DIAKADI Trainer Thomas "Hawk" Jacquez has started In the Zone baseball training camp for athletes looking to strengthen their muscles through baseball conditioning. His Fall Yard Work Sessions strengthen, rebuild, and recharge your "baseball muscles". Fall Yard Work targets the five tools:
- Running Speed
- Arm Strength
- Hitting for Average
- Hitting for Power
Hawk also offers 1:1 instruction and training for rotational sport athletes (baseball, softball, quarterbacks, and golfers) ages 8-adult.
For more information visit www.pitchinthezone.weebly.com or contact Hawk at email@example.com
About Thomas "Hawk" Jacquez
Hawk was a Division I High School San Joaquin Athletic Association (SJAA) standout. In 1993 he was selected to play in the prestigious baseball showcase Area Code Games, sponsored by Major League Baseball and 1994 he earned All-League, All-City, All-State and MVP of SJAA awards. He was also named All Area Player of the Year.
In the fall of his senior year he accepted a full athletic scholarship and signed a letter of intent to University of California Los Angeles. Hawk battled with injuries in 1995 and 1996 and began to tap into his potential while pitching for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League in the summer of 1996. He finished 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA. In 1997, he emerged as a top pitcher in the country as he earned All Pac-10 honors by posting 10-4 (3rd overall in conference) record with a 3.06 ERA (3rd overall in conference) and leading the Bruins with 129.1 (2nd overall in conference) innings pitched and 100 strikeouts (6th overall in conference). He was selected to All Pac-10 Conference Team. His performance in the championship game at the Midwest Regional propelled UCLA into the College World Series.
Hawk was teammates with notable Bay Area MLB outfielder Eric Byrnes and 2002 MLB World Series MVP, Troy Glaus. With a team record of 45 wins, the 1997 UCLA Baseball team secured a spot in the UCLA Hall of Fame.
The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Hawk in sixth round of the 1997 Major League Baseball amateur draft. He began his professional career with the Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn League. He was quickly promoted to Piedmont of the Class A South Atlantic League. In 1998 Jacquez played Class A with the Clearwater Phillies in the Florida State League. In 1999, he pitched for Class AA Reading Phillies and AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons. Hawk started the 2000 season back at AA Reading, but after posting a 2.96 ERA in 13 games, he returned to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. As a reliever with the AAA Red Barons, he posted a 5-1 record with four saves and a 1.98 ERA in 35 games. In early September, Jacquez got his call to the big leagues. In 2001, the Phillies reassigned Jacquez to minor-league camp and although he went 10-6 with 3.13 ERA in 33 games, he spent the full year at Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In January 2002, the Phillies removed Hawk from the 40-man roster and within a few days the Chicago White Sox added him to their 40-man roster. That year Hawk had season ending Tommy John surgery. After returning from his operation in June 2003 – an 11 month recovery – Hawk went to Great Falls, Montana, in the Pioneer Rookie League on rehab assignment. He returned to AAA Charlotte in July, starting once in 13 games over the remainder of the season. That October, the White Sox granted him free agency. In January 2004, Jacquez signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles organization and started the season with AA and became part of the bullpen for the Bowie Baysox. Due to shoulder injury, Hawk retired from professional baseball in 2004.
Jacquez then returned to get his college degree and graduated with honors in 2005 with a BA from University of San Francisco (USF) . From 2005-2014, he worked at a private, independent college preparatory high school, The Urban School of San Francisco, where he coached baseball and taught Spanish and Service Learning. He has also served as a site director for seven years with Aim High, a San Francisco educational non-profit that provides summer academic and social learning opportunities for low income middle school youth. He now serves on the Aim High Board of Trustees. Hawk earned his MA in 2013 from USF and has been accepted as a doctoral student.