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Owner, Director of MAD Baseball Player Development

Head Baseball & Softball Instructor

Melvin A. Dorta was signed as a free agent in 1999, by the Boston Red Sox, at the age of 16 out of Venezuela. In 2001 he led the Gulf Coast League with a .408 batting average before being promoted to the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets.  Dorta was an Eastern League All-Star in 2005 and 2006 for the AA Harrisburg Senators. He was then promoted from the Senators to the Washington Nationals MLB in 2006.  At the time of his promotion, he was batting .277 with 15 doubles, three triples, four home runs, and 24 RBI in 85 games.  He left Harrisburg ranking fourth in the league with an organization-best and a career-high of 36 stolen bases. 

In 2007 Dorta played for AAA Columbus Clippers, the AA Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008, and the   AA-AAA Baltimore Orioles in 2009.  In 2010 Dorta finished his career playing for AA-AAA Philadelphia Phillies.   

Following his playing career, Dorta moved into coaching and coached with the Harrisburg Senators from 2013-2014 (AA of the Washington Nationals).

Dorta later started MAD Baseball and Softball Academy out of Pennsylvania in 2015, where he continues to run several travel teams and offer private instruction.  

Dorta specializes in hitting and infield defense instruction but has a well-rounded background instructing all areas of the game.

Dorta now brings his passion for the game to CNY where he will continue to offer professional-level baseball training to the younger generation.

Private Lesson Rates

1/2hr Session: $55
1Hr Session: $100

Small Group Rates

1hr Session: $145 (2 players)
1Hr Session: $200 (3 players)

Package Rates

5 x 1/2hr Session: $260
5 x 1hr Session: $480

Rapscore Evaluation

30 Min Evaluation: $100

Lindsey Richards

Softball Pitching Instructor


Lindsey Richards is a Division 3 softball alumni of The University of SUNY Cortland. She is a left-handed pitcher. During her time at Cortland, she pitched 37 games with an ERA of 3.1 and a K/7 of 7.4. She also made the 2021-22 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.

Lindsey is also an alumnus of Cicero North Syracuse High school, Class of 2018. During her time at CNS, she pitched in for her varsity team during the 2017 & 2018 seasons, winning back-to-back Sectional championships, and earning first team all honors.

Lindsey is excited to inspire young girls to work on their passion for pitching. She believes a major component of instructing beginners is teaching proper form and muscle memory. With more established pitchers, working on pitch diversity and movement is key.

More career statistics:

With 95 career strikeouts, Lindsey made 19 relief appearances in her final senior season. She earned SUNYAC Pitcher of the week this season after pitching a 1 hitter against MCLA (10-0) in Florida. Lindsey fanned 9 strikeouts in career-high 9.1 innings versus SUNY Geneseo in the SUNYAC finals (2021). Then, Lindsey also matched that career-high of 9 strikeouts in 5 innings against SUNY Plattsburgh this season.

Private Lesson Rates (1 on 1 Session)

1/2hr Session: $30
1Hr Session: $55

Small Group Lesson Rates (2 Players)

1Hr Session: $80

Bobby Renaud

Pitching Instructor


Bobby is an alumnus of Cicero-North Syracuse High School, class of 2010. During his time at CNS, he was an honorable mention for All League, earned a Sectional Title in 2009, and was a John Illaqua Scholarship recipient.

Bobby went on to play at Onondaga Community College, as a starter, from 2010-2012. Bobby earned a record of 4-1 his freshman year and 6-2 his sophomore year. He was named First Team All-Conference and All-Decade Team.

Bobby finished up his college career at LeMoyne College as a starter/reliever from 2013-2015. In 2014 he threw 26 innings, had an ERA of 2.77, 14 strikeouts, and 2 SV.

After his college career, Bobby tried out for multiple MLB teams, including throwing a bullpen for the Blue Jays.

Bobby’s passion is to develop young athletes while focusing on strength and proper arm care.

Private Lesson Rates (1 on 1 Session)

1/2hr Session: $40
1Hr Session: $75

Rachel Graf

Softball Hitting Instructor


Rachel Graf is a JUCO Division III softball alumna of SUNY Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) and an alumna of SUNY Oswego (class of ’20 and ’22, respectively).

While at FLCC, Rachel led numerous hitting and fielding clinics for younger players/recruits alongside her coaches and teammates. Rachel also served as a captain during the 2019-2020 season at FLCC.
Rachel’s statistics for her freshman year are as follows: a batting average of .278, slugging percentage of .333, 94 at-bats, 21 RBIs, and only 3 strikeouts during her conference at-bats.

Rachel is an alumna of Wayne Central High School (class of ’18). She played on the varsity softball team during each of her four years at Wayne; additionally, Rachel was nominated for the Finger Lakes East All-League team during her junior and senior years.

Rachel is excited to work with up-and-coming softball players passionate about the sport. Rachel believes building confidence and working through challenges—with a positive attitude—is integral to a player’s ability to improve.

Private Lesson Rates (1 on 1 Session)

1/2hr Session: $40
1Hr Session: $70

Small Group (2 Athletes) 1HR Session: $95

Jayson Rivera



Jayson Rivera is an Alumnus from Park West High School in New York City, class of 2018. Park West High School is a part of the AAA division of the Public School Athletic League.

During his high school career Jayson was ranked top 10 defensive player of the year his sophomore and junior year. He led the PSAL in steals his senior year with a total of 22 steals, which positioned him to play in the NYC Mayor’s Cup 2018.

Jayson is an Alumni of SUNY Cortland, where he continued to play for their club team. He played in 14 games and had 42 AB, with an average of 429 and an OBP of 564. He recorded 18 hits, 4 doubles and 3 HR.

Jayson’s passion is to teach young athletes the fundamentals of the sport and how to progress through time. He believes commitment and dedication can inspire great athletes in the sport of baseball.

Private Lesson Rates (1 on 1 Session)

1/2hr Session: $40
1Hr Session: $60