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INDIANA BASEBALL CAMP

Dates

2018-19 Prospect Camps

10/21/2018, 01/13/2019

$160/$175/$200

Rising Grades 9-12 and Junior College Players

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2018 Fall Team Camp

09/23/2018

$400/team

As of 9/6, this camp is SOLD OUT

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2018 Fall Team Camp II

10/07/2018

$400/team

As of Sept.17 this camp is Sold Out

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IN CASE OF EMERGENCY DURING CAMP:

Contact Casey Dykes HERE

FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

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Register On-Line: Now Available!
2019 Summer Camp Brochure: Coming Soon!

All Indiana Camps are open to all and any entrants

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Dear Baseball Players,

Indiana Baseball Coach Jeff Mercer is thrilled to be in Bloomington, and excited to welcome you to one of his upcoming baseball camps!
While the summer camp season has concluded, there are a number of Prospect Camp opportunities for high school players. In addition, if you are interested in our 2019 summer camps for youths, we invited you to provide your email address and we will notify you as soon as next summer's camp dates are available!
This fall, Coach Mercer and his top-flight camp staff have two upcoming Prospect Camps to choose from -  Oct. 21 and Jan. 13. Open to any and all entrants, these camps offer the opportunity to high school aged players to be coached by Coach Mercer and his staff, and to be evaluated by college coaches. Each session has a limited capacity to ensure that you get quality instruction and are able to get the most out of your camp trip and experience.
Whether you're a youth who's just learning the sport or a high school prospect with aspirations of playing at the next level, Coach Mercer, his staff and players will give you the tools to help you make that next step.

We look forward to seeing you at camp soon!

2018 PROSPECT CAMP DESCRIPTIONS

2018 prospect camp (rising grades 9-12) - REGISTER NOW!

Oct. 21, 2018 or Jan. 13, 2019
Camp starts at 9 a.m.
 


Coach Jeff Mercer offers three prospect camps or high school aged players to choose from this summer and fall. Each session is designed to further develop each player’s skills and learn new techniques from Coach Mercer and his camp staff. Campers will be put through many of same drills used by the Indiana coaching staff. In addition to focusing in on the fundamentals of the game, these clinics will also allow campers to showcase their talent and receive instruction from some of the top colleges in the Midwest. Players will be then broken up into teams and they will be play in a formatted game. 

2018 PROSPECT CAMP SCHEDULES

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THE COLLEGE COACHES

JEFF MERCER
Head BASEBALL Coach, Indiana University

The predominant baseball program in the Big Ten, Indiana is ready to take another step forward with the arrival of Jeff Mercer as the 25th head coach of the Hoosiers baseball program.

Mercer, a native of Bargersville, Indiana, is widely regarded as one of the top young baseball coaches in the country. Known for his strength as a recruiter and talent developer as well as his innovative use of advanced analytics, Mercer was named the 2018 Horizon League Coach of the Year with the Wright State Raiders. Mercer has recruited exceptionally within the state of Indiana and Midwest, developed twelve players he recruited into Major League Baseball draft picks since 2015, and led Wright State to 77 wins, including six wins against ranked opponents in just two seasons as head coach.

"Predictably, we had very strong interest in this position," said Glass. "Jeff Mercer quickly rose to the top of an impressive field. I have no doubt that he is the right person to build on the success of Indiana baseball, including taking us back to Omaha.

Mercer takes over the Big Ten's premier baseball program. Since 2008, Indiana leads the Big Ten in total wins, conference wins and NCAA tournament appearances. The Hoosiers have appeared in the tournament in five of the last six seasons. No Big Ten program has accomplished that run since Ohio State (1991-95, 97).

"I have loved baseball and the state of Indiana my whole life and it is an honor to be the head baseball coach of the state's flagship institution," said Mercer. "With the talent that the Midwest is producing, top notch facilities, the commitment of the school, and our ability to recruit and develop players at the highest level, the sky is the limit for IU baseball. I cannot wait to get to work."

Mercer was named Wright State head coach in July of 2016 and was the first former Raider player to lead the program. In his two seasons at the helm, WSU posted a 77-38 record (.670; average of 38.5 wins per season), a regular season and conference tournament title along with an appearance in the 2018 Stanford NCAA Regional, and the program's first ever national ranking in 2017. Mercer's squads posted a 43-15 record (.741) in conference games over the two seasons.

