Why choose us?
Our facility, Barrel Nation, is an elite hitting development facility located in Hagerstown, MD. The mission at Barrel Nation is maximizing the tools necessary to become the best hitter on the field, the best teammate in the dugout and the best person off the field. We take pride in individualizing each players development, it’s not just about mechanics. Every player has a different set of physical, intellectual, psychological and emotional skills that we need to enhance to allow them to succeed at their highest level possible. “Quick fixes” are not what we offer, although your player may get immediate results, the process is tailored toward long term development. We fully support and celebrate your success with built in accountability and encouragement. Barrel Nation is all-in on helping you succeed.
About the founder
My journey started growing up in Hagerstown, MD playing multiple sports through my childhood. While playing multiple sports I always had a special connection with baseball; I grew up with a dream that every baseball kid has, to play in the big leagues. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I finally understood and figured out what I needed to do to try to make my dream become a reality. I had to WORK!
I graduated from South Hagerstown High School in 2009, after I graduated I signed to play baseball at Frederick Community College, one of the Nation’s Top 25 Junior College baseball Programs. After red-shirting my freshman year, playing a minimal amount and needing surgery halfway through my red-shirt sophomore year, I signed a national letter of intent to play at Concord University for my final two collegiate seasons. One of the coolest baseball accomplishments that I had was after my senior season in 2014 I was voted one of the Nation’s Top 6 Players, I was a Tino Martinez Award Finalist which is given to the top baseball player in all of Division II Baseball.
After college, my dream of becoming a professional baseball player came true. But it was not a walk in the park by any means. I played professionally for 4 seasons. I had a lot of success in those 4 years, but I also had a lot of failures. Being released twice, and traded another time. The biggest take away that I had was, there was always another team that would believe in me, so I had to keep pushing. With an unbelievable support group of coaches and my beautiful wife Lauren, I was able to amass 45 homeruns in those 4 seasons, the teams including the Roswell Invaders, Trois-Riveries Aigles, Salina Stockade.
After the 2017 season, I finally made the decision to retire. Playing professionally in the minor leagues is tough, minimal pay, time away from family and a constant push and strain on your body and mental health. I finally knew that my time had come. During my professional playing years is actually when I got into coaching, I started in 2014 with Extra Innings as an instructor. For the last 8 years working for various businesses I have been able to impact hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of players and families. Impacting the life of young players and families now brings more joy than hitting a home run professionally. Finally, in 2020 we created our brand Barrel Nation to bring elite player development to the tri-state area.
Thank you for reading my story, see you soon at Barrel Nation!
Coach Joey Miller