IBC Top Performers 2016-2017 Winter Season

IBC Top Performers 2016-2017 Winter Season

It is once again time for our seasonal ranking of our members who are playing overseas. This ranking is to recognize those who performed well overseas, taking into account not only the numbers they put up, but the strengths of the leagues they were playing in. Only first divisions overseas are considered for the ranking.


TOP BATTERS

#1 – C.J. Jacobe, Ipswich Musketeers (Brisbane, Australia)

C.J.C.J. Jacobe was a drafted out of Vacaville as an outfielder by the Oakland A’s in 2011. Deciding not to sign with Oakland, he instead took an offer to play college ball at Santa Clara University in the D1 West Coast Conference. This past season playing Brisbane C.J. showcased the skills  that drew the attention of the Oakland Athletics back in 2011. Unfortunately for C.J. his season was cut short as he had to return to the U.S. for season ending surgery. Imagine what he could have done in those extra 6 weeks of baseball!

Bavg: .493 SLG: 1.027 OBP: .494 H: 36 2B: 5
3B: 5 RBI: 33 HR: 8 R: 22

 

 


#2 – Terrell Joyce, Glenelg Tigers (Adelaide, Australia)

JoyceTerrell was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 12th round out of Florida State College at Jacksonville in 2012. Terrell had a successful minor league career hitting 21 home runs through 3 seasons with the Astros. After being released, Terrell decided to take his game overseas to Germany in 2016 to play for Heidenheim Heideköpfe. Terrell signed with the Tigers of the highly competitive South Australian Baseball League and once again put up some big numbers (1st in league in HR; 3rd in SLG;  RBI leader), earning him a spot on the All-Star team.

Bavg: .493 SLG: 1.027 OBP: .494 H: 36 2B: 5
3B: 5 RBI: 33 HR: 8 R: 22


#3 – Alex Carter, Port Adelaide / Adelaide Bite (Australia)

carterAlex “AC” Carter is a former catcher of Georgetown University who was drafted in the late rounds by the Colorado Rockies but decided to pursue a professional career overseas instead.

he finished the season at the top of the league in doubles and 2nd in league with 44 hits. A.C. Unfortunately, his team lost a nail biter in the 3rd and final game of the championship series despite his performance.

Regular Season
Bavg: .365 SLG: .636 OBP: .435 H: 44
2B: 13 HR: 6 RBI: 31 R: 22

 

Playoffs
Bavg: .423 SLG: .615 OBP: .464 H: 11
2B: 5 RBI: 2 R: 9

 

ABL Reg Season
Bavg: .291 SLG: .452 OBP: .389 H: 9 2B: 2 HR: 1

#4 – Will Thorp, Pine Hills Lightening / Brisbane Bandits (Australia)

ThorpWill Thorp is a former catcher at Lewis-Clark State College who has been overseas between Australia and Europe since 2014 after first signing with the Northern Districts Reds of the South Australian State League. Will recently returned to Germany to play for the Munich-Haar Disciples for a second straight year after putting up big numbers in his second season with the Lightening in Queensland. 

Regular Season
Bavg: .388 SLG: .535 OBP: .458 H: 50
2B: 14 3B: 1 HR: 1 RBI: 23 R: 28

 

ABL Reg Season
Bavg: .211 SLG: .452 OBP: .348 H: 4
2B: 1 RBI: 1 R: 2

 

#5 – Gary Owens, Woodville District (Adelaide, Australia)

OwensGary is an outfielder out of Southern Polytechnic State University who has been overseas year-round as a two-way player since 2013. Gary has alternated between South Australia and Germany ever since his first signing with the Port Adelaide Magpies. Gary has been a consistent presence on this list since we have started posting them. Gary is currently again playing in Germany, this time with Heidenheim Heideköpfe, and is en route to another great season. 

Bavg: .345 SLG: .664 OBP: .466 H: 40
2B: 9 3B: 2 HR: 8 RBI: 22 R: 36

 


#6 – Max MacNabb, East Torrens Red Sox (Adelaide, Australia)

Max is a former pitcher, yes that’s right, pitcher, for the University of San Diego who after a season in the San Diego Padres organization decided to take his game overseas to Sydney, Australia for the 2015-2016 winter to play with the MacArthur Orioles. After putting up big numbers for the Orioles both at the plate and on the bump, Max became one of the most sought after imports on the international market. This success as a two-way player continued in France in 2016 with the Templiers Senart before signing again to play in Australia, but this time in the South Australian State League. 

