OF/Utility Player with .345/.401/.481 Slashline Seeking Opportunity Overseas in 2021/22 | Baseball Jobs Overseas

OF/Utility Player with .345/.401/.481 Slashline Seeking Opportunity Overseas in 2021/22

Name: Derek Zavala

Height: 170cm

Weight: 76kg

DOB: May 18, 1998

Date Available: October 5, 2021

Will Pay Flight

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: OF

Positions (alt): Youth Coach, Utl, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, RP

College: Lindsey Wilson College

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Personal

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.”

Career Highlights

  • 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

Coaching

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.”

Overseas Goals

Derek says he wants to build a professional career, “for I have the talent to improve and excel.”

Articles/Recognitions

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2017-19 Mt. San Antonio CCCAA Starting OF, Batted in the 3-8 hole
2017 So Cal Sparrows Sunset Baseball League Starting 3B, Clean Up Hitter, and All-Star
2019-Present Lindsey Wilson College NAIA Starting CF and Leadoff Hitter

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
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.

Stats

College/Amateur Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2018 Mt. SAC 16 14 6 3 0 0 0 5 2 1 2 0 .214 .294 .214
2018 SoCal 27 66 11 20 6 2 0 10 7 7 5 2 .303 .360 .470
2019 Mt. SAC 29 92 18 28 3 3 0 11 3 9 10 2 .304 .326 .402
2020 Lindsey Wilson 22 76 16 32 7 0 0 11 11 5 21 - .421 .500 .513
2021 Lindsey Wilson 28 108 33 38 8 0 4 22 9 14 18 - .352 .416 .537

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Testimonials

These Testimonials Have Been Verified

Cody Andreychuk

Lindsey Wilson College, Head Coach

Derek Zavala is one of the best players I have had in my program. He is one of the best base runners in the country. Will have multiple seasons with 20 plus stolen bases. Hits in the 1 and 3 hole for me. Great kid and an even better competitor. Baseball IQ is off the charts and a guy these programs would be lucky to have. He is a flat out difference maker in any lineup he would be put in.

John Knott

Mt. San Antonio College, Head Coach

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 always wanting to steal or read a dirt ball. He really bought into an approach at the plate and improved offensively and was a part of many big moments late in the season and the playoffs. Regardless of starting or reserve, good game or bad, Derek always worked hard in the classroom to get his AA degree and be someone we could count on each day. He is a person of character and has a passion to play baseball at a high level. It is not surprising for me to see his continued success and I know he will make an even greater contribution off the field.

Scott Zine

Mt. San Antonio College, Assistant Coach

Derek is still learning as a player and just scratching the surface on what he is capable of doing. He now has a better understanding of who he is as a player and plays to his tool set not trying to be someone he isn’t. He’s a table setter and finds ways on base and can impact a game with his aggressive mindset on the bases. He’s grown a lot in this phase of the game understanding the keys that he’s presented making a him a threat on the bases. He can go fetch it in the OF, goes over his head well, good reactions with an above average arm that plays from all 3 OF spots. Derek has overcome a lot since he was in High School and I got to watch him first hand focus on baseball which has provided him great opportunity to further his career and enhance his life. Derek’s a high character kid who is coachable and not afraid to work for things that he gets and welcomes the competition.

Additional Info

Playing Preferences: Europe Semi-pro (ie. Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, France etc.), Europe Pro (Italy, The Netherlands), Australia Pro (Australian Baseball League), Asia Pro (Japan, Korea, Taiwan), Latin America pro (Guatemala, Colombia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, DR, etc)

 

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

 

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

 

Prior engagements: No

 

Recent injuries/illnesses: No

 

Traveling with a companion: No

 

Educational background: AA at Mt Sac 2019
BA at Lindsey Wilson College