Who We Are

REP1 is built on a foundation of integrity. We represent athletes who play for something greater than themselves and we work tirelessly for their success, in sport and in life. We understand athletes. Their needs, their interests, their goals. We understand what it takes to play at the highest level. The ability, the heart, the sacrifice. We get it, we live it, and we are driven by the same competitive spirit.

What We Do

REP1 is a family owned business. Upholding the honor of our family name is of the utmost importance. There is no gray area between right and wrong in the way we operate. We are a full service athlete representation agency. With careful, thorough and skilled analysis we prepare our players for the milestone events in their lives. From the draft process all the way through their post-career transition and beyond, REP 1 provides services that impact every stage of an athletes’ career.

What We Do

REP1 is a family owned business. Upholding the honor of our family name is of the utmost importance. There is no gray area between right and wrong in the way we operate. We are a full service athlete representation agency. With careful, thorough and skilled analysis we prepare our players for the milestone events in their lives. From the draft process all the way through their post-career transition and beyond, REP 1 provides services that impact every stage of an athletes’ career.

"The REP1 team is always there to guide me through every detail of being a professional baseball player."
- Edwin Diaz

Meet The Team

Principal
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Evan StonePrincipal

Evan Stone is REP 1 Baseball’s founder and Principal. Prior to founding REP 1 Baseball, Evan founded Pacific Union Financial in 2004, where he served as its Chairman and CEO for close to a decade. His accomplishments as a professional are extensive, including the dramatic growth of PUF, which returned $100 million in net profits in 2013.

Evan’s passion for sports began as a youth playing competitive baseball, which later gained him admission into the University of California – Davis. He created and currently manages one of the premiere 18 and under baseball teams in the United States. Evan remains a consistent supporter of the battle against Alzheimer’s and Cancer, devoting considerable resources as part of his commitment to philanthropy.

President, REP1 Baseball
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Paul KinzerPresident, REP1 Baseball

Paul is one of the most influential and respected agents in the industry. For over 20 years he has represented many of the finest baseball players in the game. Prior to becoming an agent, Paul owned a successful sports marketing firm and also served as a labor union representative.

Paul’s years of experience as a baseball agent along with his other business accomplishments give him a skill set unlike any other agent in the game.
Paul has developed close working relationships with front office personnel and field staff at all levels. His honest and straight forward approach are instrumental in working towards a foundation of trust and comfort which allows for his ability to forge optimal agreements for the players he represents.

Since 1995, Paul has represented hundreds of Major League players, with a special emphasis in Latin America. Some of those players include All-Stars Rafael Furcal, Aramis Ramirez, Alex Rios, Starlin Castro, Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Marmol, Geovany Soto, Francisco Rodriguez and Matt Capps.

Paul and his wife Becky live in Douglasville, Georgia and have two children; Kelly and Shannon.

Executive Vice President, REP1 Baseball
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Scott NelsonExecutive Vice President, REP1 Baseball

Scott brings a unique and valuable perspective to REP1 Baseball. Prior to joining the firm he was the Chicago Cubs Director of Baseball Operations. Scott joined the Cubs in April 1983 and in 30 seasons with the organization was involved in all areas of baseball operations, including the baseball operations budget, waiver and rules compliance, negotiating contracts, the club’s arbitration process and working with the club’s scouting and development departments. Scott brings all of those skills, along with his industry relationships, to benefit the players represented by KMG.

In 2010, Scott and the Cubs went to an arbitration with infielder Ryan Theriot which resulted in a club victory. This represented the first arbitration hearing for the Cubs organization since 1993.

Scott graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and lives in Chicago with his two children, Ross and Shea.

International Director
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Carlos RiosInternational Director

Carlos Rios serves as the International Director at REP1 Baseball. He provides REP1 with over 40 years of professional baseball experience, and an extensive knowledge in scouting. This includes time as a player for the Pirates & Braves, minor league coach for the Braves, scout for the Braves, Latin America Scouting Director for the Yankees, as well as Operations Director of Latin America for the Scott Boras Corp. 

