The third hall of fame member we will be featuring is Benito Varela. Benito joined us back in the Summer of 2014 and played two summers with us. He instantly left his mark on our program from day 1. His 5 tools were something special that everyone immediately noticed when they watched him play. When you talk about middle of the lineup bat and true hitter, there might not have been a better one than him in our organizations history. He played the game with ease and was incredibly fun to watch. Benito was part of the best team in EP history that ended up winning the 2014 Firecracker Classic in Jupiter. In his 2 summers with us, he ended up becoming our all time batting average leader (.373) and cemented his place in EP history. Benito played his college ball at Stetson University, Palm Beach CC, The University of Miami, and is concluding his final collegiate season at NAIA powerhouse Southeastern University. Thank you for leaving your mark on this organization, Benito #epfam

The first hall of fame member we will be featuring is Ryan Palenzuela. Ryan was the first ever Elite Performance Baseball college signee. Back in our first summer (2012), we started with 13 players and won a total of 2 games all summer. Not alot of winning went on. But our boys had a blast, our players developed, and real friendships were made. Ryan was one of the first players to believe in what we were doing with EP. He came out that summer and never looked back. He posted a batting average of .331 that summer and was the leader of our team. Played 1st base, 3rd base, and even pitched when needed. True definition of a ball player. Ryan earned a scholarship to play baseball at The University of the Cumberlands and eventually finished out his career at Northwood University. He ended up being the 1st player we placed in a college and it was the start of something really special. Thank you Ryan #epfam

The second hall of fame member we will be featuring is Danilo De Armas. Danilo was with us from day 1. He attended our first ever showcase back in 2011 and instantly became an EP lifer. Danilo proceeded to play 3 summers with us and was truly special. Always patrolling centerfielder with gold glove defense and leading off every lineup he played for, he was the catalyst for our organization for many years. He brought an energy and appreciation for the game that few can ever replicate and was truly lightning in a bottle. He made coaching easy for all of us. In his 3 summers, he ended up becoming the all time hits leader (63) and stolen bases leader (47). He even came back and coached for us for a summer while in college. Danilo earned a scholarship to Wabash Valley CC and ended his playing career at Montreat College in North Carolina. Danilo will always be remembered as a special player in our organization. Thank you Danilo #epfam

The fourth and final hall of fame member we will be featuring is Enrique "Kike" Aparicio. Kike joined the Elite Performance family back in 2014 and has gone down as the best pitcher in organization history. He was our big game pitcher who was given the rock with a game to win always. Nasty was an understatement. 3 no hitters, 9 playoff wins, and countless masterpiece outings. He shattered every pitching record in organization history. He is the all time leader in wins (21), ERA (2.73), complete games (13), and strikeouts (191). Most of the records will never be broken. He was the bulldog who bled red and black for us and will be a part of this organization forever. Kike played his college ball at Limestone College before an injury derailed his playing career. He is currently the pitching coach at Coral Gables HS and is also finishing his degree. Thank you Kike, for being our ace #epfam #eliteperformancebaseball #halloffame