OF/Utility Player with .345/.401/.481 Slashline Seeking Opportunity Overseas in 2021/22
Name: Derek Zavala
DOB: May 18, 1998
Date Available: October 5, 2021Will Pay Flight
Positions (alt): Youth Coach, Utl, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, RP
College: Lindsey Wilson College
Derek is a very good contact hitter with good speed (6.8 seconds in the 60-yard dash) and an average exit velocity in the mid-90s (mph).
Defensively, he has a good throwing arm from the outfield, with throws averaging in the mid to high 80s (mph).
He also has some versatility defensively. In 2019, he played third base in a California summer league and made the all-star team.
Derek describes himself as “a dedicated and motivated athlete that tries to constantly improve. I am a vocal leader that enjoys that game and understands the grind.”
John Knott, Derek’s coach at Mt. San Antonio College, says, “Derek played a big role in our 2018 and 2019 conference championship teams. He is a very versatile defender who can play all three outfield spots and is outstanding on the bases. He really bought into an approach at the plate [too] and was part of many big moments late in the season.”
Derek’s coach at Lindsey Wilson College, Cody Andreychuk, says, “Derek is one of the best players I have had in my program. He is one of the best base runners in the country and will have multiple seasons with 20-plus stolen bases. He’s a great kid and an even better competitor. His baseball IQ is off the charts, and he’s a guy any program would be lucky to have.”
Led Mid-South Conference in batting average (.421)
Recorded the second-most hits in the MSC (32)
Tied for fourth-most stolen bases in the NAIA (21)
Led Lindsey Wilson with 16 runs scored
Recorded 52 putouts without committing an error
Batted .421 and .352 in final two collegiate seasons with corresponding OPS figures of 1.013 and .953
Struck out only 36 times in 290 at bats during four college seasons
Derek has been an instructor at a youth baseball camp. He says, “As a coach, I bring the experience of playing the game at a college level. I have knowledge of the game, along with a drive for continual improvement. My coaching philosophy is that you have to relax but keep grinding because there are always improvements and adjustments to be made. I understand why a player’s mechanics – and the ability to repeat them – are important, and the way to get there is by hard work and repetition in practice.”
Derek says he wants to build a professional career, “for I have the talent to improve and excel.”
|2019||Camp Instructor||Mark Cresse School of Baseball||Youth||Worked with kids 4-14 on an assortment of baseball skills including knowledge of the game, throwing, hitting, fielding, and base running.|