DR Elite Baseball Camp

Team Members

All of our instructors  have years of experience playing, coaching, scouting and managing at the professional level.

Danny Ramirez

Danny Ramirez

St. Louis Cardinals Scout & Baseball Instructor

Danny currently works for Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals organization as the club’s New York City metro area scout evaluating college, high school, and local amateur league talent. Danny has nearly 30 years of experience as a player, coach, and scout throughout the Northeast. He has coached and managed at many levels.

From 2013-16, Danny served as an associate scout for the New York Yankees, evaluating New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County talent under the Yankees legendary local scout Cesar Presbott.  Prior to joining the Yankees, Danny completed the MLB Scouting Bureau’s Scout Development Program in Tucson, Arizona.

In between his time as a big-league scout, Danny served as head coach at Saint Peter’s University, members of the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). In his three seasons at the Jersey City, NJ institution, over 20 Peacocks earned MAAC All-Academic Team accolades, with one honoured as an All-MAAC Team performer. 

Danny was a member of the coaching staff at Monroe College from 2006-2016. Two years prior, the program transitioned from a Division III program into one of the top NJCAA Division I programs in the Northeast. Ramirez served as the infield/outfield coach, strength trainer, and associate head coach/pitching Coach.

In 2012, he founded the New York Giants Youth Baseball Club in his community on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The organization gives aspiring baseball players and inner-city youth an opportunity to learn the game and be active in their community, as they are guided towards improving themselves academically, socially and athletically. In collaboration with Major League Baseball and several other organizations, the New York Giants Youth Baseball Club is able to provide trips to other states, historical sites, camps, clinics, professional baseball games, and many other activities for area children and teenagers.

Danny currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Hunter College.

Humberto Sanchez

Humberto Sanchez

Boston Red Sox, Dominican Academy Pitching Coach

Humberto currently works for Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox organization as a pitching coach in the Dominican Republic, where he focuses on developing future MLB players. For nearly a decade Humberto has trained and developed baseball players in the United States and internationally.
As a player he was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth round of the 2000 MLB Draft out of South Bronx High School in the Bronx. However, he did not sign, instead choosing to attend Connors State College. Following an excellent season in 2000, the Detroit Tigers drafted Sánchez in the 31st round of the 2001 MLB Draft.

After posting an 8–1 record, and winning NJCAA Region II Pitcher of the Year in 2002, Sánchez signed for a bonus of $1 million, and began pitching in the Tigers minor league system in 2002. In 2003, he was named to the Midwest League’s mid-season all-star team. He was third in the league and tied for fifth in the minors with 78 walks. In 2004, Sánchez was promoted to the Double-A Erie Seawolves. He was second in the Florida State League with three complete games. Sánchez was named the fifth best prospect in the Detroit organization following the season by Baseball America. He pitched for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League following the 2005 season, posting a 1–0 record and 2.15 ERA in six starts. He was named the sixth best prospect in the Detroit organization following the season by Baseball America.

In 2006, splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A, Sánchez struck out 129 batters in 123 innings, while giving up only 97 hits. It was the third year in a row in which he struck out at least a batter an inning. He was the starting pitcher for the World Team at the All-Star Futures Game. He also earned International League Pitcher of the Week honors.

By 2006, Sánchez had become recognized as one of the best pitching prospects in the game, and on November 10, 2006, the Tigers traded Sánchez, along with minor league pitchers Anthony Claggett and Kevin Whelan, to the New York Yankees for slugger Gary Sheffield. Sánchez underwent Tommy John surgery in the spring of 2007, sidelining him until the 2008 season. On September 15, 2008, Sánchez was called up by the Yankees, and he made his major league debut three days later in relief against the Chicago White Sox. He struck out one batter, Paul Phillips, the first batter he faced in MLB. With the Yankees, Sánchez made two one-inning appearances, allowing one run (4.50 ERA). Sánchez was released by the Yankees on April 25, 2009 to make room on the roster for Mark Melancon, but was re-signed to a minor league deal with the organization on May 5. On November 9, 2009, he was released again by the Yankees.

In 2010, Sánchez joined La New Bears, a Taiwanese professional baseball club in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. Sánchez last played professionally during the 2011 and 2012 seasons for the Camden River sharks of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Richie Benes

Richie Benes

New York Mets, Minor League Hitting Coach

Richie currently works for Major League Baseball’s New York Mets organization as a Minor League Hitting Coach. Richie has over 25 years of experience as a player and coach throughout the United States and the Dominican Republic.

He has served as the hitting and infield coach at Saint Peter’s University, members of the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and for the Danbury Westerners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Richie is a former professional baseball player who played numerous seasons in the Kansas City Royals organization. He was selected by the Royals in the 23rd round of the 1996 First Year Player Draft. Richie has also played in several professional leagues such as the Can-American League, Northeast League and the Texas-Louisiana League.

James Mondesir

James Mondesir

Baseball Instructor

James is a former professional baseball player who played numerous seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. James has also played in several international professional leagues such as the Colombian Winter League and the Can-American League.

James is a popular well established baseball coach in the Northeast training players of all ages on the fundamentals of baseball. James that puts pitchers, catchers & hitters through intense MLB style workouts, training & conditioning and instruction to help with the development of their baseball skills. Pitchers go through a full shoulder program the concentrates on the strength of the rotator cuff and scapular that will prevent fatigue and injury and will increase strength, velocity and endurance with the pitching arm. Catchers go through the same shoulder program as well but also work on hitting, throwing form, blocking drills and also how to manage a pitching staff.

Over the course of nearly 15 years, he has held positions as Head Pitching Coach, Head Coach and Head Conditioning Trainer with prominent universities and private high schools in the tri-state area. He currently provides private lessons in Westchester County and holds annual baseball clinics in the Dominican Republic

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