BLACKHAWKS NATIONAL BASEBALL
Benji was a 1st Round (19th) by Texas Rangers in 1991 & actually was considered by some clubs as a better pitching prospect (topping out at 96 mph as a senior). After only 1 & half seasons in the minors, he made his MLB debut as the starting SS with the Texas Rangers on April 5, 1993 as a 20-year-old on opening day making him the youngest player in the major leagues. He was a part of the Rangers 1st postseason an appearance 1996. Spent the next 2 seasons in AAA learning to become a utility player. Gets back to MLB with the Anaheim Angels from 2000-03 & was a member of the 2002 World Series Champions where he went 8-12 in the postseason including hitting .800 (4-5) in the World Series. Played in AAA 04-06 with a couple organizations, before finishing up playing career in Mexico. In 2007 won the Mexican League Championship with Sultanes de Monterrey. Played 13 winter ball seasons with Tomateros de Culiacan (20 total) where he won 6 Championships as the SS. Also participated in 2 PanAm Games representing Mexico ‘99 in Winnipeg & ‘07 in Rio de Janeiro where they won a Bronze Medal.
As a Manager he has been at the helm of the Tomateros 3 seasons & won 2 Championships after the team had gone 11 years without a finals appearance. The last was when he was the SS got the game winning hit & caught the last out to win.
Coach Patterson played college baseball at Cerritos Community College in Norwalk Ca.
Signed his first Pro contract with the Texas Rangers in 1990 and spent a total of 16 seasons in professional baseball...8 of which were in the Major Leagues.
Danny spent 6 ½ seasons in the minors before breaking into the Major Leagues in 1996 with the Rangers.
He played for the Texas Rangers (1996–1999) receiving the Texas Rangers “Rookie of the Year” Honors in 1997 with a 10-6 Record while pitching out of the bullpen in a set-up role and for the Detroit Tigers (2000–2004)
Briefly played in the St. Louis Cardinals organization in 2004 and spent a year in the Minors in 2005 with the San Diego Padres before retiring.
Since retiring, Danny has coached youth baseball from ages 6-18 and is currently serving as a pitching coach at Desert Mountain High School on Scottsdale Arizona.
Coach Silva is a former right-handed pitcher He played all or part of six seasons in Major League Baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1996, Pittsburgh Pirates from 1997 until 2001, and the Cincinnati in 2002. Silva was one of a dozen pitchers to throw over 100 mph in the 90's. In 2007, Jose and Benji were teammates on the Sultanes de Monterrey championship team. During his MLB career was a starter, relief, and closer at the Big League level. Career was shortened from injury. In 2000, he won 11 games.
Played 16 winter ball seasons with Tomateros de Culiacan (18 total) where he won 3 Championships. Hold the All-Time record for Saves for the organization. 2007 he won a Bronze medal at the Pan Am games in Rio De Janeiro.
Silva also has served as the Pitching Coach for 3 seasons at the professional ranks.
Silva was drafted out of Hilltop High School in Chula Vista, California. He last pitched in the affiliated minor leagues in 2006 and continued to play in the Mexican Pacific League.
Coach Phelps was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round in 2005. Promoted to High-A before getting release in 2008 by the Cubs. Phelps continued to play in the Frontier League with the Southern Illinois Miners and the Sioux City Explorers. Since retiring from baseball in 2010, have enjoyed helping amatuer baseball players achieve their goals moving on to the next level. Have been on the national travel baseball scene since 2016 and have coached over 60 d1 baseball players and 4 MLB draft picks.
Coach Phelps was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round in 2005. Promoted to High-A before getting release in 2008 by the Cubs. Phelps continued to play in the Frontier League with the Southern Illinois Miners and the Sioux City Explorers. Since retiring from baseball in 2010, have enjoyed helping amateur baseball players achieve their goals moving on to the next level. Have been on the national travel baseball scene since 2016 and have coached over 60 d1 baseball players and 4 MLB draft picks.
Gilbert started managing in 1984- 87 at Liga Municipal de Tijuana where we won 2 championships in the 3 years.
Managed teams in Liga Juvenil de Tijuana from 1984- 1991 where we won 4 championships in 6 yrs.
Managed semi pro teams in Liga Municipal and Liga Amateur de Tijuana from 1987 – 2014 where we won 3 championships.
Managed in Liga Playas de Tijuana from 1995- 2004 where we won 3 championships including a state championship in 1998.
Coached at Otay Ranch High School from 2004 – 2010 where we won a League championship.
Coached at Southwestern College from 2010 – 2013 where we won a league championship.
Coached at Southwest High School from 2013 – 2015 where we made it to section finals in 2014.
Coached at Puerto Penasco Tiburones of the Liga Norte de Mexico a class A affiliate of Campeche Pirates in 2014 where we went to the finals.
Was General Manager of the Tecate Cerveceros of the Liga Norte de Mexico a class A affiliate of the Tigres de Cancun in 2015.
Mateo Gil is currently a active shortstop in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Cardinals selected Gil with the 95th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.
Mateo grew up learning the game of baseball from his father, Benji, who spent eight seasons in the major leagues from 1993-2003 and won a World Series with the Los Angeles Angels in 2002.