Former AA closer with the Blue Jays with professional international experience searching for 2019 winter team
Name: Arik Sikula
Height: 5' 11" cm
DOB: December 21, 1988
Date Available: September 15, 2019Pro
Positions: SP, RP
Positions (alt): 2B, SS
College: Marshall University
In 2015, Arik Sikula was pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays at the AA level with four years of a sub 3.00 era under his belt, primarily as a closer. He had shared dugouts Kevin Pillar, Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman and Roberto Osuna, so it appeared he was en route to the Big Leagues until a sudden release in 2015 and Arik found himself playing independent baseball in the Atlantic League.
After only 7 games in the Atlantic League, he decided to hang up the cleats and start his own business buying and selling homes. However, it did not take long before Arik realized how much he loves the game, the competition, the brotherhood, and the ability to travel playing the game. It had always been his lifetime goal to play baseball and travel the world and to write a book on the different cultures within the baseball world. Since that decision, Arik has played in the big leagues in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela 2x, and Australia.
His sinking fastball ranges from 88-91 mph and is complemented by a high spin cutter in the mid to upper eighties. His strikeout pitch is his slider and throws a change up often to keep hitters honest. He is command and extremely athletic pitcher with his baseball IQ being his best attribute. He has knowledge is excited to share with youth around the world along with his teammates helping to improve everyone’s game.
Arik is looking for a team to play for for the 2019-20 winter, as well as a team for the summer 2020.
When Arik first approached me back in 2016 about our help with playing overseas, I was impressed by his humble approach and willingness to jump in at the state league level in Australia just to get some innings in the winter and his career back on track. We have remained in touch ever since and he has been an avid supporter of BBJO as a guest on our podcast and as an advocate for overseas baseball and how it can help re-gain a love for the game that is sometimes lost when on the pro grind. I have never seen him play nor met him in person, but I can confidently back him from a character standpoint without any hesitation.