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AJ Cipolla – SS/C/RHP and youth coach

SIGNED TO PLAY IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA. See current stats here.

Anthony J Cipolla (AJ) is currently an undergraduate at California State University, Chico who graduates in the spring of 2017 and is looking for an Australian club to play for during the Aussie summer season of 2017-2018. AJ will be available in August 2017 after finishing up a season playing in the National Club Baseball Association for a team that he started up (now ranked 9th NCBA II) of which he is the Vice-President. He decided to leave his college team to focus on his club team in 2015. AJ is also coaching a U17 travel team in Chico during the 2017 summer.  

A shortstop by trade, AJ was a starting catcher his senior year of high school and as of two years ago, in his sophomore year of college, he began pitching again, his primary position until the age of 12. Working closely with a pitching coach, AJ built up his velocity and worked on better mechanics and in a short period of time found himself in the starting rotation for the Chico State Club baseball team in 2016.

In his first season, AJ went 6-2 with 56 K’s, a no-hitter and a 2.27 overall ERA. He had one rough outing in his first ever playoff start which saw his nerves and a tough team cause his era to balloon from 1.18 in 2 innings of work vs. the University of San Diego, a team who eventually went on to play in the semi-finals for the NCBA Division 2 World Series. Despite his desire to be a starting pitcher again in 2017, AJ is slated to play third base and long relief because they need his bat in the lineup after a 2016 slashline of .340/.420/.560.

AJ describes his abilities running a 6.75-60 yard dash,  having a pop time of 2 seconds, pitching velocity at 83-85 mph (clocked in 2016) and his pitching repertoire as a 4-seam, 2-seam, slider, 12-6 curve, and a changeup.

AJ is looking to take his career overseas to continue to gain more experience and growth as a player and a coach while also experiencing new cultures and meeting new people. He is open to the possibility of staying longer term with an organization if a good fit is found.  Any club interested in a multi-talented player and an overall good club person to have around, should reach out to AJ to schedule an interview.


DEMOGRAPHICS

Date of birth: 1995-06-08

Birthplace / Current Residence: San Luis Obispo, CA/Chico, CA

Height and weight: 5’11” / 170lbs

Bats / Throws: R/R

Primary position(s): 3rd base, 2nd base, Shortstop

Secondary position(s): Catcher, Starting pitcher, Relief pitcher / Closer


PERSONAL

Education: Bachelor’s in Kinesiology with a Coaching minor (as of spring 2017)

Hobbies and Interests: Beach volleyball, weight lifting, basketball, football, wiffle ball, ping pong.

Post baseball career plans: Baseball Trainer/Coach for College-Professional level.
Eventually design his own indoor baseball academy.

Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world

Recent injuries or illnesses: None


BASEBALL BACKGROUND

Playing experience:

2016-2017: Chico State, Club Baseball (NCBA II)

2015-2016: Chico State, Club Baseball (NCBA II)

Accomplishments/Achievements:

2013: Pac 7 League Senior All-Star Team (High school)
2013: 1st Team All-League (High school)
2013:1st Team All County by the San Luis Obispo Tribune (High school)
2013: 1st Team All-Area by the Santa Maria Times (High school)
2013: Multiple articles of successes

Coaching Experience:

Fall 2016: Assistant Coach, Chico Thunder 18u
Summer 2017: Head Coach, Chico Riverhawks 17u


STATISTICS

Batting

Year Club AB AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB OBP SLG
2016-2017 Chico State 50 0.360 12 18 6 1 1 12 10 4 7 0.475 0.580
2015-2016 Chico State 41 0.340 9 14 5 2 0 14 9 5 0 0.420 0.560

Pitching

Year Club ERA W-L GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO WHIP
2016-2017 Chico State 7.2 1-0 1 0 0 0 5 5 4 4 5 3 2.000
2015- 2016 Chico State 2.27 6-2 8 3 0 0 39.2 19 19 10 31 56 1.260

REFERENCES

Jason Shy – Pitching coach. Email: jasonshy24@yahoo.com


Brad Lachemann – Head Coach, Arroyo Grande High School. Email: blachemann@lmusd.org

“AJ’s playing career holds a special place in my memory because of his unique experience at Arroyo Grande High School.  He had a very average tryout his junior year and we were loaded at his position so I cut him after tryouts.  He was very upset and we spoke on a few occasions where he explained to me that baseball was the most important thing in his life.  I knew he was passionate but we had no room on the roster for him and so I assumed that we would not see him again like many others we have cut in the past.  Instead of laying down and giving up baseball he dove headlong into training and improving himself as a player and also into learning a new position.  He knew we hadreturningg infielders but that the catching position would be vacated.  Over the offseason he made himself into a very good catcher and not only made our team as a senior but became the starting catcher.  His skills improved thru hard work and by the end of the season he was named to the PAC 8  all league first team and also all-San Luis Obispo County team.  I have never before or since coached a player with such determination and love for baseball. “

Mike Lara – St. Louis Cardinals Scout. Email:ironmikelara@gmail.com

SIGNING PREFERENCES

AJ looking for an Australian club to play for during the 2017-2018 season. He is available as of late August 2017. 

If a club pays his flights and provides accommodations, AJ would be willing to work if the club can help find him a job.


CONTACT

Email: anthonycipolla5@gmail.com

Phone/Whatsapp: +1(805) 801-4595


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