DENVER – There’s one sure way to know that Brighton High School graduate Conner Reynolds is “in his element.”
He needs to set timers on his cell phone to remind him to eat food.
Reynolds, who graduated from BHS in 2015, is the owner, producer and editor of RBI Baseball. His company and Fast Pitch merged in August (former Colorado Rockies pitcher Jason Hirsh is the owner of FAST Baseball Development), and Reynolds relocated his office to an area in North Denver near the Stapleton housing project.
Before that, he worked for 3D Hitting Club, for Bardo’s Sports in Parker as an independent contractor and was the head coach for the USA Prime baseball team in Littleton. He even ran his business out of a barn in Parker. Reynolds returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach but doesn’t plan to return when the prep season begins in the spring.
“There are a lot of ‘I don’t knows’ in running your own business,” Reynolds said. “You have to figure it out. I want to be in this position. I’m a student again. I’m asking questions. I’m absorbing information.”
In turn, Reynolds is passing the information on to his younger clients.
“I want to develop these young kids. But some need to get more focused on training,” Reynolds said. “They are looking to play in tournaments every single weekend. At Fast Pitch, they didn’t do summer teams. They didn’t see the value. I don’t want to be a head coach. I want to be the one focusing on developing players.”
Areas of his North Denver office – much larger areas than when he worked in the barn in Parker — are set aside to work on pitching mechanics, hitting and fielding. A 4K camera records everything, and the video is available for immediate study and review. The program is data-driven and does not involve guesswork.
“I want the players to get better,” Reynolds said. “I like being in the background more. I tell the players any time they have success, it’s on them. Any time they fail, it’s on me. I want to help educate and inform people.”
His background in high-school baseball, two of the three divisions of college baseball, junior-college baseball – even international level baseball – is a source for Reynolds’ business.
“Everything I’ve done has solidified the fact I’m on the right path,” Reynolds said. “We’ve added technology, a 4K camera that records everyone’s swing. We partner with Iron Works to do the videos. I tell them the opportunity is here. I didn’t graduate from college. I didn’t get into the draft. What I did wasn’t enough. I don’t want another player to learn that as late as I did.”
Reynolds also hosts a podcast, “Hit, Chat, Chit, Chat,” on Apple Podcasts.
“It’s special,” Reynolds concluded. “I’m proud of what I’ve done. There have been a lot of lonely nights and a lot of questions about, ‘Did I do the right thing?’ It’s really cool.”
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