Private lessons are available from a highly decorated group of professional instructors. The one-on-one attention to fine tune your skills will bring your game to the next level.
Chris Burke is the owner of Chris Burke Baseball and is also the head of instruction. Chris is a Louisville, Kentucky native who is a graduate of St. Xavier High School. After graduating from St.X Chris went on to be a two time 1st team All-America at the University of Tennessee. In 2000 he won a Gold Medal for the USA Baseball Collegiate Team at the World Baseball Games in Harlem, Holland. In 2001, his Junior season, Chris was named the Consensus SEC player of the Year while leading the league in hits, homeruns, batting average, runs, extrabase hits and stolen bases. Chris still holds 6 single season hitting records and 8 career hitting records at UT. Also, in 2001 Chris was selected by the Houston Astros with the 10th pick of the 1st round in the MLB draft. He spent 7 seasons in the Astro organization including parts of 4 seasons in the major leagues. He was twice named the starting second baseman in the MLB Futures All-Star Game, and was named the Astros #1 prospect by Baseball America in 2004. His time in Houston was highlighted by an 18th inning walk off home run to beat the Atlanta Braves in the 2005 NLDS. The home run ended the longest game in MLB playoff history and propelled the Astros into the NLCS. Eventually the Astros would lose to the White Sox in the World Series marking the only time in Houston's history that they made it to the Fall Classic. After being traded by the Astros to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fall of 2007, Chris went on to play for three more seasons including stops with the Padres, Mariners, Braves, and Reds organizations. He retired in 2010 and now resides full time in Louisville with his wife and 4 children. In addition to running Chris Burke Baseball, Chris is a College Baseball and Little League Baseball Analyst for ESPN. He also is the director of instruction for InsidePitch Magazine, the director of coaching for eCoach Sports, a motivational speaker, and the director of Instruction for the Ironmen Baseball Club and Viper Baseball Club.
Nick Ratajczak joins Chris Burke Baseball as a hitting and fielding instructor for Chris Burke baseball. A native of Joliet, Illinois, Nick played his first two years of college baseball at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida. After transferring to the University of Louisville, he started every game at second base under Dan McDonnell during the 2012 and 2013 seasons until a season ending injury. During the senior season, helped the Cardinals reach a school record in wins and a trip to the college World Series. Nick has been instructing for 2 years with Chris Burke Baseball.
Shane Crain joins Chris Burke Baseball as a catching and hitting instructor. A native of Lexington, KY, attended Lexington Christian Academy where he was a 2009 PreSeason UnderArmour All American. Played one year at Wabash Valley College where he led his team to a GRAC conference championship. He spent his remaining 3 years at Univ. of Louisville where he was the starting catcher for 2 back to back College World Series teams along with 2 Big East and 1 AAC Conference Championships.
Neil Holland is the Director of pitching instruction for Chris Burke Baseball. From Owensboro, KY, Neil atteneded the University of Louisville for three years. He was a 1st team Big East and 1st team All-America selection, runner up for Stopper of the Year, and he has the most saves in Louisville history. Neil was an 11th round selection by the Washington Nationals in the 2010 draft and was a New York-Penn League all-star. For the past 5 years Neil has worked with kids ranging from 7 to 17 all over the Kentuckiana area.
Mike moved to Louisville in July 2016 from St. Louis, Missouri where he was born and raised and spent the early years of his baseball career. Mike attended the University of Missouri, Columbia and St. Charles Community College. At St. Charles CC he still holds the record for most strikeouts in a game with 14. Mike was drafted as a pitcher both years out of Junior college, first by the Cleveland Indians and then by the Oakland Athletics. His first full professional season began in 2005 in the California league (high A) where he was an All-Star selection for Stockton Ports and finished the season in Double A with the Midland Rockhounds. Some of Mike's accomplishments in professional baseball include:
As a non-roster invitee, Mike tossed 15 scoreless innings in big league camp spring training. HE reported to Triple A Sacramento and suffered a career ending shoulder injury and was never able to recover completely. In the off season throughout his career, Mike has given pitching lessons to many high school pitchers and little leaguers. His number one priority is the health of the pitcher’s arm maintained through correct fundamentals and sound mechanics.Mike is excited to share the knowledge and expertise he has gathered over the years through his collegiate and professional career with the players and look forward to seeing them develop as young men and athletes.
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