Bavg: .351 SLG: .535 OBP: .445 H: 40
2B: 11 HR: 2 RBI: 18 BB: 16

 

#7 – Rudy Jaramillo, Geelong Baseball Club (Melbourne, Australia)

Rudy is a former starting pitcher for the University of New Mexico who has really developed into a good hitter while in Melbourne, Australia year-round since 2015. Look for more of his story in our “Top Pitchers” section.

Bavg: .446 SLG: .554 OBP: .520 H: 37
2B: 7 3b: 1 RBI: 26 R: 11


Fenimore#8 – Caleb Fenimore, MacArthur Orioles (Sydney, Australia)

Caleb is a catcher out of Indiana University-Purdue University- Fort Wayne who has been overseas year-round since 2015 playing for two clubs, the Dohren Wild Farmers of Germany in the summer and the Orioles in the winter. Caleb had his best season to date overseas this past winter finishing amongst league leaders in multiple offensive categories, leading the league in OBP.

Bavg: .390 SLG: .570 OBP: .519 H: 39
2B: 9 HR:3 RBI: 21 R: 28

#9 – John Collins, Penrith Panthers (Sydney, Australia)

John is a catcher out of Vanguard University who has been overseas with the Panthers during the winter for three straight Australian summer seasons (winter). John led the league in doubles and total bases and finished top 10 in numerous offensive categories.

Bavg: .404 SLG: .623 OBP: .419 H: 46 TB: 71
2B: 16 3B: 3 HR:1 RBI: 18 R: 23

#10- Ryan Santana, Golden Grove Dodgers (Adelaide, Australia)

Ryan Santana is a former outfielder for Azusa Pacific University who first took his career overseas to Austria to play for the Hard Bulls in 2016. This past winter Ryan spent the season playing for the Golden Grove Dodgers of the South Australian Baseball League and was also featured on a reality TV show while there on TLC. 

Bavg: .365 SLG: .603 OBP: .420 H: 23 2B: 4
3B: 1 HR:3 RBI: 12 R: 11

HOW TO PLAY/COACH BASEBALL OR SOFTBALL OVERSEAS


#11 – Mitch Dergazarian, Golden Grove Dodgers (Adelaide, Australia)

Mitch Dergazarian is an outfielder out of Azusa Pacific University who took his game overseas this past winter to play in the South Australian Baseball League. In his first season overseas Mitch established himself as one of the top talents on the overseas baseball circuit. 

Bavg: .348 SLG: .452 OBP: .384 H: 24 2B: 3
3B: 0 HR:3 RBI: 9 R: 9

 


#12 – Tommy Lyons, Woden Rebels (Canberra, Australia)

Despite missing the first 8 games with visa issues, Tommy racked up some big numbers again in Canberra in his second season with the Rebels. Coming off the league batting title from the previous year, this former Sonoma State University catcher was voted team MVP for his performance this time around. 

Bavg: .395 SLG: .506 OBP: .446 H: 30 2B: 8
3B: 1 HR:1 RBI: 11 R: 17 SB: 12

 


Sanchez#13- Daniel Sanchez, MacArthur Orioles (Sydney, Australia)

The selfie king, Daniel Sanchez, is a shortstop/second baseman who has played professionally in Spain, Italy, Germany and now Australia.  In his 11 seasons in Europe, Daniel has been a part of eight championship winning teams and since 2015 has been among the German Bundesliga batting leaders. This performance continued in his first winter season overseas in Sydney, Australia.

Bavg: .369 SLG: .462 OBP: .449 H: 24
2B: 6 RBI: 14 R: 17

#14 – Jimmy Jensen, Newport Rams (Melbourne, Australia)

Best known for his lights out pitching, those who know Jimmy know that he can also swing a big stick. In his fourth season overseas, this former Menlo College standout pitcher is known for his gap power and the ability to hit the odd long ball. 

Bavg: .359 SLG: .388 OBP: .389 H: 37 2B: 3
3B: 0 HR: 0 RBI: 10 R: 12 SB: 12

 


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#T-15 – Tyler Krobetzky, Golden Grove Dodgers (Adelaide, Australia)

The big left-handed hitting catcher out of Spring Arbor University returned to the Dodgers for the second straight season after a partial season in Germany and as a pick up in European invitational tournaments. His last season with the Dodgers he finished second in league batting and at the top of this list. Although his numbers were not as strong, it is obvious that the pitchers learned their lesson and were trying to avoid him given the 26 walks and .439 OBP. 

