Current Client Roster
You won't find a lot of names here, as I've purposely kept my practice small enough to treat every client as a priority.
Ryan Harvey (2003 draft #6 pick round 1), Joe Torres (2000 draft #10 pick in round 1) and Matt Fox (2004 draft #35 pick) have been with me since they were drafted. Carlos Delgado (signed as a Free Agent) and Jamie Romak (2003 draft 4th round) were previously represented by other Agents that didn't make them a priority. The comments they all make reflect their positive experiences as my clients.
"I first met David Sloane around 10 years ago, while I was a 17 year old High School baseball player looking for a possible advisor/agent for myself for the upcoming MLB draft. After meeting with 10+ agents, my family and I felt comfortbale choosing David, due to his strong professional manner and very friendly persona.
After deciding to not sign a pro contract that year, I headed off to college, thinking that was the last I'd hear from him until I was eligble for the draft again. Pleasantly surprised, I found myself keeping in touch with David through the years, which showed me how much he cared about me as a player and person.
When the time came-around my junior year and the draft, I knew with no question in my mind that he was the man I wanted representing me in the Profesional ranks.
In my 6+ years in pro baseball, I have been 100% satisfied with David's contributions to myself and my career. He is truly a professional who would do anything for his clients. I have heard from people around the game that he is well respected by his peers. All my equipment requests have been met, and his advice has been very helpful to me, whether dealing with on or off the field issues.
Not only is he my agent, but he is someone I talk to during most holidays and someone my family considers a family friend. That's what I look for in an agent, someone who will represent you the right way, not the crooked way many agents are doing these days. I would highly recomemend David Sloane to any young players who are looking for representation."
"I am pleased to say David and I have been working together for over 10 years. You won't find a more knowledgeable, experienced, respected agent in the game. David has always gone above and beyond to make sure I have been taken care of not only on the field but off as well. With David you can always expect a high level of communication, honesty and trust that is unmatched. If you are looking for representation you will be hard-pressed to find someone to represent you better."
From MLB.com July 26, 2011: Torres Takes Long Road
"When my son Ryan was taken with the 6th pick in the 1st round in 2003, he had been recruited by just about every agent in the business. I was glad that he chose David to represent him. Everything that has happened in the 7 years since has only reinforced that feeling.
David is very good at what he does, and has become a very good friend of our family"
--William Harvey (Ryan Harvey's father)
A note from Ryan after the draft in 2003, when he was the #6 pick in the first round:
Sep 11, 2012
Lancaster Barnstormers outfielder Ryan Harvey is strong, very strong. How strong? So strong that in a game against the Somerset Patriots on Sunday, he hit a home run while breaking his bat.
So strong that his teammate J.D. Durbin, impressed by Harvey's monster home runs in spring training batting practice, gave him the nickname, "Thor."
So strong that he has accumulated more feet of home-run distance this season than anyone has accomplished in any previous 'Stormers season.
Sure there have been other Lancaster batters who have hit jaw-dropping bombs during the team's eight seasons. Ryan Minor in the Barnstormers' first season and Fernando Seguignol last year, to name two. But no Barnstormer has hit home runs as far as Harvey with such consistency.
So when Harvey comes to the plate, pay attention. His teammates certainly do.
"When we see how far those balls are hit, we're in the dugout and guys are in shock," Lancaster pitcher John Halama said. "They're saying, 'Did you see that?' "
Harvey's homer Sunday gave him 26 for the season, which is second in the Atlantic League. He has 12 homers in his last 18 games. At one point he homered in six straight games, a franchise record.
'Stormers skipper Butch Hobson has been amazed at the long balls Harvey has hit. "Nobody's hit any balls like he's hit this year. He hit one in Somerset (before Sunday) that was halfway up a light pole and it was still rising."
He's also hit them in York, Southern Maryland and, of course, in numerous home games.
"I've never seen anybody hit balls that far," Lancaster hitting coach Lance Burkhart said.
Harvey has 73 RBIs, which was eighth in the league before Monday's games. He's helping the Barnstormers to a record-breaking season while having a career year against the most difficult competition he has ever faced.
"It's a good feeling to know that your teammates and your coaches and your fans actually expect to see something spectacular," he said. "It's kind of like I don't want to disappoint anybody. It makes me focus that much harder. I don't like to let my teammates down."
Harvey was a bonus baby for the Cubs in 2003. Taken by Chicago with the sixth overall pick, he played in that organization through 2008 but never got higher than Double-A.
He was plagued with injury problems. "I always had back spasms or I was always straining or pulling my hamstrings," he said. "It was one thing after another. They eventually got to a point where they wondered, 'Is he ever going to stay healthy?' "
The Cubs released him in spring training of 2009 and he signed with Colorado. Near the end of his time with the Rockies, he attempted a position change to pitcher (something he hadn't done since high school).
And he went to spring training with the Red Sox as a pitcher in 2011, but injuries also derailed that since he suffered from bicep tendinitis.
Last December, still having the issue with his bicep, he decided to go back to playing the outfield, which is how he ended up with the Barnstormers.
After starting slowly (he had not batted in almost two years and he had early-season injuries to his calf and hamstring), he has really come on of late.
He had a 13-game hitting streak that ended Thursday and he had a stretch of nine straight games in which he had an RBI, a Barnstormers record.
Harvey does have 113 strikeouts, and a high K total is expected of home run hitters.
