Bob was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 1996 Amateur baseball draft. He pitched 6 years in the minor leagues as a starter, middle reliever, and closer.
In 1996, he led the Appalachian League in fewest walks per 9 innings.
In 1997 he was second in the South Atlantic League in fewest walks per 9 innings (1.08).
He also pitched in the Northern League with New Jersey and Quebec City.
Bob attended Bowling Green State University. As a sophomore he was a Mid-American Conference All League selection. As a senior he was a 1st team All Mid-American Conference selection and was also named District IV Midwest 1st Team All American.
Bob is the Director of Pitching for Diamonds in the Rough.
Johnson was selected in the 13th round of the 2005 draft by the Boston Red Sox. For his career, Johnson was a .273 hitter with 27 HR’s, 18 of which came in 2006 with 3 different teams. He had 202 RBI’s and played in 324 career games. Jay played his collegiate career at the University of Xavier where he posted a .349 average and led XU in 14 offensive categories during his senior season in 2005. He ended his career for Xavier as the all-time leader for hits in a career with 256 and finished with a .338 career batting average. His efforts during his final season at Xavier earned him a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team as well as the A-10 Academic All-Conference team, and he was also named to the A-10 All-Conference First Team in 2004 and to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team in 2002.
Steve made his MLB debut with the Cincinnati Reds on September 27th 1998 going 1-3 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was drafted in the 10th round by the Texas Rangers in 1994 and eventually traded to the Cincinnati Reds 1 year later. He played a total of 11 professional seasons including a stint in the Baltimore Orioles organization as well. He also played 1 professional season in Italy. Steve played his collegiate career with the University of Texas Longhorns where he played in the college world series in 1992 and 1993. He played his high school career at Cincinnati’s Archbishop Moeller High School.
Steve joins the Diamonds In The Rough staff as its newest pitching instructor. Steve was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 5th round out of Fairfiled High School in 1998. He choose to put his professional career on hold as he attended Georgia Tech University on a baseball scholarship. Upon completion of his junior year, Steve was then drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 4th round of the 2001 professional baseball draft. Steve pitched a total of 7 years in the Reds organization including 3 years at the AAA level. Steve finished his playing career in 2008 while being a member of the Somerset Patrioits pitching staff in the Independant Atlantic League. In 2010 Steve entered the coaching profession by becoming the pitching coach for Malone University for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Steve’s knowledge of pitching and overall experience will be displayed at Diamonds In the Rough through private lessons, group lessons, and as a camp instructor.
Grant Meranus is currently a Senior at Indian Hill High School. He is a 3 year Varsity performer as their starting catcher. Grant plays his summer baseball with the Cincinnati Stix organization. Grant teaches the fundamentals of proper stance (setup), blocking balls, throwing technique, footwork, and the mental aspects of catching.