Bavg: .272 SLG: .340 OBP: .439 H: 28 2B: 7
3B: 0 HR: 0 RBI: 12 R: 19 BB: 26

 


 

Zach Johnson#T-15 – Zach Johnson, Rockingham Rams (Perth, Australia)

Zach Johnson is a Canadian/American utility player from Porterville Community College and the Okotoks Dawgs of the Western Major Baseball League. He first took his career overseas in 2016 to Germany and put up some big numbers for the Mannheim Tornados, earning him a reputation and ultimately a further signing in Perth, Australia to play for the Rams. If he had played a full season there is a good chance Zach would be much further up this list. He has since returned to Germany for the 2017 summer to play for the defending champions Mainz Athletics.

Bavg: .308 SLG: .554 OBP: .400 H: 20
2B: 4 3B: 0 HR:4 RBI: 11

 


HONORABLE MENTION

Jeff McKenzie, MacArthur Orioles (Sydney, Australia)

Bavg: .395 SLG: .500 OBP: .478 H: 15 2B: 4
3B: 0 HR: 0 RBI: 10 R: 10

Leroy Urbina, East Torrens Red Sox (Adelaide, Australia)

Bavg: .299 SLG: .402 OBP: .381 H: 35 2B: 6
3B: 0 HR: 2 RBI: 23 R: 19

Kris Richards, Ipswich Musketeers (Brisbane, Australia)

Bavg: .274 SLG: .493 OBP: .372 H: 20 2B: 5
3B: 0 HR: 3 RBI: 17 R: 17


Taylor McKnight, Perth Baseball Club (Perth, Australia)

Bavg: .276 SLG: .474 OBP: .345 H: 21 2B: 9
3B: 0 HR: 2 RBI: 16 R: 10


Ian Horne, Toowoomba Rangers (D2 Brisbane, Australia) 

Bavg: .507 SLG: .1060 OBP: .582 H: 34 2B: 12
3B: 2 HR: 7 RBI: 34 R: 40


Ben Miller, Pakenham Pumas (D2 Melbourne, Australia)

Bavg: .431 SLG: .615 OBP: .529 H: 28 2B: 6
3B: 0 HR: 2 RBI: 24 R: 21 SB: 14


Michael Gonzalez, Peel Mariners (D3 Perth, Australia)

Bavg: .419 SLG: .806 OBP: .598 H: 26 2B: 10
3B: 1 HR: 4 RBI: 20 R: 36 SB: 11


Andrew Schenk, Peel Mariners (D3 Perth, Australia)

Bavg: .408 SLG: .747 OBP: .488 H: 37 2B: 5
3B: 1 HR: 5 RBI: 32 R: 24 SB: 12

 

TOP PITCHERS

#1 – Max MacNabb, East Torrens Red Sox / Adelaide Bite (Australia)

Macnabb biteIntroduced in the “Top Batters” section above, Max is most known for his pitching. This former San Diego Padre prospect has been overseas since 2015 and in this past season had his most successful as a professional after being called up to the Adelaide Bite. Within two games he impressed so much that he was nominated to the ABL All-Star game. From there Max became the Bite’s number one starter for the rest of the season and earned two ABL “Player of the Week” recognitions. Meanwhile he continued to pitch wherever possible for his state league club, the Red Sox, where he absolutely dominated (2nd in League in Ks and Ks looking / 3rd in League in ERA and opp. Bavg).

Red Sox Regular Season

W-L: .7-5 ERA: 1.43 CG: 5 IP: 88.1
SHO: 2 H: 53 K/BB: 112/25 Bavg: .140

ABL Regular Season

W-L: 3-0 ERA: 2.76 IP: 29.1
K/BB: 22/2 WHIP: 0.99 Bavg: ..243

#2 – Louis Cohen, ACT Bandits/Canberra Cavalry (Australia)

Cohen CavLouis Cohen is a former pitcher for Cal State Northridge who post graduation took his career overseas to Australia (Canberra) where he dominated for the ACT Bandits of the Capital Territory State, leading them to a championship. This performance earned him a call-up to play for the Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League where he threw 25 innings with an era of 3.60.

