Technique Tigers Baseball Academy is the #1 Baseball Skill Development Program in CT. Our professional staff has over 100 plus years of playing/coaching experience. We are proud to be the longest tenure baseball academy available in Fairfield County, over the last 15 plus years our program has had national success and helped many players reach the college level and into professional baseball.
Technique Tigers Baseball Academy is located at 25 Lindeman Drive in Trumbull, CT. The academy consists of 8 full batting tunnels that can be transitioned into open space for defense and throwing in 2 minutes, three pro mounds, a weight room and all the sports specific equipment necessary to build strong young student athletes into healthy young men that understand the importance of health, education and discipline.
Our state of the art facility is 12,000 total square feet, with 10,000 square feet dedicated to baseball/softball training. In addition, Technique Tigers Baseball Academy has a 1,200 square foot second floor classroom/studio to hold meetings, go over film instruction, hold Tiger book classes or exercise sessions.
PIcTURES OF ACADEMY
Manny Torres (Director)
A strong leader and great role model who has the ability to responsibly direct today’s youth. Manny has worked with kids of all ages, as a School Teacher, Mental Health Worker, a Juvenile Detention Officer, an Elementary/Middle School Athletic Director, a Mentor and a Baseball Coach.
As you can see, Manny is in his chosen fields for the right reasons as he is more than passionate about working with area youth. It is simply the one and only career he can now see himself doing. Baseball is the vehicle to drive home, life lessons on and off the field.
Manny attended St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, where he played basketball and baseball. His real passion was baseball – and it showed. Manny was on Connecticut’s 1994 and 1995 All-State teams, and in 1995 was selected as both the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year and the USA Today Connecticut Player of the Year. The Texas Rangers selected Manny in the 28th round of the 1995 Amateur Baseball Draft but he chose to attend the University of Alabama on a baseball scholarship. During his time at Alabama, Manny was Freshman and NCWBA All-American and All-SEC (Southeastern Conference). He was a member of the 1996 SEC championship team, and 1996, 1997 and 1999 SEC Tournament Champions, and played in the 1996, 1997 and 1999 College World Series. In 2004, Manny was selected to the 10 Anniversary All-Jim Wells Team named for the Alabama baseball coach, Jim Wells.
Manny’s college career pitching record was an outstanding 21-4. He signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds – but after recurring injuries was forced to find a new passion in life. Thus came about his experiences working with kids and teaching the sport he loved all of his life — baseball.
In 2011 and 2012, Manny was the Pitching Coach/Strength Coach at Fairfield University.
One of Manny’s personal best accomplishments was receiving a B.S. degree from the University of Alabama, Human Performance 2001. Technique Human Performance was launched January 2020.Technique Human Performance designs weight loss programs for adults, in addition to the strength and conditioning programs for all who play with Technique Tigers.
Manny has trained over 700 plus baseball players ranging from ages 6 up to the Pro Level. Technique Tigers Baseball Academy provides cage rentals, private baseball/softball lessons, baseball academies, camps, clinics, and group workouts.
She’s been with the Tigers since the inception of the program.
Seeking a baseball league for her 10 year old son to play in brought Mickey to Seaside Park where she found a team practicing on Diamond 6. This led her to signing her son to play with the Mustang Division in the Christian Brotherhood League (“CBL”), a Pony Baseball Organization. She volunteered by keeping the scorebook for her son’s, and ironically, Manny Torres’ team. She was nominated and elected as Secretary for the following baseball year. In her 15 years with CBL, Mickey wore many hats serving as Team Mom, Secretary, Treasurer, Business Manager, Division Director and President for 25 Pony baseball and softball teams. During these years, she travelled with teams to New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica.
In 1994, Mickey assisted in bringing RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, a Major League Baseball youth program) to Bridgeport. She served as the Program Director for several years and was Business Manager for two teams that travelled to California (Senior Division) and Florida (Junior Division) to play in the RBI World Series.
Mickey worked 30 years for two big major accounting firms. She is currently retired.
Orlando Mercado (Instructor/Coach)
Orlando has been a Tiger instructor/coach since 2018. He specializes in training catchers. A 10 Year Pro, Orlando brings a ton of baseball knowledge to our academy.
