 & was named the team’s “Defensive Player of the Year” as a senior. He played at the collegiate level at Division II East Stroudsburg University as a walk-on catcher from 2000-2001. Eric joined the staff in September, 2016.
Coach Ebrahin is the newest member of the Pro Prospects training team and a native the Carribean island of Curacao, a baseball hotbed and home to a large number of professional ballplayers. He was an outfielder in his native country and also played ball overseas in The Netherlands. In addition to providing skill and position-specific instruction, Coach Ebrahin holds a degree in sports management and has a strength and conditioning background.
After playing high school ball at Delaware Valley, Coach Sam earned a roster spot at East Stroudsburg University as an outfielder and corner infielder. He has spent the last 14 years coaching various levels of youth baseball and softball in the area and is currently the president of the Wallenpaupack Area Little League.
BARBARA VERRASTRO, Fast Pitch Instructor
Barbara Verrastro is currently an assistant coach at Lackawanna College. She played collegiate ball for Division I St. Peters University and Lackawanna, where she earned numerous awards, including EPAC Player Of The Year two years in a row and EPAC 1st-Team All Conference and NJCAA Region XIX All-Region Team honors. During her sophomore campaign, Barbara led Lackawanna to the NJCAA Region XIX Championship and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. At St. Peters, Barbara helped the program improve each season and posted wins over conference rival Rider University and No. 53-ranked University of North Carolina Greensboro. Barbara is a 2015 graduate of Lakeland HS in Jermyn, PA, where she played Varsity Softball for four years. She played the game with an incredible amount of drive and passion and has made it her mission to give back to the game that has shaped her and given her so many friendships and opportunities.