Both Jay Groome and Tyler Mondile expect to hear their names called early in June’s Major League Baseball Draft. The pair of New Jersey flamethrowers have been lighting up scouts’ radar guns all season, with both throwing no hitters. They will even faceoff against one another on May 16th at Campbell’s Field in Camden in a matchup of two high school phenoms that has not been seen since Kobe Bryant faced off against Rip Hamilton at the Palestra back in 1996. And while their paths will cross on May 16th, you can often find Groome and Mondile at MSI, putting in endless work training with Sports Performance Director, Rob Rabena.
Since joining MSI, Rabena has developed a reputation for helping athletes add muscle, improve speed, and develop all around strength specific to their sport. His client list ranges from youth baseball and soccer teams, to top prospects such as Groome and Mondile, to a top ranked college baseball team like Millersville University, all the way to current professional athletes such as Philadelphia Phillies RP Brett Oberholtzer. During winter months, Rabena can also be seen training up to 25 local professional athletes from all different organizations, a group of guys Groome and Mondile hope to join next offseason.
“Rabena’s a legend,” said MSI Director of Baseball Teams, Kevin Schneider, with a laugh. “It’s funny because of how ridiculously good [Rob] is at identifying areas of weakness and completely turning it into a strength in a matter of months.”
“Obviously, an athlete only gets out of training what he or she puts into it,” Schneider continued. “But Rob has created an atmosphere and a culture where athletes want to come in and genuinely work their tails off, and the results speak for themselves which keeps them motivated to keep grinding.”
But what about training high school athletes the caliber of Groome and Mondile, what does Rabena have to say about their training habits?
“Both Jay and Tyler’s futures are so bright, it’s an honor to be a part of their journey,” said Rabena.
“Jay does everything well in the weight room, he has good movement/joint range of motion, strength, power and scapular strength. He has that ‘eye of the tiger’ every time he comes in to train,” Rabena continued.
“[With Tyler] I had the pleasure to see him gain 15 pounds of muscle during the offseason. His commitment is off the charts. He didn’t miss a day of training and is reaping the benefits now with a 4 mph increase from last year,” Rabena said.
And you can catch these two MSI Training Athletes square off against one another May 16th in a much anticipated showdown before both expect to hear their names called early in June’s Draft.