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Buddy Traxler: Hard-Nosed Catcher with Three Years of Prossional Independent Experience

Buddy Traxler is a defensive-minded catcher out of Chino Hills, California. After graduating from high school, Buddy attended Concordia University where they won the 2011 NAIA National Championship. He red-shirted his freshman season at Concordia and decided to transfer to Northern State University the following year. Buddy became the team captain his sophomore year and went on to lead the Wolves to their most successful seasons in school history.

Now that Buddy has graduated from college, he has bounced around independent leagues chasing his dream of playing baseball at the highest level. He is now looking to extend his career overseas where he can travel and play the game he loves. He is passionate about coaching and would like the opportunity to be an ambassador of the game worldwide. Any team who is looking for their next catcher should consider Buddy Traxler. He has a consistent pop time around 1.9, occasionally dropping to the low 1.8’s, has experience playing 3rd and 1st base at the professional level, is a gap to gap hitter with pull-side power, and can even hop on the bump late in the game to eat up an inning or two.



 

DEMOGRAPHICS

Date of birth: October 10, 1991

Birthplace / Current Residence: Chino Hills, California, USA

Passports held: USA

Dual Citizenship: N/A

Height and weight: 6’1″/218 lbs

Bats / Throws: R/R

Primary position(s): Catcher

Secondary position(s): 3rd base, Shortstop, 1st base, Relief pitcher / Closer


PERSONAL

Education: Bachelors in Business Administration

Hobbies and Interests: Weightlifting, yoga, and business design

Post baseball career plans: Opening a landscaping business with his father

Relationship status: Has a spouse who supports his overseas baseball career ambitions

Recent injuries or illnesses: None


BASEBALL BACKGROUND

College Baseball:

2011 Concordia University, NAIA National Champions (Bio)

2012-2015 Northern State University, NCAA Division II (Bio)

 

Other Baseball:

2013 So Cal Outlaws; California Collegiate League

2016 Coachella Valley Snowbirds, California Winter League

2017 Palm Springs Chill, California Winter League

2017 Arizona Winter League

 

Professional Experience:

2015:  Skagit Valley Lumberjack; Mt. Rainier Professional Baseball League

2015: Las Cruces Vaqueros; Pecos League

2016: Vallejo Admirals; Pacific Association

2016: Sonoma Stompers; Pacific Association

2016: Yuma Maple Leafs; Desert League of Professional Baseball

2016: Yuma Hammerheads; Desert League of Professional Baseball

2017: Vallejo Admirals; Pacific Association

2017: High Desert Yardbirds; Pecos League

 

Accomplishments/Achievements:

2011 NAIA National Champion

Three year starter at Northern State University

First sophomore captain in school history

Number 3 in school history for games played

Senior year started 53 of 54 games

2014 led the Wolves to most wins in school history

2014/2015 led the Wolves to back to back conference tournament appearances for the first time in school history

 

Coaching Experience:

2016-Present  Manager at California Academy of Baseball ages 7-16


STATISTICS

YEAR TEAM AB HITS 2B 3B HR RUNS RBI BB HBP SB SF AVG. OBP. SLG.
2012 NSU 77 13 4 0 1 12 6 5 6 2 0 0.169 0.273 0.260
2013 NSU 105 27 8 0 1 11 11 4 6 0 4 0.257 0.311 0.362
2014 NSU 106 28 7 0 2 19 24 9 3 0 1 0.264 0.336 0.387
2015 NSU 170 51 12 0 2 21 33 11 9 2 4 0.300 0.366 0.406
2015 Vaqueros 49 13 4 0 2 6 10 2 1 1 1 0.265 0.302 0.469
2016 Snowbirds 29 10 4 0 0 5 4 0 0 0 0 0.345 0.345 0.483
2017 Chill 28 5 2 0 1 3 3 1 1 2 1 0.179 0.226 0.357
2017 Yardbirds 57 12 3 0 0 5 12 4 4 1 0 0.211 0.308 0.263
Total 621 159 44 0 9 82 103 36 30 8 11 0.256 0.322 0.370

 


REFERENCES

Charlie Breseno (Owner Operator California Academy of Baseball): getoffmeball11@gmail.com

 

Dean Berry (Head Coach at Northern University): Dean.Berry@northern.edu

Buddy was a 3 ½ year starter for me at the catching position.  He was a huge part of program turning the corner.  In his last 2 years we qualified for the playoffs.

He was exceptional behind the plate with a tremendous arm.  He does not run very well.  He was an average hitter for us.  I believe he was a .290 hitter for us during this career.

He is a very confident young man who has a tremendous passion for the game.

I really like him as a person.  He was a great teammate and a joy to have in the program.

He definitely grew as a person in the 4 years at NSU.

I believe he would be the perfect fit for some team over seas.  You are going to get a great kid as well as a great player.


SIGNING PREFERENCES

Buddy is looking for a team in Europe or Australia who is willing to cover flights, accommodations, and a salary/job to cover living expenses. He is available as soon as necessary and has no obligation to return home in the foreseeable future. He is open to hearing all offers.


CONTACT

Email: Altraxler10@gmail.com

Phone: +1(909)562-0208

Facebook: Buddy Traxler


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