Before joining Technique Tigers, Orlando was an instructor for an MLB Program Focused on Latin American Youth. A wide range of experience in all aspects of baseball he was also the head coach and catching instructor with MLB Elite Coach Development Program in Puerto Rico, Africa, France, Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
As a player, Orlando was drafted in the 6th Round of The MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamond Backs in 2003. After playing at all levels with Arizona from A-Ball to Triple-A, he signed with the Atlanta Braves and finished his 10 year professional career with the Los Angeles Angels.
Several of Orlando’s references are: Mike Scioscia, World Series Manager for the LA Angels, Bill Lachemann, catching coordinator for the LA Angels, Carmelo Martinez, hitting coach Chicago Cubs and Luis Matos, coach and manager for the LA Dodgers.
Matt Batten (Instructor/Coach)
Batten joined the Technique Tigers Baseball Academy staff as a seasonal instructor/coach. A former Tiger and a big time “winner”, Batten attended St. Joseph High School where he was a three-sport athlete playing football, basketball and baseball
Batten won the 2013 State Championship in baseball with a 20-5 record. He was Connecticut Post All-State Team, two-time all-FCIAC 1st team selection, named to CT Super 15 and won best glove award. Before high school, Batten was a member of the 2008 Shelton National Little League team that went to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Batten graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. Batten is the Bobcats All-Time Hit leader. In 2017, Batten posted a team high .305 average, .369 obp, as well as team high 57 hits, started in all 48, games played at shortstop and led the team with 15 doubles and 12 stolen bases. Batten put up a 3rd straight season of at least 25 RBIs, went 3-5 with 4 RBIs and 2 doubles in the game against CCSU on May 2. He also had 12 game hit streak from April 17- May 7, tallied 15 multi-hit games, had an 11 game hit streak from Feb. 26- March 24 and posted 6 multi-RBI games.
Batten was selected in the 32nd round of the 2017 MLB Draft to the San Diego Padres.
Avery Santos (Coach/Strength & Conditioning General)
Avery joined the Tiger coaching staff in 2019. He attended Trumbull High School and lettered two years.
During his senior year, Avery earned First Team All-FCIAC honors leading the Golden Eagles to the FCIAC Championship game…Was a captain and hit .474 BA, 7 HR’s, 9 2B’s and 19 RBI’s, along with posting a 6-1 pitching record a 1.80 ERA and two shutouts…Was selected to play in the Connecticut vs. Massachusetts All-Star Game.
Prior to UConn Avery spent two years at UConn Avery Point…Reached the Division II College World Series in 2015…Hit .291 with seven doubles, one triple, two home runs and 24 RBIs in 37 games…On the mound, Santos pitched 4.2 innings in four appearances…Recorded a 1.80 ERA and struck out four batters…In 2015, he enjoyed a good freshman year, playing primarily at 3rd base and DH, where he batted .294 with 27 RBIs and three HR’s including a 3-run walk off home run to beat Monroe College…Made the Dean’s list in 2015.
2019 Season: Pitched in 12 games during senior campaign, all out of the bullpen. Went 1-1 with nine strikeouts in 11.0 innings of work. Fired 2.1 scoreless innings at College of Charleston (2/23). Retired all three batters he faced vs. Hartford (3/26). Back-to-back scoreless innings against Northeastern (4/10) and Memphis (4/13).
2018 Summer: Appeared in 10 games and made eight starts for the Port Angeles Lefties in the West Coast League… Logged 40.2 innings and one save while recording 28 strikeouts… Earned the win at Victoria (June 15) with 5.0 shutout innings… Tossed 3.0 shutout frames at Yakima Valley (July 18)… Ended the season with a quality start vs. Portland (Aug 5) by firing a season-high 6.0 innings and allowing three runs.
2018 Season: Appeared in five games and registered 6.2 innings with a 8.10 ERA and pick up four strikeouts…First appearance back from Tommy John came at Wichita State (April 15) with an inning of work…Twirled a scoreless inning vs. Tulane (April 28)…Rattled off two scoreless innings and posted a career-high two punch outs vs. Sacred Heart (May 8).
Vinnie Arjune (Coach)
Vinnie has been a Tiger coach since the inception of the program.
Vinnie started his baseball career playing in the Parade Grounds in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 12, Vinnie was selected to play in the New York Ambassadors Game in Tokyo. Vinnie attended Bishop Ford High School where he won several team MVP awards. In 1994, Vinnie was named the New York City Player of the Year and Gold Glove Award winner. Vinnie went on to Milford Academy his senior year of high school and was awarded the MVP award, Most importantly graduated as the class Salutatorian.