During his time as a scout for the Braves & Latin America Scouting Director for the Yankees, Carlos was responsible for recruiting/signing notable players such as Andruw Jones, Odalys Perez, Bruce Chen, Fernando Lunar, Steve Torrealba, Luis Quevedo, Ramon Castro, Winston Abreu, Luis Rivera, Jose Contreras, Robinson Canó, Melky Cabrera, Dioner Navarro, Adrian Hernandez and Ramon Ramirez, among others.

Vice President of Baseball Marketing
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Justin TaglianettiVice President of Baseball Marketing

Justin has spent his entire career working in professional baseball on both the team and agent side of the business. He began his career by working for the Phillies and the Angels, prior to joining the Boras Corporation. Justin spent a decade with the Boras Corporation as Director of Sales/Marketing and was responsible for negotiating millions in off field revenue for clients. Justin relocated from the California headquarters to New York City where he served as the sole representative of the organization in the role of head of marketing, public relations, lead negotiator and recruiter for the Northeast. Justin’s extensive travels domestically as well as internationally on behalf of his clients created and cultivated countless, unparalleled relationships throughout the world of sports, entertainment and media. Justin also played a vital role recruiting and scouting as an agent with his former organization. After parting ways with his former organization, Justin founded his own sports marketing agency, where he successfully signed Major League players whom retained his services and expertise to manage their brands, procure and negotiate their marketing endeavors. Justin joined Rep1 Baseball in January of 2017 as the lead negotiator tasked in acquiring all client marketing opportunities, social media management, and client strategic brand strategy.

Vice President, North America
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Nate HeislerVice President, North America

Nate Heisler has been working in the baseball representation industry since 2003. As the Vice President and lead agent for North American players at REP1 Baseball, Nate focuses on contract negotiation, arbitration preparation and the MLB Draft. Nate currently works closely with numerous players in MLB and in the minor leagues as well as advising players at all levels of amateur baseball. He is known to be extremely focused and dedicated to each of his clients equally and organized and diligent in managing every aspect of their career.

Nate graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles before being admitted to the California Bar as an attorney in 2004. While completing law school, he began working at Beverly Hills Sports Council as the Director of Equipment and Trading Cards. Nate also worked in many other areas of the company including client services, autograph signings, salary arbitration preparation and contract negotiation before eventually transitioning into his current role as a full-time agent. Nate joined REP1 Baseball in February of 2018.

Nate lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nicole Brown, SVP of TriStar Productions (Sony Pictures). Together they have one son, Theo (born 2017).

Player Agent
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Nelson Montes De OcaPlayer Agent

Nelson Montes De Oca has been serving as a certified player agent at REP1 Baseball since September of 2016. As an agent at REP1, Nelson plays an active role in recruiting players from all over the world, and takes a hands-on approach with each of his clients, closely monitoring their progress and attending their games and workouts. 

Prior to joining REP1, Nelson worked for the Tampa Bay Rays for five years in the international operations department. There, he ran international programs, and was in charge of building academies across the world. In addition, he played an integral role in the team signing five international players that made it to the MLB. 

A reliable, passionate, and family-oriented agent, Nelson is a former scholarship baseball player at Division I Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL. He presently resides in Tampa, FL and has two children, Stacy and Nelson.

Player Agent
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Kelly KinzerPlayer Agent

Kelly Kinzer is a member of the REP1 Baseball agent team. Kelly was brought up in the baseball industry and played baseball his entire life. He earned a full scholarship to Salem International University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. Upon graduation, he immediately entered into baseball operations and quickly became a respected sports agent. With 15 years of experience, Kelly has built valued and trusted relationships with athletes, equipment executives, and colleagues throughout the industry.

Kelly represents major and minor league athletes including Matt Capps, Carlos Estevez, Jose Urena, Carlos Frias, Paulo Orlando, and Jeimer Candelario.

Kelly negotiates athlete equipment deals yielding significant returns simultaneously for our athletes and clients.He has negotiated deals with major equipment suppliers including Nike, Under Armour, New Balance, Mizuno, Louisville Slugger, Wilson, Franklin, and many more. His experience and earned relationships have proven that he is in it for the long run and values all common points of interest.