In the summer of 2016 Louis took his game to Europe to play in the German Bundesliga North for the Hamburg Stealers and once again dominated.

This past winter season he returned to the Bandits and earned a mid-season call-up to the Cavalry and never looked back having a career year in the ABL highlighted by a 7 inning, 10 strikeout performance vs. the Sydney Blue Sox. Louis earned two  “ABL Player of the Week”  recognitions over the course of the season. 

Regular Season
W-L: .8-4 ERA: 2.35 CG: 5
IP: 92 WHIP: 1.1 K/BB: 106/27

 

ABL Reg Season
W-L: 4-0 ERA: 2.61 IP: 41.1 H: 33
K/BB: 37/10 WHIP: 1.04 Bavg: .214

HOW TO PLAY/COACH BASEBALL OR SOFTBALL OVERSEAS


#3 – Arik Sikula, West Torrens Eagles (Adelaide, Australia)

sikulaIn 2015, Marshall University graduate Arik Sikula was pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays at the AA level with four years of a sub 3.00 era under his belt, primarily as a closer. He had shared dugouts with Dalton Pompey, Kevin Pillar and Roberto Osuna. After a sudden release in 2015, a brief stint in the Atlantic League, and a short retirement, Arik decided to strap on the cleats again and shift his focus to overseas baseball. This landed him in South Australia playing for the West Eagles, where he led them to the championship behind a remarkable season. Arik was also on the reserve roster for the Adelaide Bite where he saw a little action. Arik decided after the season to give pro ball back home another shot, signing on with the Quebec Capitales of the CanAm League. 

Regular Season
W-L: 6-4 ERA: 1.66 CG: 4 IP: 76
SHO: 1 H: 57 K/BB: 105/15 Bavg: .209
Playoffs
W-L: 61-0 ERA: 0.60 IP: 15 K/BB: 12/3

 


#4 – Jimmy Jensen, Newport Rams (Melbourne, Australia)

19-11-16 Baseball: Newport Rams v Essendon. Pic of Newport's Jimmy Jensen. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

Photo by Damjan Janevski.

This former NAIA All-American and team captain at Menlo College has become somewhat of a household name in overseas baseball circles for his performance (#1 on this list last year) on the baseball field and as our International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator. Jimmy is also the star of our youtube series “Globetrotters” which features our members around the globe.

After a brief stint in the Pecos league, Jimmy took his career overseas first to Austria, then to Sydney, Australia for the winter, back to Europe to play in France, returning this past winter to Australia to play for the Rams in Victoria. Once again Jimmy did his thing, throwing complete game after complete game and running through competition. For the first time in his overseas career Jimmy had an era over 2.00, largely because of some at times suspect defense behind him, with the Rams being one of the younger teams in the league in a re-building phase. With that being said, Jimmy still earned League MVP honors (League K and IP leader) and threw the most innings of anyone on this list. 

W-L: 7-9 ERA: 2.81 CG: 9 IP: 128.2 H: 120 K/BB: 140/17

#5 – Rudy Jaramillo, Geelong Baycats  (Melbourne, Australia)

RudyThis former Northwoods League All Star and University of New Mexico starting pitcher took his career overseas in the fall of 2015 to play for the Doncaster Dragons in Melbourne and remained in Australia year round up until a recent deportation in early 2017 for overstaying his visa. During his time Rudy established himself as one of the top imports in the Victoria Summer League, most recently with the Geelong Baycats. Last winter season he made the #2 spot on this list, slightly behind Jimmy Jensen who earned the top spot. This past season he was neck-in-neck with Jensen once again, but this time while competing in the same league.

W-L: 8-3 ERA: 2.56 SV: 2 IP: 109 H: 98 K/BB: 114/18

 


#6 – Sean Callegari, Northern Districts / Adelaide Bite (Australia)

Sean Callegari is a former starting pitcher for the University of British Columbia who after his college career continued to play baseball in a highly competitive men’s league in his native Canada. This past season Sean decided to try his hand in baseball overseas, signing on with the Northern District Reds of the South Australian Baseball League. Sean impressed early and earned periodical call-ups to the Adelaide Bite, his first signing within a bonafide professional league. Sean has signed on to play in Germany with the Cologne Cardinals for the 2017 summer. 

