Ryan Pryor has been involved with baseball most of his life. As a child he played on many youth teams under the guidance of his dad, who coached at UNLV and his uncle who played for the Seattle Mariners MLB .
After high school Ryan embarked on his undergraduate degree at Fresno State where he played college ball. He also enrolled in military school and gave 6 years of military service in a scout platoon as well as being air assault qualified along with many other achievements. After retiring from the military he pursued his MA in business at the University of Arizona.
Ryan then met his now wife, Elizabeth whilst working as the Baseball director for a camp in Lenox Mass in 1995. He then moved to the UK and spent the next 10 years living and working there. Ryan was the coach for the British National Baseball team whilst in the UK.
Upon his return to the States in 2005, Ryan became involved with the local rec leagues and coaching individuals and teams. Amongst other achievements Coach Pryor has mounted a local high school record of 123-34 with varsity softball at Wharton HS and Wiregrass Ranch HS, plus baseball at Wiregrass Ranch HS and Bishop McLaughlin Catholic HS. With 20+ game winning seasons , 3 time District Champions (2014,15,16), Regional Final(2013), Regional Champions(2015) and State Championship Final Four appearance.(2015) He has also trained many players that have made their high school team, college team and most recently the MLB. Nate Pearson and Franklin Germain play for the Blue Jays and New York Yankees, respectively and both were coached by Coach Pryor during their high school years.
Coach Pryor lives in the Wesley Chapel area with his wife and 2 daughters. In his spare time, which is limited he like to go out for dinner and yes you guessed it watch baseball!
Carlos A. Alfonso (born December 18, 1950 in Havana, Cuba) is a former minor league baseball player and manager, as well as a former minor and major league coach. He is currently the Tampa Bay Rays Director of International Operations. He Helped open Rays Academies in Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic. In January 2014 he became the Houston Astros Coordinator of International Development and Special Assignment Scout.
Alfonso graduated from Naples Senior High School (Naples, FL) in 1968. He won the Scholar
Athlete of the year and also was inducted in the National Honor Society. Alfonso attended Miami
Dade JC, Edison JC, Brevard JC as well as University of South Florida and Florida International
University. He majored In Psychology and minored in Spanish.
Alfonso played in the Houston Astros organization from 1968 to 1975 and in the Cincinnati
Reds organization in 1976. He was originally a third baseman catcher in his first two professional seasons, however in 1969 he also pitched (although in 1970 he spent a few games at second base). He spent from 1972 to 1976 at the AAA level. Overall, he went 39-35 with a 3.71 ERA in 234 appearances as a pitcher (101 starts).
From 1979 to 1981, Alfonso managed the Daytona Beach Astros. He led them to the playoffs in
1980, however they lost in the first round. They were league champions in 1981, even though they finished with a regular season record barely above .500 - 68-67. In 1985, he managed the Columbus Astros and led them to the Southern League Playoffs, in 1986 the Tucson Toros and in 1993 and 1994 the Phoenix Firebirds in the Pacific Coast League. He also
managed in the Winter Leagues in Mexico, Hawaii,Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER
Save for the years he managed, he was a Pitching Coordinator in the lower minors in the Astros system from 1982 through 1984. During that time period he was also the Houston Astros Minor
League Spring Training Coordinator.
MAJOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER
Alfonso was a Major League Bullpen Catcher and Coach for the Houston Astros in 1977. Alfonso
was a San Francisco Giants Major League Pitching coach in 1992, and from 1996 to 1999 he was
on their staff as a first base and Bullpen coach and Major League Spring Training Coordinator. From 2000 to 2005, he served as their administrative coach, which included coordinating Major League Spring Training and administering the defense and pitching charts as well as video and advance scouting reports.
In 1978 he was the Houston Astros Traveling Secretary. From September 1986 through December 1991 he held posts of Director of Minor League Operations and Director of Player Development for the San Francisco Giants. In 1995, he was the Giants coordinator of Latin America Instruction. In 2006, Alfonso was named the Tampa Bay Devil Rays director of international operations. In October 2013 Alfonso became Special Assistant to the International Department of the Tampa Bay Rays. On February 2014, Alfonso became Coordinator of International Development and Special Assignment Scout of the Houston Astros.
Pitcher of the Year!
Coach Devine has been playing baseball almost his entire life, currently in his 25th consecutive year, starting with tee ball at 5 years old, to now, which he is currently entering his 9th season as a professional pitcher. Mike has accumulated over 600 career innings pitched, including over 300 games, 400 innings and a career ERA under 2.50 as a reliever. Currently, Mike plays in the summer for the Saint Paul Saints of the American Association (2019 Champs) and in the winter in the Dominican Republic for Aguilas Cibaeñas in Liga de Beisbol Profesional (LIDOM). Mike has also played in the Liga Mexicana de Pacifico for MexiCali (2018) as well as multiple years in each of Traverse City, Cleveland, and Wichita, KS.
Prior to his professional playing career, Mike grew up as a shortstop and pitcher in Pittsburgh, PA and earned a Division 1 scholarship to Virginia Military Institute, graduating in 2012 with a degree in Economics and Business. Mike currently ranks 3rd in the VMI career record book in games pitched (90) and saves (15) and 5th in Strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (8.65).
Over the past 5 years, in between games and seasons, Mike has found a passion working with youth players who are always looking to get better and take their game to the next level in all areas, physical and mental. Mike and his fiancé, Julie, just moved to the Tampa area this fall after living in Naples, FL the past 6 years.
“I am beyond excited for the opportunity to work with players who want to put the work in and who want get better. The atmosphere set by Coach Pryor and the facilities at the Farm and Four Leaf are exactly what I was looking for when I moved to Tampa, there is no excuse not to get better!
Jeff brings years of travel/league ball experience. His goals are to help young ball players build a solid foundation on fundamentals. He is driven on providing the tools/mindset of hard work pays off.
Foundation Coach/9U Thoroughbreds Assistant
9U Thoroughbreds assistant coach. He is a graduate of Wharton High School and is currently a student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He is studying exercise sports science. He hopes to continue his career in baseball as a coach. He has been with The Farm for the past 4 years. During this time he has coached the 9U travel team and has supervised season camps such as our summer camps. He enjoys working with the kids, being a role model, and mentor to the players. He strives to grow better as a coach each and every year.
Britton Janning helps manage all of the marketing efforts here at The Farm! He is passionate about marketing and helping businesses thrive. What he loves love about The Pryor Baseball Farm is the atmosphere and dedication they put into truly, "Growing Better Players." The staff is wonderful and very knowledgable. We can't wait to see you all out here at The Farm!