OF/LHP and Overseas Veteran (SIGNED IN POLAND FOR 2019)
Name: Daniel Catalan
DOB: March 22, 1992
Date Available: September 14, 2018Will Pay Flight
Positions: Coach, OF
Positions (alt): RP
College: Holy Names University
SIGNED TO PLAY AND COACH IN POLAND FOR THE 2018 SUMMER.
Daniel Catalan is a 2014 Holy Names University (NCAA II) graduate who has since played overseas in Spain with Barcelona and in South America with the Chilean National Team.
At the plate is an on-base specialist who hits from the left side, draws a lot of walks, and has exceptional bunting abilities. Between college, summer ball and overseas, Daniel has averaged an OBP of over .400 in over 1000 plates appearance. Daniel is a contact hitter who also has above average power, leading HNU in triples in both his seasons with them and in 2015 he led Barcelona in doubles. In the summer of 2016, while playing in the South American Baseball Championship for the Chilean National team, Daniel hit .360 with 3 doubles, 2 triples and 9 rbi in 25 ab’s and was a major factor in their ability to compete closely with the top South American National Teams, including a narrow 7-6 loss to Brazil.
For the 2017 summer Daniel signed on to play in France with Paris University (PUC) and is hitting .370 with 12 stolen bases in 18 games as of early August (see stats here). He was also hired to coach the Polish U23 National Team at the European Championships in early August.
Defensively he is an excellent outfielder sure handed with the ability to make the extraordinary play. In fact, Daniel did not made an error in his two seasons with HNU, in Spain or with the Chilean National Team. He has an above average arm, admittedly it is sub 90mph, but has mastered the ability to release the ball quick to make up for those few mph he is missing.
Daniel pitches in an adult league in California, a position he used to play when he was in a kid all the way up through high school. He has good control and can throw from varying arm angles. He estimates his velocity to be 83-85mph.
He is now looking to play overseas during the 2017-2018 winter.
Date of birth: 1992-03-22
Birthplace / Current Residence: Los Angeles, California, USA
Passports held: USA & Chile
Height and weight: 5’10”
Bats / Throws: Left/Left
Primary position(s): Center Field
Secondary position(s): Relief pitcher / Closer
Education: Bachelor’s in Sociology
Hobbies and Interests: Traveling, working out, attending music shows, and keeping up with what’s going on around the world.
Post baseball career plans: Become a university level coach and professor.
Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world
Recent injuries or illnesses: None
2013-2014: Holy Names University (NCAA II)
2012: Long Beach City College (Junior College)
2011: East Los Angeles College (Junior College)
2017: PUC (France First Division)
2017: International Stars, Prague Baseball Week (Czech) and Finkstonball Tournament (Austria)
2015: Beisbol Barcelona, División de Honor (Spain)
2015-Present: Chilean National Team
2012-2013: Long Beach Legends, Southern California Collegiate League
2017: Assistant Coach, Polish U23 National Team
2013: Long Beach State Baseball Camp (kids ages 6-13)
2011: Warren High School JV summer team
*PUC stats as of June, 7, 2017
If a club pays his flights and provides accommodations, Daniel would be willing to work. He may be willing to pay his flight with a good set up. Daniel’s season in Europe wraps up in September and at that point he is free to join a club in Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.
|2017||Head Coach||PUC - U18||Juniors (France)||All practice and game duties|
|2017||Head Coach||U23 Polish National Team||Poland||Coached the team during the U23 European Championship. I ran a preparation camp pro to the tournament. Took charge of all pregame activities.|
|2018||Head Coach||UKS Derby Osielsko||Polish Ekstraliga||Player/Coach for the senior team in the Ekstraliga. Director of player development for the entire club.|