Tana Monk – Pitcher who can also hit and is good with youth
Mariam Tristana Monk is a Pilipino-American pitcher who recently travelled to New Zealand to play softball for the 2016-2017 season to play in the Kaiapoi Premier League. Tana currently plays in a competitive woman’s league in Ontario, Canada for the London Lightening (link). In the 2017 summer she hit .413 over 75 ab’s and held down an era of 2.30 with 88 K’s in 85 innings pitched (link to stats pdf).
Soon to be 20 years old, Tana brings a solid arm to the pitching rotation, is a great teammate and person and has also been good contributor to the youth programs both in Canada and in New Zealand. Tana was born in the Philippines and moved to Canada in 2014 and immediately sought to improve her game. This past summer
In the words of her coach in Canada:
“First and foremost Tana as a person is second to none. Tana is a respectful, hard working person, always the first to cheer on her teammates and as I reflect back on my first season coaching Tana she was always in a good mood, I honestly don’t know if she is ever not happy. Tana is known first and foremost for her pitching. Tana’s mechanics are excellent; the movement she gets on all her pitches is second to none. Her out pitch is her rise ball but she has an equally effective drop ball and curve. In Canada I am confident Tana could pitch for any College or University team and would be one of the better pitchers on any of those teams.”
Tana throws a fastball, riseball, curveball, dropball, and change up and is currently working on an off speed screwball and off speed curveball. Although yet to be clocked, Tana believes her velocity ranges from the high 50’s to low 60’s mph.
Tana can also player corner infield and all outfield positions with an above average glove. She is a contact hitter who typically hits 5th or 6th in the line up. She admits that she is not very fast but knows how to run the bases and can get a good jump on the ball in the outfield.
Tana on why she wants to take your career overseas:
“I have been playing softball in three countries already (Philippines, Canada, New Zealand) and have learned so much from playing with and talking to different payers/coaches of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experience. My first involvement as an imported player was to New Zealand last year. There I was able to develop my skills in both playing and teaching. I loved learning the different styles of playing, communication, and experiencing the vibe that Kiwi ball had to offer me. I know that I would be able to continue to grow and develop in my sport and in my personal life by playing overseas. I also hope to bring some of my knowledge and experience to other clubs and players around the world.”
Any club who is interested in a highly motivated player who brings multiple assets to a developing team is encouraged reach out to Tana to set up an interview.
Date of birth: 1997-07-20
Birthplace / Current Residence: Philippines (in process of Canadian Permanent Residency)
Passports held: Philippines
Height and weight: 5’6″ / 140lbs.
Bats / Throws: Right/Right
Primary position(s): 1st base, Starting pitcher, Relief pitcher / Closer
Secondary position(s): 3rd base, Left field, Center Field, Right Field
Education: Home schooled High School Graduate; Holder of two IB Certificates
Hobbies and Interests: Piano, church youth leader
Post softball career plans: Plans to get into sport management, coaching, and other entrepreneurial ventures
Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world
Recent injuries or illnesses: None
2009-2013: Muntinlupa Little League (Philippines)
National Little League Series (2009) – U12 National Bronze Medalist
National Little League Series (2010) – U13 National Silver Medalist
National Little League Series (2012) – U15 National Bronze Medalist
National Little League Series (2013)
2015-Current: London Lightning (Canada)
Provincial Qualifiers (2015) – U18 Tier II Gold Medalist
Provincial Championships (2015) – U18 Tier II Gold Medalist
Eastern Canadian Championships (2015) – U18 Tier II Bronze Medalist
Port Elgin Tournament (2016) – Intermediate Gold Medalist
Ancaster Tournament (2016)
Innerkip Tournament (2016) – MVP
Provincial Championships (2016) – Tier II Div
Eastern Canadian Championships (2016) Tier II Div
Port Elgin Tournament (2017) – Intermediate II Gold Medalist
2016-2017 winter: New Zealand
Kaiapoi Premier Season (2016-2017) – Premier Women’s Div (Article)
Jubilee Cup (2016) – Premier Women’s Div
HV Saints, Premier Women’s National Club Championships (2016)
2016-2017: Softball Instructor, Canterbury Softball Association (New Zealand)
2016-2017: U11 Pitching Clinics Instructor, Kaiapoi Softball Club
“I have coached Tana Monk for 1 year and have known Tana for the past 3 years. First and foremost Tana as a person is second to none. Tana is a respectful, hard working person, always the first to cheer on her teammates and as I reflect back on my first season coaching Tana she was always in a good mood, I honestly don’t know if she is ever not happy. From a coaches perspective she was always open minded to suggestions on how to improve her game, she never questioned a coaching decision about position or playing time and she always pitched in after games to ensure equipment was picked up. The best example of Tana’s character for me was during games when I was debating making a pitching change and if Tana told me she was fine I knew she would do what it took to finish the game and on those rare occasions where she didn’t have it she was the first to admit that too.
