Diamond Pro Instructors

Meet Our Instructors

All our instructors have played at the collegiate or professional level! Click on their pictures below to read more about them!

Matt Dryer

Matt Dryer has been an important part of the baseball scene in Rochester since the 1990s. As a standout player at McQuaid Jesuit High School in 1998, Matt was named a USA Today High School All-American. During his high school experience, he was also drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 35th round.

After high school, Matt earned a scholarship to the University of Miami (THE U) and played on the Hurricanes team that won the 2001 National Championship ("College World Series") in Omaha NE. While at the U of M, Matt was drafted again by the S.F. Giants in the 15th round. He spent the next 7 1/2 years playing professionally within the Giants' and Cardinals' organizations. He was a part of three minor league championship teams. He earned All Star selections three times over that span. In 2005, he led the Cardinals minor league system with 23 home runs and 88 RBI.

At Miami

Matt was a second-year Hurricane after transferring from Indian River Community College in 2001. He entered the final weekend of the regular season with 42 starts in 43 games played. He made 32 of those starts at first base and 10 at third base. Matt had a career and season long hit streak at 17 games which tied the ninth-longest hitting streak at U of M. He also successfully hit in 20 of his first 21 games played and had a season-high batting average of .439 in late February.

At Indian River Community College

Matt was coached by Mike Easom and played third base. He batted .333 with 51 RBI and five home runs and was an All-Southern Conference selection. He assisted his team to a 43-11 finish and a No. 1 state and No. 2 national ranking.

At Charlotte

While playing at UNC Charlotte, Matt hit .291 with 46 RBI and three home runs while the team finished 26-26.

At McQuaid Jesuit High School

Matt was coached by Mike Fennell. He won three letters in baseball and holds the school record for RBI's in a single game with 8. His junior year (1997), he played shortstop and batted .515 with 45 RBI's and nine home runs. He was named First Team All-State and All-Conference by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. He also assisted his team to a conference championship. In his senior year, Matt again played shortstop while batting .450 with 42 RBI's and seven home runs. Again, Matt was First Team All-State and All-Conference. He also was named team MVP and earned an honorable mention from USA Today.

Matt Dryer's Professional Stats

Available for the following lessons:

  • Hitting

  • Fielding

Tony Fuller

Fuller is in his seventh year as Diamond Pro's General Manager and Head of Team Operations. Before moving into his current position at DP, Fuller spent five years as an assistant coach at Monroe Community College. MCC won four NJCAA Division II Region 3 titles with Fuller as an assistant.

The Penfield, N.Y. native served as the Tribunes' hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. During his tenure, Monroe's offense flourished including the 2013 squad which finished the season with a team batting average of .355 including six regular players hitting .350 or better. With Fuller manning the third base coach's box this past season, MCC finished top ten in the nation with 138 stolen bases while being thrown out on just 34 occasions (80 percent efficiency). Monroe annually sent 7-10 players on to four-year schools while Fuller was with the program. He worked closely with two players (Danny Mendick and Jon Klein) who have since gone on to professional careers.

As a player, Fuller helped MCC to regional titles in 2005-06. He was an All-Region selection his sophomore season when MCC won a then-school record 40 games. Fuller went on to play two years at the State University of New York at Buffalo before serving as a volunteer assistant with the Bulls program. He coached the Hornell Dodgers of the New York Collegiate Baseball League for two seasons and guided the Dodgers to the 2012 Western Division regular season title.

Fuller is also in his seventh year as the Head Varsity Coach at McQuaid Jesuit High School. During just his second year at the helm, the Knights went 17-6, won the Class AA Section V Championship in a comeback, dramatic fashion, and advanced to the state semifinals. Fuller's 2019 Knights sqaud finished the season 24-2 and were sectional, regional, and NYS class AA champions. The state championship was the first in program history. The 2019 team also finished ranked 24th in the country in the final USA today poll.

