The Dugout Baseball Academy

Home of Los Tigres Baseball

Los Tigres 13U & 14U Spring/Summer 2019 Travel Team Tryouts

Pre-Season hitting, pitching & Catching Clinics

Hitting & Fundamentals Clinics

December 15th, 22nd & 29th

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Cost:  $100 per clinic OR $275 for all 3 clinic days

Pitching Clinics

December 15th & 29th

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost:  $50 per clinic

*max. 6 players/clinic

Catching Clinic

December 22nd

11:00 am - 12:00pm

Cost:  $50 


The Dugout Baseball Academy

The Dugout Baseball Training Staff

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.  

Rafael Gross - Dugout Owner & Manager of Los Tigres Baseball

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.  

The Dugout Training Staff

Manny Mejia - Dugout Trainer & Coach of Los Tigres

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.  

Jusef Frias - Dugout Trainer & Coach of Los Tigres

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 Marrero - Dugout Trainer & Coach of Los Tigres

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 Los Tigres organization.  

Jesse Holiday - Dugout Manager & Coach of Los Tigres

Jesse was raised in the Sugarland area, and attended Southern University, majoring in computer science.  He was a 4-year starter, earning the honor of All-Conference Team.  Following college, Jesse played independent ball in the Frontier League, with the Lake Erie Crushers, and in the Pacific Association with the Sonoma Stompers.  He joined Los Tigres in 2016, and has been an imperative part of the family, both on the field as a coach, trainer, and mentor for the players, and in the Dugout office.  

Coach Jesse will start taking bookings for lessons for all ages in December 2018

Training at the Dugout

Individual, Group & Team Training

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.

Training Packages

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.

Cage Rentals

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. 

Dugout Policies

Mission Statement

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. 

Recurring/Standing Appointments

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.  

Cancellation Policy

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.

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The Dugout Baseball Academy

Home of Los Tigres Baseball

8717 Knight Rd, Houston, TX 77054,  United States

Ph:  713-795-5991