Baseball in East Cobb is widely considered the Mecca of travel baseball in the Southeast. The proof is in the pudding too or should I say in the grits. With over 300+ pro players that are alumni, including big names like Buster Posey, Jason Heyward, Dansby Swanson, Daniel Norris, Javier Baez, and Nick Markakis just to name a few. They also have countless kids playing on college teams around the county.
East Cobb Baseball is comprised of 60+ travel teams from ages 8-18. According to Perfect Game, every East Cobb Astros team is ranked from ages 13-18. The older age groups at Perfect game are ranked #1 at 16u and #1 at 18u in the nation. The younger age groups are equally successful according to BRP-Baseball Rankings Project (travelbaseballrankings.com). From ages 9-12 the East Cobb Astros have 3 out of 4 of the top ranked teams and multiple teams ranked in the top 4 of 11u and 12u. This organization is a powerhouse.
There are many kids that drive 4+ hours to don the East Cobb brand and to be coached by some of the best. Wes Etheridge, coach of 12u and 14u Astros gave insight on why he drives close to two hours to coach. He said the most rewarding aspect of his job is watching his former players sign to pro teams, colleges, and developing the players. He moved to Georgia from California to be closer to his kids and grandkids. In California, he started one of the first travel baseball programs on the west-coast 30 years ago. He described how he runs practices with kids from Savannah, Florida, and South GA, which logistically could be very difficult. Not for Wes, it is a well-oiled machine and the out-of-town players will practice 4 hours a day on the weekend twice a month and the local players are able to practice together more frequently.
As an organization, there is no doubting the success of East Cobb Baseball. There are so many great teams affiliated with this brand. They face high level competition and travel as far as California for top-notch competition. If an East Cobb Baseball team comes to your town, check them out because there is a good chance you could be watching a future MLB player.