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Keronn Walker

Hitting, All Defensive Positions, Pitching

Keronn Walker President and CEO of B.I.G Baseball Academy,  and currently the MLB Scout for the Chicago Cubs. 


Ricardo Ramirez

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Hitting, All Defensive Positions, Pitching

Ricardo Ramirez is a graduate of De La Salle Institute where he was a three-time letter winner in baseball. Named First-team CCL All-Conference his junior and senior campaign. Ramirez was the CCLLawless Player of the Year, and First-team Team All-area his senior year after batting .446 with 10 Homeruns and 43 RBI.


After high school Ricardo played 1B/3B for the University of Illinois – Chicago. At UIC Ricardo was a part of two Horizon League Conference Championships and one NCAA Division 1 regional (2017). Ramirez was also a Horizon League First Team selection in 2016.


Ramirez first signed a professional baseball contract with the Traverse City Beach Bums in the Frontier League then went on and signed with the Pericos de Puebla part of the Mexican Baseball League (LMB). Participated in the Liga Invernal Mexicana (LIM) and Liga Norte de Mexico (LNM)


Ramirez is currently the Graduate Assistant baseball coach at Roosevelt  University. Specializes in hitting and defense. 

Norberto Ramos

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Hitting, Infield, Outfield

Norberto Ramos played high school baseball at De La Salle Institute as a utility player, primarily in the infield. From there, Norberto attended Saint Xavier University where he played 3rd/2nd base and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Finance.

Prior to joining BIG, Norberto coached at the Bulls/Sox Academy for 4 years and was an Intern in the Ticket Offices for the White Sox Front Office during the 2017 season.

Norberto currently works at Saint Xavier University’s Office of Graduate Admission. He is also back in school working on receiving an MBA in Management and is an Assistant Coach for the baseball team at SXU, working primarily with defense and hitting. 

Connor Ryan

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Pitching

Connor played high school baseball at Lockport Township high school in Lockport, IL. He helped his team advance to a super sectional during his last year there in 2013. 


From there, Connor attended Prairie State Community College. During his only season there, he was elected All-Conference in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and All-Region with the Pioneers. 


From there, Connor went on to play at UIC for three years. In 2016 he was among league leaders in ERA (3.78) and opponent batting average (.253). In 2017 he appeared only out of the bullpen for the Flames. Connor posted a 3.10 ERA and 17 of his 22 outings were scoreless. The right hander lead the team in strikeout-to-walk ratio and was selected as the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week 3 times. In June of 2017, Connor was selected in the 8th round of the MLB draft by the Cincinnati Reds. He was the highest selected player from UIC since Curtis Granderson in 2003.


Connor has experience coaching, assisting in baseball camp development, and a history of developing players. He has assisted in directing the UIC winter baseball camps for the last 4 years now (pitching components). In addition to organizing these camps, he has also been an active coach at said camps. Connor has experience coaching athletes from the ages 6-18, but has more experience with athletes ages 12-18. Additionally,  Connor previously ran a velocity camp at UIC for kids who were interested in learning the science behind increasing their pitching and throwing velocities.

Rafael Briseno Jr.

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Hitting, Pitching, Infield, Outfield

Rafael attended Eric Solorio Academy High School where he was varsity captain. Rafael helped lead his team to win the first ever regionals and sectionals championship for the sport. Rafael was a utility player impacting the game at any position he played.

 

After high school Rafa went on to play baseball at Olive Harvey Community College and later suffered an ankle injury that made him to step away from the sport. 


Rafael has now come back to give back to the community and knowing what it takes to be at the next level he wants to help players accomplish their dreams and aspirations.

Teo Marquez

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Hitting, Infield

Teo Marquez is a Graduate of De La Salle Institute where he was a 3 year varsity starter and 2 time-letter winner in baseball.  Named First-Team CCL all conference after his junior and senior campaign. 


