Signed 2022-23 in Australia. 2-way LHP with 4 pitches, experience in Germany and a passion for Coaching | Baseball Jobs Overseas

Signed 2022-23 in Australia. 2-way LHP with 4 pitches, experience in Germany and a passion for Coaching

Name: Aaron Toporek

Height: 190cm

Weight: 86kg

DOB: May 4, 1998

Date Available: January 15, 2022

Will Pay Flight

Bats: R

Throws: L

Positions: SP, RP

Positions (alt): Youth Coach, 1B, OF, RF, CF, LF

College: Georgia Tech

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Personal

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.

 

Career Highlights

  • 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

 

Overseas Goals

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.”

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Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2019-21 Georgia Tech National Club Baseball Association - Div. 1 #1 starting pitcher, 2x NCBA South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week.
2021 Blues Dunwoody Men's League starting CF/P, led team with .344 avg and 2 HR in 14 games.
2022 Braunschweig 89ers Bundesliga 2/Nordnordost Starting pitcher, LF

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
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.

Stats

Pro/Overseas Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2022 Braunschweig 89ers 5 17 5 5 0 0 1 6 2 2 2 0 .294 .364 .471

Pro/Overseas Pitching

Year Team ERA GS CG IP H SO BB HBP R ER Wins Losses SV WHIP
2022 Braunschweig 89ers 1.08 4 3 25.0 11 26 15 - 8 3 4 0 0 1.04

College/Amateur Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2017 Georgia Tech - 40 10 11 2 0 0 1 3 11 1 0 .275 .326 .325
2018 Georgia Tech - 30 2 9 1 0 0 2 2 6 1 0 .300 .344 .333

College/Amateur Pitching

Year Team ERA GS CG IP H SO BB HBP R ER Wins Losses SV WHIP
2017 Georgia Tech 10.72 5 1 24.1 47 20 22 0 43 29 1 5 0 2.84
2018 Georgia Tech 9.00 3 1 18.0 29 11 17 2 25 18 0 2 0 2.56
2019 Georgia Tech 3.33 8 4 48.2 47 59 15 5 29 18 3 3 0 1.27
2020 Georgia Tech 2.31 5 5 39.0 35 38 12 3 15 10 3 2 0 1.21
2021 Georgia Tech 3.51 5 2 25.2 29 24 15 2 13 10 1 4 0 1.71

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Testimonials

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Casen Wolinsky

GT Club Baseball, former teammate

Aaron brings unparalleled passion, determination, and grit to the game of baseball. I have watched him grow his physical and mental strengths to become a composed threat on the mound during his collegiate years. Aaron backs his high-movement fastball with great off-speed and accuracy. Aaron is in mid-season form all year round and has the stamina to complete a game with little fatigue.

Luke Bumgardner

GT Club Baseball, former Team President

Aaron's commitment to bettering himself both on and off the baseball field is unmatched. He is the most driven, persistent, and hardest working teammate I have ever played with. Over the past few years, I've watched Aaron increase his fastball velocity and hone the accuracy of his secondary pitches. He attacks hitters with first pitch strikes and seemingly gets more dominant the second and third times through the order. The passion he brings everyday to the field makes him a great addition to any team.

Alan Kohler

GT Club Baseball, current Team President

Aaron has been a major contributor for the Georgia Tech Club Baseball on both sides of the ball for the past five years. Aaron is the Game 1 starter in almost every three game series we play, and he has always been durable and dominant on the mound. Aaron has a strong arm from the outfield and has the range and instincts to play a reliable center field. His experience and willingness to help with instruction and practice drills makes him someone who younger pitchers and players look up to for feedback and advice. Both on and off the field, Aaron's competitive spirit and will to win make him a leader and a spark for our team.

Additional Info

Playing preferences: Europe Semi-pro (ie. Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, France etc.), Australia Semi-pro (State Leagues), New Zealand Semi-pro, South Africa Semi-pro, Canada semi-pro (Intercounty Baseball League, NBSBL, QSBL, etc.)

 

Living preferences: Private living arrangement (apartment to self), Shared living arrangement, own bedroom, Shared living arrangement, shared bedroom, Host Family

 

Return home: I can stay as long as it takes to complete a season

 

Prior engagements: None

 

Recent injuries/illnesses: No

 

Traveling with a companion: No

 

Educational background: Georgia Tech: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, M.S. in Bioinformatics