RJ Hively – Former AAA pitcher out of Ole Miss sitting 92-95 mph seeking overseas career. (SIGNED FOR 2018 SUMMER)
SIGNED TO PLAY IN EUROPE FOR 2018.
RJ Hively is a professional pitcher out of the University of Mississippi (NCAA I Southeastern Conference) who in his senior year of college posted a 3.02 ERA through 83.1 innings of work while striking out 98 and only walking only 20. He held his opponents to a measly .222 batting average against.
His performance earned him a 19th round draft pick by Arizona Diamondbacks and in his first season of pro baseball playing Short-Season A ball, RJ held down a 1.76 era and struck out 28 in 30.2 innings of relief work.
In 2015, at the age of 26, RJ was converted to a starting pitcher, receiving 14 starts between A+, AA, and AAA ball. Despite putting up decent numbers, RJ was released and has since been playing in the Atlantic League.
RJ throws a 2-seam fastball and 4-seam fastball with natural cut, both ranging from 91-96 mph. He also throws a slider ranging from 80-88 mph.
At the age of 29, RJ has decided it is time to take his career overseas and share his knowledge as an ambassador of the game while also helping a team put some wins on the board. He calls coaching his “passion” and is happy to take on a coaching role and use his knowledge to help grow the game around the globe.
RJ on why he wants to take his career overseas:
“I would rather take this experience to travel the world and fulfill my lifelong dream of travel then continue with the same minor league path. I gave it everything I had. I do not feel like it was in God’s plans for me to make it to the MLB but to travel the world and share my knowledge and experience.”
RJ was referred to IBC by three trusted sources including Louis Cohen, who has played both in the Australian Baseball League and the German Bundesliga. He is still looking to play at a competitive level but is open to leagues that play at a level lower than what he is used to. A-Pool Europe is a good fit for his ambitions and he is open to hearing all offers at that level for the 2018 summer and the 2018-2019 winter.
Date of birth: 1988-11-27
Birthplace / Current Residence: Orange, California USA
Passports held: USA
Height and weight: 6’3” / 220 lbs
Bats / Throws: Right/Right
Primary position(s): Starting pitcher, Relief pitcher / Closer
Secondary position(s): Can play anywhere but catcher
Education: Studied liberal arts, 3 Minors in History, Sociology and English
Hobbies and Interests: Golf and yoga
Post baseball career plans: Pharmaceutical sales
Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world
Recent injuries or illnesses: None
2008: Cal State Fullerton, Big West Conference (NCAA I)
2009-2010: Santa Ana College (Community College)
2011-2012: University of Mississippi, Southeastern Conference (NCAA I)
2012-2015: Arizona Diamondbacks (A-; AAA)
2016: Bridgeport Bluefish, Atlantic League
2016: Lancaster Barnstormers, Atlantic League
2017: Lancaster Barnstormers, Atlantic League
2013: Tied for second among all Minor Leaguers with 33 saves
2013: Named to the Midwest League mid- and postseason All-Star Teams
2013: Opponents hit .221, including a .171 mark by lefties
2013: Did not allow an earned run in 15 straight outings from April 24-May 31 (17.1 IP).
2012: Ranked fourth among all Northwest League relievers with a .189 opponents average and a 2.35 walk per 9.0 IP ratio
Has coach privately on a casual basis
Ross Peeples – Manager, Lancaster Barnstormers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Louis Cohen – IBC Scout, Veteran of ABL and German baseball and former teammate. Email: email@example.com
“RJ is a solid guy, has a good build and knows how to use it to get the best out of his arm. Throws a fastball that explodes out of his hand and slider that has good late break. Mentally he’s a competitor that when a task is put in front of him he will give you his all. Good guy off the field and enjoys time on the golf course.”
Arik Sikula – IBC Scout, Professional player and former opponent. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Playing against RJ was always a battle. He continually made himself the best pitcher on which ever team he played for. Throwing in the low to mid nineties and his competitive mentality made for tough battles against his team year in and year out.”
Financial arrangement: RJ would like his flights paid, accommodations provided, and a small salary to cover his living expenses.
Availability: RJ is open to all EU A-Pool offers but his preference is to play in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy or the Netherlands for the 2018 summer. He is also open to playing overseas in the 2018-2019 winter and is entertaining all offers which are at a competitive level.
Phone/Whatsapp: +1 (714) 273-5686
Facebook: Rj Hively