Two-Way Player out of Texas Looking to Play Overseas in 2021/22
Name: Jeremy McKinzie
DOB: October 25, 1995
Date Available: July 1, 2021Will Pay Flight
Positions: 1B, RP
Positions (alt): 3B, SP, RF, LF
2013- TAPPS 5A State Champion (Liberty Christian)
2017- Led Texas Titans to Fall League Semifinals (DFWABA)
2019- Participated in MLB tryout for the Philadelphia Phillies as a First Baseman
2020- Member of team (DFWABA Mets) that ranked 2nd in runs scored (behind team who won League Championship in Fall 2020; won 13th League Championship overall)
What I bring to the table
I began my baseball career at age 7 during 2nd grade. Played in Little League and Select baseball until age 18. Played High School Baseball for 2 years (one in 2011 during my Freshman year and one in 2013 during my Junior year. I played very briefly at Keller High School my Freshman year and Liberty Christian School (Argyle, TX) my Junior year in 2013. During my High School years (2010-2014), I also played on the following select teams (Colleyville Cobras, Colleyville Knights, Dallas Tigers). In 2011, I participated in a Showcase League (MSL Dallas).
After High School, I attended Texas Tech University & Tarrant County College from 2014-2016. During those years, I took time off from baseball due to personal reasons. Post High School, I began my baseball career in 2017 with the Texas Titans (DFWABA & Liga Del Norte Fort Worth; Adult/Semi-Pro Baseball Team). Went on to play for them up to 2019. I also attended the University of North Texas from 2016-2019. After graduation from UNT, I participated in an MLB tryout for the Philadelphia Phillies in August of 2019. I participated in the tryout as a First Baseman. After my tryout, I took time off from baseball again due to personal reasons. I returned to baseball again in 2020 during the Fall and played for the DFWABA Mets (18+).
As of 2021, I participated in a practice/simulated game with the FWMSBL White Sox & Pirates (25+) and am currently playing for the DFWABA Cardinals (25+). Throughout my playing career, I am grateful to have played with and against players that have played in each level of the game (Little League-Professional). Throughout the past few years (Post High School), I am grateful to have competed with and against players in the DFWABA/Liga Del Norte and practice with players in the FWMSBL that have played in High School, College (Juco-NCAA Div 1), and Professional (Indy Ball-MiLB/MLB).
As a baseball player, my positions are 1B, RP, 3B, LF, RF, SP. As a right-handed pitcher, I have the ability to throw a Four Seam Fastball, Curveball, Slider, Changeup, and Two Seam Fastball. I have the ability to locate pitches on both sides of the plate and am able to develop good movement on my offspeed pitches. As a hitter, I am able to hit for contact and power. I am also able to hit to all sides of the field. One thing that has helped me become a successful hitter is being aggressive at the plate. Another thing that has helped me become more successful with hitting is adjusting my mental approach prior to my ABs. I began experimenting with hitting left-handed in 2019 but have yet to hit in a live game. As a fielder, I am able to play both corner infield (1B/3B) and corner outfield (LF/RF) positions.
Secondary Positions – 3B, LF, RF, SP
•Growing up, my primary position in baseball was 3B. Due to my success as a Third Baseman growing up and a recommendation by a coach, I was fully converted into a pitcher beginning my 8th-grade year. In high school, I didn’t play a lot of 3B until my Senior year. During practice for a select team, I played 1B and due to a lack of ability at 3B, I moved over to 3B, was given practice reps, and then given an opportunity to be the starting Third Baseman. Post High School, I have played 3B very little for versatility purposes.
•Throughout my baseball career, I have played both LF and RF in both primary and secondary positions. I have experience playing LF/RF in Little League, High School Select Ball, and Post-High School Ball. Playing in the outfield (LF/RF) has helped me become more versatile on the field and a more reliable teammate.
•When I fully converted to pitching my 8th-grade year, I primarily became a starter. In both High School and Select Baseball, I mainly started and only relieved in few games. Post High School, I have pitched as a starter for a secondary position as opposed to primary.
As a teammate, I am described as someone who is:
•Willing to Learn
•Wanting to Win
With Overseas, I am hoping to get an opportunity to play professional baseball. I am open to whatever opportunities I can get to play baseball overseas. Whether it would be in Australia, Europe, or elsewhere, I am open to whatever opportunity I can get. Like many other players, I still dream about being a professional baseball player and am fighting to keep that dream alive. With traveling as one of my personal hobbies, I am amazed about the possibility of traveling the world and playing baseball simultaneously. I would also like to help grow the game of baseball globally based on my knowledge, passion, and experience. I believe that this is a great opportunity to grow the game of baseball through areas around the world that have little or no baseball knowledge. Although I have no coaching experience, I would also like to become a baseball coach sometime in the future.
Staying in Shape
For staying sharp and in shape, I have focused on improving my Training Routine, Exercise Routine, and Nutrition.
•Training- My training consists of improving my hitting, pitching, fielding, throwing, and mental game. For training, I work out at a baseball training facility (DBAT DFW) to practice hitting, fielding, and throwing. I’ll also practice outside either at a recreational park or open baseball field. For improving my mental game, I focus on developing a better approach (Hitting and Pitching), better plate discipline, vision (Ex. reading pitches), figure out how to slow the game down, and develop good reaction. Beginning in 2020, I started attending a baseball group/event in the DFW area called Friendly Baseball. This event/social group has allowed me to not only have fun playing a sandlot-based game of baseball but has helped me in a way get a bit of extra practice in simultaneously.
•Exercise- For exercising, I usually work out 3-5 days per week. My workouts consist of improving my cardiovascular health, upper body strength, core strength, lower body strength, flexibility, and range of motion. I focus a lot on core and lower body exercising due to the physical demands and movements that the core and lower body are used for baseball.
•Nutrition- For nutrition, I have taken my diet a bit more seriously. I focus on making sure I have a good amount of protein, more fruits and vegetables, controlling my intake of junk food, and taking vitamin supplements when needed.
Jeremy is dependable, good teammate, high effort, and loves the game!
Playing Preferences: Europe Semi-pro (ie. Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, France etc.), Europe Pro (Italy, The Netherlands), Australia Semi-pro (State Leagues), Australia Pro (Australian Baseball League), New Zealand Semi-pro, South Africa Semi-pro, Asia Pro (Japan, Korea, Taiwan), Canada semi-pro (Intercounty Baseball League, NBSBL, QSBL, etc.), Latin America pro (Guatemala, Colombia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, DR, etc)
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
Prior engagements: N/A
Recent injuries/illnesses: 2019- Diagnosed with patellar tendinitis in both knees, Diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder; Formerly known as Asperger’s)
Traveling with a companion: No
Educational background: Graduated with Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation, Event, and Sport Management (RESM) with Sport Management focus from the University of North Texas (Spring 2019)