Luis is a 29 year old recent signee with the Atlanta Braves organization. He is a non-roster spring training invitee for 2010 with hopes of leaving the Braves Disney facility with an infield position on the parent club. A former Reds farmhand, Luis had spent the last three years with their Louisville (AAA) affiliate. Luis is a versatile infielder/outfielder with excellent range. He stole 28 bases in 2009, and is looking to regain the batting form he displayed in 2008 when he split the season between Chattanooga (AA) and Louisville.
Eric was an 8th round draft pick (2008) by the New York Mets. Eric was drafted after a stellar 3rd year at Boston College in which he was named second team All-ACC and led the Eagles as captain. Eric is a corner infielder who has advanced through the Mets system, finishing the 2009 season at St. Lucie (High A), where he hit .273, with a .429 on base percentage. Eric expects to start the season at St. Lucie and with his dedication, adherence to DFI training techniques and passion for the game, we expect Eric to continue to advance rapidly through the Mets system. A native of Connecticut, Eric spent his off-season finishing his degree at BC and instructing youth clinics at the DBI training facility.
Kai was signed by the New York Mets in 2008 from the professional leagues in Germany. A 23 year old catcher. Kai has advanced nicely through the organization, appearing in 67 games last year with Savannah (A), hitting .243 during an injury plagued campaign, following his Rookie league season when he hit .356 with a .408 OBP. Kai, is also a member of the German National baseball team, where he first met DBI-DFI director Pete Kiefer in 2007 as Pete (DFI) was contracted as the Strength & Conditioning consultant for the German Olympic team. Kai is excited about 2010, and his Non-roster Major League invite, with the hopes that he will commence the season at St. Lucie and continue his advancement through the Mets organization.
Another member of the German National baseball team, Donald is coming his first season in the US, in which a hand injury which limited his playing time in 2009. Now fully healed, Donald, a 6’4” 230 lb. Firstbaseman/Outfielder, is looking to make significant strides in the Cincinnati Reds organization this year. With his size and athletic ability, Donald should be a name that you will be hearing in the upcoming years.
Signed to a Venezuelan record $2 million bonus in 2008 by San Diego, Adys is making great strides in the Padres organization. Pitching in the Arizona league in 2009 as a 17-year-old, he was invited to the Padres fall instructional league in the fall where he excelled. Adys is the epitome of what DBI-DFI stands for. Pete discovered this phenom as a scrawny 15 year-old throwing in the low-eighties in Los Puertos de Altagracia, Venezuela. After 15 months of strict adherence to the training and nutrition plan for DFI Pitchers, Adys was clocked at 94 MPH prior to the July 2nd signing period. A student of the game, Adys expects to make great strides in the next several years and should be a mainstay in the Padres rotation in the near future.
After being named to the Carolina League All-star team in 2008 for Kinston-Advanced A, in the Cleveland Indians organization, Niuman has made a meteoric rise through the Indians farm system leading to a September call up to MLB by the Indians in 2009. A versatile and talented fielder, Niuman has impressed at every level with his outstanding work ethic and desire to develop his game in every way possible. A spring training invitee for 2010, Niuman is hoping to break camp with the parent club. Look for Niuman to make headlines in 2010.
This 27 year old infielder begins the year with a new organization, Colorado Rockies as a non-roster spring training invitee. Eider has been playing professional baseball since 2002, and has 4 years of seasoning at Triple A, where he has hit at a .272 clip, despite having a subpar 2009 season at the plate. He expects to regain his 2008 form where he hit .307 with Norfolk (AAA-Baltimore) and is a bona fide base stealing threat, having stolen 28 bases at Norfolk in 2008 in only 92 games, Eider also uses his speed in the field where he possesses above average range on both sides of the bag.