Mercer brings a winning background to Indiana. In his time as a head coach (2017-18) and an assistant coach (2014-16) at Wright State, he has been a part of three Horizon League regular season and conference tournament titles, three NCAA appearances, and a combined record of 199-92 (.684). The Raiders won four NCAA tournament games over those three appearances, having reached the regional finals twice.

Mercer, who was a two-time All-Horizon League honoree in 2008 and 2009, returned to the Raiders as an assistant coach in September 2013. WSU set a school record for wins with 43 in 2015 and broke it again a year later with 46 wins. Mercer played two seasons at Dayton before transferring to Wright State, where he was a two-time first team All-Horizon League honoree as a first baseman. He was named to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper All-American third team in 2009 after hitting .357 with 26 doubles and 74 RBI. He was also named the Horizon League Player of the Year in 2009 and was named to the league's All-Tournament team after he tied the WSU single-season records for RBI, doubles, games played and games started. In 2009, the Raiders played in the Fort Worth NCAA Regional.

Mercer earned a degree in organizational leadership from Wright State in 2009. He and his wife, Stephanie, had their first child, Grady, born on June 20, 2018. Mercer’s father (Jeff Sr.) served as an IU baseball assistant coach from 1988 to 1989 and helped found the noted Indiana Bulls baseball organization..

Dan Held
Assistant Coach, Indiana Baseball

Dan Held was named an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the IU baseball program on July 11, 2018.

"I've known Dan for over 10 years,” said head coach Jeff Mercer. “He hired me for my first coaching job with the Indiana Bulls directly after college. Working with him over the years it became obvious he'd make a terrific recruiting coordinator. His experiences in professional baseball as a player and coach will translate well to our player development processes. His many relationships with high school and summer coaches will make for a smooth transition into leading our recruiting efforts."

Held comes to Indiana after serving as the Executive Director of the Indiana Bulls Baseball Organization. He brings nine years of pro baseball playing experience and 16 years coaching experience, including four in the major leagues, to the Hoosiers.

The Bulls is a travel baseball organization based out of Indianapolis that has had the goal of developing homegrown baseball talent in the state of Indiana. Held oversaw the organization, that as of 2018, had a total of 26 teams that ranged from eight to 18 years old. He was responsible for hiring all the coaches within the organization.

Since joining the Bulls organization in November 2006, Held has seen four Bulls players reach the big leagues. Those players include Tucker Barnhart, Micah Johnson, Alex Meyer, and Cameron Perkins. A total of 80 Bulls players have been drafted since Held took over club.

A 42nd round draft pick in 1993 by Philadelphia, Held played nine total seasons in the minors in the Phillies and New York Mets farm systems. He returned to the Phillies organization in 2002 as a hitting coach with Batavia (Short-Season A) and then served as a bullpen assistant with the St. Louis Cardinals from 2003 to 2007 where he was a member of the 2006 World Series Champions coaching staff.

Justin Parker
Assistant Coach, Indiana Baseball

Justin Parker was named an assistant coach for the IU baseball program on July 11, 2018. Parker will be responsible for the Hoosiers pitching staff.

"Justin and I played together in college, then were assistants together for several years, it's been very gratifying to see him become one of the best pitching coaches in the country,” said head coach Jeff Mercer. “Indiana University baseball is better in every way with Justin joining the organization. He is an incredible asset to our entire program, not just our pitching staff."

Prior to joining the Hoosiers, Parker served as the pitching coach at UCF for two seasons. He was formally named pitching coach for the Knights on July 18, 2016 after spending the previous six seasons with the Wright State program as an assistant coach.

During the 2018 campaign, Parker’s staff posted a 3.32 ERA, the eighth sub-3.50 ERA season in school history. Pitchers struck out 556 batters, good for second in program history behind 2001's 597, while the Knights set a new program record with 7.1 hits allowed per nine innings and gave up the third fewest hits at 405. UCF’s bullpen had a strong year as well, as Knight relievers inherited 74 runners this season and allowed just 20 to score. Thad Ward was a first team all-conference reliever with a 2.88 ERA and a team-high 52 strikeouts in 40.2 innings of relief this season.

