Standout Baseball is an organization that believes in the life lessons learned through sports participation. Back in 1997, Kevin Batista and Josh Gernatt teamed up to form the middle infield tandem at Berry College. The relationship they built was formed in the bond of the sweat, hard work, and determination to be the best ballplayers they could be. They learned to focus and perfect the fundamental approach and movements over chasing statistics. As their careers came to an end, they also learned a basic truth- baseball ends for everyone.
A few years later, Kevin, having moved to Las Vegas, still had the flame burning inside to be a part of the game. As an educator, he understood the impact he could have on young students and started a fledgling baseball training business, which soon after came to be known as Standout Baseball. Kevin trained players from 5 years old to the professional level with a vision to teach these athletes how to be a standout baseball player, but more importantly about how to be a standout person.
Flash forward to 2020, and that is when the wheels began to turn on a new vision for Standout and how Kevin’s teachings and programs could impact a broader audience. Kevin moved to Atlanta and teamed up with his former college double-play partner to revolutionize the training programs and reach the masses in an exciting and affordable way.
Our mission is to help youth players achieve success in baseball and life by enabling them to be confident in what they do. Come and see what we are all about.
Kevin Batista’s career as an educator and professional baseball trainer has given him the insight it takes to draw out players’ hidden talents and instilling in them the confidence that success requires. His passion for baseball began at the Castle Hill Little League in the Bronx, NY and love for this game was realized while playing for his hometown in Emerson, NJ. From there he showcased his talents at Brookdale CC in NJ and ultimately playing shortstop for the Berry College Vikings in Rome, GA. He is now the Founder and owner of Standout Baseball and after 20+ years, has welcomed his college second baseman to share in his vision for the future generations of baseball players. Kevin continues to train athletes from 4 years of age to the MLB level and loves watching his wife, son and daughters share in the same passion.
“Baseball is more than just a sport to me. It's a vehicle that has inspired me to access my greatest abilities, form inseparable bonds, inspiring the youth and instilled in me the discipline to Standout as a leader, man and father. This allows me to expand in success, love and abundance every day as I inspire those around me to do the same.”
Josh picked up his first baseball glove at age 2 and still has the same passion for the game now as he did as a player. After a successful baseball career at Berry College, Josh joined the corporate world but never really left the game. He has trained and coached players from age 4 to 18 in recreational leagues and travel baseball teams. His love for the game and business experience fueled the desire to formally join the Standout team as a partner and head up business development and operations. He now coaches his 8 year old son, but most importantly, they watch the Atlanta Braves together every chance they get!
“Playing baseball is a great way to build confidence, develop new skills, and learn how to be a great teammate. Baseball careers end at some point for each of us, but what we learn from this game can 100% positively impact the other aspects of our lives.”