Tommy is a local guy whose love of Baseball and sports started at a very young age. Raised in Gaithersburg, he started his baseball journey, playing with several local youth organizations in the area. He graduated from Quince Orchard High School, where he played and excelled during his tenure and received All County and Metro Area Honors as a Catcher. Baseball America ranked Tommy as one of the top three Catchers in the state of Maryland. He attributes much of his success during High School to the years he spent playing for the Columbia Reds in the prestigious Baltimore Metro League and on other select travel teams.
In the Fall of 2003, Tommy signed his letter of intent to attend Division I Marshall University as a scholarship player and proceeded to capture a starting position, as a freshman, on the Herd Squad as a Catcher / DH. He was a 4 year starter for Marshall and received playing awards throughout his career in both the MAC and C-USA. Tommy was also nominated for the college catchers' most prestigious Johnny Bench Award watch list. In 2008, Tommy helped Marshall to a historic record winning season as the team made it to the finals of the C-USA NCAA Championship. His college stats were impressive and Tommy was listed as one of the Top Baseball Prospects in the the East.
Three weeks after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management and Marketing, Tommy's life long dream of playing professional baseball beacame a reality as he was drafted in 27th round by the Seattle Mariners Organization. An impressive first season Minor League campaign led to the honor of Tommy being chosen a "Top Prospect" by the Topps Sport Card Company. He was one of the select few in his draft class to receive a Bowman's Top Prospect Rookie Card in 2009.
After several years playing minor league baseball, Tommy felt it was time to give something back to the game by teaching young athletes how to "Play the game right." He had worked in the off-season giving lessons and working with young players. Training and teaching young athletes became his passion. The only thing that surpasses Tommy's love for the game of Baseball is his love for teaching and working with his students and seeing them succeed.
Over the last several years Tommy has continued his education. Some of the educational accomplishments he has completed are:
- Master in Science : Exercise Science with a concentration in Human Performance and Injury prevention.
- NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
- NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
- Functional Movement Specialists level 2
- NASE Certified Speed Specialist level 2
- Precision Nutrition level 1
- Bioforce Certified Conditioning Coach
- Athletes Acceration Certified Weightlifting Performance Coach & Certified Speed and Agility Coach
Tommy is now in pursuit of his PRT from Postural Restoration Institute. He aspires to receive another Master's Degree in Sports Psychology in the future.
Mike Toomey, Special Assistant to the General Manager
Mike Toomey, in his 38th year of professional baseball, joined the Royals in 2006 as Special Assistant to the General Manager after serving as a Pro Scout for the Washington Nationals and a National Crosschecker with the Montreal Expos. He had been with the Expos/Nationals organization since 2002 after working with Cleveland, San Francisco, Texas and the New York Mets. He also has a wealth of international scouting experience as he has scouted Japan, Korea, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Canada, Italy, Colombia and Venezuela.
Toomey began his career in Major League Baseball working in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as a minor league manager from 1980-81. Prior to that, he was the head coach at George Washington University from 1975-79, where he led the Colonials to three-straight NCAA postseason appearances. He has been inducted into the Montgomery Junior College Hall of Fame, the George Washington Hall of Fame, the Mid-Atlantic Scouts Hall of Fame and Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame.