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I currently:
Enjoy watching games, Am a member of the Baseball Media, Am a Baseball Author
Baseball Playing Experience:
Teeball, Little League, High School, American Legion, College
Baseball Coaching Experience:
High School, College
Baseball Umpiring Experience
Softball Playing Experience:
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
Matt Kemp
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Clayton Kershaw!
Additional Playing/Coaching Info (If applicable, include detailed info here such as - HS, College, Pro Leagues, Summer Leagues, Arm Speed, 60 Time, Catcher Pop Time, etc.):
Who is Franco?

■I have been teammates with over 25 guys who have been selected in the MLB draft (3 of whom have made their MLB debuts) and have played against numerous guys that are currently playing in the big leagues.

■In HS I was a 4 year varsity starting SS where I graduated with the school single season hits record, career hits record, and was a part of more wins than any other player to ever come through the high school.

■I was offered and accepted a scholarship to a D1 University where I played for 4 years. During my career, we won our league division 3 times, over all league championship once, and participated in the NCAA Regionals. That year we were knocked out by the eventual national champion Texas Longhorns… I still dislike University of Texas sports to this day
More About Me:
Why Franco started The Next Level Ballplayer:

■To give current ballplayers a forum to learn from some of the best minds in the game.

■So players wanting to make it to the next level, whatever that may be (HS varsity, college, MLB), can have access to, and learn from, players, coaches and scouts they would typically never have access to.

■To help turn guys who play baseball into ballplayers who play the game the right way.

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Pitching Gold -- The mental toughness of John Smoltz

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

At the All-Star break of the 1991 season, John Smoltz was 2-11 with a 5.16 ERA. It was the middle of his second full season in the Big Leagues and even though he had had some success in his rookie year, there were many people that doubted whether he would ever develop into a winning pitcher. As the story goes, Smoltz turned things around in a big way and went 12-2 with a 2.62 ERA in the second half of the season and never looked back.

How did Smoltz make that…


Slumps Are Mental’ and Much More with JP Arencibia

Posted on December 7, 2011 at 2:57pm 0 Comments


Quick – Who holds the Blue Jays’ franchise records for most home runs in a season by a catcher? Who hit a bomb on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues and then followed it up with a single, double and another bomb in the same game? And who recently hung out with to talk baseball? Of course the correct answer to all these questions is JP Arencibia.

Many thanks to JP for taking some time to sit down with NLB before one of his…


Clubhouse Convos with Derek Holland (Video)

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 8:00pm 2 Comments


The other day, the Rangers’ Derek Holland and his incredible mustache were nice enough to sit down with Next Level for an exclusive interview. Holland was the second most dominant AL pitcher during the second half of the 2011 season (Verlander) and then shined during the World Series. The Rangers where not only one strike away from their first World Series title, but had Nelly Cruz caught that ball in the…


The Ups and Downs of an Epic, Last Minute trip to St Louis for Game 7 of the World Series

Posted on November 4, 2011 at 3:30pm 0 Comments is here to give current ballplayers a forum to learn from some of the best minds in the game. So players wanting to make it to the next level, whatever that may be (HS varsity, college, MLB), can have access to, and learn from, players, coaches and scouts they would typically never have access to. To help…


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At 4:44am on March 9, 2012, Robert Jenkins said…

We do have a LOT to talk about David.  I hope we'll be able to help each other.  773-412-8283 when you get a chance.

At 1:19am on October 30, 2011, Kurtis Wiles said…
Sorry, I took the "brother" out of the first comment because I didn't want to come across as disrespectful! I hope I maintained a semi-formal/casual stance...haha!
At 8:14pm on October 29, 2011, Kurtis Wiles said…
I appreciate the request!  I am a Junior at Covenant College, GA right now.  I still have high aspirations for the pro's though! I see you've been invested in some discussion regarding the mental game of baseball...I would be interested to chat some time! Have you heard of a book titled "Stillpower"?
At 1:21am on October 25, 2011, Ted Browne said…

Thanks for the friend request, David.  I enjoy reading your stuff!



At 10:43am on September 29, 2011, Scott Haag said…

Please send it to my home email.

Thank you

At 10:41pm on September 28, 2011, Duke Barrett said…
Thank you very much Mr. Franco.  My email address is seamuscbarrett @
At 9:28pm on September 28, 2011, Eli Rivera said…

Thank you David,

I am a Junior, I will be graduating in 2013.



At 3:36pm on September 28, 2011, Kyle Grucci said…
Welcome to CheckSwing, David!

Glad to see you joined!

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At 3:15pm on September 26, 2011, Bill Stanton said…
David-  Thanks for joining us at CheckSwing! Have a great time making
new connections and talking baseball. Please invite any players and coaches that you know to join us as well. Enjoy!

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