Welcome to the Home of the Angels Baseball Academy

Started in 1983 by longtime professional scout John Gracio, we are the longest running pro scout amateur organization in the country.

Interested in Playing for the Angels this Fall?


Angels Amateur Baseball Academy are still accepting players for our Fall Program.  All players interested in participating should contact John Gracio 602-791-0987 or Ryan McKinley 602-791-6158. We will be working players out grade 7 thru 12. The Fall schedule is set with practices and tournaments. All players will be graded and evaluated so college coaches can still obtain a good evaluation of players they are interested in for their college programs.

Evaluation grading will be on the mechanics and measurables below:

  1. Hitting Mechanics
  2. Hand speed through hit zone
  3. Throwing Mechanics and arm strength
  4. Infield / outfield actions with feet and hands
  5. Pitching mechanics and Velocity with arm strength
  6. Catching mechanics and throwing times to 2nd base
  7. 60 yard dash

Longtime professional baseball scout, John Gracio and Ryan McKinley will lead his coaching staff and six (6) Fall teams.  Questions can be directed to John Gracio at (602) 791-0987 or Ryan McKinley at 602-791-6158.

Angels Red – Class of 2019
Angels White – Class of 2020
Angels Blue – Class of 2021
Angels Gray – Class of 2022
Angels Black – Class of 2023

Welcome to the Angels Baseball Academy

teams2We have spent countless hours of consultation with current and former college coaches, professional baseball players, and scouts from different Major League affiliations to develop this program.  It works.  We are not re-inventing the wheel and there are no shortcuts.  We do our best to help each player grow, develop, and get exposed. We will teach you the “Angels Way” which has been extremely successful since our inception in 1983.

Play for the Angels Academy

teams4As an Angel, there is a long history of excellence that has been paved by players from all over the state of Arizona, and some from Texas, California, and New Mexico. The Angels expect all players to represent themselves, their parents, their teams, their coaches, and their fans with character and integrity. Each player is expected to work hard and leave the field better than when they arrived.
If you have what it takes to be an Angel, or would like more information, send an email to our Director of Player Personnel, Ryan McKinley, at Please include your name, phone number, and a brief description of your playing experience and qualification.


As an Angel, you will compete along side players with the same goals. Growing as a player means you understand that “getting your work in” is as important as the number of innings you play.


We are one of a few scout programs that have practices where you develop skills with the instruction of one the finest coaching staffs in the U.S. Our coaches know the game, and know how to teach it. We have coaches that have played at the major college and professional level, at all positions. From team drills to individual instruction, you will learn the latest techniques from coaches that have played the position at the highest levels.

Get Exposure

As an Angel, there is no better place to be exposed to college recruiting coordinators and professional scouts. During the fall, Tempe Diablo welcomes college coaches and local scouts that know Mr. Gracio will assemble a talented group. These coaches and scouts love the fact that they can see and evaluate many talented players in one place.