Cranston West Southpaw, Professional Baseball Player, Coach Joe Nicolace Available For Lessons

I received an email yesterday from Cranston West High School standout, professional baseball player, now Stonehill College Pitching Coach Joe Nicolace. Joe emailed me to introduce himself and tell me about his baseball journey, which includes time with Nichols College, The Pecos League, the Empire Pro League, and now as a pitching coach with Stonehill College. Joe is also another fantastic resource at Hops Athletic Performance in Coventry, which boasts some of the best baseball minds and coaches we have here in Rhode Island. Matt Hopkins has always been a trusted resource for this page and for the development of Rhode Island youth athletes. And after reading through Joe’s experience as a player and now collegiate pitching coach, you will realize that Hops has added another trusted resource to their staff. Here is more from Joe Nicolace along with his contact information for lessons, camps, and instructional opportunities.

“My name is Joe Nicolace and I’m a independent pro baseball player and current pitching coach at Stonehill College. I work out of Hops Athletic Performance in Coventry! I am from Cranston and went to Cranston West High School. I graduated from Nichols College, and played professionally in the Empire Pro Baseball League and Yinzer Pro Baseball League. I’m available for youth baseball players ages 10-13 who might be looking for lessons. I also do outdoor lessons and camps for pitchers who want to get ready for their season. You can reach me at 401-450-6739 or email – Training page on Instagram @southpawbsb. Here are some of my career stats, highlights:

  • Nichols College, Class of 2016; 6th all time in strikeouts
  • Signed with White Sands Pupfish in 2018 of the Pecos League
  • Signed with New Hampshire Wild in 2019 of the Empire Pro League
  • Played in Empire Pro League (Covid year) 2020

“I have 3 years of training kids of all ages, from bat speed development, hitting mechanics, throwing velocity development and overall pitching mechanics and mental side of pitching.”

  • Futures Collegiate League, Brockton Rox – 2014… 0.00 era in 5 appearances
  • 0.64 era in 12 appearances in Carolina Shores Collegiate Baseball League – 2014 before heading to Brockton

“This picture is of me and my grandfather side by side.. he played for the Oilers when they were a minor league team for the reds I believe.. kind of funny how i ended up in the same uniform 50 years later.”

Great to meet Joe and learn more about his baseball journey. I love the grandfather photo and connection to his past. Baseball has a really cool way of tying generations together like a shoelace on a comfortable pair of cleats. And I love that Joe is now giving back to the youth baseball community as well as working with collegiate baseball players from Stonehill College as an pitching coach and instructor at Hops Athletic Performance. Once again, here is Joe’s contact information for lessons, camps, and pitching instruction:

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