At D-BAT DFW, we believe the focus of lessons should be on the needs of the individual ballplayer, and we value parental involvement. We have great instructors who can help players at every level improve their game. We realize learning a skill and applying that skill in a game are two different phases of the learning process. That's why our instructors rely on feedback from parents on how the player is performing in game situations. This partnership helps our instructors efficiently develop each player to his or her best potential.

Matthew Redding, Jr.

Baseball Lessons: Catching & Pitching, Hitting

Matt has played professional baseball for the past three seasons and has started as a Catcher for several Independent League teams. Matt also has the unique distinction of having been both a Catcher and Pitcher at the professional level. In 2013, he was a late reliever for the Fort Worth Cats posting a 0.57 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings and a 1-0 record in 10 games. Matt is still pursuing his dream of playing in the Major Leagues.

As a full scholarship recipient, Matt attended Chipola Junior College where his team went on to win the NJCAA Division 1 National Championship. He went on to finish his college career at Northwood College here in North Texas where he was a two year starter as a Catcher hitting .398 as a senior.

Matt was a four year varsity starter in High School at the The Bolles School and Nease High School in Jacksonville, FL. He was an All-State honors catcher hitting .509 and throwing out 23 of 25 baserunners. He was also named to the All-Decade team for St. John's County, Florida.

Rick Bauer

Baseball Lessons: Pitching

Rick has played professional baseball for 14+ years with more than 4 years of big league service time as both a starting pitcher and as a reliever.  

Rick played with the Baltimore Orioles from (1997-2005), Texas Rangers (2006-2007), Philadelphia Phillies (2007), Los Angeles Dodgers (2007), Cleveland Indians (2008), Toronto Blue Jays (2008-2009),
LG Twins in Seoul, Korea (2009), & the Colorado Rockies (2010).

David Osteen

Baseball Lessons: Pitching

David is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he was named All-Big 8 Conference in 1986. He then signed and played 6 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals organization reaching the AAA level. While in the minors, he compiled a 54-30 record with a career ERA of 3.43. He also completed 29 of his 110 starts.

David then went on to coaching, spending 6 years as a pitching coach in professional baseball with the Dodgers, Brewers, and Bridgeport (Independent). He has also coached at the Division 1 and Junior College levels. He has spent the last 10 years doing individual pitching instruction in the DFW area.

David grew up in a baseball family. His father, Claude, pitched 17 years in the major leagues and coached for another 17 years in the bigs. His brother, Gavin, pitched 11 years in the minor leagues, also reaching the AAA level.

Caty Strawther

Softball Lessons: Pitching & Hitting

Caty played professionally with the Sundsvall Mosquitos, in Sundsvall, Sweden where she helped propel her team to the regular season Championship - racking up some impressive stats in the process:

  • ERA:  0.82
  • Batting Average:  .482

While attending Middle Tennessee State University (Sun Belt Conference - Division One), Caty led the Blue Raider 2012 pitching staff in: wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, victories, and complete game victories. She is ranked in several Blue Raider career records including Appearances (4th), Innings Pitched (8th), Career Starts (8th), and Strikeouts (9th).

Caty was named Blue Raider "Player of the Game" three times, and was a Lightning Award winner and NFCA Academic All-American three times.   

In high school, Caty played for Bourgade Catholic in Phoenix, Arizona. During high school she was 2A Conference Player of the Year, made First Team All-State three times, Arizona Republic's 2008 All-Phoenix Team in 2008, made the All-Region Team three times.

Kellie Roby

Softball Lessons: Pitching & Hitting

Kellie attended Middle Tennessee State University, Sun Belt Conference (Division One).

  • (2009) 18 appearances, 6 starts
  • (2008) 19 appearances, 17 starts
  • NFCA Academic All-American (2x)
  • Sunbelt Conference Student-Athlete of the Month
  • Blue Raider Award (4.0 GPA)
  • Majored in Aerospace Professional Pilot & Air Traffic Control

High School:  Paris High School - Paris, TX

  • Voted Newcomer of the Year as freshman
  • Earned team Offensive Player of the Year
  • First Team All-District and First Team All-Red River Valley as senior
  • Led the team in slugging, second in RBIs and third in hits as senior
  • First Team Academic All-State as senior
  • Also played year-round 18 Gold club softball for the Tulsa Eagles – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Kellie is currently employed in the corporate aviation industry at Dallas Love Field while pursuing her Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Kirk Wascovich

Baseball Lessons: Hitting & Fitness Director

Kirk graduated from Cedar Hill High School where he was a two time All-District Outfielder and went on to attend Cisco Junior College. In his first 34 collegiate at bats, Kirk led the nation with a .558 average recording 20 hits, 2 doubles, 3 triples, and homerun, and 13 RBI. He finished his Red Shirt Freshman season lead all Outfielders in the North Texas Junior college Conference with a .379 batting average. Kirk transferred to Angelo State University where he suffered a career ending shoulder injury.

Despite his injury, Kirk continued to pursue his passion for athletics and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2010. He holds multiple certifications and, as a Trainer, specializes in sport-specific training geared toward maximizing each athlete's performance.

Taylor Davis

Softball Lessons: Pitching, Catching & Hitting

Taylor attended East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma after completing two years at McLennan Community College.

  • GAC 1st team All-Conference 2015-2016
  • NFCA 1st Team All-Region 2015-2016
  • NFCA 2nd Team All-American 2015
  • Daktronics 3rd Team All-American 2015
  • Region 5 North Conference MVP 2014

Attended Keller Central High School; Keller, TX

Coached at a Junior College in Tishomingo, OK.

Austin Newell

Baseball Lessons: Hitting

Professional: Fort Worth Cats and Air Hogs

  • 6 years of Independent Minor League
  • Batting Avg: 2012 .425 league leading avg.
  • Career .320 hitter in the Minor Leagues
  • Over 1,300 Professional At-Bats
  • 2016 Team Captain and Veteran of Florence Freedom
  • 2 years of play on Florence Freedom

 

College: Baylor/UT Tyler

Waco, TX/Tyler, TX
(Division Three)

  • All Conference Honors 2009-2010
  • Received Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology
  • 4 Time Conference Champions

High School: Kennedale High School
Kennedale, TX

  • 2 Time All-State Selection
  • 2005 Defensive MVP
  • 2006 Offensive Player of the Year
  • Led all 3A TX High Schools in batting average hitting over .600