Vinnie was awarded a baseball and academic scholarship to the University of Bridgeport. A four-year starter with the Purple Knights, anchoring a strong defense at shortstop, Vinnie played middle infield with Coach Sanchez for two years. He was awarded the MVP award his sophomore and junior years. Vinnie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, and has worked for the State of Connecticut as a child abuse investigator.
Vinnie started his coaching career at North End Little League in 2005. In 2006, he led his 15 and 16-year-olds to Connecticut’s first Junior League State Championship since 1953. Vinnie works with middle infielders throughout the Technique Tigers’ baseball program. He and Coach Sanchez are two of the best middle-infield coaches in the state. Teaching the running game is also a strong point for Coaches Arjune and Sanchez.
Ramon Sanchez (Coach)
Ramon has been a Tiger coach since the inception of the program.
A Bridgeport Native who attended Housatonic Community College for two years was the starting second baseman on the 1995 Housatonic Junior College World Series team. Ramon batted .400 in JUCO World Series and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Ramon then took his talents to the University of Bridgeport where he was a Tri-Captain and had a team high batting average of .351 his senior season. Ramon graduated from the University of Bridgeport in 1999 with a bachelor degree in Social Science concentration in Psychology and Associate Paralegal Degree. Ramon has worked with at-risk youth and underprivileged families since 1999.
Side-by-side with Coach Arjune, Ramon works with middle infielders, hitting and base running throughout the Technique baseball program. Coaches Sanchez and Arjune are two of the best middle infield coaches in the State of Connecticut.
Danny Rivera (Coach)
Danny has been on staff since the inception of the Tiger program.
Danny has been on the coaching staff since the inception of the Tiger program.
Danny is a graduate of Housatonic Community College with an Associate’s Degree of Science. Danny received the Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges in recognition of outstanding merit and accomplishment while attending HCC.
Danny is a Certified Weight Training and Strength Training Specialist by International Weightlifting Association. Danny is a Connecticut State Certified Coach. Specializes as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Rehabilitation Associates Inc. Coaching sports since 2006, he believes honesty, respect, ethics, sportsmanship and hard work are the key elements in teaching youth athletics.
Alex De Los Santos (Coach)
Marco Garamella (Coach)
Marco joined the Tiger coaching staff in 2015. A 2006 Shelton High School graduate
Marco is a 2006 Shelton High School graduate and Captain of the varsity baseball team. He was named to the All-SCC and All-SCC Housatonic teams in 2005 & 2006 and the CT Post and New Haven Register All State teams in 2006.
Marco was recruited to play at UConn where he played for two years (one year at UConn-Avery Point), before finishing his career at Fairfield University and graduated in 2011. Marco also played 7 years for Bellows Chiropractic in the Bridgeport Senior City League, winning 4 league championships, and 1 AABC National World Series championship.
Marco brings 10 years of experience as a coach and private instructor in baseball and softball. He has taught hundreds of college and professional athletes the essential fundamentals and elite techniques that result in success on the field. Marcos specializes in hitting, while working with the outfielders and catchers. He also works with college recruiting and the mental/psychological side of hitting.
Joel Rosario (Coach)
Joel joined the Tiger coaching staff in 2015. He was a former Tiger player.
Rich Sullivan (Coach)
Jim Olayos (Mentor/Consultant)
Jim is the Tiger’s Mentor/Consultant. He has been involved in sports for over thirty years as both a player and coach.
Jim attended Fairfield University and Quinnipiac School of Law. During those years, he was also the head coach of Masuk High School in Monroe, receiving the New York Daily News ”Coach of the Year” Award. After graduating from law school, he also served as an assistant coach at the University of Bridgeport under New England’s all-time winningest basketball coach, Bruce Webster. He has been an assistant coach at St. Joseph High School under the State of Connecticut’s all-time winningest coach, Vito Montelli and assisted in the McDonald’s All American game in Indianapolis in 1991, where he coached NBA All Star, Grant Hill.
Jim has recently retired from his law practice of twenty years to devote himself to the Future Stars Children’s Foundation of which he serves as Executive Director. Through his involvement with Future Stars and as Athletic Director at St. Joseph High School, Jim is able to share his sports knowledge along with his concern for children. Jim and his wife, Kim, have four boys and reside in Shelton, CT.