A passion for baseball and a genuine love of the game.
The Batters Box Cages started out with a common passion that everyone here has: a love of the game of baseball. Instruction, playing and coaching are the things we love to do and being around the game of baseball is what we are all about. Our facility is made up of former MLB professional players, former Division I collegiate players, high school players, and baseball geeks. There are three building boxes of everything we do at The Batters Box Cages: The first is simply having fun. If you like what you do and work hard at it, going to work each day and excelling is easy to do. The second building block of The Batters Box is “plan the work and work the plan”. It has been said that dreams become goals only when you write them down; put your goals down and create a plan. Once you have your plan work it and enjoy the results. At The Batters Box Cages we want to help you plan your work to be a better player and see you at our facility to work your plan. The final block is “finish what you started”. Come in, work hard and leave better than you came in. If it’s hitting, pitching, fielding or any other part of the game come to The Batters Box Cages and start your training and finish strong!
The Batter's Box Cages Coaching Lineup
Batter’s Box Cages is happy to have professionals like Coach Rafael Melchione available.
Rafael played professionally from 1995 to 2002 for the Athletics, Giants and Cubs organizations. Rafael is currently a scout for the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball organization. He coached in Major League Baseball minor league system for 7 years and was named the Golden Leagues All-Star hitting coach in 2006. Rafael has studied under former Dodger Reggie Smith and legendary hitting instructor Jim Lafebvre. Rafael has trained former MLB All-Stars Geoff Jenkins (2008 World Series Champion with the Philadelphia Phillies) and Howie Kendrick.
Taylor (TC) Mark was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 35th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur draft out of Pinnacle High School here in the valley.
When TC was a senior he was invited to the 2010 “Power Showcase” completion at Tropicana Field FL, where he hit the longest home run of the completion, 440 ft. TC attended the University of Arizona and played as a catcher in the program. In 2016 TC played for the South Maryland Bluecrabs in the Atlantic League. While he is not playing professionally TC is a coach.
Coach Cory Bernard is the only person to play Division I baseball for both Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.
Cory was a 2-way player in college, pitching and playing infield. In his early club days, Cory was part of the 2003 Chandler Nationals that won the Little League World Series and hit 3 home runs in one game. Cory played for Hamilton High School and in his junior year won the state championship. Cory is an instructor and helps coach several club teams in the Valley.
Coach Matt Perisho brings decades of experience to Batter’s Box Cages.
Matt Perisho is an 8 year Major League Baseball veteran who played for the Angels, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers and Florida Marlins. Matt was picked by the Anaheim Angles in the 3rd round of the 1993 MLB draft. Matt is currently the Varsity baseball Coach for the Casteel Colts.