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.
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.
Chris Doty has more than 25 years of coaching experience in baseball and softball at the high school and junior high school levels, and an additional ten years of experience coaching Little League baseball and softball and Teener League baseball. He also has been a player/manager in a summer college baseball league in the Susquehanna Valley while he was playing first at Juniata College and then at Penn State’s Hazleton Campus. In college, he was a pitcher and a first baseman. Chris holds a BA from Penn State University, a M.Ed. from East Stroudsburg, and an MCCA from Concordia University in Irvine, California. He was an assistant baseball coach/pitching coach at Shamokin Area High School where they won the District IV title, the head softball coach at Wallenpaupack Area for five years, and most recently until 2017, the head junior high softball coach at Wallenpaupack where the junior Lady Bucks won nine division titles in 11 years and four Lackawanna League championships.