Evan Opperman – Power hitting catcher/two-way player who hits for average and has speed
Evan Opperman is a four year starting catcher out of Claremont McKenna College which competes in one of the top ranked NCAA III conferences in the U.S., which we rank stronger than many NCAA I conferences (see IBC rankings).
In 2017 Evan had his best season in his senior year hitting .336 with 7 home runs earning him SCIAC 2nd Team All-League recognition and team MVP. As a hitter Evan does not strikeout much highlighted by his 50:56 BB to K ratio in his 500 college AB’s. He attributes his hitting and plate approach to the book “Positional Hitting” by Jaime Cevallos.
In 2017 Evan took his career overseas to the Swedish first division where he led his team to a 2nd place finish highlighted by a grand slam in the Championship game off the ‘Pitcher of the Year’ and IBC’s #15 ranked pitcher overseas in 2017, James Watts.
When the dust settled on the season, Evan was sitting atop the offensive leaderboard in batting average (.461), OBP (.516), SLG (.756), earning him the leagues ‘Offensive Player of the Year‘ award.
Evan is now playing in the New South Wales State League based in and around Sydney, Australia and is putting up similar numbers so far (link).
On the base paths Evan is no slouch either with 8 stolen bases in both his junior and senior year and 14 in Sweden. He was most recently clocked at a 7.15 60-yd dash in January of 2017.
Defensively Evan describes his abilities as a catcher with a high baseball IQ and a pop time ranging from 1.9 to 2.1. He is a plus blocker with a good ability to frame complimented by a quick back pick to 1st. His college career fielding percentage of .985 speaks volumes of his defensive abilities as a catcher. In Sweden he had a great defensive year as a catcher throwing out 41% of base stealers.
Evan is one of the few proven two-way players on the overseas market with a self-described pitching repertoire which includes 83-87 MPH fastball, 75-77 MPH splitter and an 80-82 MPH cutter. He is a max effort pitcher who can throw from multiple arm slots and prefers to throw one or two innings at the end of games. In Sweden he only threw 6 innings striking out 9 while surrendering no walks and no runs!
Currently Evan is playing in the top league in Sweden for the Rattvik Butchers where he is hitting .473 while holding down a 0.00 era as of the end of July, 2017. Here is a link for updated stats.
Any club seeking a middle-of-the-lineup bat, solid catcher and an additional bullpen arm is encouraged to reach out to Evan ASAP with any questions.
Date of birth: 1995-08-02
Birthplace / Current Residence: Dublin, California
Passports held: United States
Height and weight: 5’11” / 190 LBS
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Primary position(s): Catcher
Secondary position(s): 3rd base, 2nd base, 1st base, Starting pitcher, Relief pitcher / Closer, Left field, Center Field, Right Field
Education: Dual Major Economics and Government
Hobbies and Interests: Beginner Surfing, Music, Lifting, Fantasy Football, Settlers of Catan
Post baseball career plans: Work in Management Consulting or Bay Area Startup
Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world
Recent injuries or illnesses: Sports hernia in the 2016 that was repaired with surgery. Since then has seen no recurring symptoms.
2013 – 2017: Claremont McKenna College (NCAA III)
2009-2013: Valley Christian High School (Dublin, CA)
2013: Bercovich Baseball, Connie Mack
2012: Danville Hoots, Connie Mack
2011: Babe Ruth League 15U World Series Champions
2017-2018: Ryde Hawks, New South Wales State League (Australia)
2017: Rattvik Butchers, Sweden Elitserien
2017: Ranked #22 best IBC batter overseas in 2017 by the International Baseball Community
2017: Offensive Player of the Year, Swedish Elite League
2017: Swedish Elite League Batting Champion (.461 avg / .516 obp / .756 slg). 1st in each category
2017: Threw out 41% of base stealers from catcher position in Sweden.
