Home of Los Tigres Baseball
The unique group of former professional and college Dominican-trained coaches gives athletes a training experience like no other, with a strong focus on fundamentals, skills, mental focus, and respect of the game.
It's what sets the Dugout Baseball Academy in a class by itself.
Coach Raffi began his playing career in the Dominican Republic, where he was scouted and signed by the Dodgers camp, and brought to the U.S. in 1993. He spent many years with both the Dodgers and Indians organizations as an infielder, earning many awards and recognitions, before a potential career-ending broken shoulder.
Following surgery, and months of rehab in the Dominican, coach Raffi's cousins, all former MLB pitchers, worked with him on his pitching technique, allowing him to return to the Indians camp as a relief pitcher.
Coach Raffi joined the Northern League Winnipeg Goldeyes in 2001, where he worked to become a starting pitcher for the league, earning Pitcher of the Year, and named to the league All Star team 3 times, as well as Baseball America's All-Independent 1st Team. In the 4 seasons he spent with the Goldeyes, coach Raffi finished with a pitching record of 36-9, and a stellar 2.80 ERA.
In the off-season, he was a relief pitcher for La Romana Toros in the Dominican Winterball League, where he earned top honors as Reliever of the Year, while facing some of MLB's top players.
After 17 years in professional baseball, coach Raffi turned his focus on his passion and natural talent, teaching the game of baseball. His achievements as a player, trainer and coach has helped him in becoming one of the top trainers in the greater Houston area.
Scouted out of the Dominican Republic, Manny had his start in professional baseball with the Pirate's organization in the early '90s, where he spent his time as a force in the organization.
A catcher & 1st baseman, Manny made his way to the NY Yankees organization where he was recognized on the field as a starting catcher.
Playing with the Sugarland Skeeters, Manny was honored to catch for baseball great Roger Clemens and other high-caliber pitchers within the league.
He continued his success in the Mexican league as a catcher, where he helped lead his team to win the championship pennant in 2013.
After years as a professional player, coach Manny decided to hang up his cleats, but not his glove. He joined the Dugout as a catching specialist, providing training and expertise to each athlete he works with, building their skill level and performance for success on the field.
Drafted as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Jusef joined the NY Mets as a top prospect pitcher, with great success in the organization from 2003 - 2006. He joined the Mexican league in 2007 for one year, before attending school in Manhatten, NY, to obtain a degree in Sports Management.
Jusef continued his baseball career while living in the NY area, playing for independent baseball leagues, and working as a trainer/coach in the off-seasons.
Jusef moved to the Houston area, and joined the Sugarland Skeeters in 2012, while continuing to train/coach athletes in the greater Houston area.
Jusef's extensive professional playing experience as a pitcher allows him to translate what he's learned, and effectively teach the fundamentals of pitching to the athletes he trains. He continues to produce high-caliber athletes in the Houston area.
Wilmy is from Houston, born and raised, with Dominican roots, where he played at Pasadena HS, earning all-conference and all-area honors. While at Southern University, Baton Rouge, he played under head coach Roger Cador. Chosen as the baseball team captain for Southern University 2011/2012, he earned honors as the SWAC 1st Team All-Conference Player, as well as the SWAC Baseball 2nd Team Honorable Mention.
Following a major injury sustained while playing for Southern that forced him to hang up his glove and bat as a player, Wilmy transitioned into coaching under Cador, developing & mentoring the Southern University baseball team in conjunction with the coaching team both on and off the field.
After graduation from Southern, Wilmy joined the Dugout family as a coach and trainer, helping coach Raffi establish and build the Los Tigres organization.
Jesse was born and raised in the Houston area.
More bio to follow
The Dugout trainers tailor each training session to the needs of each athlete by assessing their ability, mechanics and skill level at each training session, allowing the trainer to develop a program to build on the athlete's strengths, while developing areas needing improvement, allowing for success on the field.
Online scheduling for individual lessons is available via the "schedule NOW" link both here and at the top of the page.
Please call the Dugout front desk at 713-795-5991 for pricing, or to schedule group or team training.
Coaches Wilmy, Manny & Jusef offer training packages:
Purchase 5 - 30 minute lessons, get one 30 min lesson FREE
Purchase 10 - 30 minute lessons, get one hour lesson FREE
Purchase 10 - 1hr lessons, get one hour lesson FREE
Full package price must be paid in full prior to initiation of package lessons. Packages purchased are good for 1 year from date of purchase. NO refunds for unused lessons. Late cancellations or no-shows will be deducted from the package; late cancellations or no-shows for the "free lesson" will apply, and lesson will be forfeited. Lessons are non-transferable. Please contact the Dugout front desk for more information.
50 ft and 70 ft cage rentals available. Please contact the Dugout for availability and pricing.
50 ft (2) cages & 70 ft (2) cages can be opened to one larger fielding area if necessary.
To provide premium quality baseball training that is age and skill appropriate for each athlete in a positive learning environment, using positive feedback, encouragement and coaching, allowing for the athlete to learn and improve in their game with confidence and the skill-base needed to be an effective player exhibiting a positive attitude, good sportsmanship and fair play as an individual and part of a team.
Clients with recurring or standing appointments with the Dugout Baseball Academy are responsible for the lesson time held for the duration of the recurring schedule, determined by the client at time of booking, until schedule has expired, or is changed or cancelled with the Dugout front desk. The Dugout cannot guarantee a particular time slot for a recurring schedule, or availability of the time slot once your recurring schedule has expired.
No shows, forgotten lessons, late cancellations or lesson time changes, made less than 24 hrs from start of scheduled lesson, are subject to the Dugout Cancellation Policy and will incur a full charge for the lesson missed. Unpaid charges will need to be settled prior to your next appointment time. Any unpaid accounts will result in cancellation of subsequent lessons and/or standing appointment times, and the timeslot will be made open to all.