My name is Jimmy Serrano, I am a father, a husband, a brother, a son, an uncle and a baseball player. I actually don’t play baseball anymore but as with the other descriptions, it’s in my blood. I am currently a youth baseball coach and a private instructor in Dallas. I was lucky enough to play this great game from Little League all the way to the Big Leagues. I continue to be lucky with the opportunity to share my experiences with parents and young aspiring players.
I’m officially listed on some baseball cards as being 5’10. The ONLY reason I’m listed at that height is because the questionnaire had a blank space and no measuring tape. In reality I’m a couple inches shy of that mark. You can say I never fit the mold of what a pitcher should look like. Most scouts look for height, height, and more height. The scouts think that the taller the pitcher the greater the angle of the ball being pitched. It all makes perfect sense and that is why I never considered myself a pitcher – until I had to be. With no college baseball scholarship offers to play 3rd base out of high school, I walked on and made a junior college baseball team as a pitcher. I had no idea what I was doing but was eager to learn pitching mechanics, mental approaches, and throwing programs. As a freshman in college my top velocity was 84 mph, as a senior I was up to 93 mph. I am blessed to be able to share my baseball knowledge and experience with young pitchers. My playing career spanned the globe including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Korea. Every pitching coach I had provided significant learning tools that allowed me to reach my potential and I continue to use those tools in my own way as I coach and instruct. If a short right-handed pitcher from a small town can navigate his way to the Major Leagues, so can you!
Jimmy Serrano (born in Grand Junction, Colorado) is a former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the Kansas City Royals in 2004, and in the Korea Baseball Organization for the SK Wyverns in 2006.
Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 18th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft after attending the University of New Mexico, Jimmy pitched for the Single-A Vermont Expos and Cape Fear Crocs in 1998. In 1999, Jimmy had an ERA of 2.13 for the Single-AJupiter Hammerheads in 44 games and was promoted to Double-A Harrisburg to start 2000. He had a 4.20 ERA and stayed at Double-A in 2001 until a promotion to Triple-A Ottawa after recording a 2.18 ERA.
On March 24, 2002,Jimmy was traded to the New York Mets with Jason Bay for Lou Collier. He pitched for Triple-A Norfolk until the Kansas City Royals purchased his contract on July 5, 2003. He made his major league debut for the Royals on August 7, 2004, appearing in 10 games that season, including 5 starts.
On November 18, 2004, Jimmy signed with the Oakland Athletics, with whom he became a full-time starting pitcher. He was released after 16 starts for Triple-A Sacramento during which, he went 8-3, compiled a 3.91 ERA, and struck out 89 in 92 innings. On July 3, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds. In 12 starts for Triple-A Louisville, Jimmy had a 3.75 ERA and became a free agent after the season.
On December 9, 2005, Jimmy signed with the Boston Red Sox recording a 2.50 ERA for Triple-A Pawtucket, but was released in June. He signed with the Wyverns and finished the 2006 season with them.
On January 4, 2007, Serrano signed a one-year minor league contract with the Florida Marlins and spent most of the year with Double-ACarolina and only 4 games with Triple-A Albuquerque. After sitting out a year, Jimmy played for the independent Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in 2009, his most recent professional season.
Since his time in professional baseball, Jimmy has spent most of his time coaching young players and helping them develop their talent. Currently Jimmy resides in Texas with his beautiful wife Caitlin and their three children.