Regional Director; Player Agent
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Mike ZirelliRegional Director; Player Agent

Mike Zirelli is a former professional baseball player and current head coach of the P.U.F. Capitalists, one of the premiere 18 and under baseball teams in the United States. “Z” was previously an assistant coach at Santa Clara University from 2003-2011, where he also served as a pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. During his tenure he was instrumental in developing four pitchers into All-Americans. He has coached 13 players that have reached the major leagues and over 70 that have signed professional contracts.

A graduate of Cal Poly, Zirelli played for the Mustangs from 1996-99. He was a two time All-Big West Conference award-winner and a freshman All-American. He also earned ‘Player of the Decade’ recognition from Cal Poly in 1999. Following his time with the Mustangs, the San Francisco Giants selected Zirelli in the 23rd round of the 1999 MLB First Year Player Draft. He was a member of the Giants minor league system, playing for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, the Bakersfield Blaze and the San Jose Giants. Despite his professional commitments, Zirelli found time to return to Cal Poly and earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2002. A Bay Area native, Zirelli is married to the former Amanda Martin, and the couple have two sons (Zack 8 and Rocco 5). The family resides in San Carlos, California.

Regional Director; Player Agent
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Ryan PattersonRegional Director; Player Agent

Ryan is a former professional baseball player with Toronto, Detroit, Arizona and Miami. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 2005 MLB draft by the Toronto Blue Jays and ranked as the #4 prospect in the Blue Jays organization in 2007. He was a 3-time all-SEC player and 1st team All-American at Louisiana State University. He graduated in 2015 with a bachelors in General Studies from LSU. Ryan worked at Beverly Hills Sports Council full-time starting in 2016 before coming over to REP1 at the beginning of 2018. He lives in the Houston area.

Client Services, Baseball Operations
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Keara KinzerClient Services, Baseball Operations

Keara joined the Baseball Market in 2011 working closely with industry leading agents and marketing firms. She is responsible for procurement, client relations, and athlete maintenance. Keara Graduated from Fairmont State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management.

Executive Administration, Baseball Operations
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Shannon QueenExecutive Administration, Baseball Operations

Shannon began working full time for Paul in 2006.  She manages the Georgia office and makes certain all clients paperwork is in compliance with Major League Baseball Players regulations

"I love these guys. They have become my extended family."
- Kike Hernandez

Our Clients

REP1 clients succeed in unique ways. As a role model. Community leader. Family man. 1st round pick. Rookie of the year. All-Star. Valued Endorser. Business Owner. Hall of Famer. Difference Maker. ICON. REP1 clients value the integrity of their representatives. They appreciate consistent honesty. The attention and accessibility that REP1 offers as a midsize agency makes a difference to them. They feel like an important part of our family. From the moment a client places his trust in us it is our expectation that a life long partnership has begun.

Aramis Ramirez

Aramis Nin Ramirez is a former third baseman, who played 18 seasons in the majors for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and Milwaukee Brewers. He was named an All-Star three time during his career in 2005, 2008, and 2014 as well as was awarded the Silver Slugger Award in 2011 and the NL Hank Aaron Award in 2008. He started his professional career with the Pirates in 1998, making his MLB debut on September 10, 1999. In 2003, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2003. For the 2012 season, he signed a three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and in 2015, he was traded back to Pittsburgh exactly 12 years after they first traded him to the Cubs, where he would finish the remainder of his final season. His last career MLB came was on October 3, 2015. Over his career, Ramirez had a .283 batting average, 386 HRs, 1417 RBIs, 29 stolen bases, and an OPS of .833. He is from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Carlos Estevez

Carlos Estévez  is a right-handed pitcher for the Colorado Rockies. From Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Estévez signed with the Rockies as a free agent in 2011, at the age of 18. After the 2015 season, the Rockies added Estévez to their 40-man roster. The Rockies promoted him to the major leagues on April 22, 2016 and he made hisMLB debut on April 23, 2016. When Rockies’ closer went on the disabled list, Estévez became the Rockies’ new closer. As of the end of the 2016 season, Estévez has a win-loss record of 2-7, 5.24 ERA, 59 strikeouts, and 11 saves. Estévez comes out of the bullpen to the song “Wild Thing” because of the 1989 movie “Major League,” in which Charlie Sheen played reliever Ricky Vaughn, who was nicknamed “Wild Thing” and entered games with the song of the same name. Estévez has embraced the song because Sheen was born with the same name Carlos Estevez.

