Mike Brooks (Skip)
Pro Series Training Owner
The Pro Series Skipper was drafted as a shortstop by the Minnesota Twins out of West Covina (CA) High School in 1968 where he was honored as San Gabriel Valley High School Player of the Year. Mike enjoyed an eight-year professional career with the Twins and Indians organizations
Pro Series Hitters
and earned a spot on the Twins Major League Roster in 1970 and 1972. Mike has coached at the professional, college and high school levels and has worked as an associate NW scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He established the NW Timberjacks Baseball Club in 2000. For 18 years the Tjacks were one of the premier select team programs in the Puget Sound region with over 95% of graduating players moving on to college programs. He has been coaching Northwest teams at USA Baseball, Perfect Game and Arizona Fall Classic national events since 2000 and started Team Northwest Baseball in 2011 to offer deserving players in the Northwest an opportunity to perform nationally before college recruiters and professional scouts.
My approach to teaching hitting skills has changed dramatically since the advent of exciting new technology and the scientific research now dedicated to analyzing what makes professional players excel. We all had our pet "theories" about what makes a player successful. Even the best professional hitting instructors had a difficult time agreeing on what actually happened in those split seconds. We taught what we thought we saw or what we had heard by other coaches. We now know that terms like "keep your weight back", "squish the bug", "extend your arms", "swing down at the ball", "throw your hands" are all misleading and, though well meant, do not happen in a professional swing.
I now have the ability to show my students successful professional players using high-speed computer analysis, frame-by-frame sequences of motion mechanics and how timing and rhythm are incorporated. I can then video students and show them how their own mechanics and timing compare. I no longer need to teach players my own opinions or theories.
As a coach you know you have come full circle when the passion you had as a player, leaving it all on the field each day to achieve your dreams, has now become an intense desire to help young ballplayers reach their own goals, or at least know that they became the best that they could be.
After all these years it seems that this quote from Jim Bouton especially rings true - "You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball; and in the end, it turns out that it was the other way around all the time"