Available for the following lessons:

  • Fielding

  • Hitting

  • Catching

Ben Bostick

Bostick attended Aquinas Institute where he was a three-year letter winner in baseball and football and a two-year letter winner in basketball. He helped lead the baseball team to a Section V Championship and a State Championship his senior year (2009). He also won three Section V Championships with the football team, including winning a State Championship in 2007.

He then attended St. John Fisher College where he had a very successful career. In his freshman year, Bostick appeared in 44 games and had 15 extra base hits which included seven doubles, six triples, and two home runs. He also stole 12 bases and finished with a .369 batting average. Bostick was named to the NCAA New York All-Region Team and also won the Empire 8 Conference Rookie of the Year Award.

His junior year, he appeared in 35 games and a recorded a hit in 28 of them. Bostick stole 14 bases, had 32 RBI's and finished with a .341 batting average. He was named to the Empire 8 All-Conference First Team and was also named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Third Team.

In 2012, Bostick appeared and started in all of the Cardinals' 43 games. He set a single-season College record with 30 stolen bases and set the program record for career stolen bases with 55. Bostick had the second most triples in a single-season at Fisher and also set the program mark for triples in a career with 15. He recorded the third most hits in a single season at Fisher with 67 and drove in the fourth most RBI in a single-season for the Cardinals with 45. Bostick was named to the First Team All-Region by both ABCA/Rawlings and D3Baseball.com. He was also named to the Empire 8 Conference First Team.

Conner Simonetti

He graduated from Fairport High School in 2013 where he led his team to two Class AAA Sectional Titles in 2011 and 2013. He was named to the All-Greater Rochester team in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Simonetti hit .618 his senior season and was named All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year. He currently holds the Section V Career Homerun with 25 HR’s. He was drafted in the 35th Round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.

Simonetti attended Kent State University where he had 31 career HR’s including 17 during his junior season, 96 career RBI and had a career 0.928 OPS. He was drafted in the 13th Round of the 2016 MLB by the Washington Nationals.

He went on to hit .264 with 8 HR’s and 29 RBI in 48 career Minor league games with the GCL Nationals and Auburn Doubledays. He had a career .991 fielding percentage in the Minors.

He was signed by the Lake Erie Crushers in the Frontier League in 2017. Hit .303 with 16 extra-base hits, including 5 homeruns, and 21 RBI in 46 games.

Simonetti played for the Geneva Twins (NYCBL) in 2015. He led the league in HR’s (9), Slugging (0.646), and OPS (1.028).

Conner has worked with Matt since he was 13 years old. He attributes much of his success to Matt’s teaching as well as Diamond Pro’s support along the way during his baseball journey. “I wouldn’t have had the success I’ve had in my baseball career if it wasn’t for Matt, not only as an instructor but as mentor as well.”

Available for the following lessons:

  • Hitting

  • Fielding

Tom Rogers

He graduated from Fairport High School in 2013 where he led his team to two Class AAA Sectional Titles in 2011 and 2013. He was named to the All-Greater Rochester team in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Simonetti hit .618 his senior season and was named All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year. He currently holds the Section V Career Homerun with 25 HR’s. He was drafted in the 35th Round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.

Simonetti attended Kent State University where he had 31 career HR’s including 17 during his junior season, 96 career RBI and had a career 0.928 OPS. He was drafted in the 13th Round of the 2016 MLB by the Washington Nationals.

He went on to hit .264 with 8 HR’s and 29 RBI in 48 career Minor league games with the GCL Nationals and Auburn Doubledays. He had a career .991 fielding percentage in the Minors.

He was signed by the Lake Erie Crushers in the Frontier League in 2017. Hit .303 with 16 extra-base hits, including 5 homeruns, and 21 RBI in 46 games.

Simonetti played for the Geneva Twins (NYCBL) in 2015. He led the league in HR’s (9), Slugging (0.646), and OPS (1.028).

