Phil Acosta – Utility Player from California with European and Australian Experience
Phil Acosta is a switch-hitting super-utility player with American and Australian citizenship. He grew up in California and played college ball at Los Medanos JC before transferring to Whittier College. After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Biology, Phil took some time off.
He regrouped and headed to play in the Pacific Coast Baseball League for the Royals. After having a good season with the Royals batting .381 with an impressive .490 OBP, he signed with Henley and Grange Rams in the South Australian State League in 2016-2017.
The first half wasn’t his best(.167 avg), this accounts for getting used to being away from home and shying away from “small-ball” which made him successful in the past. Being teammates with Aussie legend Wayne Ough, they revamped his style of play and Phil had a better second half(.302 avg). He coached women’s baseball also.
That was able to get him a contract in Germany, playing in the Bundesliga for the Ulm Falcons. Phil had an excellent season batting .388 with an impressive .492 OBP and 16 stolen bases. He reached base safely in all games. He was 3-1 as a starting pitcher. He also coached softball and kids baseball.
He is signed for the winter, returning to Henley & Grange Rams for 2017-2018.
He’s a speedy player who gets on base and can be slotted at the top of the lineup. He’s very versatile and is able to play anywhere on the field aside from catcher. As a pitcher, he throws a 4-seam, 2-seam, curveball, changeup, and forkball.
Date of birth: October 6, 1989
Birthplace / Current Residence: California, U.S.
Passports held: American/Australian
Dual Citizenship: Grandparents are from Croatia
Height and weight: 5’10″/175 lbs (178 cm/79 kg)
Bats / Throws: Switch/Right
Primary position(s): INF
Secondary position(s): Relief Pitcher/Closer or OF
Education: B.A. Biology, Science Research with Habitat Authority Organization
Hobbies and Interests: Hiking, photography, charity/community, and coaching
Post baseball career plans: Private baseball instruction
Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world
Recent injuries or illnesses: None
2008-2010: Los Medanos College (JUCO)
2011-2013: Whittier College (NCAA)
2015: LA Royals , Pacific Coast Baseball League
2016-2017: Henley & Grange Rams , South Australian Baseball League
2017: Ulm Falcons, German Bundesliga 2
2017-2018 winter: Henley & Grange Rams, South Australian Baseball League
2016-2017: Henley & Grange Rams women’s baseball team
2017: Ulm Falcons, youth baseball and softball coach
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Mike Rizzo (Head Coach at Whittier College): email@example.com
Phil was a very intense, competitive player with a solid skill set. He is a very team oriented individual who demands the best from himself and his teammates. He demonstrates great leadership on the field and has an engine that always runs at 100%.
Russell Hart (Head Coach at Henley and Grange): firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil is looking for a team overseas who can cover his accommodations and offer a small salary to cover living expenses. He would be willing to pay for his flights if the situation is right. He is open to hearing all offers.
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