Kevin Burrell serves as CEO, Chief Encouragement Officer, of “From The Sandlot – 2 – The Sweet Spot” where he is passionate about helping baseball coaches and scouts reach their full leadership potential. Since everything rises and falls on leadership, Kevin’s goal is to see next generation leaders in baseball understand the importance of living a life of character and integrity, in order to maximize their influence in life.
Kevin has worked in professional baseball as both a player and major league baseball scout for the past 32 years and currently serves on staff with the Chicago White Sox as an area scouting supervisor. A HS All-American catcher from San Diego, California, Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall) by the Boston Red Sox, and was the first catcher selected in the United States. He played 10 years of professional baseball with four different organizations. However, his career was cut short by an elbow injury in 1992.
Wanting to stay connected with the sport he loved, Kevin soon pursued a professional scouting career. He began with the Chicago White Sox organization. After years of dedication and commitment, Kevin was promoted as National Crosschecker with the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros respectively.
Kevin has a record of accomplishment with young amateur baseball players and is credited with scouting & signing – or recommending to draft as a national crosschecker the following players: Mark Teixeira (1B), Dernell Stenson (OF), Lew Ford (OF), David Eckstein (SS), Mark Johnson (C), Gordon Beckham (2B), Matt Chico (LHP), Mike Maroth (LHP), Kelly Shoppach (C), Adam Everett (SS), Drew Stubbs (OF), Hunter Pence (OF), Ben Zobrist (INF/OF), Casey Fossum (LHP), Phillip Dumatrait (LHP), Josh Hancock (RHP), Manny Delcarmen (RHP), Troy Patton (LHP), Nick Green (RHP), and Kason Gabbard (LHP).
In his free time, Kevin enjoys mentoring young athletes, public speaking at churches and with sports organizations, reading, writing, traveling, and serving in his local church where his family attends.
My wife, Valerie, and I have been married for 20 years and reside in Sharpsburg, Georgia with our two children.