Signed 2022-23 in Australia. 2-way LHP with 4 pitches, experience in Germany and a passion for Coaching
Name: Aaron Toporek
DOB: May 4, 1998
Date Available: January 15, 2022Will Pay Flight
Positions: SP, RP
Positions (alt): Youth Coach, 1B, OF, RF, CF, LF
College: Georgia Tech
Aaron is a left-handed pitcher with 3/4 arm slot and a four-pitch offering: 4-seam fastball, curve, 2-seam fastball/sinker, and change-up. The velocity on his four-seamer tops out in the low 80s (mph). His curve ball is his best out pitch. His sinker and change-up tail away from right-handed batters. He has good endurance, as well, having completed 11 of his 18 starts from 2019-2021.
Aaron can both start and relieve, and he can also play the outfield and first base, so he adds versatility to a team’s roster. He was primarily an outfielder/first baseman his first two years in college, but then was made primarily a pitcher because his team was short in this area. At the plate, he is a right-handed hitter with pull power and a good eye. He is very good at hitting fastballs and is comfortable hitting in lower half of lineups.
He has some coaching experience he can lend to a club, as well. He has been a counselor at youth camps and also pitching coach and mentor for his college club team.
Aaron works out and trains regularly to stay in top condition. He also plays in summer men’s leagues to help keep his skills sharp.
Experience at high-school and college club baseball levels
Twice voted South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week by the National Club Baseball Association
Posted 3-2 record with 2.31 ERA in 2020.
2nd in the nation in innings pitched, 3rd in strikeouts (38), and 1st in complete games (5)
Had a 12-inning, 173-pitch performance against LSU
In 2020/21, his team made its first playoff appearance in almost a decade
Averaged nearly a strikeout per inning
Threw a complete game against the eventual national champion
In 2019 season, struck out 59 batters in 48 innings
Posted .286 batting average in first two seasons before becoming primarily a pitcher
Aaron wants to extend his playing career while also getting the chance to travel and experience new environments. During college, he spent several months studying abroad and enjoyed it, so he is comfortable adjusting to new situations and new people. He says “traveling the world while playing baseball would combine two of my biggest dreams.”
|2017||Camp Counselor||Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Day Camp||Youth||Worked with kids aged 6-13.|
|2018-20||Camp Counselor||Tech Wreck Summer Camp||Youth||Worked with kids aged 6-13.|
|2019-21||Mentor/Pitching Coach||Georgia Tech Club Baseball||College||As one of the senior members of the team, helped new players with skills including hitting, throwing, and catching fly balls, and also provided encouragement and answer any questions they may have about rules or in-game situations. As the senior pitcher on the team, acted as an unofficial pitching coach and threw a lot of batting practice as well.|
|2022||Assistant Coach||Braunschweig 89ers||Youth||Assisted U12 and U15 teams at weekly practices Tues/Fri, as well as at periodic baseball camps. Worked primarily with kids aged 8-12.|