PRO ADVANTAGE Baseball enters it’s 6th year of service to the baseball world, you may ask how did we begin and what can we accomplish. The center was founded by Major League catcher Matt Merullo, a much respected and popular player, who in 1991 led the American league in pinch hit appearances. Matt has many distinctions but as a New Englander, two of his finest moments came when he went 2 for 2 with 2 RBI’s against Roger Clemens and also hitting a home run in Fenway Park against Jeff Reardon, all with family friends and fans supporting him.
His years in baseball convinced him that players were developed, not just born. He realized that to be proficient at baseball requires mastery in a set of intricate skills and the self-assurance to make quick choices during complex game situations. Matt should know, his Grandfather was a Major Leaguer with the Chicago Cubs , and one of the most respected scouts in the game of baseball. His father played professional baseball with the Pirates organization, and now Matt. He learned the game from the ground up, by playing many games incorporated with a daily regimen of instruction and practice. Matt believes that players learn better in smaller specialized groups, improve more rapidly when relaxed and excelled when a non threatening atmosphere was fostered.
“It is only through a recipe of responsibility, dedication, discipline and hard work that collectively, we achieve our dreams.”
When Matt retired from Major League Baseball, an idea was born to create an environment for young players, dedicated to advancing their talents and enhancing their appreciation for the game of baseball he so loved. Today PRO ADVANTAGE baseball continues to grow striving to build character, skills and well developed players, in both the game of baseball and in life.
About Our Staff
MATT MERULLO – Director of Baseball Operations:
A member of the 1983 USA High School Team, Matt attended the University of North Carolina. Matt was a Baseball America All American Prospect at the University of North Carolina. As a member of TEAM USA Matt hit a grand slam against the Japanese during the Intercontinental Cup for a 6-4 victory. He played in the prestigious Cape Cod League for the country’s top college players in 1984. Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 7th round of the 86 draft, Matt went on to win championships and a batting title while attaining All Star Status at each minor league level. A backup catcher to Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk Matt played 10 years at the Professional level and 6 in the Major Leagues. Matt’s expertise covers all facets of the game. As a major league catcher for three teams and over 16 years of Professional Baseball, Matt has trained under numerous coaches. Having successfully rehabilitated 1 knee and three elbow operations, Matt knows about physical therapy and building strength from a players perspective. His pitching/throwing development programs are a direct result of the times spent with both players and coaches at all levels of Professional Baseball. Rick Peterson Major League Pitching Coach, formerly of the Oakland Athletics and currently with the New York Mets is a close personal and professional friend and they continually exchange thoughts on pitching and all changes in theory. Currently in addition to his developmental work with baseball players, Matt is an area Scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks. This comes as no surprise to baseball enthusiasts as Matt is the son of Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand Len “Boots” Merullo, and the grandson of Lennie Merullo Sr, a legendary scout in the Northeast, and former Major Leaguer with the Chicago Cubs’45 World Series Team. Matt his wife Chris and their three children, Allie, Nick and Carli live in Madison CT.