|Quezada Joins Manhattan Baseball Staff|
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan Baseball Coach Jim Duffy announced the addition of Elvys Quezada to the Jasper coaching staff. A seven year veteran of professional baseball, Quezada adds championship experience to the staff. In addition, he will serve as the Athletic Department's Operations Manager.
"Elvys is a local guy who grew up in the area, pitched on our field, and is familiar with our College and program," said Duffy. "He's a respectful hard worker who knows how to win and believes in earning everything you get."
Quezada was a two-time Major League draft pick, once by the New York Mets in 2002, and again by the New York Yankees in 2003. Each year, he was selected in the 15th round. The pitcher spent five years in the Yankees minor league organizations before spending parts of two seasons with the Mets. He also competed in independent leagues in the United States and in the Dominican Winter League in the 2005-06 seasons.
"I feel truly blessed to be presented with this opportunity," said Quezada. "Along with Coach Duffy and Rene Ruiz, I plan on building upon the winning tradition that has been set in place here at Manhattan."
Prior to being drafted, Quezada was a stand-out pitcher at Seton Hall, where he was coached by Duffy. He helped lead the Pirates to two NCAA Tournament berths in 2000 and 2001, including a BIG EAST Championship in '01. Quezada was named a captain in both his junior and senior years.
"I was fortunate enough to coach Elvys at Seton Hall on the 2001 Big East Championship team," Duffy said. "His experience and knowledge gained during the past seven seasons in professional baseball will carry over in to his daily interaction with his pitching staff."
His coaching background includes working as an instructor with "B'S Baseball Academy" in Sanford, Conn. along with numerous youth clinics and starting camps such as his own EQuilibrium Athletics in Florida.
He received a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from Seton Hall in 2010 before continuing his baseball career.