Edwin Diaz

Edwin “Sugar” Diaz is a right-handed pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. He made his MLB debut on June 6, 2016 and within 2 months had broken the Mariner’s record for 11 consecurtive outs via strikeouts and was named the team’s closer.  Diaz was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 3rd roun dof the 2012 MLB Draft out of Caguas Military Academy in Caguas, Puerto Rico.  By reaching his 50th strikeout in only 25 and a 3rd , Diaz became the first pitcher to achieve this in 123 years. Diaz has come in from the billpen to Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” “Sugar” is Diaz’s nickname because of the 2008 sports-drama film “Sugar.”

Edwin Encarnacion
Ezequiel Carrera

Ezequiel Manuel Carrara is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays. He has previously played for the Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, and Detroit Tigers. Carerra signed with the New York Mets as a non-drafted free agent in 2005. The Mets traded Carerra to the Seattle Mariners in 2008 who in turn traded him to the Cleveland Indians in 2010. Carerra made his MLB Debut on May 20, 2011 as a pinch hitter. As of the 2016 season, Carerra has a Batting Average of .255, 224 hits, 11 home runs, 77 runs batted in, and 34 stolen bases. Carerra was born in Guiria, Venezuela and has three children, Geremi, Lindsey, and Lindy.

Jarlin Garcia

Jarlin Emmanuel García is a left-handed pitcher for the Miami Marlins’ organization. García is from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He gew up in Pedro Brand, playing soccer and did not play baseball until he was 15 years old. In 2015, the Marlins assigned García to the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League (FSL). He appeared in the FSL All-Star Game  and was chosen to represent the Marlins at the 2015 All-Star Futures Game. The Marlins promoted him to the Jacksonville Suns of the Class AA Southern League in July. In 25 combined starts, García had a 3.57 earned run average and 104 strikeouts in  133 2⁄3 innings pitched. The Marlins added García to their 40-man roster after the season, protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. García began the 2016 season with Jacksonville. After making seven starts with a 4.04 ERA for the Suns, the Marlins promoted him to the major leagues on May 15, 2016.

Jeimer Candelario

Jeimer Candelario. who is known to most people as “Candy,” is currently a third baseman for the Chicago Cubs. He was signed by the Chicago Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in September 2010. He made his professional debut the next year with the Dominican Summer League Cubs. Candelario spent 2012 with the Boise Hawks, 2013 with the Kane County Cougars,  2014 with Kane County and the Daytona Cubs, and started 2015 with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and was promoted to the Double-A Tennessee Smokies during the season. The Cubs added him to their 40-man roster after the season. With the Iowa Cubs in 2016, Candelario batted .333 in his first 25 games at the Triple-A level. Candelario had his MLB Debut on July 3, 2016 against the New York Mets, and appeared in five games for the Cubs in 2016 finishing with a .091 batting average. He was part of the 40-man roster and won his first World Series title. Jeimer was born in New York City, New York but moved to the San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. His father, Rogelio, played in the Astros’ Minor League system but never played in the big leagues. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Candelario also became a Cubs fan and and a big fan of Sammy Sosa and Moises Alou.

Jorge Lopez

Jorge Y. López Ramos is a right-handed pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers. López was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the second round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft out of the Caguas Military Academy in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He signed with the Brewers and made his professional debut with the Arizona League Brewers. He spent 2012 with the Dominican Summer League Brewers and Gulf Coast Brewers and 2013 with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. In 2014, López pitched for the Brevard County Manatees. In July 2014, he was selected to appear in the All-Star Futures Game. López made his MLB debut on September 29, 2015. As of the end of the 2016 season, he has posted a 1-1 win-loss record, 5.40 ERA, and 10 strikeouts. He is married to his wife Karla and the couple has a son, Mikael.

