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LHP with NCAA D1 and Independent Ball Experience seeking 2022 opportunities

Name: BJ Sabol

Height: 190.5cm

Weight: 95kg

DOB: February 23, 1996

Date Available: March 1, 2022

High-Level Indy Pro experience

Bats: L

Throws: L

Positions: SP, RP

Positions (alt): OF, RF, CF, LF

College: Indiana University; San Joaquin Delta College

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Personal

B.J. can throw both sidearm and over the top, which enables him to confuse batters.  He can throw his curve ball in any count and helps account for his high strikeout totals.

The velocities on his pitches (in mph) are: sidearm fastball (mid to high 80s), over-the-top fastball (high 80s to low 90s), sidearm slider (mid to high 70s), sidearm changeup (high 70s to low 80s) and over-the-top curve ball (mid to high 70s).

He was primarily a relief pitcher in college, but he has also started and was an outstanding outfielder as a high-school player, so he brings versatility to any team he plays for.  He batted over .500 as a high-school junior and senior.  Defensively, he has a strong arm, good speed and good instincts.

B.J. is a very hard worker – always looking for ways to improve – and a very supportive teammate.

He would also bring coaching experience to a team, having served as a pitching instructor for youth teams and head coach of fall league team for high school-level players.

David Bahr, head coach at Lake Country Lutheran High School, says, “B.J. is an outstanding baseball player and a tremendous athlete. He is an even better person and teammate. He has had success at every level at which he has competed and this is a result of his talent, his personality, and his work ethic. B.J. will be the first player to the field and the last to leave. He is dedicated to his craft and understands that baseball is a game of lifetime learning and adapting to the competition at hand.”

 

Career Highlights

  • Experience at NCAA Division I and U.S. independent professional league levels

  • In his last full season of pro baseball (2019) had the highest strikeout-per-inning ration on his team

  • Made the most appearances out of the bullpen for his team in 2019

  • Began senior college season by throwing 20 straight scoreless innings.

  • College team advanced to regional tournament on two occasions

  • Junior college team finished second in state tournament

  • Team went undefeated (32-0) his senior season in high school and won the Wisconsin

  • During his senior year, he was voted district player of the year and was selected to the all-state team

  • Struck out 106 batters in 79 innings during two seasons of independent professional ball in the U.S.

  • Struck out 99 batters in 92 innings as a collegian

Overseas Goals

B.J. says, “Taking my career overseas would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It would further my baseball career and give me the opportunity to create lifelong memories with new international teammates/friends. Playing overseas would also enable me to see how other countries play baseball, as well as give me the chance to travel and  see what the world is like outside of the United States.”

 

Articles/Recognitions

BJ Sabol Set to Return in 2021

Indiana Picks Up Eight All-Big Ten Honors

No. 19 Indiana Clinches Series with 5-1 Defeat of Maryland

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2014-15 San Joaquin Delta College CA JUCO First out of the pen in a jam/7th inning guy
2016 Green Bay Bullfrogs Northwoods League 8th inning guy
2015-18 Indiana University NCAA Division I 7th/8th inning guy
2018-21 Washington WildThings Frontier League (Independent)

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2018-20 Pitching Instructor Stiks Baseball Academy Youth/High School 1-on-1 pitching/hitting lessons, group pitching/hitting lessons and pitching/hitting class instructor. Helped kids between the ages of 6-18 with the physical and mental side of baseball. Helped them improve their hitting, pitching mechanics and understanding of the game of baseball.
2020-21 Pitching Instructor Lake Country Sports Academy Youth/High School 1-on-1 lessons and group lessons, helped kids between the ages of 12-18 work on their pitching mechanics. Often used tools such as plyo balls and weighted balls to clean up arm action. Also created baseball specific lifting programs for some of the players.
2018-19 Head Coach 5 Diamonds Fall League High School Coached a high school team that consisted of players 15-17. Created the lineup for each and every game and also ensured that each player got playing time.
2020-21 Pitching Coach Lake Country Lutheran High School High School Helped high school pitchers with their mechanics, pitch sequencing, controlling the run game and mentality on the mound.

Stats

Pro/Overseas Pitching

Year Team ERA GS CG IP H SO BB HBP R ER Wins Losses SV WHIP
2019 Washington WildThings 3.24 0 0 41.2 36 56 17 3 17 15 1 2 1 1.27
2021 Washington WildThings 4.28 0 0 27.1 27 47 21 0 18 13 1 0 0 1.76

College/Amateur Pitching

Year Team ERA GS CG IP H SO BB HBP R ER Wins Losses SV WHIP
2016 Indiana University 3.42 0 0 23.2 20 32 8 7 13 9 1 2 0 1.18
2016 Green Bay Bullfrogs 1.55 0 0 40.2 25 57 20 2 14 7 2 3 2 1.11
2017 Indiana University 4.69 0 0 40.1 33 38 9 7 23 21 5 1 0 1.04
2018 Indiana University 2.54 0 0 28.1 23 29 12 2 8 8 1 0 1 1.24

Video Highlights

Testimonials

David Bahr

Lake Country Lutheran High School, Head Baseball Coach

BJ Sabol is an outstanding baseball player and a tremendous athlete. He is an even better person and teammate. He has had incredible success at every level of baseball that he has competed and this is a result of his talent, his personality, and his work ethic. BJ will be the first player to the field and the last to leave. He is dedicated to his craft and understands that baseball is a game of lifetime learning and changing and adapting to the competition at hand. He has an innate ability to keep a team loose and playing at its best because he understands the proper balance between baseball and life. Given the proper opportunity to contribute and flourish, BJ has an upside without limit. Every coach would be pleased to have a roster of players just like BJ Sabol. Because of his talent level and his positive impact on his teammates, BJ Sabol is the kind of player that you can build a successful team around.

Joe Braier

Lake Country Sports Academy, Owner

Sean Smith

Stiks Academy, Owner

I have watched BJ since he was a high school player and have been extremely impressed with his work ethic and his competitiveness. I know BJ as both an instructor/coach and as a player and he is an amazing young man that has been a great influence on our young players. I have also watched him train each winter as a professional player and watched him in live match-ups against current professional players. BJ’s unique ability to throw from the side and over the top makes him a tough pitcher to hit against. Hitters don’t ever have comfortable at-bats against BJ and I feel he can get outs at any level of baseball.

Additional Info

Playing preferences: Europe Semi-pro (ie. Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, France etc.), Europe Pro (Italy, The Netherlands), New Zealand Semi-pro

 

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

 

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

 

Traveling with a companion: Yes

 

Educational background: BS in Economics