After high school Teo played SS/2B at Morton College. At Morton Teo led the team in hits (49) and batting average (.329) and went on to be named Illinois skyway 2nd-Team All Conference after his freshman season. In his second year at Morton Teo was 2nd on the team in home runs (4) and 2nd in RBI’s (33) and was named Illinois skyway honorable mention.


Teo will be playing baseball at Calumet College of St. Joseph this fall on a full scholarship while majoring in Criminal Justice.

Joey Marciano

Pitching

Joey Marciano is a graduate of Roberto Clemente High School. He went on to continue his education and baseball career at John A. Logan community college from 2013-2015 where he found much success. His freshman year he went on to go 8-2 with a 1.93 ERA and was named Great Rivers Athletic Conference Freshman of the year, Pitcher of the year and named to the Region 24 team. In his sophomore campaign at Logan, he went 7-4 with a 2.65 ERA. Was named Pitcher of the year for the second year in a row and named again to the Region 24 team as well as All-Conference.


After his 2 seasons at Logan he transferred over to Southern Illinois University Carbondale as he made an immediate impact as a weekend starter. His Junior year he went 4-7 with a 3.78 ERA in 79 innings pitched. His senior season he threw 46 innings and was drafted in the 36th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants. Marciano made a huge dent in pro ball as he was a 2X MiLB All-Star and named SF Giants MiLB pitcher of the month for the month of April 2018.


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Chris Wido

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Pitching, Catching, Hitting

Chris Wido is currently the assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator at Morton College in Cicero, IL. He primarily works with the pitchers and catchers. In addition to recruiting incoming freshman, he also assists his graduating sophomores in their transition to 4 year programs. He has helped over 20 graduating sophomores sign with 4 year programs. 


Chris is also the head coach for the Windy City Prospects of the Metro Collegiate League. Wido also has previous coaching experience with the Illinois Indians and Addison Braves summer collegiate teams.Wido began his college playing career as both a catcher/pitcher at Morton College, where he was a two-time All Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference selection. After graduating from Morton College, Wido signed to NCAA DI Chicago State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in psychology.

Derek Taylor

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Hitting, Outfield

Derek Taylor is a Chicago native attending Lake View High School graduating in 2010. After his senior year he continued his playing career at Western Oklahoma State College.  


Among doing the strength and conditioning at the BIG Academy Derek also specializes in hitting and outfield defense

Trevor Lane

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Pitching, Outfield, Hitting

Originally from North Bend Washington, Trevor attended the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and was an electric player for the Flames. 

Working primarily out of the bullpen, Trevor racked up an 8-5 record with 5 saves while leading the Horizon League in several statistical categories and being named to Horizon League Relief Pitcher of the Year in 2016.


He was then drafted by the New York Yankees in the 10th round with 308th pick in the 2016 MLB first year player draft.  Trevor was promoted to Double AA Trenton Thunder in the New York Yankees farm system in 2018. While Trevor expertise is pitching he also does lessons in hitting and defense, with experience stemming from his time as a two-way player at UIC.


Ernesto Irizarry

Hitting, Pitching, All Defensive Positions

Ernesto began his collegiate career at Joliet Junior College playing for  hall of fame coach Wayne King Jr. During his time at JJC the Wolves won the Division III World Series in 2008 and placed fourth in the National Tournament in 2009.  He earned All-Region honors in the 2010 season. After his 2010 campaign he continued his career at Roosevelt University where he became the single season home run leader ; going down in the books as HITTING the first home run in the Roosevelt University history.


Graduating in 2013, he became the bullpen catcher for the Windy City Thunderbolts in the Frontier League.  In 2014, he was then signed to play in for Los Patrulleros de San Sebastian in La Liga Béisbol Superior Doble A de Puerto Rico, retiring in 2016. In the summer of 2017 he was announced as the head coach for Dupage Angels in the Chicago Suburban Baseball League a semi-professional and collegiate summer league. He also was named Division Leader Coach at the Chicago Cubs youth camps. In 2018 he was named Hitting Coach for the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders.  He helped coach the team to their first Northwoods League Championship.


He is currently the lead assistant at his alma mater, Roosevelt University.

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