UMPIRE INSTRUCTORs

Jansen visconti - 52

MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME: MLB Call-Up Umpire

CAREER: Currently resides in Latrobe, PA. Made his MLB Debut in 2018. Was on the International League roster for the 2019 season, which is his fifth season in Triple-A. Upon graduation from the Wendelstedt Umpire School, Visconti umpired in the Gulf Coast (2010), New York-Penn ('10), Florida Instructional ('10), South Atlantic ('11), Carolina ('12), Arizona Instructional ('12-'13), and Eastern ('13-'14) leagues. Also instructs at Wendelstedt Umpire School. He worked the 2017 and 2018 Arizona Fall League, as well as the 2017 AFL Rising Stars Game, in addition to umpiring the 2017 IL postseason. Additionally worked his first MLB Spring Training in 2017. Visconti also served as 1B Umpire during the 2014 MiLB All-Star Futures Game at Target Field.

ERICH BACCHUS

Current Level: International League (AAA)

MiLB Service Time: 7 Years

Hometown: Germantown, MD

Graduated from the Wendelstedt Umpire School in 2012. Also is on staff as an instructor at Wendelstedt Umpire School. Erich has worked the Arizona League (2012), New York Penn League and NYPL Championship Series (2013), South Atlantic League/ Carolina League and Colombian Winter League (2014), Carolina League and Carolina Championship League Series (2015), Eastern League (2016, 2017), MLB Futures Game and Eastern League Championship Series. Worked his first season in Triple-A in the International League, and worked winter ball in the Dominican Winter League (2018). Erich’s knowledge of the 3 umpire system and vast knowledge of advanced 3 umpire mechanics and baseball rules will be a major asset to our umpires. 

MATT BROWN

Current Level: Southern League (AA)

MiLB Service Time: 3 Years

Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC

A 2016 graduate of the Umpire Training Academy, Brown recently completed his third year as a Minor League Baseball umpire. Matt's experience gives students insight on what it takes to become a professional umpire. Currently is on staff for his fourth year as an instructor at the MiLB Umpire Academy, where he has taught since 2016. Matt has umpired in Florida Extended Spring Training, Appalachian, Florida Instructional and South Atlantic League, and Carolina League. His work earned him the opportunity to umpire the Appalachian and South Atlantic League Championship Series, and South Atlantic League All Star Game, as well as the Carolina League Championship Series. In addition to his professional umpire experience, Matt attended the University of South Carolina, studying exercise science. Matt is a native of Conway, SC, where he currently resides.

chase eade

Highest Level: Southern League (AA)

MiLB Service Time: 7 Years

Hometown: Huntsville, AL

The Huntsville, AL resident worked his third season in the Southern League (AA) and final Minor League season in 2018. Was also a Crew Chief in 2017 and 2018. Chase graduated from the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring in 2011, and the MiLB Umpire Academy in 2012. He also instructed at the MiLB Umpire Academy in 2013 and 2014. He previously worked in the Northwoods League (2011) including the All-Star Game and Summer Collegiate World Series, Gulf Coast League (2012), Appalachian League (2012, 2013), Midwest League (2013), Carolina League (2014, 2015), and Southern League (2016, 2017, 2018). Chase was selected to work the Southern League Playoffs in 2017, and the All-Star Game and Championship Series In 2018. Chase has merged his love of baseball with his years of experience as both a professional umpire and instructor at professional umpire school to offer extensive knowledge and skill to the course. 

ben engstrand

Current Level: South Atlantic League (Low-A)

MiLB Service Time: 2 Years

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

Graduated from the Wendelstedt Umpire School in 2018. Also is on staff as an instructor at Wendelstedt Umpire School. Ben has worked the Arizona League (2018) and the New York - Penn League (2018), South Atlantic League (2019). After his first season in Minor League Baseball, Ben was selected to work the Instructional League in Fort Myers, FL. Ben has instructed at multiple umpire clinics around the country including the Mid-American Clinic in Springfield, MO and the PSOA Clinic in Omaha, NE. Ben graduated with an Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Business Administration through Northwest Missouri State University. In the off-season he works as a High School Substitute Teacher in West Des Moines, IA. Through Ben's experience and passion for umpiring, students will not only leave with a heightened ability to umpire but also a renewed passion for umpiring. 

TBA

Current Level: TBA

MiLB Service Time: TBA

Hometown: TBA

Bryan van vranken

Current Level: South Atlantic League (Low-A)

MiLB Service Time: 2 Years

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

A 2018 graduate of the MiLB Umpire Training Academy, Bryan just completed his first year as an MiLB umpire. He worked the Gulf Coast League, and the Northwest League in 2018, as well as the South Atlantic League in 2019. Van Vranken's experience and knowledge about mechanics and rules will allow him to assist students in furthering their own careers. He has been a resident of Sarasota, Florida his whole life. He earlier attended University of Texas of the Permian Basin where he played baseball and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.

Mlb umpires

(PAST special instructors)

marvin hudson - 51

MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME: 18.5 Years

CAREER: Became a member of the Major League staff in 1999...worked the 2004 All-Star Game; the 2005 National League Division Series (HOU-ATL); the 2011 American League Division Series (TB-TEX); the 2012 NLDS (STL-WSH); the 2013 NLDS (LAD-ATL); the 2015 ALDS (TEX-TOR); the 2016 NLDS (SF-CHI); the 2014 ALCS (BAL-KC); and the 2016 World Series (CLE-CHI)...worked the Toronto round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic...worked Japan Opening Series in Tokyo between the A's and Mariners in 2012...previously umpired in the Appalachian League (1992), South Atlantic League (1993), Florida Instructional League (1993), Florida State League (1994), Southern League (1995-96), Hawaiian League (1995), International League (1997-99) and Dominican League (1997). Also proprietor of hudson51wear.com, an apparel and supply outlet for sports officials. He currently resides in Georgia.

GREG GIBSON - 53

MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME: 19 Years

CAREER: Joined the Major League staff in 1999...has worked the 2012-13 AL Wild Card Games; the Division Series (2001, 03-04, 06-07, 09-11, 15); the National League Championship Series (2005, 12-14); the 2011 World Series; and the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium...served as a Replay Official in the 2017 Division Series...worked the Mexico City round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic...previously umpired in the Appalachian League (1991), Florida Instructional League (1991 and 1994), South Atlantic League (1992), Florida State League (1993), Eastern League (1994-95) and International League (1996-99)...worked behind the plate for both Randy Johnson's perfect game at Atlanta on May 18, 2004 and Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter vs. Colorado on June 18, 2014. Resides in Kentucky. Is also a licensed insurance agent.

WILL LITTLE - 93

MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME: 5.5 Years

CAREER: Was appointed to the Major League staff for the 2015 season...worked his first Postseason assignment in 2016 during the AL Wild Card Game, and also worked the 2017 NL Division Series...worked the 2017 World Baseball Classic...has umpired professionally since 2007...has worked MLB Spring Training since 2012...had been a Major League call-up umpire since 2013 prior to his 2015 promotion...made his Major League debut on June 24, 2013 when Cleveland visited Baltimore...previously umpired in the Appalachian League (2007), Florida Instructional League (2007), Hawaii Winter League (2008), South Atlantic League/Carolina League (2008-09), Southern League (2009-11), Arizona Instructional League (2009-10), the MLB SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game (2011), Dominican Winter League (2011), WBC Qualifier Regensburg, Germany (2012), Arizona Fall League (2012) and the International League (2012-14)...resides in Tennessee with his wife Katy and sons Liam and Boone..graduated from Milligan College, where he played baseball all four years...received a Bachelor of Science in 2006.

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