Regular Season
W-L: 2-5 ERA: 1.93 CG: 4 IP: 46.2
SHO: 1 H: 38 K/BB: 70/14 Bavg: .205

 

ABL Reg Season
W-L: 1-2 ERA: 5.87 IP: 15.1
K/BB: 13/4 WHIP: 1.63 Bavg: .356

 


Roe#7 – Nate Roe, Sturt Saints / Adelaide Bite (Australia)

Nathaniel Roe is a right handed pitcher out of Rutgers University who bounced around independent baseball between the CANAM league, American Association and most recently in 2016 in the Atlantic League for the New Britain Bees. This past winter was his first stint overseas and his presence in one of the top state leagues in Australia was definitely felt. 

Regular Season
W-L: 9-2 ERA: 2.15 CG: 1 IP: 67
SHO: 1 H: 52 K/BB: 89/28 Bavg: .212

 

ABL Reg Season
W-L: 1-0 ERA: 7.20 IP: 5
K/BB: 2/1 WHIP: 1.00 Bavg: .222

 

#8 – Jeff McKenzie, MacArthur Orioles (Sydney, Australia)

Jeffrey is a former starting pitcher at Cal State Bakersfield where he was voted “Pitcher of the Year” in both of his seasons at CSU.  He was then drafted in the 28th round by the Chicago White Sox whom he played for for two years.  

In 2015 Jeff took his career overseas, first to France to play with the Rouen Huskies. After absolutely dominating in France, played a season in the American Association with the Lincoln Saltdogs before signing on to play this past winter in Sydney, Australia. Jeff finished the season as the New South Wales State League leader in ERA, wins and pickoffs and was a major reason that the Orioles won their first championship in 6 years. 

W-L: 11-0 ERA: 1.61 CG: 1 IP: 78.1 SV: 1
H: 73 K/BB: 76/25 Bavg: .253 Pickoffs: 8

 


#9 – Trevor Caughey, Moorabbin Panthers (Melbourne, Australia)

This 34 year old overseas veteran is a former 9th round draft pick who spent 5 years within the Baltimore Orioles organization and another 3 years in independent baseball before taking his career overseas where he has spent the past 7 years. His long overseas resume includes stops in Australia, Czech Republic, Spain, Germany, Poland and Croatia. This most recent stint in Australia was his fourth, and for the first time in Melbourne after three season in Perth which included an ABL championship with the Perth Heat. Once again Trevor brought his A-game, showing that age has not affected him in any way.

W-L: 3-2 ERA: 1.65 H: 62 IP: 71 K/BB: 76/8

#10 – Jaz Shergill, Maitland Giants (Cape Town, South Africa)

IMG_2834In his second season overseas, Jaz left his mark in South Africa. This former Eastern New Mexico University pitcher first took his career overseas to Brisbane, Australia to play in the state league but soon found himself called up to play for the Brisbane Bandits back in 2014. Similar the story of Max MacNabb, Jaz’s early performance earned him a spot at the ABL All-Star game. Jaz returned home to his native Canada to play in the Inter-County baseball league in 2015 and 2016, but he soon got the itch to play overseas again and ended up signing with the Giants in South Africa. His season ended with him atop the league’s leaderboard for starts, appearances, strikeouts and wins. For his performance he was awarded the “Giant of the Year” as the most important person to the organization and the “Player of the Year” as the most important player on the senior team. 

W-L: 8-5 ERA: 1.90 IP: 90 SV: 1
H: 98 K/BB: 112/37 Bavg: .189

 


#11 – Elroy Urbina, Pine Hills Lightening (Brisbane, Australia)

Elroy Urbina was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011 after setting the saves record at the University of Incarnate Word. That year, Elroy led his Division I college team in ERA, appearances, saves, and opposing batting average. After playing for two years in the Diamondbacks organization, he went on to play American Independent baseball in the United League before setting his sights on baseball overseas. He first signed on overseas in Australia in 2015 to play for the East Torrens Red Sox while also seeing some action with the Adelaide Bite. In 2016 he had a successful year in the Czech Republic with Hrosi Brno before returning to play in Australia, this time with the Lightening in Brisbane. The hard throwing lefty and his long hair are now in Mexican minor league system for the 2017 summer. 

