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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.


DEMOGRAPHICS

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


PERSONAL

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


BASEBALL BACKGROUND

College

2008-2010: Los Medanos College (JUCO)

2011-2013: Whittier College (NCAA)

Other baseball

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

Coaching Experience

2008: Liberty High School Junior Varsity

2016-2017: Henley & Grange Rams women’s baseball team

2017: Ulm Falcons, youth baseball and softball coach


STATISTICS

YEAR AB HITS 2B 3B HR RUNS RBI BB HBP SB SF AVG. OBP. SLG.
2007 Liberty 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.286 0.375 0.286
2010 Los Medanos 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 2 0.286 0.417 0.286
2012 Whittier 36 8 2 0 0 11 4 5 2 1 0 0.222 0.349 0.278
2015 Royals 42 16 2 0 0 7 7 8 1 2 0 0.381 0.49 0.429
2016-2017 Rams 36 6 1 0 0 2 1 8 0 1 0 0.167 0.318 0.194
2017 Falcons 49 19 1 1 0 13 9 8 16 0.388 0.492 0.449
TOTAL 177 53 6 1 0 35 21 32 4 20 2 0.299 0.414 0.345

 

Year ERA W-L GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO BAVG WHIP
2017 Falcons 4.74 3-1 3 0 0 0 24.2 26 19 13 18 11 0.292 1.780

REFERENCES

Mike Rizzo (Head Coach at Whittier College): mrizzo@whittier.edu

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): hart896@hotmail.com


SIGNING PREFERENCES

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.


CONTACT

Email: philip.s.acosta@gmail.com

Phone: +1-925-487-4284

Facebook: Phil Acosta


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