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PBC Staff

Joe Taylor

Owner, Lead Instructor, Head Coach of 18U Team

Joe is the Owner of Portland Baseball Club. Originally from the Seattle area, Joe attended Mt. Rainier HS and Tahoma HS. Joe played for Aaron Horrocks and the Horrocks Brewers as a 14 year old and played for Jim Sugarbaker and the Auburn Knights Baseball Club all through high school. Joe played shortstop and second base and pitched. Joe played one season at Green River Community College in Auburn, WA before transfering to Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

At Lewis and Clark, Joe played for Jerry Gatto his sophomore year which was Jerry's 22nd and final year at LC. Reid Rainey and Chris Lewis took over the program and coached Joe his final two years. At LC, Joe led the team in appearances each year typically relieving in the Saturday double header and starting on the mound on Sundays. After graduating from Lewis & Clark College in 2004, Joe helped start NW Star Academy where he was the General Manager. Duties included the day to day operations of the teams, scheduling, hiring and training coaches and conducting private instruction. In 2008, Joe started Portland Baseball Club. PBC allows Joe to provide more opportunities for young players to participate in baseball and exposure to cutting edge instruction.

Jordyn Van Atta

Camp & Lesson Instructor

Jordyn played for PBC in the summer of 2012 catching on a team that finished 2nd at the Babe Ruth World Series. Jordyn played college ball at Lane CC, Clark CC, University of Texas Permian Basin, and Midland University. Jordyn played independent ball in the Mt. Rainer League, Desert League, and Empire League.

Jordyn instructs at PBC camps throughout the winter and works with hitters and catchers. He is available from September through March for lessons.

TJ Pruneda

Camp & Lesson Instructor

TJ pitched for PBC in the summer of 2012 on a team that finished 2nd at the Babe Ruth World Series. TJ played college ball at George Fox University, Clark CC, and AIB in Iowa. TJ played independent ball with the Roswell Invaders of the Pecos League.

TJ works with our pitchers overseeing our velocity program, working with players on mechanical adjustments, and covers our pitching camps. You will often find him workout out alongside the players in their pitching workouts and speed and strength classes.

Buck Hale

12U Coach, Camp & Lesson Instructor

Buck played for PBC in 2009 as an 8th grader and has been coaching with PBC since 2015. Buck pitched at Tacoma CC and Mt. Hood CC before arm injuries ended his playing career.

Coach coached our 2016 12U team to 2 tournament championships while teaching players the right way to play the game. He's a high energy coach and players feed off that. Buck provides lessons and works our Sunday camps.