Jose Urena

José Miguel Ureña Rodriguez is a right-handed pitcher for the Miami Marlins. Ureña grew up in the Dominican Republic. The Marlins signed him on August 28, 2009, and he played for two seasons with the Dominican Summer League Marlins.In 2011, he played in short season Single-A with the Jamestown Jammers, posting a 4.33 ERA in 15 starts. He advanced to full-season Single-A in 2012, posting a 3.38 ERA in 138.1 innings with the Greensboro Grasshoppers. In 2013 he played in high Single-A with the Jupiter Hammerheads, pitching 149.2 innings with a 3.73 ERA. In 2014, he amassed a record of 13-8, pitching 162 innings with 121 strikeouts and a 3.33 ERA. Ureña began the 2015 season with the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. He made his MLB debut on April 13, 2015 and  his first major league start was on May 26, 2015, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. As of the end of the 2016 season, he has a 5-14 win-loss record, 5.76 ERA, and 86 strikeouts.

Luis Severino
Luis Severino is a right-handed pitcher for the New York Yankees. He was considered the Yankee’s top prospect by numerous scouts in 2014. Severino signed with the New York Yankees as an international free agent in 2012. Severino made his MLB debut on August 5, 2015, becoming the youngest starting pitcher for the 2015 MLB Season. He also became the first AL pitcher in MLB history to strike out seven hitters while walking none and allowing no more than two hits in their major league debut. Severino is from Sabana de la Mar, in the Hato Mayor province of the Dominican Republic. He grew up a fan of the Yankees, particularly fellow Dominican Robinson Canó. He has a daughter, Abigail, who was born in July 2015.
Paulo Orlando

Paulo Roberto Orlando is an left-fielder for the Kansas City Royals. he was born in São Paulo, Brazil. His mother is a nurse. When Orlando was 12 years old, a Japanese-Brazilian physician who worked with Orlando’s mother recommended that he try his hand at baseball, an obscure sport primarily played by the Japanese community in Brazil. Orlando wanted to be a soccer star growing up. In 2005, he signed with the Chicago White Sox but was traded to the Kansas City Royals in 2008. After the 2014 season, Orlando was added to the Royals 40-man roster. He made the Royals opening day roster in 2015 and made his major league debut on April 9, becoming the third Brazilian-born player in MLB history. His first major league hit, a triple, was also the first MLB hit for a born-and-raised Brazilian player. Orlando also became the first player in MLB history to record three triples as his first three base hits. On April 20, Orlando hit his fifth triple in his first seven games, establishing a new major league record for the fewest games to hit five triples to open a career. He became the first Brazilian-born player to win a World Series. As of the end of the 2016 season, he has a .284 batting average with 12 home runs, 70 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases. Orlando and his wife Fabricia have one daughter, Maria and his family lives in São Paulo year-round. Orlando was also a sprinter for the Brazilian Junior Olympic team, running the 200-meter sprint in 21 seconds and the 400-meter dash in 46.36 seconds.

Ramon Torres

Ramon Alexander Torres is a shortstop and second baseman for the Kansas City Royals. He has played for the DSL Royals, AZL Royals, Lexington Legends of the Appalachian League, Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League, Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League, Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Carolina League, and Omaha Storm Chasers of the Pacific Coast League. In his Minors Career, he has posted a .286 batting average, 307 runs, 587 hits, 22 home runs, and 190 RBIs. He is from Santiago Rodriguez, Dominican Republic.

Dee Gordon

Dee Gordon is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins. With the Dodgers, Gordon was primarily a shortstop and with the Marlins, he was primarily a second basemen. He began playing center field in 2018 with the Mariners. In 2015, in his first season with the Marlins, Gordon hit .333 for a total of 205 hits and stole 58 bases. He led the NL in all three categories and became the first NL player to lead the league in both batting average and stolen bases since fellow second baseman Jackie Robinson in 1949.

Liam Hendriks

Liam Hendriks is an Australian professional baseball pitcher for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played for the Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, and Toronto Blue Jays.

Chase Whitley

Chase Whitley is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays.

Michael Feliz
Eloy Jimenez
Shed Long
Rafael Devers
Pedro Araujo
Francis Martes
Yadiel Rivera
Freddy Peralta
Fernando Romero
Stefen Romero
Aristides Aquino
Willi Castro
Ramon Torres

"He's like a father to me. It's not a business relationship between me and Paul"
- Aramis Ramirez.

"The people at REP1 are what makes the difference. My family and I are grateful for their work."
- Edwin Encarnacion

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