Instructors & Lessons

The staff of Future Stars Baseball Academy give roughly 10,000 private lessons annually, more than most training facilities in the country.

We offer hitting, pitching, and catching lessons for baseball and softball. Our lessons are one-on-one instruction an instructor of your choice. All of our instructors have played professionally, semi-professionally, and or at the collegiate level, all of which have had incredible careers.

*All instructor bios are listed below.

Scheduling

ALL lessons are scheduled by the front desk, please contact them HERE

Pricing

HITTING INSTRUCTORS BACKGROUND EXPERTISE COST PER 1/2 HOUR
Eric Welsh Reds & White Sox Baseball & Softball $50
Scott Spoolstra New York Mets Baseball & Softball $40
Jill Harvey Illinois Sparks Softball $40
Brandon Collins Lewis University Baseball $35
Billy Quirke UW-Milwaukee Baseball $35
Jackson Dvorak Joliet Slammers Baseball $35

 

PITCHING INSTRUCTORS BACKGROUND EXPERTISE COST PER 1/2 HOUR
Brian Forystek Twins & Orioles Baseball Pitching $50
Amanda Santay H.L. Richards Softball Pitching $30
Mark Gentile White Sox Baseball Pitching $35

 

CATCHING INSTRUCTORS BACKGROUND EXPERTISE COST PER 1/2 HOUR
Jackson Dvorak Joliet Slammers Baseball $35

 

Eric Welsh

Eric graduated from Sandburg High School where he received All-Area Honors in football and baseball. After high school, he attended Northern Illinois University, serving double duty pitching and hitting for three years. Eric’s college career was cut short after being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds, but not before he became the school’s “All-Time Career Homerun Leader.” Eric spent eight years with the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox organizations. During his career, he made three All-Star teams, three All-Defensive teams, and led his teams in home-runs five times. During this time, Eric and his teammates won two League Championship titles.

Eric is the co-owner of Future Stars Baseball Academy and co-founder of Chicago Elite Baseball. He has trained some of the best athletes in the Chicagoland area.

Brian Forystek

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Brian graduated from Sandburg High School with many baseball and soccer accomplishments that include USA Today All-American honors, Chicago Tribune Pitcher of the Year, and being drafted by the Florida Marlins. He decided to continue his education and attended Illinois State University before pursuing a professional baseball career. As a four year letter winner, Brian totaled the second most strikeouts, third most innings pitched, and sixth most wins in school history. He graduated with a bachelor’s of Science and was then drafted by the Baltimore Orioles. Brian pitched nine professional seasons and earned a spot on the 40 man roster for two and a half seasons. He pitched at every level in the minor leagues (Rookie-AAA) where he accumulated numerous honors. During the off season of his professional career, he pitched in the Arizona Fall League and Venezuelan and Puerto Rican winter leagues. Over the last twelve years, Brian has dedicated his talent to teaching pitching mechanics, arm strength, and arm conditioning programs to kids of all ages.

Brian is the co-owner of Future Stars Baseball Academy and co-founder of Chicago Elite Baseball. He has trained some of the best athletes in the Chicagoland area.

forystekScott Spoolstra – Baseball & softball hitting

Half-hour lessons with Scott are $40

Scott was drafted by the New York Mets in the 46th round of the 1987 MLB Draft from Moraine Valley Community College.

ImgComingSoonJill Harvey – Softball hitting/slap bunting

Half-hour lessons with Jill are $40

Jill is currently coaching her eighth year with Sparks Softball and third year with Mt. Assisi Academy. In her first three years with the Sparks her teams accumulated over 230 wins, including two Chicago Metro ASA ‘A’ Championships, numerous tournament championships and three ASA ‘A’ National appearances. In her first year as Head Coach of the Mt. Assisi Varsity Softball team (2012) she led her team a IHSA Regional Championship. Jill played softball for 12 years including ASA ‘A’ travel and NCAA softball. As an instructor she specializes in hitting, slapping/bunting and fielding.

ImgComingSoonAmanda Santay – Softball pitching

Half-hour lessons with Amanda are $30

Amanda attended High School at H.L. Richards in Oak Lawn where she played varsity for 3 years and accumulated over 50 wins as a pitcher. Amanda was named All-Area and All-Conference her junior and senior year. She was Bulldog of the week 3 times; Sun-Times player of the Week, Southtown player of the week, and her senior year was named Female Athlete of the Year. After graduation, she was asked by Bob Sakamoto to go with a group of outstanding athletes to go to Europe, where she played national teams from Holland and gave clinics throughout. She did not play in college, due to a music scholarship, but she started coaching various teams in Chicago Ridge, which is where she is originally from. She gave pitching clinics and helped teach beginners the basics of windmill pitching, which she breaks down into 5 easy steps. She then left college early to get married and raise a family. She has been married for 15 years and has 8 children, 2 of which play softball and pitch. Amanda has been involved in MBSA for 6 years. She has managed and coached in-house teams as well as the part time travel girl’s teams. She is the official pitching coach of the full-time Mokena Blast softball teams (10u, 12u, 14u).

forystekBilly Quirke – Baseball hitting

Half-hour lessons with Billy are $35

Billy graduated from Providence Catholic High School. Billy moved on to play two years at Triton College where he earned all region and all conference as sophomore. He then moved on to play two years at UW-Milwaukee where he received second team all conference as junior.

forystekJackson Dvorak – Baseball hitting & catching

Half-hour lessons with Jackson are $35

Jackson attended Providence Catholic High school in New Lenox, graduating in 2016. In his time there he was a member of back to back state titles in 2015 and 2016, all-area in both years. WJOL Tournament MVP in 2015, and all CCL Blue in 2016. Beginning in the spring of 2017 he played two seasons at South Suburban College. In 2018 Jackson was named NJCAA All-Region. Jackson finished his collegiate career at Lewis University, ending with 238 collegiate hits. Named All-Midwest Collegiate League in 2019, and played for the Rockford Rivets of the Northwoods League in 2020. Most recently Jackson played professionally for the Joliet Slammers in 2021. They are a member of the MLB Partner League the Frontier League.