2017: Led Rattvik to 2nd place finish
2017: Hit grand slam off Pitcher of the Year and IBC’s #15 ranked pitcher, James Watts, in champ game
2017: SCIAC 2nd Team All League (Article)
2017: CMS Baseball team MVP
2017: CMS peer-elected team captain
2016: CMS Baseball Gold Glove
2013: VCHS Baseball Team Captain
2012: VCHS Baseball Team MVP
2012: BCL East 1st Team All League
Some coaching experience with Rattvik. Enjoys coaching and is open to coaching a youth team.
|OVERSEAS HITTING STATS|
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Bill Walkenbach – Head Coach, CMS. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Evan was a warrior behind the plate for us during the two years I had the opportunity to coach him. He is an extremely well-conditioned and mentally tough athlete who has the ability to catch effectively every day. In the 2017 season, he was the closest thing our conference had to a 5-tool player.As a receiver, he does an outstanding job of of presenting the ball for umpires and stealing more than his fair share of strikes for his pitchers. Evan’s quick feet and athleticism allow him to block and recover better than most catchers at our level.Evan’s arm is very solid. That combined with his quick feet and quick release make him a very difficult catcher to steal on.On the base paths, Evan is fearless. He is aggressive and does a great job of applying pressure to the opposing defense. He shows an incredible amount of bounce in his step, even after having caught for extended periods of time. He was one of our fastest runners on the team last year, but by far our most effective base stealer. He gets consistently good jumps and is adept at taking advantage of lapses in the opposing defense to take the next base.Offensively, Evan had a break out year for us as a senior. He led our team in numerous offensive categories and began hitting with legitimate power. In one of his best games of the year, he hit two home runs versus a pitcher clocked as high as 93 mph who signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Twins. He has mastered a swing that provides a consistent launch angle that gave him a 2:1 fly ball-to-ground ball ratio and more than 1/3 of his hits for extra bases.While hitting effectively for power, Evan showed tremendous plate discipline and an ability to spoil good pitches. He is very difficult to strike out (7.6% strikeout rate) and walks more than he strikes out. Moreover, he is tough to “game-plan” against. His spray chart is nearly perfectly balanced across the field, both on the ground and in the air. He displays power to the opposite field. He understands patterns and tendencies in pitchers and can hit off-speed effectively.Perhaps just as important as his physical tools are his intangibles. He was our captain during his senior year and did one of the best jobs I have seen a player do as a captain. He knows how to be a vocal leader and how to lead by example. He outworks others and encourages his teammates to take on a “grinder” mentality in their preparation. Evan respects the game, his coaches, his teammates, and his opponents. He plays the game the right way. All in all, Evan is just about as close as one can get to being the “whole package.”
Ketchum Marsh – Coach Rattvik Butchers. Email: email@example.com
“Evan Opperman. Where do I start? Plus athletes with plus plus heads and makeup can be hard to come by, but Evan Opperman is the total package. The first tool that stands out is his bat. Not only does Evan possess plus bat speed and solid power to all fields but he has an incredibly developed approach at the plate and everyone on and off the field knows it when he steps in. He seemed to always have a plan when in the box and is a true student of the game. It was apparent he was the most confident hitter when stepping into the box, and I think the whole country of Sweden knew it too. This explains his impressive consistency at the plate. I was also impressed by his ability to remain patient and relaxed with 2 strikes. I don’t recall watching him chase many pitches out of the zone, and he knew how to battle until he found a mistake.Next comes his work behind the plate. I can recall four or maybe five better defensive catchers that I played with or against during my career, who were better than Evan, but all of which are now playing in the MiLB, or MLB. His ability to call a game, frame, block, and throw out runners makes him one of the best catchers I’ve gotten to be around. He has great footwork and his strong arm posed as a threat to anyone that got on base against us. Last of his tools is his overall athleticism. He stole a ton of bases for the Butchers in Sweden and has well developed instincts on the base paths. His strong arm and legs allow him to be versatile enough to be a good outfielder and corner guy, and even pitch some but catching will always be his strongest position.Aside from the obvious tools, prospective teams should know that they are getting the ultimate all around package with Evan. He has the makeup that you hear scouts talking about when they look at high school and college guys in the US. He is a very bright individual and his analytical skills could keep him involved with the game long after he’s done playing. His work ethic and attitude say it all. He lives to compete, strives under pressure, but also knows how to have fun and be a great teammate. He knows how to lead a team and pull everyone together when the going gets tough.The last and best thing I have to say about Evan is that it is simply fun to watch him play. Any team that is interested in this guy is in for a real treat.”
If a club pays him flights and provides accommodations, Evan would be willing to work with help finding a job. Evan is available in October after his season in Sweden and does not foresee any future obligations that would require him to return home.
He is open to any living arrangement that provides him with the privacy of his own bedroom.