W-L: 7-7 ERA: 3.22 CG: 3 IP: 100.2
SHO: 2 H: 98 K/BB: 106/43 Bavg: .251

 


judish#12 – Wes Judish, Morley Eagles (Perth, Australia)

University of San Diego in 2016 and travelled to Perth, Australia for his first season overseas this past winter. After a successful season with the Eagles Wes signed on to play in the Czech Republic with the Trebic Nuclears. 

W-L: 5-3 ERA: 2.54 CG: 3 IP: 67.33
H: 50 K/BB: 65/25 Bavg: .197

 


#13 – Jan Tomek, Pine Hills Lightening (Brisbane, Australia)

Jan Tomek is a young up-and-coming Czech pitcher who is a member of the Czech National Team. After a few successful seasons in the Czech top division, Jan decided to test himself elsewhere and signed on with the Regensburg Legionaere of the German Bundesliga and once again put up some good numbers while gaining more experience and confidence in his abilities. This led him to look to the southern hemisphere for the first time, landing him in Brisbane, Australia to play for the Lightening in what many consider the top state league in Australia (Queensland). Recently Jan signed on to play in the Honkbal Hoofdklasse, the top league in the Netherlands for the 2017 season. 

W-L: 6-5 ERA: 2.85 CG: 2 IP: 91.2
H: 84 K/BB: 62/30 Bavg: .239

 


#14 – Nate Harris, Blackburn Orioles (Melbourne, Australia)

Nate Harris is a RHP/Utility player out of Menlo College. He is one of the rare players that has significant experience pitching, hitting, and playing the field at the collegiate level. Nate was a catcher his entire life up until he was a junior in college when he was converted to a pitcher for his strong arm. After graduating in 2016, Nate took his career to Australia to play Heathmont Baseball Club for their winter season (North American summer), and stayed on to play the summer season with the Orioles strictly as a pitcher. 

W-L: 7-3 ERA: 2.96 IP: 94.3 H: 60 K/BB: 87/37

#15 – Mike Murray, Redcliffe Padres (Brisbane, Australia)

Mike Murray is a left handed starting pitcher out of Hawaii Pacific University who since graduating in 2013, did not played baseball up until this past season when he signed on to play with the Redcliffe Padres of the Queensland State League based in Brisbane, Australia. His wife accompanied him for this one last hurrah before hanging up the cleats for good. Best of luck Mike!

W-L: 8-6 ERA: 3.29 IP: 76.2 H: 69 K/BB: 82/45 Bavg: .241

 


HONORABLE MENTION

Tommy Lay, Baulkham Hills (Sydney, Australia)

W-L: 4-3 ERA: 3.86 CG: 2 IP: 79.1
H: 76 K/BB: 78/17 Bavg: .247


Terrell Joyce, Glenelg Tigers (Adelaide, Australia)

W-L: 5-2 ERA: 2.53 CG: 3 IP: 46.1
H: 26 K/BB: 65/34 Bavg: .163


Mitch Dergazarian, Golden Grove Dodgers  (Adelaide, Australia)

W-L: 3-10 ERA: 3.79 CG: 5 IP: 90.1
H: 85 K/BB: 95/67 Bavg: .245


Heath Gray, Baulkham Hills
 (Sydney, Australia)

W-L: 4-5 ERA: 3.94 IP: 64 H: 60 K/BB: 47/19 Bavg: .241


Evan Brisentine, Melbourne Demons (Melbourne, Australia)

W-L: 5-1 ERA: 3.43 SV: 1 IP: 63 H: 67 K/BB: 50/27


Jared van Hoon, Sunshine Baseball Club (D2 Melbourne, Australia)

W-L: 6-1 ERA: 1.01 SV: 1 IP: 53.33 H: 37 K/BB: 37/14


Andrew Schenk, Peel Mariners (D3 Perth, Australia)

W-L: 7-1 ERA: 2.56 CG: 8 IP: 81
SHO: 2 H: 67 K/BB: 100/11 Bavg: .207


Ben Miller, Pakenham Pumas (D2 Melbourne, Australia)

W-L: 5-0 ERA: 3.00 IP: 42 H: 24 K/BB: 76/38 Bavg: .207

TOP TWO-WAY PLAYERS

#1 – Max MacNabb, East Torrens / Adelaide Bite (Australia)

macnabbFinishing in the first spot on this season’s “Top Pitchers” list and in the sixth spot on the “Top Batters” list, Max is a shoe-in for the top spot for two-way players. Max had a career year on the bump, and to put up those batting numbers on top of that make Max the king of the two-way players on the international market.

