The CT Bombers take great pride in the development of their players. The success of the Program is reflected in the large number of quality players that have gone on to play at the next level.
"I think the Connecticut Bombers organization as a whole does a great job of preparing a player for baseball at the next level. I'm very grateful for the way Bob Turcio and the Bombers transitioned me from a high school kid into a collegiate athlete. I give a lot of credit to Bob Turcio and being a member of the Connecticut Bombers for my understanding of hard work, teamwork, and personal accountability." - A.J. Pollock
A.J. attended RHAM High School in his hometown of Hebron, CT, where he earned All-State honors in both his junior and senior years. He was a CT Bomber through his senior year of 2006, before moving on to play D1 ball at the University of Notre Dame. Pollock was named the 2008 Cape Cod League MVP and was a 2009, first-round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He would go on to represent Arizona in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, and was awarded the NL Gold-Glove for CF later that year. He is currently a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"For 11 years, the Connecticut Bombers Baseball Program played a vital role in my development as a player. The combination of discipline, skill development, work ethic, and fundamental baseball knowledge, which I acquired during my years as a Bomber, both prepared me for and helped me achieve my goal of playing college and professional baseball. In my opinion, the Bombers program is second to none for player development both on and off the field." - Matt Grosso
Matt is from Marlborough, CT and attended RHAM High School, where his 104 career hits set a school record. He earned All-State honors in both his junior and senior years, and was a CT Bomber through his senior year of 2006. Matt attended UCONN as a freshman before transferring to the University of Notre Dame in his sophomore year.
"Playing with the Bombers from ages 12-18, I not only mastered the fundamentals and skills of the game, but I also walked away with a work ethic that has stuck with me throughout my life. I was never the fastest, tallest, or strongest player on any team I played on. Knowing this, Bob and the rest of the coaching staff at the Batter’s Box challenged me every day to be the hardest working player on and off the field. The coaches taught me how to deal with failure and how to hold myself accountable.
There were long practices in the hot sun, sprints that never seemed to end, and endless hours of extra ground balls and hitting lessons that left my hands filled with blisters. Some days it seemed excessive. However, on the day that I signed a National Letter of Intent and accepted a scholarship to the University of Connecticut, it all made perfect sense to me." - Pierre LePage
Pierre is from Wolcott, CT and a 2007 graduate of the Loomis Chaffee School. He was a CT Bomber before going on to play D1 ball at UCONN, and was a member of the Bourne Braves team that went on to win the 2009 Cape Cod League Championship. Pierre was a 2010 draft pick of the Chicago Cubs and played two MiLB seasons with the Cubs' organization.
"Playing for the Connecticut Bombers has offered me so many great experiences both on and off the baseball field. As far as player development, I owe most of my success to coach Bob Turcio and his staff. They teach proper technique and instill the work ethic necessary to succeed in their players at a young age. As they continue to grow with these tools, they are often ahead of their competition come time for high school and collegiate baseball.
Off the field the Connecticut Bombers has connected me with teammates that have become life-long friends. Many other AAU programs are solely about showcasing their players, however, playing for the Connecticut Bombers taught us what it meant to be a team. This does not mean we did not showcase our talents because we were constantly seen by top colleges and universities, and more than half of our team would later be on a Division 1 roster.
Due to the teaching and exposure to collegiate coaches, the Connecticut Bombers program has gotten me to where I am today. It has also connected me with the people I now call my best friends. I don’t know of an AAU program in the country that does both of those as successfully as the Bombers." - Eric Yavarone
Eric is from North Haven, CT and attended North Haven High, where he earned 2011 All-State honors as a senior. He was a CT Bomber before moving on to play at UCONN, where he set a school record by appearing in all 59 games as a freshman. Eric is currently employed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as their Athletic Development Coordinator.