Parker has consistently produced pitchers selected in the MLB Draft. Of his 12 draft picks, five have gone in the first 10 rounds. In just two years at UCF, Parker sent nine arms to the professional ranks.

Following the 2018 season, Parker and UCF had five pitchers selected in the draft, the most since 2002 and tied for the second most ever in school history. Thad Ward (5th Round, Boston Red Sox), JJ Montgomery (7th Round, Baltimore Orioles), Bryce Tucker (14th Round San Francisco Giants), Eric Hepple (27th Round, Colorado Rockies), and Cre Finfrock (29th Round, Toronto Blue Jays) each heard their names called.

Casey Dykes
Assistant Coach, Indiana Baseball

Casey Dykes was named the volunteer assistant coach for the IU baseball program on July 11, 2018.

"I coached Casey at Western Kentucky and then coached with him for a year, before he left to become the recruiting coordinator at Virginia Military Institute,” said head coach Jeff Mercer. “His outstanding track record of player development and tireless work ethic will be driving forces in our program's success. I'm thrilled to work with Casey again and we're very fortunate he's joining IU Baseball."

Dykes comes to Indiana after spending the last four seasons with the VMI baseball program. He worked with the catchers, hitters and served as the program's recruiting coordinator. He saw 14 of his players earn all-conference honors, five draft picks – including a school-record three underclassmen in 2018 - and his hitters paced VMI to two top-10 finishes in Division I home runs. His hitters posted 32 top-10 efforts among the VMI record books, and he coached two of the three players in school history to earn All-American honors.

During the 2018 season, Dykes’ protégé Matt Pita, who was named a Third Team All-American by ABCA, hit .389 with 14 homers, 21 doubles, 48 RBI, 23 steals and 163 total bases in his final year as a Keydet. He was drafted by the Yankees in the 12th round and also became the first VMI player to earn state Player of the Year honors in any sport. He also set new single-season school record in hits and total bases, while teammate Nathan Eaton – who was drafted in the 21st round by Kansas City – set a new school record in stolen bases.

Dykes came to VMI in 2015, after spending the 2014 season as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Western Kentucky. He worked with the outfielders during that time, in addition to heading up team operations, baseball camps and team nutrition, which he also did during the fall of 2013.

Scott Rolen
Director of Player Development, Indiana Baseball

Indiana baseball head coach Jeff Mercer has named former eight-time Gold Glove winner and seven-time National League All-Start Scott Rolen to his staff. Rolen will serve as the Director of Player Development.

As the Director of Player Development, Rolen will assist with on-campus recruiting in accordance with NCAA rules. In addition to collaborating with the coaching staff when preparing for practice and competition, he will also give valuable advice to players on lifestyle choices and making informed decisions when pursuing pro baseball careers.

"I couldn't be more excited to add Scott Rolen to our staff," said Mercer. "The impact Scott will have on the student athletes in our baseball program will be unique among college programs. The value for the staff and players, gaining knowledge daily from someone with such a historic career and who truly values the growth of young people, is special."

For his MLB career that lasted from 1996 to 2012, Rolen played with four clubs (Phillies 1996-02; Cardinals 2002-07; Blue Jays 2008-09; Reds 2009-12), was a World Series champion (2006), and a Silver Slugger Award winner (2002). He was a lifetime .281 hitter with 2,077 hits, 316 home runs, 1,287 RBIs and scored 1,211 runs. In 2011, he became just the fourth third baseman to have 2,000 career hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs and 1,200 RBIs, joining Mike Schmidt, George Brett and Chipper Jones in that group.

"I've enjoyed watching the success and development of IU baseball over the last 5 years under Tracy Smith and Chris Lemonis, " said Rolen. "Hopefully I can be a positive contribution to future successes here in Bloomington. I'm excited to be a Hoosier."

A native of Jasper, Ind., Rolen attended Jasper High School and was named Indiana's Mr. Baseball during his senior season in 1993. He additionally played basketball and tennis, and was a runner-up for Indiana's Mr. Basketball. He was drafted by the Phillies in the 1993 MLB Draft.