David Mendez grew up in Panama City, Panama. By the age of 12, he was representing Panama in international baseball tournaments throughout Central America and the Caribbean. He played three different levels of National Teams in Panama before being signed by the Atlanta Braves in 1996 at the age of 16 by Braves Hall of Fame Scout Paul Snyder and Gonzalo Gil Garrido. David played at 5 levels of minor league baseball within the Atlanta Braves organization. In 1999, as part of the Appalachian League, David lead the Danville Braves pitching staff in strikeouts and in 2000, as part of the Jamestown Jammers, lead the team in strikeouts and ERA. In 2002, after a successful season for the Macon Braves, David underwent Tommy John surgery as a patient of Dr. James Andrews. After a year long rehabilitation, David played for a short time with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans before injury stopped his pitching career. David joined BigStix Baseball and Elite Sports Complex as Pitching Coordinator in 2015. His goal is to coach and train young pitchers on proper conditioning and pitching mechanics to help them reach their full potential. He also spends a great deal of time mentoring young players and helping them reach their goals to play baseball in high school and beyond. David lives in McDonough, Georgia with his wife Andrea and sons David Jr. and Daniel.
Recardo, otherwise known as Rico, grew up in Jonesboro, Georgia. He attended East Coweta High School, where he played under well-respected head coach Franklin DeLoach. Rico played summer baseball for the very first BigStix Baseball showcase team. Rico had many scholarship offers out of high school, but ultimately chose to continue his career at Truett McConnell Junior College in Cleveland, Georgia. After his two-year stint at Truett, he signed with Savannah State University, where he stayed briefly before transferring to Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Rico began training athletes at Elite Sports Complex and joined the BigStix Baseball coaching staff full-time in 2011. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Fitness Management from Clayton State University in 2018. He resides in Senoia, Georgia.