Santa Clarita, CA — It’s America’s past time, and Rainel Caranto has become a master of this game.
Born in the Philippines and raised in the Santa Clarita Valley, he was a stand-out baseball player in high school and college, eventually finding his way to the University of Santo Thomas.
He also went to on to play for the Philippine National Team.
“One day I went to the Philippines and I told my mom, I don’t wanna come back. I want to stay out here study, and get my degree here at University of Santo Thomas… took all the experiences I had and I brought all that information here.”
When he returned to California, he continued his passion — working with a former Anaheim Angels staffer to develop ASAP ten years ago.
“We decided to do a baseball program or Academy that incorporated strength and condition, baseball. And that’s because back then there was not a lot of strength and conditioning it was all about baseball.”
“Athleticism, self-esteem and perseverance — so what we do is more of a development program as they chase big league dreams.”
With Coach Rainel’s guidance, some alumni have managed to make it to college, and the minor leagues, and several of his players have made it to several of the US national teams, including his 14-year-old son Kai, recently picked the U.S. national 15-and-under team.
“It’s tough to make professional baseball but we do have a lot of kids right now with the potential to make it… hopefully if they keep working if they keep developing hopefully we see them in the bigs.”
There is no 7th inning stretch for Coach Rainel, the players here are only a fraction of the ASAP academy.
He also coaches at local high schools proving that baseball, America’s past time, is actually his lifetime past time.