Jon Shepherd: What led you to becoming a professional bat maker? What is the proper name for someone who makes bats?
JS: Interesting. By the way, what is the proper term for someone who makes bats? I'd hate to get this wrong.
AD: I have no idea what the proper term would be for a people who make bats, but I truly believe it is an art. Most people don't understand the craftsmanship that goes into producing a bat for someone. When people come visit our shop and watch us they really appreciate it afterwards.
AD: It took a few things to really take our small business and make us grow this rapidly. First, the product itself has been amazing. We are extremely confident in the wood and the craftsmanship, and truly believe we make the best bats on the market. Not only the product, but it takes being approved for use in the major and minor leagues and also the relationships we have developed. Once we became approved, myself and our VP of Operations, Jared Smith, traveled down to spring training and went camp to camp to develop the relationships we have established today. Finally, it also takes flat out luck.
JS: Which players in the Orioles organization use your bats?
AD: We have bats in the hands of Nick Markakis, Jake Fox, Brandon Snyder, Robert Andino, Billy Rowell, Joe Mahoney, as well as a few others. I also have several other minor league players who have reached out to me to try our product as they have seen it at several levels.