WMU Prospect Camps provide a tremendous opportunity to receive vital fundamental instruction and the opportunity be evaluated by the Western Michigan coaching staff. The camp is designed for the serious individual who desires to play at the highest level of collegiate baseball.
Medical Waiver & Concussion Information Forms MUST be completed prior to participation. Please bring both signed documents to registration. Campers will not be permitted to participate without completed paperwork. DOWNLOAD FORMS HERE.
Camp will take place in our state of the art Seeyle Indoor Facility located next to the WMU football stadium.
LOCATION - SEEYLE INDOOR CENTER
Kalamazoo, the home of WMU’s main cam-pus, is located midway between Chicago and Detroit, approximately 2 hours (140 miles) from each on Interstate 94. Hyames Field is located off of Stadium Dr. just past Waldo Football Stadium. GPS intersection of Stadium Dr. and W. Michigan Ave. in Kalamazoo or Waldo Football Stadium.
Bat, helmet, turf /ten-nis shoes, cleats, baseball pants. An athletic trainer will be present.
WMU COACHING STAFF
BILLY GERNON - HEAD COACH
Coach Gernon is entering his eighth season as head coach of the Broncos. He saw his 2017 club qualify for the MAC Tournament for the fourth consecutive year. Gernon has led the team to the post season six of his seven years and has a post season record of 9-10 including the programs 1st ever MAC Tournament Championship in 2016. The offense finished 20th in the nation with a .308 avg led by junior Tanner Allison who was selected as MAC Player of the Year. It was the first time WMU had earned MAC POTY honors since 1991. Allison’s 68 RBI’s broke the single season record set back in 1999. Tanner also received All-American and 1st team All-MAC honors. The Atlanta Braves drafted Allison in the 19th round making him the fifth junior in the last four years to be selected in the MLB draft. Sophomore shortstop Connor Smith and second baseman Nick Vogelmeier were selected 2nd team All MAC.
Western Michigan won the MAC Tournament in 2016 for the 1st time in school history earning a berth to the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 1989. Junior LHP Keegan Akin was a second round draft pick and the 54th selection overall to the Baltimore Orioles, making him the highest drafted player since 1970. Akin was also named an All-American, the first to receive the honor since 2001. He was also named First Team All-MAC as well as MAC Tournament MVP. Connor Smith was selected as freshmen of the year in 2016 making him the first Bronco ever to earn that distinction. In 2016 the Broncos also set the school record fielding .978.
Under Gernon, the Broncos have had 30 play-ers selected as MAC Player of the Week, an honor that happened only once in the two years prior to his hire.
BLAINE MCFERRIN - PITCHING
Blaine McFerrin is entering his eighth season at WMU. Senior RHP Gabe Berman just graduated as the career leader in saves. Senior RHP Kyle Mallwitz was 4th in the MAC in K’s and 3rd in innings pitched. Mallwitz was moved to the rotation in 2017 after breaking the school record for appearances (34) in 2016. McFerrin saw his third NCAA Regional in 2016 having gone once as an assistant at Michigan in 2006 and once as the pitching coach at Georgia State in 2009. Prior to coming to Western Michigan, McFerrin was the pitching coach at Georgia State for four seasons. In 2016, McFerrin coached junior LHP Keegan Akin to First Team All MAC honors as well as being named the MAC Tournament MVP. Akin finished the season third in the nation in K’s and was a second round draft pick to the Orioles.
ADAM PIOTROWICZ - HITTING
Piotowicz’s hitters posted the 20th best bat-ting average in the nation (.308) and the 26th best OB% at .390. Outfielder Tanner Allison not only broke the single season record for RBI’s in a season, but he was also selected the first MAC Player of the Year since 1991. The .308 mark was the highest average posted since 2002 and the 99 doubles was the sec-ond most since 2002. Before coming to Western Michigan Pitro helped lead Valparaiso to back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2013. Valpo qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2012 for the first time since 1968.
JP MARACANI - VOLUNTEER COACH
JP just completed his second season on the Bronco staff after a stellar career under Hall of Fame Coach Sam Riggleman at Spring Arbor. JP oversees outfield play and assists with the offense as well as coaches first base.