Conner has worked with Matt since he was 13 years old. He attributes much of his success to Matt’s teaching as well as Diamond Pro’s support along the way during his baseball journey. “I wouldn’t have had the success I’ve had in my baseball career if it wasn’t for Matt, not only as an instructor but as mentor as well.”

Available for the following lessons:

  • Hitting

  • Fielding

Rob Consaul

Consaul graduated Fairport High School in 1993 where he was 2-time all country as a catcher.He then went on to SUNY Cortland where he graduated in 1998 with a degree in Elementary Education Pre-K through 6th Grade. In 2003, he attended SUNY Brockport where he graduated with a master’s degree in Elementary Education Pre-K through 6th Grade. He has been teaching for 18 years and is currently teaching 5th grade at school #25 in the Rochester City School District.

Consaul has been coaching all levels of high school baseball for 18 years. He was the head varsity baseball coach at Penfield where he coached numerous All-County players, All-Greater Rochester players, and All-State players. His teams won Section V Class AAA Championships in 2009, 2010, and 2012 as well as earning state rankings. Consaul was also named Section V Class AAA Coach of the Year in 2012. He was also the head coach of several summer baseball teams including an MCBR 17u team, an MCBR 19u team, and both Junior and Senior American Legion Braman Post teams.

Consaul is currently the assistant varsity baseball coach at McQuaid Jesuit High School. This is his second year with Diamond Pro and will coach the 14u team in the summer of 2018.

Jalen Dennis

Dennis attended Aquinas Institute and played four years on the varsity baseball team. He led the team with a .421 batting average his freshman year. He was honorable mention all four seasons and helped lead Aquinas to a state title in 2010. Dennis also played three years of varsity football and basketball.

He then attended Canisius College where he redshirted as a freshman from 2010-11. Dennis then transferred to MCC and played baseball there from 2011-2013. He pitched and played third base for the Tribunes. Helped the team win a Region 3 Division II championship during the 2012-2013 season. He finished with a .300 average his sophomore season and was also top in the nation in era in the beginning months of the season at MCC.

Dennis then transferred to St. John Fisher and played for two years on the baseball team. He graduated St. John Fisher in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Finance. He has been at Diamond Pro for over three years and will be the 13u Green head coach next summer.

Available for the following lessons:

  • Fielding

  • Hitting

Dan Paolini

Paolini was a Division 1 commit to Siena College in Albany, NY. As a freshman in 2009, he hit .430 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI's which earned him MAAC Rookie of the Year and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors.

As a sophomore, he hit .368 with 26 home runs and 64 RBI's. He led the nation in home runs per at bat with .49 while his 26 home runs was second in the nation. He earned MAAC Player of the Year, Second Team All-American, and was a finalist for the Golden Spikes award that year. Paolini also participated in the first College Home Run Derby at Rosenblatt Stadium and played for the Chatham A's in the Cape Cod League that summer.

As a junior, he hit .352 with 19 home runs and 67 RBI's. Paolini earned MAAC Player of the Year and became Siena's all-time home run leader. He was then drafted in the 10th round by the Seattle Mariners a a second basemen.

Paolini played rookie ball in the Appalachian Leage where he hit .284. 2012 was Paolini's first full professional season. He played in the Midwest League (Low A) where he hit .300 with 20 home runs, 12 of which came in the month of August. He earned Minor League Player of the Month in August and was also awarded an organizational All-Star by the Mariners.

In 2013, Paolini started in High A in the California League. His .284 average and 18 home runs earned him a promotion to AA during the year. In 2014, he hit .270 with 13 home runs in the Southern League (AA). The next year he returned to AA where he hit .271 with 5 home runs which earned him a promotion to the Pacific Coast League (AAA).

This is Paolini's second year with Diamond Pro.

