Theo Lakmeche – Top French Division 1 Catcher seeking challenge for 2018 summer and 2018-2019 winter
Theo Lakmeche is a strong defensive catcher out of France who has played in the French first division since 2011 when he was 18. Now, at only the age of 24, he is the third ranked catcher for caught stealing in the history of the French first division.
In 2012 he represented his country at the European U21 Championships, a tournament which France won. Most recently he and his French University Baseball teammates played in the 29th Summer Universiade 2017 held in Taipei (see stats here).
Theo’s pop time ranges from 2-2.05 and he all-around abilities are improving every year, having yet to hit his prime. Theo is a contact hitter and has continued to improve every year. In 2017 he had his best season to date, hitting .278 with an OBP of .433 while only striking out 10 times in 97 abs.
Theo is looking to challenge himself in 2018 by playing at a higher level. He is open to all offers but a level which would challenge him outside of the French first division would be the German Bundesliga, Czech Extraliga, Spanish Division de Honor, Canadian semi-pro leagues or Australian summer or winter leagues.
He speaks fluent French and Spanish and is able to speak decent English, therefore is very teachable and able to be a leader on the field. Any club seeking a highly motivated and talented catcher is encouraged to reach out to Theo with any expressions of interest.
Date of birth: 1993-04-12
Birthplace / Current Residence: France
Passports held: France
Dual Citizenship: France and Spain
Height and weight: 180 cm, 84 kg
Bats / Throws: R/R
Primary position(s): Catcher
Secondary position(s): 1st base
Education: Physical Therapy
Hobbies and Interests: Music, dance, other sports
Post baseball career plans: To continue in baseball
Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world
Recent injuries or illnesses: None
2011-Present: Savigny Lions, France First Division
2013-2017: France University Team
2012: French U21 National Team
2017: Caught every single game of the season including playoffs
2011-Present: Ranked 3rd all-time caught stealing (Division 1)
2012-Present: Ranked 1st all-time caught stealing (Savigny Lions team)
2014: Best hitter “Torneo de la hispanidad” (Spain)
2012: European U21 Champion with French National Team (Czech Republic)
2010: Catcher of the first ever French national team to win a game at the World Baseball Championship (Thunder Bay, Canada)
None, Theo is looking to focus on his development as a player
Financial arrangement: If a club offered him a place to stay and a job, Theo would be willing to pay his flights.
Preferred level: A step up from French Division 1
Availability: Available March 10. No obligation to return home
Living arrangement preferences: Any living arrangement that provides a private bedroom
Summer playing preferences: Australian Winter Leagues, A-Pool Europe, Professional Europe, Independent Pro Japan, Semi-pro Canada
Winter playing preferences: State League Australia, Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand