Central grad Serrano to share knowlege with baseball players
Jimmy Serrano worked hard to make his professional baseball dream become a reality.
Now, the Central High School graduate wants to help young baseball players in the Grand Valley with their dreams.
Serrano is directing his Top Prospect Baseball Camp on Oct. 22-23 at Skyline Indoor Sports Facility, 2522 U.S. Highway 6&50.
The camp is for boys ages 13-15 from 10 a.m. to noon, then for boys ages 16-18 from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $60 per person. Participants can register online at topprospectonline.com. Walk-in registrations will be accepted.
Serrano plans to teach all aspects of baseball with the help of other instructors, stressing pitching. His biggest goal with the camp is to inspire kids and encourage them to realize their goals.
The right-handed pitcher was drafted by the Montreal Expos, currently the Washington Nationals, out of the University of New Mexico in 1998.
He played for the Expos’ minor league teams for four years before he was traded to the New York Mets. He was traded to the Kansas City Royals, where he reached the major leagues in 2004.
“Baseball is set up in such a way, there is always another level to play and it’s a challenge to achieve,” Serrano said. “I tried to do my best. I put the work in to get to the next level. I never thought I couldn’t get there.
“Now, I have an opportunity to share that experience and knowledge I gained.”
Serrano became a free agent in 2005 and signed with the Oakland Athletics, but didn’t make the big leagues. He tried again with the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox before playing in Korea in 2006.
He made one final attempt to make the big leagues with the Florida Marlins organization in 2007 before retiring. He spent most of his baseball career in Triple A.
“I’m thankful for every opportunity I got,” Serrano said. “I was always told, make them take the jersey off your back. I’m trying to send the same message across to young players today.”
Serrano is living in California, Md., where he started a baseball instruction program for players aspiring to play at the college and professional level.
He is involved with coaching traveling teams.