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Chris Butcher – Durable starting pitcher who can hit for average and currently a two-way player in Australia

Christopher Butcher is a starting pitcher who has recently converted to a two-way player for his overseas career. He is currently playing in Perth, Australia for the Vic Park Red (state league) as an outfielder/ starting pitcher (see stats). As of the 2017 Christmas break in the season, Chris has compiled 7 starts with 3 complete games while also ranking amongst team leaders in batting average in the high competitive first division of the Western Australian State League. He is now looking for a European team for 2018 in need of a starting pitcher who can also hit.

Chris is a right handed sidearm pitcher out of New Mexico State University (NCAA I) who was used mostly as a set up man or closer.  Chris is also comfortable as a starter and in fact has been training to be a starting pitcher since June, 2017 and has easily made the transition to starter for his overseas career.

In both seasons of junior college (2014, 2015) Chris received First-team All-Conference recognitions highlighted by a 6-2 sophomore season record complimented by 3 saves and a 2.81 era.

In the 2015 summer Chris played summer ball in the highly competitive Northwoods Collegiate Baseball League and posted a 2.40 ERA with 20K’s in 33.2 innings of work.

In 2016, as a junior, Chris was credited with the save against No. 23 ranked Texas Tech. He finished the season with a 2-0 record and a 4.45 era, his best season at NMSU.

After college Chris decided to take his career overseas, signing on with the Victoria Park Belmont Reds of the Western Australian State League in Perth. 

Chris describes his pitching repertoire as a 86-90 mph fastball with sink and run, a 75-80 mph slider with tight break, a lot of lateral movement and good depth, and a 78-82 mph change-up, also with a lot of sink and run.

Chris on why he wants to take his career overseas:

“On the field I feel that my true potential is yet to be reached. My body is still maturing and I feel that I am close to reaching my peak.  I also love to compete and baseball continues to provide me with a fun and competitive environment.
Furthermore, I love to travel, and I cannot imagine a more rewarding experience than gaining the opportunity to travel while playing baseball and interacting with various communities throughout the world.”

Any club interested in potentially acquiring Chris as their import two-way player is encouraged to reach out to him with any questions.


DEMOGRAPHICS

Date of birth: 1995-04-19

Birthplace / Current Residence: Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

Passports held: United States

Height and weight: 6’1″ / 175lbs

Bats / Throws: R/R

Primary position(s): Starting pitcher / Set-up man / Closer

Secondary position(s): Outfield, 1B, 2B


PERSONAL

Education: Business Administration and Marketing

Hobbies and Interests: Traveling, playing music, surfing, wakeboarding

Post baseball career plans: Own his own business or join law enforcement.

Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world

Recent injuries or illnesses: None


BASEBALL BACKGROUND

College

2014, 2015: Rio Hondo College (JUCO)
2016, 2017: New Mexico State University, Western Athletic Conference (NCAA I)

Summer baseball

2015: Mankato MoonDogs, Northwoods Collegiate Baseball League

Overseas Baseball

2017: Victoria Park Belmont Reds (Perth, Australia)

Accomplishments/Achievements

2016: Academic All-Western Athletic Conference
2015: First-team All-Conference
2014: First-team All-Conference

Coaching Experience

2017-2018: Head coach/Pitching coach, 15u Victoria Park/Belmont Reds

Throughout little league, high school, and college Chris volunteered his time to challenger leagues teaching baseball to mentally and physically disabled children and adults.


STATISTICS

Year Club ERA W-L GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO BAVG
2017 NWSU 6.43 0-0 0 0 0 0 21 30 20 15 9 13 0.345
2016 NWSU 4.45 2-0 0 0 0 1 28.1 32 19 14 11 19 0.294
2015 MoonDogs 2.40 4-2 0 0 0 2 33.2 26 14 9 8 20 0.211
2015 Rio Hondo 2.81 6-2 0 0 0 3 48 51 22 15 22 35 0.266
2014 Rio Hondo 2.22 1-1 0 0 0 4 24.1 21 6 6 8 15 0.300

REFERENCES

Joel Mangrum – Former Pitching Coach, NMSU. Email: mangrum@ulm.edu

“To Whom It May Concern,

My name is Joel Mangrum and I am the Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. I recruited Chris Butcher to New Mexico State University and then was his pitching coach his Junior and Senior year in college. Chris is a sub/side arm RHP that pitched mostly 84-88 his Senior year in College and for 1 inning sat mostly 86-88 and touch some 90’s. Chris is a very competitive person and you can always count on him to compete every time out. His one knock is that he may care too much and can be a bit hard on himself at times. But his expectations, work ethic, and attitude towards being successful in baseball is second to none. He is a bit of a late bloomer as he looked like a Fr in college when he first got to New Mexico State, but I think his best days are ahead of him and I truly believe he is not done getting better and developing. I would highly recommend giving Chris an opportunity and I can promise you he will find a way to be successful for your team.”


Brian Green – Head Coach, NMSU. Email: greenb@nmsu.edu


SIGNING PREFERENCES

Chris is seeking a club that can cover his flight expense and provide a place to stay and a job. He is available to leave at any time after his winter season which ends in March. He does not have any future obligations that would require him to return home. He is open to all living arrangements outside of a shared bedroom.


CONTACT

Email: cbutcher55@hotmail.com

Phone/Whatsapp: +1 (909) 243-2939


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