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FS21 Adds New Head Coach, Former Pro Catcher and MiLB Manager

FS21 Baseball is proud to announce the addition of Steve Lerud to the coaching staff as Head Coach of the FS21 Stars 2025 and GBG Arizona 2026 teams for the Fall 2022 season.

Lerud spent 13 years in professional baseball as a catcher after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2003 as a third-round selection. He was in Pittsburgh as a rookie during the time Freddy Sanchez and Coach Jack Wilson were locking down the middle infield. In addition to the Pirates, he also played for the Royals, Orioles, Phillies, Braves, Nationals, Mariners, Giants and Rangers.


Once retiring from pro ball, Steve joined the Chicago Cubs MiLB coaching staff, where his roles included Head Coach within the club. He spent almost 4 years as a coach, two of which was Head Coach for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (MiLB Advanced A – Player Development League). Fun fact… The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were previously the Durham Bulls.


Coach Lerud joins a high caliber list of coaches already within the FS21 program. His experience compliments the coaching staff and will be an excellent addition working on the field with our players

Michael Yanke, FS21 CEO/GM says, “Coach Lerud brings pro ball managerial experience in developing players at a professional level beyond the college years. We are excited to have him on board to further the development of guys in our FS21 program.” He adds, “I’ve loved coaching this 2025 group for the last couple years and am excited to see these guys grow into even better players.” Michael continues as the CEO and General Manager of FS21 Baseball and will focus on strengthening the college recruiting aspect of the organization.


Freddy Sanchez remembers Lerud from his days in Pittsburgh. He states, “Steve came into spring training drafted straight out of high school. Spending 13 years in pro ball is an accomplishment that only the smallest percentage ever reach. We’re excited to have Steve with us developing our guys for the highest level.”



Steve and his wife welcomed their first child in the last year and now live full-time in Arizona. When not on the field, Steve operates his consulting business and works to help former pro players advance in life after baseball.

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