But he has not just been a hit-or-miss guy. Although he has become known for those prodigious shots, he's batting .311, sixth in the league through Sunday.
"He's just a very strong and powerful man," Hobson said. "And he's going to strike out, power hitters are going to swing and miss. But I think his average is better because he's becoming more consistent in making more contact with two strikes."
Both his average and home run total are career highs and this is in a league with a huge number of ex-major leaguers and Triple-A players. His previous career highs in those categories were in Class A ball.
Harvey, 28, attributes his success to having fun again for the first time (on and off the field because of the atmosphere in the Barnstormers' clubhouse) since high school and a maturity he didn't have in earlier seasons.
"You have to put in the work," he said. "You have to keep your swing and focus each day."
As for the near future, he would like to help the Barnstormers win a championship. And after that?
"I want to go back to affiliated ball and I want to take my shot at getting to the big leagues again," he said.
Judging by his stats this season, he should get his chance.
Sept. 6, 2012
Lancaster Barnstormers outfielder Ryan Harvey has been named Atlantic League Player of the Month for August, it was announced today by league officials.
Harvey, who turned 28 during the month, topped the league in both home runs (12) and RBI (39) while batting .322. He led the Barnstormers to a 22-8 record, the best month in team history. The former Chicago Cubs’ first round draft choice had three multiple home run games during August. He homered in each of the last four games of the month and batted safely in the last eight.
Harvey’s streak of success has continued into September, as his home run streak reached six before being broken while his hitting streak has been extended to 13.
Overall, the outfielder-DH is batting .308 with 25 home runs and 67 RBI.
“He has come a long way,” said Barnstormers manager Butch Hobson. “He is a hard worker and a very talented young player. I’ve never seen power quite like he has.”
It's not like Long Island didn't know this could happen.
Six nights after Lancaster dropped a club-record 24 hits on the Ducks in a 16-5 win on Long Island, the Barnstormer bats were at it again Friday night in Lancaster.
This time it was a team-record, 25-hit attack that resulted in a 17-3 Barnstormer pounding of the Ducks before a crowd of 6,462 at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
"Well, we had a nice night swinging the bats," said Lancaster manager Butch Hobson. "We've had the kind of lineup all year that can put some runs on the board."
Fehlandt Lentini, Travis Denker and Emerson Frostad led the Barnstormer charge with four hits apiece. Two of Lentini's were home runs and he drove in five runs.
Ryan Harvey and Gilberto Mejia had three hits apiece, while Blake Gailen, Adam Godwin and Kody Kirkland each had two.
Harvey smoked a pair of home runs, a double and drove in six runs. In last week's blowout win on the Island, Harvey was 4 for 6 and drove in three.
Long Island starter Chris McCoy left after 3a-c innings, but not before giving up 10 runs on 14 hits. The Barnstormers slapped 10 hits in their first 16 at-bats and had 15 hits through the first four innings.
Ironically, it was McCoy who silenced the Barnstormer bats Sunday night in Long Island's 8-1 win.
"We came out just trying to stay inside the ball because he has that sinker and little slider," explained Hobson. "We had some success with that."
Lancaster starter J.D. Durbin was the beneficiary of the barrage. He allowed a run in the first, but his offense answered with a four-spot in the bottom of the inning and the rout was on.
"It is easy to relax when they score runs for you," Durbin said. "We came out early and kept McCoy off balance. The hitters did a phenomenal job."
Durbin gave up three runs on six hits and five walks over seven innings to improve his record to 10-9. After the third inning, he gave up only two hits and struck out four.
"I probably didn't feel like me until about the fourth inning," he explained. "It's like that every game for me and that's frustrating."
Ray Navarrete hit a pair of home runs and knocked in all three runs for the Ducks, who have fallen on hard times.
Long Island won the first half in the Liberty Division, despite closing the half with four straight losses. Now 13-28 in the second half, the Ducks are 13-34 in their last 47 games and have dropped five straight this week.
The Barnstormers hit six homers in all, including three in a five-run eighth inning when Long Island raised the white flag and sent starting center fielder Reid Gorecki to the mound.
Heading into the weekend, Lancaster has seven regulars batting over .300 and an eighth is knocking at the door at .294.
"Our offense makes it easy and we've lost a couple big bats," Durbin said. "But they keep plugging away. I mean, 25 hits is ridiculous."
St. Louis Cardinals
"After having to cut ties with my first agent, I had the good fortune of being hooked up with David through a teammate. As a rookie level player at the time, David talked to me as if I were any one of his big league clients. Whenever I need something he gets it done. Very quick, honest and hard working I value David very much as my agent and also as a good friend"
San Francisco Giants
"I am thankful to have David as my agent he has always been there when I needed him. He is a great guy and will get the job done and help you out on and off the field.
He has a great sense of humor and is always going above and beyond to help me out. When I give him a call he always will let me know whats going on with any situation that I need to hear. He is great on explaining situations out so you can understand whats going on. He is a great guy and I am thankful to have him as my agent. "
I am a new client of David's, but in the short period of time we have been working together, he has been everything and more I could ask for.
Even though he is an agent, David is also about building relationships and getting to know you on a personal level on and off the field. He will call just to check on you to see how you are doing, and when you call him You will hear back from him within in 24 hours if not in that same day.
David will always be honest with you and will give you nothing but the utmost respect. Whatever you need done as his client will be done in a very quick matter of time. David is becoming a great friend and I look forward to working with him in the future.