Alex Woinski: NCAA D1 Power Hitting Corner Infielder (Signed for for 2018 Summer Season)
SIGNED TO PLAY IN FRANCE
Alexander Woinski is a power hitting corner infielder out of Paramus, New Jersey. He attended Division I Lafayette College where he set the single-season record for freshmen with 12 doubles. Alex was considered an MLB Draft prospect throughout his collegiate career but unfortunately tore his PCL his Sophomore year making a diving catch in the outfield. Even with a torn PCL, Alex pinch hit in a clutch situation and hit a game-winning homerun to send his team to playoffs. After going undrafted following his senior year, Alex signed a professional contract in the Desert League for the 2018 season. As of December 9th, 2017, the Desert League announced that it will be canceling the upcoming season. Now that he is without a team for this coming season, he is open to the possibility of traveling to Europe and playing for a team overseas. Alex’s grandparents are from France and Austria, so he has been working on getting EU citizenship.
Alex would be a great addition to an overseas lineup. With homerun power and the bat control to go gap to gap, he would be perfect to bat in the middle of a lineup. He runs a 6.7 60-yard dash, throw upper 80’s across the diamond, and can play multiple positions. On top of playing, Alex is also passionate about coaching. He would be open to coaching youth and helping out around the club. Any team who is looking to add a power hitting corner IF/OF should contact Alex. He is looking for a club who can offer flights, accommodations, and a salary to cover living expenses.
My story should be titled, “A Baseball Tragedy” because every time I got close to being drafted, something would happen.
My senior year in high school I was on a tear where I was hitting a home run every 4 at-bats in pre-season and after the first week. I had interest from some pro teams since we had scouts at every practice and game since we had a first rounder on our pitching staff.
I wound up getting the mononucleosis virus, missed a couple of weeks, came back with a bang, hitting the game-winning home run in front of all the scouts but then the next game I got pegged in the eye with an 80 MPH fastball. It took a couple of weeks to get back to normal but by then it was clear I was not going to get anything that would make it worthwhile that I forgo college.
I picked Lafayette College as my D1 school for two reasons. First, the academics were in line with what I was looking for and I had a good chance to get a lot of playing time Freshman year since the team was coming off a very poor year. I was very mistaken on the second part as I only saw spot playing time the first half of the season. That was despite my hitting a home run against VMI in my first NCAA swing of the bat and leading the team in RBIs in the first half despite only having 20 at-bats. I got the starting spot at first base when the Patriot League conference play began and wound up leading the team in all offensive and defensive stats, being named a Freshman All American and hearing from the coach that he was getting a lot of questions as to why he did not start me earlier.
I asked to be moved to the outfield my Sophomore year so that another player, who could only play first base, could get in the lineup. I got off to a slow start that year now that I was on the radar and had a scouting report but hit my stride mid-year, batting over .500 in 12 games before I tore my PCL making a catch in the outfield. Being the team-player and clutch-player I am, I put my health on the line when I asked to pinch hit in a big situation in game 2 of the doubleheader. That at-bat I hit the game-winning home run and with the injury, I went around the bases slower than Kirk Gibson. That home run got us into the playoffs and I managed to come back for one at-bat in the playoffs, getting a hit to get my Patriot League average up to .300 and it wound up being the game-winning RBI.
It took a long time to get back to full health but by senior year I was 100%. After starting the season with a home run against Notre Dame, in front of a host of scouts, my coach decided he should look to the future and said he “could lose with Freshmen and Sophomores”. Since I was the only senior position player, I was the victim of that philosophy. We were on pace to lose 50 games but the coach suddenly decided to start playing me again. In the last 3 weeks of the season, I hit over .500, hit a couple of home runs and drove the team to 7 wins. My last swing was the same as my first, a monster home run. Unfortunately, by then it was just too late to get the interest again.
I was supposed to have another shot to get noticed, playing in front of scouts when I was offered a spot in the Desert League this winter, but sure enough, the league announced they were canceling the 2018 season. I didn’t work this hard to not play professional baseball, so I’m not ready to give up the game yet.
Date of birth: August 18, 1995
Birthplace / Current Residence: New Jersey, USA
Passports held: USA
Dual Citizenship: Eligible for French and Austrian Citizenship
Height and weight: 6’2″/ 210 lbs
Bats / Throws: R/R
Primary position(s): 1st Base/3rd Base
Secondary position(s): Left Field/Right Field
Education: BS Neuroscience – Lafayette College
Hobbies and Interests: Personal Training and Alternative Therapies
Post baseball career plans: Med School
Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world
Recent injuries or illnesses: None
2013-2017: Lafayette College, NCAA Division I – Patriot League
2015: DC Grays, Cal Ripken League
2016: Lakeshore Chinooks, Northwoods League
2016: North Jersey Eagles, Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League
Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American – Article
NCBWA Freshman All-American
All-Patriot League Selection – Article
Academic All-Patriot League
Lafayette College Freshman doubles record-holder
Patriot League Weekly Award – Article
The Finish Line: Alex Woinski – Article
Luke Powell (head of Desert League) – email@example.com
Mike Just (hitting coach, Braves scout) – Mike@justhitsllc.com
Didier Seminet (President of Confederation of European Baseball) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex is looking for a club overseas for the summer of 2018. He would like the team to provide flights, accommodations, and a salary to cover living expenses. He is open to hearing all offers.
Facebook: Alex Woinski