The GRB Rays are excited to announce GRB Rays-Illinois. In conjunction with the Pro Player Canes, the Canes will transition to become GRB Rays-Illinois beginning in the Fall of 2021. The GRB Rays-Illinois will join the GRB Rays and continue the tradition of giving players within the organization the highest level of training and skill development as well as a platform for national college recruiting of it’s high school aged players by playing in the top travel tournaments in the nation. Andy Deain, Mick Matsie and the rest of the current Pro Player Canes staff will continue to manage the day-to-day team and training operations and will maintain their top of the line instruction and guidance, while the GRB staff will provide additional recruiting assistance including individual player profiles and recruiting videos as well as other back-end support.
“I am excited to have Andy and Mick, and all of the families from Pro Player become a part of the GRB Rays team program. When the discussions first started for this, it was clear the passion Andy and Mick have for helping baseball players reach their highest potential. Their consistent pursuit of advancing the game of baseball matched perfectly in how we view development and success. We are all excited to get to work implementing some of the recruiting features we plan on bringing to all of the players,” said Greg Reinhard, founder of the GRB Rays and GRB Academy.
GRB Rays-Illinois will be the first out of Wisconsin expansion for the Rays, joining the original GRB Rays (Madison) and GRB Rays-Milwaukee.
The GRB Rays began in 2010, and since the inception have sent over 311 players to the collegiate level with 11 players chosen in the Major League Baseball Draft, including one 1st round selection and one former player playing at the Major League level. Over 120 former GRB Rays players have committed from GRB to the Division 1 level out of high school.
The Pro Player Canes have been one of the top travel programs in the state of Illinois and the Midwest since 2008. In that time, the Pro Player Canes have sent over 300 players to the collegiate level, and have had 20 players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Six former Canes players have reached the Major League level. The GRB Rays-Illinois will be based out of McHenry, Illinois.