Thomas DiBenedetto – 8yr Pro, former SS/INF with MILB Red Sox/Orioles, 4 seasons Europe ,w/ Italian Passport
Thomas DiBenedetto has been playing professional baseball since 2008 when he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 37th round. He played three seasons in the minors between Boston and the Baltimore Orioles and has since been somewhat of a pro baseball journeyman with stops in Indy ball, Italian Baseball League, German Bundesliga and most recently in the Spanish Division de Honor in 2016 and 2017.
In his past three seasons he has ranked in the top 10 batting leaders, highlighted by a 2016 batting average of .408. Defensively Thomas has a long history of success at shortstop, including a .955 and .981 Fielding Percentage between 3B and 2B for the Red Sox in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
Thomas enjoys traveling and experiencing new places and is using his dual citizenship with Italy and his baseball skills to allow him to do so. He is now looking to return to Europe for the 2018 season and is open to all offers, however his preference is to play and live in a bigger European city.
Any clubs interested in a professional level shortstop who can be a major offensive contributor while also helping to avoid import restrictions and visa issues is encouraged to reach out to Thomas with expressions of interest.
Thomas is also interested in taking on a recruiting/scouting role for any club that signs him.
Height/Weight: 6’0″ / 190 lbs
Born: Fort Myers, FL
Current Residency: Fort Myers, FL
Passports held: U.S. & Italian Passport
Positions: SS (primary), 3B/2B/1B (Secondary)
Recent Injuries: None
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Economics – Trinity College / Masters Degree Sport Management – University of Florida
Major: Economics Undergrad (Trinity College). Currently Studying Sports Management.
Relationship Status: Single and free to travel the world
Hobbies: Enjoy writing, has several baseball articles published (see here). He also enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures.
2017: Valencia Astros, Spanish Division de Honor
2016: San Inazio-Bilbao, Spanish Division de Honor
2015: Heidenheim Heideköpfe, German Bundesliga
2012: Baltimore Orioles (Released after spring training)
2012: Les Capitales de Quebec, CanAm Association
2011: Reggio Emilia, Italian Baseball League
2010: Kalamazoo Kings, Frontier
2010: Sioux City Explorers, American Association
2010: Worcester Tornados, CanAm Association
2008-09: Boston Red Sox (A)
2005-2008: Trinity College, NCAA III
2014-2017: Analytics/Associate Scout Baltimore Orioles
2016: Led San Inazio-Bilbao in batting average
2015: Won the German League Championship
2008-2012: Professional Baseball Player Boston Red Sox/Baltimore Orioles (Article)
2008: Drafted by the Boston Redsox in the 37th round of the MLB draft.
2008: Won the NCAA D3 National Championship with Trinity College. Best winning % in NCAA History.
2007: 1st team all New England Shortstop, 1st team all NESCAC Shortstop.
2006: 2nd team all NESCAC Shortstop.
2004: Louisville Slugger Pre-season High School All American.
2015: Player-coach, Heidenheim Heideköpfe
2013: Assistant Coach Georgetown University
2011 Italian Baseball League Stats
Jay Pesci, Heidenheim Baseball. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Decker, Head Coach at Trinity College (Now HC at Harvard) email@example.com
Financial desires: Round trip flights, reasonable accommodations and a competitive salary that easily cover cost of living expenses while also allowing him to enjoy the country a little. A means of transportation, depending on location.
Thomas is in the process of speaking with a few affiliated teams regarding minor league coaching positions here in The U.S.. The more likely scenario would involve him coaching primarily for Spring Training between Mid-January through late March, which would allow him to head to Europe in late March through the end of the European season.
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