A commitment to "HARD WORK" has proved that Youth Service graduates are not only good enough to play at the college level, but at the professional level as well. Since the early 1970's, more than 70 YSL graduates have gone on to play professional baseball, with 29 making it to the Major Leagues. Most notable among these include Manny Ramirez, Nelson Figueroa, Shawon Dunston, John Rodriguez, Frank Rodriguez, Julio Lugo, Luis Lopez, and Ruddy Lugo, and current big leaguers Dellin Betances (Yankees) & Adam Ottavino (Rockies). In addition, Pedro Beato is one step away with the Phillies, and former big leaguer James Jones is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery with the Rangers. This is in addition to our many hundreds of College graduates filling all levels of white collar employment, plus of course our police officers, firemen, and sanitation members, and many other successful trades workers.
The Youth Service program not only made me a better baseball player, but it made me a better person by showing me the meaning of hard work, dedication, and discipline. .
Pablo "Boo-Boo" Robledo - YSL Alum
I think Youth Service is the best organization I've ever been a part of. It has shown me the significance of succeeding..
Wagnel Meran, current YSL youth member