Abraham Hatem

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Abraham a local out of West Covina, CA, played through the ranks all over the San Gabriel Valley and competed throughout the country. Success came early as a Baseball player moving through the ranks playing on travel ball teams, competing in the Sandy Koufax, Connie Mack, and Babe Ruth Leagues.

He went on to play at William Workman High School, where as Freshman was the starting short stop for the junior varsity team. Then the following year a starting outfield standout as a sophomore and beyond on the Varsity team earning all league recognition (High school All star game). Abe and Corey Wright, who was drafted that year out of Workman high school and went on to become a  Minor Leaguer for the Texas Rangers organization, became 2/3 of the Valley’s best outfielders.

Together they led the way, bringing Workman the most successful seasons the school ever had in its recent history and making CIF in back to back seasons. Competing in the Valle Vista League stacked with local talent and sweeping power house South Hills High school that season and later went on to win the CIF southern section Division II at Anaheim Stadium. Abe, a three sport athlete, Baseball, Football and Basketball), was well recognized as a good overall athlete making all league honors in all three sports. Football success came a little easier and as a result football options to play at the college level overshadowed pro Baseball scouts that had interest in Abe out of High School from his true passion for Baseball.

Not wanting to commit to football, Abe went on to play at Mt. San Antonio College where the school would allow him to play both sports at the college level. After one season of football at Mt. Sac,  Abe decided to focus on baseball.  After completing two seasons, Abe went onto La Verne as a Junior transfer as a Pitcher/Outfielder. He played only the summer league and fall before the season ending.   Back-to-back hamstring tears on each leg cut his college career short, never recovering on time to return to college ball with the eligibility clock ticking.

He attempted one last shot after a lengthy recovery to get back to top baseball shape. He attended few major league farm and Independent league try-out camps,  but the grind and inside detail to stay consistent at a high level was enough for Abe to decide to hang them up and move on.

His formal training and Instruction came from some of the game’s most knowledgeable former pro players and coaches. High School Outfield and Hitting Coach and former pro ball player Damarious Pittman, currently an Area Scout for the Philadelphia Phillies, College Hitting Coach Randy Kapano and Manager Stacey Parker who trained players like Jim Edmonds, Sean Wooten, Ryan Garko,  just to name a few, as well as friend and hitting mentor former Professional Charles Poe, also a local out of West Covina High.

Poe, is currently a Minor League Hitting Coach for Winston-Salem Dash, a Minor League Farm Team for the Chicago White Sox Organization. Charles was also known for the famous move heard round the world while playing for the Birmingham Barons at the time alongside Mike Cameron. Poe was later traded to Oakland after spending a season with Michael Jordan in the Minor Leagues that infamous year.

Abe’s journey and experience has lead to a solid baseball and athletic background, which he now incorporates into his unique teaching style .Coached briefly with the So Cal Bombers High School level Travel college prep show case team. He is now a certified Coach @ Coach Up.com, and Diamond Bar Piranhas Coach. Abe is ready to pass on all the knowledge and experience he learned along the way to all aspiring baseball players and athletes to further develop the skills and potential they have and take them to another level both mentally and physically.

abraham@piranhasbaseball.com