Available for the following lessons:

  • Fielding

  • Hitting

Dan Paolini Hits a Grand Slam for the Generals

Dan Paolini Hits a Home Run

Dan Paolini Hits a Solo Home Run

Dan Paolini Hits a Home Run

Dan Paolini Hits a Solo Home Run

Dan Paolini Hits a Grand Slam for the Generals

Dan Paolini Hits a Home Run

Dan Paolini Hits a Solo Home Run

Tanner Cooper

Cooper graduated from Canandaigua Academy in 2017 where he was named first team All-State as well as first team All-Greater Rochester. He then attended Stony Brook University as a freshman where he had a 1.000 fielding percentage as a third baseman. After Stony Brook, he transferred to Finger Lakes Community College for his sophomore season where he set hitting pitching records while being name Region 3 baseball player of the year. Cooper led the country in strikeouts as a pitcher with 136 k’s. He was also name an All-American that year.

Cooper was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 35th round of the 2019 MLB draft and just finished his rookie season.

Bobby Papalouizos

Bobby's coaching experience in both the collegiate and professional level have played an essential role in his knowledge and ability to develop arms. Because his playing career was cut short due to injury, he immediately pursued coaching and player development. He has worked with the Baltimore Orioles in their player development department. Specifically as a TrackMan and pitching video analyst. In his time as pitching coach at Alfred state he’s coached 3 professionals, a pitcher of the year as well as many other stand out players. Alfred State’s pitching staff has steadily improved in all statistical categories. Along with statistical improvements, the health and strength of the pitching staff has also improved. Bobby is most known for his player development, he has experience with Driveline baseball, and continues to research new tactics to develop young pitchers. He specializes in increasing velocity and pitching efficiency.

Tyler Cyrus

Tyler graduated from McQuaid High School in 2017, where he won 2 Class AA Sectional Titles in 2015 and 2017., as well as a berth in the New York State Final Four. He is currently playing baseball at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he plays First Base and Catcher. He is looking to graduate with degrees In Finance and Financial Planning and Wealth Management. Will be entering third year as a coach at Diamond Pro.

Matt Carroll

Matt graduated from the Aquinas Institute of Rochester in 2016, where he helped lead the Lil Irish to the class A Section V championship. He then went on to become a 4 year collegiate catcher (NCCC, FLCC 2017/2018 and SUNY Fredonia 2019/2020), graduating cum laude from SUNY Fredonia in the spring of 2020 with a Bachelors of Science in Sport Management. Coach Carroll was elected to Chi Alpha Sigma as well, which is the National Student Athlete Honor’s Society. Since graduation and amidst a pandemic, Matt has coached for the Interstate Collegiate Baseball League’s Monarchs squad as well as Diamond Pro’s 15u fall ball team. He is currently an assistant coach at his alma mater (Finger Lakes Community College), where he works with the catchers and engages in the recruitment of transferring players to 4 year institutions as well as bringing local talent to FLCC. Matt loves to work with catchers to improve their mental and physical skills regarding the position. With 50+ games of collegiate experience to rely on, he wants to help improve the pitch calling, receiving, blocking and throwing aspects of young catchers.

Max Franzone

Max graduated from Finger Lakes Community College in 2015, where he had a successful two seasons. In 2014, he led the team in almost every offensive category. He had the most runs scored, hits, RBIs, and walks. He also led the team with a .386 avg, .556 OBP, and .556 slugging percentage. He was awarded 1st team All-Conference and 1st team All-Region. In 2015, Max picked up right where he left off. He led the Lakers’ offense in hits, home-runs, walks and stolen bases. The Lakers had their second straight sub regional playoff appearance and Max was awarded 1st team All- Conference, 1st team All-Region, and was voted 2nd team All-American. Max went on to sign a scholarship at the Division II level. At Dominican College, Max was a two-year starter for the Chargers and named a team captain by his teammates for his senior season. He finished his two years there being named an All-Conference player and 1st team All-Tournament. Max helped his team win the 2017 CACC conference tournament, putting the Chargers in a Regional appearance. Max currently is in his third-year coaching at Finger Lakes Community College and coached the 13u and 14u teams for Diamond Pro in 2020. He will be available for hitting and fielding lessons.

Brandon Anderson