Former Big Leaguer
Mike Schultz is currently the head baseball coach at Milken Community High School in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to his coaching role, he works privately with younger players who want to hone their skills and get more enjoyment out of the game of baseball.
Mike was born in 1979 in Van Nuys, CA and played baseball at Grover Cleveland High School in Reseda CA—where he was a standout right-handed pitcher. Following his senior year, Mike found himself with two unique options: He earned a scholarship to Loyola Marymount University, and he was also a sixth-round pick in the 1997 Major League Baseball amateur draft.
Coach Schultz chose college at Loyola Marymount, though, where he continued to improve as a pitcher. He entered the Major League Baseball draft again in 2000, this time as a second-round selection of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Mike spent seven years in the Diamondbacks’ organization, including stints in the Diamondbacks’ Rookie League, and then Yakima, Lancaster, and El Paso, before moving up to Triple-A (Tucson) in the Pacific Coast League. He made his MLB debut in September of 2007, where he pitched one inning, struck out one batter, and gave up zero runs. Like Moonlight Graham from ‘Field of Dreams,’ this would be Mike’s only MLB appearance—however, his 0.00 ERA deserves a tip of the cap.
In late 2007, Schultz signed with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and played five seasons in Japan. He came back to the U.S. for spring training with the Washington Nationals and signed a minor league contract before deciding to conclude his professional career to begin coaching and working with young players.