Red Sox Regular Season

Bavg: .351 SLG: .535 OBP: .445 H: 40
2B: 11 HR: 2 RBI: 18 BB: 16

 

W-L: .7-5 ERA: 1.43 CG: 5 IP: 88.1
SHO: 2 H: 53 K/BB: 112/25 Bavg: .140

ABL Regular Season

W-L: 3-0 ERA: 2.76 IP: 29.1
K/BB: 22/2 WHIP: 0.99 Bavg: ..243

 

#2 – Terrell Joyce, Glenelg Tigers (Adelaide, Australia)

Joyce pitchThis slugger was recognized in the number two spot for his batting performance this past season, however this recently converted pitcher is using his strong arm to build a case for the “Top Pitchers” list. This past season he led the South Australian Baseball League with the lowest opponents batting average.

He appears to be catching on quick and undoubtedly will appear on one of our “Top Pitchers” lists in the future. For now, he will have to settle for second spot on the two-way players list.

Bavg: .493 SLG: 1.027 OBP: .494 H: 36 2B: 5
3B: 5 RBI: 33 HR: 8 R: 22

 

W-L: 5-2 ERA: 2.53 CG: 3 IP: 46.1
H: 26 K/BB: 65/34 Bavg: .163

#3 – Rudy Jaramillo, Geelong Baseball Club (Melbourne, Australia)

Finishing in the #5 spot for Top Pitchers and in the #7 spot for Top Batters, Rudy has worked his way up to the #3 spot on the Top Two-Way Player list for this season.

Bavg: .446 SLG: .554 OBP: .520 H: 37
2B: 7 3b: 1 RBI: 26 R: 11

 

W-L: 8-3 ERA: 2.56 SV: 2 IP: 109 H: 98 K/BB: 114/18

#4 – Jimmy Jensen, Newport Rams (Melbourne, Australia)

Jimmy HRJimmy has worked his way up from the number #5 spot on this list in the summer of 2016 to the #4 spot for this past season’s performance. Time and time again Jimmy is proving that he is not a one trick pony, and knowing him, he will not settle for the #4 spot. Expect to see him move up in the rankings soon.

Bavg: .359 SLG: .388 OBP: .389 H: 37 2B: 3
3B: 0 HR: 0 RBI: 10 R: 12 SB: 12

 

W-L: 7-9 ERA: 2.81 CG: 9 IP: 128.2 H: 120 K/BB: 140/17

 

#5 – Jeff McKenzie, MacArthur Orioles (Sydney, Australia)

As mentioned before Jeffrey is a former starting pitcher at Cal State Bakersfield. However, what was not mentioned is that he was first an outfielder in junior college and was converted to pitcher and just in time to start in the California Junior college baseball championship where he threw a complete game and has been a pitcher ever since…. until overseas baseball. Now Jeff is one of the top two-way guys on the overseas market.

Bavg: .395 SLG: .500 OBP: .478 H: 15 2B: 4
3B: 0 HR: 0 RBI: 10 R: 10

 

W-L: 11-0 ERA: 1.61 CG: 1 IP: 78.1 SV: 1
H: 73 K/BB: 76/25 Bavg: .253 Pickoffs: 8

 

#6 – Mitch Dergazarian, Golden Grove Dodgers (Adelaide, Australia)

Most two-way players are pitchers who can hit. Mitch is one of the few who were a hitter first and learned to pitch at a late age and doing a damn good job of it. His #11 spot on the Top Batters list and the Honorable mention for the Top Pitchers is enough to earn him a spot on this Top Two-Way Player list. Keep it up Mitch!

Bavg: .348 SLG: .452 OBP: .384 H: 24 2B: 3
3B: 0 HR:3 RBI: 9 R: 9

 

W-L: 3-10 ERA: 3.79 CG: 5 IP: 90.1
H: 85 K/BB: 95/67 Bavg: .245

#7 – Gary Owens, Woodville District (Adelaide, Australia)

As mentioned before, an outfielder by trade, Gary has made a nice career for himself overseas using his ability to both pitch and hit. Ranked #5 on the best batter’s list for this past season and some solid work on the bump in the competitive SABL, Gary continues to do his thing.