As far as Tana’s skills on the field go I will start with talking about her hitting. During our off season workouts and any time in the batting cage I have never seen a girl square up the ball and display such perfect fundamentals with her swing as Tana. Tana was one of our better hitters all year and regardless of the competition she was never over matched. Tana consistently hit 5-6 in our order and surprised us with how much power she had.
Tana is known first and foremost for her pitching. Tana’s mechanics are excellent; the movement she gets on all her pitches is second to none. Her out pitch is her rise ball but she has an equally effective drop ball and curve. Tana’s change up is good but not excellent like her other pitches, she throws the ball hard and compared to our competition in Eastern Canada she throws an above average fastball. The previous two years Tana consistently struck out most of her competition and this year moving up in competition the strikeouts were still there but not at the same rates. Tana is a fierce competitor and this year was a transition to learning how to pitch to contact versus battling to try and strikeout every batter. In Canada I am confident Tana could pitch for any College or University team and would be one of the better pitchers on any of those teams.
Defensively Tana has a high ball IQ and when not pitching we felt very comfortable playing Tana at 1st or in the outfield. Tana doesn’t have great speed so her range in the outfield is a little less than average but she makes up for that by always getting great jumps on balls and her arm from the outfield is above average.
We are always trying to recruit our older girls to become coaches for the younger girls and after sending out my blanket email this year asking all the girls to consider coaching I went to two girls on the team and had private conversations asking if they would be interested in helping coach. Tana was one of those 2 girls and I went to her because I believe she has the right make up to be a good coach and role model for the younger girls and her softball knowledge is unquestionable.
In closing if it’s not obvious I am a huge Tana Monk fan and as great a ball player as Tana is she is an even better person.”
Shaun Winship – Private pitching coach. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“This letter is in reference to Mariam Tristana Monk – “Tana”, to whom I have had the pleasure of working with as her pitching coach over the last 3 seasons.
I was introduced to her when she first arrived in Canada from the Philippines. She was 16 years old at that time and looking for an instructor.
Tana had become a very accomplished pitcher in the Phillipines, playing at a National Championship Level. It was evident when we began working together. She had a wide variety of pitches, including fastball, change-up, dropball, curve and rise. Over the past 3 years Tana has matured and strengthened each one of her pitches. She is constantly seeking advice and guidance on how to evolve on the mound. Tana is fully committed to take every aspect of her game to the highest level possible.
During the 2015, and 2016 seasons, the London Lightning Fastpitch Club welcome Tana to their roster as their number one pitcher. During her time with this team, she also show cased her natural athletic abilities, playing a strong first base. She’s a versatile defensive player (infield and out), and will step into any position assigned, fully committed to do her best.
We all know in sports it’s not just about skill. One of the most important factors in the success of a player is their attitude, teach-ability and work ethic. In all these areas Tana is very much at the top of the class. Coaching Tana has been a privilege. She is truly a team player.
Tana has very high goals for her softball carrier – including the 2020 Olympic Games. I am certain she will continue to push herself in these coming years. She is truly a young lady of dedication and commitment.
She is very capable of teaching younger girls all aspects of the game. Not only can she help develop their skill, but her sportsmanship and character is something young players would benefit from.”
Mike Mcdowell – Head Coach, Kaiapoi. Phone Number: 027-427-8491
Tana would like her flights paid, accommodations provided, and a small salary or job to cover living expenses. She is available to go overseas in September. She does not have any future obligations that would require her to return home.
Phone: +1 (519) 318-5557