Former AA closer with the Blue Jays with Experience in Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, and Puerto Rico searching for 2021 Opportunities | Baseball Jobs Overseas

Former AA closer with the Blue Jays with Experience in Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, and Puerto Rico searching for 2021 Opportunities

Name: Arik Sikula

Height: 5' 11" cm

Weight: 195lbskg

DOB: December 21, 1988

Date Available: April 1, 2021

Affiliated AA experience

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: SP, RP

Positions (alt): 2B, SS

College: Marshall University

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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 Noah Syndergaard, Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman and Roberto Osuna, and others. The offseason in 2015 he was released by the Blue Jays, and signed with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League.

After only 7 games in the top Independent 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. 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 artist and an extremely athletic pitcher with his baseball IQ being his best attribute. He has knowledge in all facets of the game and is excited to share with the youth around the world along with his teammates helping to improve everyone’s game.

Arik is looking for a team to play and help run the organization during the 2021 season.

Playing Experience

2008-2011 Marshall University NCAA I Conference USA Led team to most wins in school history setting school record for saves.
2011 Bluefield Blue Jays Blue Jays Rookie
2012 Vancouver Canadians Blue Jays A- Champions
2013 Lansing Lugnuts Blue Jays A Organizational All-Star
2013-2014 Santurce Cangrejeros Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente
2014 Dunedine Blue Jays/New Hampshire Blue Jays A+/AA Organizational All-Star
2014 Mesa Solar Sox Arizona Fall League Selected as one of five players to represent the Toronto Blue Jays in the prestigious Arizona Fall League
2014-2015 Caribes de Anzoatuagi Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional Champions
2015 New Hampshite Fisher Cats Blue Jays AA
2016 Somerset Patriots Atlantic League
2016-17 West Torrens / Adelaide Bite SABL/ Australian Baseball League South Australia Baseball League Champions & MVP
2017 Les Capitales de Quebec CanAm League 2017 Champions - Second most wins in franchise history (12) Ten straight Quality Starts and W
2017-18 Caimanes de Barranquilla Liga Colombiana de Béisbol Profesional Finished regular season in 1st place and lead the team in IP - 6-0 3.04 ERA
2018 Les Capitales de Quebec CanAm League Runner-up
2018 Saraperos de Saltillo Liga Mexicana de Beisbol AAA
2018-19 Bravos de Margarita Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional Led team in IP - first playoff berth for Bravos in 13 years
2019 Les Capitales de Quebec CanAm League Top 5 Career in Strikeouts, IP, and W for Capitales.

Coaching Experience

2011+ Instructor Marshall University College Every offseason Arik returns to his alma mater to give instruction and advice to college players
2019 Assistant Baseball Operations Capitales de Quebec Profesional Help Director of Baseball Operations in marketing, events, budgets, and quality control


Pro/Overseas Pitching

2011-2015 Minors 2.63 0 0 225.2 198 237 61 7 74 66 13 5 66 1.148
2013-2019 Foreign 2.95 39 4 284.2 268 229 65 9 103 93 16 13 6 1.172
2016-2019 Indy 3.92 48 0 325.2 330 299 86 10 159 142 28 14 2 1.277

Video Highlights


Charlie Wilson

MILB head of player development Blue Jays

Jon Hunton

Director of player Personnel Somerset Patriots

David Burns

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.