Joey has a dynamic teaching style and has shown an ability to help players with their confidence almost immediately.  His strong work ethic and attention to detail helps him connect with his students.  Joey throws great batting practice and demonstrates the proper baseball swing with ease.
— Matt Walbeck

Specializes in Baseball- Batting, Fielding, Catching and Pitching

 

Prior to joining the Walbeck Baseball Academy staff Joey was an assistant coach for the WBA Blue Sox for the 2015 spring season. Joey has completed his degree in Recreation, Parks, and Toursim with a focus in Sports Management from Sacramento State University.

Playing Carreer:

Joey grew up in Tracy, California where he played in the Tracy Babe Ruth youth baseball league and several years of travel ball before attending Merrill F. West High School. His freshman year at West High School he played a half season at the Junior Varsity level and then was eventually promoted to varsity where he remained until he graduated in 2011.

During his senior year in 2011, Wagner played 3rd base and was a key part of the team’s road to the playoffs and earning the first playoff win in the school young history. However, in the team’s next playoff game Joey suffered and unfortunate knee injury which sidelined him for several months following the injury. Joey graduated from the Academy for Business and Law program at West High and graduated with honors. Wagner was named 2nd team All- San Joaquin Athletic Association.

Wagner took a medical red shirt after his surgery and a year off of baseball to get back to strength while attending Modesto Junior College. During that time Joey worked as a Student Athletic Trainer and helped as a hitting coach for a 14u travel ball team based in Tracy, Saenz All-Star Academy.  After a year of rehabilitation and conditioning, Joey transferred to College of the Siskiyous to play 3rd base for current head coach Billy Hefflinger and the Eagles.

Joey hit .345 in his first fall season at COS and earned an opening day start at Designated hitter. As the season continued Wagner forced his way into the everyday lineup with solid defense and timely hitting and by the end of the season he was a regular starter and an arm out of the bullpen. When the 2014 regular season concluded Wagner had recorded a start at; 3B, 2B, 1B, LF, RF, DH and had 3 appearances on the mound. Wagner was named to the 2014 Golden Valley Conference All- Academic Team as the team’s utility player.