Interested in Playing for the Angels this Winter?

Try out date announced for this winter:  August 20th

Angels Amateur Baseball Academy will conduct tryouts for our winter program.  All players interested in participating should be at the Angels minor league complex at 8:00 AM on August 20th.  Tryouts are for grade 7 to juniors in high school.

Longtime professional baseball scout, John Gracio will lead his coaching staff and five (5) winter teams.  Questions can be directed to John Gracio at (602) 791-0987.

Angels Red – Class of 2018
Angels White – Class of 2019
Angels Blue – Class of 2020
Angels Gray – Class of 2020/2021
Angels Black – Class of 2021/2022

In addition the Arizona based schedule of Perfect Game (Memorial Day West Championships), Four Corner (Pre-Draft Wood Bat Classic Tournament) and Southwest Wood Bat tournaments.  In addition, the Angels will take teams to highly scouted events such as the USABF 4th of July tournament in San Diego, California .

Angels Red will compete in the Connie Mack Qualifier in Peoria (AZ) with the chance to advance to the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico as well as competing in 5 other summer Tournaments.

Angels White will compete in the Don Mattingly World Series in Surprise (AZ) with the chance to advance to the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico, as well as traveling to San Diego over the Fourth of July and competing  in 5 other summer tournaments.

Angels Orange will compete in the Perfect game tournament as well as travel to San Diego over the Fourth of July Tournament as well as competing  5 other summer tournaments.

Angels Blue  team continues to have a great summer winning their 2nd tournament this past weekend playing in the 16U South West Wood Bat Classic Summer Nationals.  Pitching continues to show promise with a 2.28 team ERA over the entire weekend.  Jason Barres (Perry HS) threw 8 innings with 9 K’s and allowing only 1 ER over 2 games coming in relief in the semi-final game allowing  Noah Rodriguez (Basha HS) to get an extra innings, 2 RBI walk-off single, taking us to the championship game!  Dakota Duffalo (Red Mtn. HS) threw a complete masterpiece going 7 innings with 9 K’s and only 1 walk for a 6-1 win over BNL Black Team.  Andrew Gallegos (Chandler HS) had a great weekend at the plate hitting .715 with 5 RBI’s.  Other hitting standouts were Ryland Zaborowski .467 with 2 doubles, 2 singles and 3 RBI’s. Tanner Smith went 5-9, 1 double, 2 RBI’s, 4 walks and 8 runs scored!  Angels Blue team looks to continue their success as they  compete in the Ken Griffey Jr.  World Series in Surprise (AZ) July 21-July 30.

Angels Gray Will compete in the Perfect game Memorial Tournament as well as traveling to San Diego and competing in 5 other summer Tournaments.

Angels Black will have a schedule the same as the older teams but will start with the USSA Tournament in Gilbert (AZ) they will compete in the Perfect game Memorial Tournament as well as traveling to San Diego over the Fourth of July Tournament and competing in 5 other summer Tournaments.

If you are a coach who would like to learn more about opportunities to coach within the organization, contact John Gracio at (602) 791-0987


Welcome to the Angels Baseball Academy

We 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.



As 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 just as important as playing in games.


We are one of a few scout programs that have practices where you can 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.


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.