Former AA closer with the Blue Jays with professional international experience searching for 2019 winter team | Baseball Jobs Overseas

Former AA closer with the Blue Jays with professional international experience searching for 2019 winter team

Name: Arik Sikula

Height: 5' 11" cm

Weight: 195lbskg

DOB: December 21, 1988

Date Available: September 15, 2019

Pro

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: SP, RP

Positions (alt): 2B, SS

College: Marshall University

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Personal

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.

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2008-2011 Marshall University NCAA I Conference USA
2011 Bluefield Blue Jays Blue Jays Rookie
2012 Vancouver Canadians Blue Jays A- Champions
2013 Lansing Lugnuts Blue Jays A
2014 Santurce Cangrejeros Puerto Rico
2014 Dunedine Blue Jays/New Hampshire Blue Jays A+/AA
2015 New Hampshite Fisher Cats Blue Jays AA
2015 Mesa Solar Sox Arizona Fall League
2015 Caribes de Anzoatuagi Venezuela Champions
2016 Somerset Patriots Atlantic League
2016-17 West Torrens / Adelaide Bite SABL/ Australian Baseball League SABL Champions
2017 Les Capitales de Quebec CanAm League 2017 Champions
2018 Saraperos de Saltillo Mexican League AAA
2018 Les Capitales de Quebec CanAm League Runner-up
2018-19 Bravos de Margarita Venezuelan Winter League
2019 Les Capitales de Quebec CanAm League
2017-18 Caimanes de Barranquilla Liga Colombiana de Béisbol Profesional

Stats

Pro Pitching

Year Team ERA GS CG IP H SO BB HBP R ER Wins Losses SV WHIP
2011-2015 Minors 2.63 0 0 225.2 198 237 61 7 74 66 13 5 66 1.148
2013-2019 Foreign 4.16 17 0 114.2 127 70 29 4 58 53 2 9 5 1.360
2016-2019 Indy 3.92 48 0 325.2 330 299 86 10 159 142 28 14 2 1.277

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Charlie Wilson

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Baseball Jobs Overseas

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.