Bavg: .345 SLG: .664 OBP: .466 H: 40
2B: 9 3B: 2 HR: 8 RBI: 22 R: 36

 

W-L: 3-5 ERA: 4.12 IP: 74.1 CG: 2
SHO: 1 H: 81 K/BB: 57/46 Bavg: .276

#8 – Hunter Dilworth, Wembley Magpies (Perth, Australia)

Hunter is a former starting pitcher out of North Greenville University who was a All-State shortstop in high school. In this first stint overseas in Perth, Australia playing for the Magpies, Hunter showcased that he is a legit two-way guy on the international scene and once he shakes off a little more rust after a four year absence at the dish, you can expect to see even more offensive production from in the near future.

Bavg: .276 SLG: .382 OBP: .349 H: 21 2B: 5
3B: 0 HR: 1 RBI: 10 R: 9

 

W-L: 6-3 ERA: 4.08 CG: 2 IP: 70.2
H: 62 K/BB: 56/34 Bavg: .218

#9 – Heath Gray, Baulkham Hills (Sydney, Australia)

HeathNo strangers to these lists, Heath is a 6’7″ 230 pound starting pitcher out of Erskine College who throughout his college and pro career always took batting practice and desired to come into the game as a hitter. However he was always looked at strictly as a pitcher until recently in Europe when he got the opportunity to hit in two invitational tournaments of which he was picked up to play. The big man continues to swing the stick in his new found home of Australia where he is now living year-round with his Australian girlfriend. 

Bavg: .288 SLG: .407 OBP: .302 H: 17 2B: 5
3B: 1 HR: 0 RBI: 12 R: 11

 

W-L: 4-5 ERA: 3.94 IP: 64 H: 62 K/BB: 47/19 Bavg: .241

 

#10 – Devon Ramirez, Carine Cats (Perth, Australia)

devonDevon is a former pitcher for Cal State Dominguez Hills who spent a couple of years in the Pacific Association before taking his game overseas to Australia (2015-2016) and the Czech Republic (2016). For the latter season Devon made the top batters list at #7, not an easy feat in a strong Czech league with many talented pitchers. Most recently he pitched for the Philippines at the WBC qualifier in Australia. Devon also #9 on this list in 2016 and drops one spot for the 2016-2017 season. 

Bavg: .244 SLG: .282 OBP: .425 H: 19 2B: 3
RBI: 5 R: 15 BB: 25 SB: 16

 

W-L: 2-4 ERA: 3.47 IP: 46.7 H: 44 K/BB: 50/29 Bavg: .234

 


Honorable Mention

Will Thorp, Pine Hills Lightening (Brisbane, Australia)

Bavg: .388 SLG: .535 OBP: .458 H: 50 2B: 14
3B: 1 HR: 1 RBI: 23 R: 28

 

W-L: 0-0 ERA: 1.80 IP: 10 H: 7 K/BB: 14/3 Bavg: .189


Andrew Schenk, Peel Mariners (D3 Perth, Australia)

Bavg: .408 SLG: .747 OBP: .488 H: 37 2B: 5
3B: 1 HR: 5 RBI: 32 R: 24 SB: 12

 

W-L: 7-1 ERA: 2.56 CG: 8 IP: 81
SHO: 2 H: 67 K/BB: 100/11 Bavg: .207

Ian Horne, Toowoomba Rangers (D2 Brisbane, Australia)

Bavg: .507 SLG: .1060 OBP: .582 H: 34 2B: 12
3B: 2 HR: 7 RBI: 34 R: 40

 

W-L: 5-0 ERA: 2.53 IP: 32 CG: 3
SHO: 2 H: 7 K/BB: 39/16 Bavg: .230

Jared van Hoon, Sunshine Baseball Club (D2 Melbourne, Australia)

Bavg: .304 SLG: .467 OBP: .440 H: 28 2B: 5
3B: 2 HR: 2 RBI: 23 SB: 8 BB: 20

 

W-L: 6-1 ERA: 1.01 SV: 1 IP: 53.33 H: 37 K/BB: 37/14


Ben Miller, Pakenham Pumas (D2 Melbourne, Australia)

W-L: 5-0 ERA: 3.00 IP: 42 H: 24 K/BB: 76/38 Bavg: .207

 

Bavg: .431 SLG: .615 OBP: .529 H: 28 2B: 6
HR: 2 RBI: 24 R: 21 SB: 14

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