International Veteran Two-Way Player and Austrian National Team Pitching Coach
Name: Jimmy Jensen
Weight: 190 lbs/85kg
DOB: September 20, 1991
Date Available: September 30, 2022Indy Pro experience
Positions (alt): Youth Coach, Utl, 2B
College: Chabot College and Menlo College
Through 11 seasons overseas, Jimmy Jensen has built a reputation around the world for being a dependable two-way player, consistently putting up numbers on the mound, at the plate, and on defense. Over the past 8 years throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, Jimmy has thrown 949 innings, with 1063 Ks, 102 BBs, a career ERA of 1.99, 0.95 WHIP, and a strikeout to walk ratio of over 10:1. With pinpoint control of a sinking fastball topping at 92 mph, a cutter, slider, and circle change, Jimmy keeps hitters off-balance and gets outs. He has also shown that he can produce offensively with a career slashline of .327/.391/.460 through 773 ABs.
Despite being cut from his high school baseball team, Jimmy walked on to one of the top junior college programs in California, Chabot College. But after tearing his labrum his freshman year, Jimmy did not receive much playing time at Chabot. Many of his teammates went on to get drafted and receive scholarships to Division I schools. So he learned from his coaches and teammates and worked hard to get healthy.
He then transferred to Menlo College, an NAIA school whose baseball program had never won a playoff game in school history. He figured it was an opportunity to get some playing time and earn his degree in business. During Jimmy’s time at Menlo, the Oaks became a powerhouse in the Cascade Conference. Jimmy led the team in complete-game shutouts (6), was named NAIA West Pitcher of the Week, was selected to the All-NAIA West Team, was recognized as an All-American Athleader and NAIA Champion of Character, and helped the team to its first conference championship in school history by throwing a complete game shutout against the #9 ranked school in the nation.
Unfortunately, coming out of college as a RHP only throwing mid-upper 80s, Jimmy did not receive any interest from professional organizations. After graduating, he played one season in the Pecos League where he saw limited time as a reliever. After they lost in the championship to the Roswell Invaders, Jimmy decided to call it quits, find a job back home, and play in a local men’s league for fun with friends. But after leading the competitive Tri-Valley MSBL in nearly every pitching and hitting category with a 0.38 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, through 95 innings, while hitting .456/.500/.632, Jimmy decided to try playing overseas. Since then, Jimmy has gone on to win 3 MVP awards, 4 Pitcher of the Year Awards, 8 All-Star selections, and even a Best Hitter Award. Now he’s looking to continue traveling the world, playing at a high level, all while working with Baseball Jobs Overseas as the COO and Director of Scouting.
- 2012 Cascade Conference Champions
- CG Shutout in Championship Game Against #9 Ranked Team
Posted 11-5 pitching record with 2.92 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in final two collegiate seasons
- All-Region Pitcher
- NAIA Champion of Character
- All-American Athleader Award
MVP of Tri-Valley Men’s Baseball League in 2014
Batted .456 with 1.132 OPS
10-2 pitching record with 0.38 ERA and 0.68 WHIP through 95+ Innings
All-star and voted Pitcher of the Year with Attnang Athletics (Austria) – 2015
Team MVP award and All-Star with Macarthur Orioles (Australia) – 2015/16
Starting pitcher in the all-star game (France) – 2016
Starting pitcher and player of the game vs. French National Team in Yoshida Challenge Tournament (France) – 2016
Victorian State League MVP, voted Best Hitter, “Mackrell Award” winner for Best Clubman (Australia)– 2016/17
Bundesliga All-Star pitcher (Germany) – 2017
- RHP of the Year (Canada) – 2019
League MVP in Auckland Baseball Association (New Zealand) – 2020
- All-Star Pitcher and Gold Glove Award Winner (Austria)– 2022
Jimmy’s main goal is to grow the game of baseball around the world. As the Director of Operations for Baseball Jobs Overseas, Jimmy lives in Austria and is committed to helping players continue their careers and increasing interest in baseball globally.
|2014-15||Pitching Instructor||TPC||Private Academy||Taught pitching classes to young players ranging from 7-18; Private Lessons; Camp Instructor|
|2015||Pitching Coach||Attnang Athletics||Youth||Coached youth players and private lessons|
|2015||Camp Instructor||Macarthur Orioles||Youth||Taught the pitching portion of a youth camp|
|2016||Head Coach/Manager||Newport Rams||Juniors||Managed an 18u baseball team in Melbourne, Australia|
|2017||Pitching Coach||Stuttgart Reds||Youth||Taught pitching to the youth players in Stuttgart; 2017 German Champions|
|2018-19||Assistant Coach||Saint John Alpines||Juniors||Assist in practices. Focus in pitching, hitting, and infield.|
|2019-20||Pitching/Fielding Coach||Waitakere Bears||Juniors||Run practices and manage games. Focus in pitching and fielding|
|2020-21||Coach||Attnang Athletics||Youth and 2nd Team||Run practices|
|2021||Pitching Coach||Austrian National Team||European Championships - Torino||Worked with pitchers and managed bullpen|
These Testimonials Have Been Verified
Jimmy is probably the best kid I have ever coached, as far as getting the most out of his skills and pure determination. Jimmy was a two year starter on the mound for me in the Cascade Conference (Lewis & Clark State, British Columbia, College of Idaho, etc.). The level he competed at was great for NAIA, as we had a good conference, and played a strong non-conference against the GSAC in California. His primary pitch is his cutter/slider, which he locates better than he does his FB. He also has a 2 sm and CH.
Jimmy led the team in wins and ERA his senior season, and I had two guys get drafted from that staff. I believe he had 4 complete games that season, and 2 of them were shutouts. I’ve never had the pleasure of coaching a better kid which more grit to figure out ways to win in my coaching career. He wants the ball every day, and he has a plan for every at bat. His character is unmatched, as he worked a full time job while going to college to pay for his tuition, and he was awarded the NAIA Champions of Character award in 2013.
He loves to play and continues to get better, and he is a great guy to have in the clubhouse. If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
Quite simply, Jimmy was amazing. He exceeded all of our expectations on and off the field. He is an outstanding pitcher who has great variety, control and stamina. But what make him so good is that he is just such a great competitor.
He hates being beaten and he never gives up. He loves a contest and he thrives in any competitive situation.
When he wasn’t pitching he played middle infield. He had such a dominant season that he not only won our club champion player award, he also won our league MVP.
The added bonus for any club lucky enough to sign Jimmy is his personality and willingness to be involved around the club. He was great with our club members and supporters. We miss him greatly and would love him to come back one day.
If you do decide to sign Jimmy you won’t regret it for a minute. He is a great, humble guy who sets a great example for his team mates. He is also an outstanding baseball player and would be an asset to any team.
We wish him all the very best on his continued baseball journey.
My name is Kye Hislop-Dewar, I represent the Macarthur Orioles out of Sydney Australia. I’m very pleased to be asked to write this recommendation as I highly regard Jimmy Jensen as both a player and a teammate.
I have been the recruitment manager for the Orioles for 5 years now, each year we sign and host 3 imports. I follow a thorough recruitment process but still it can be difficult to understand a persons character until they’re on your roster. I find that former imports fall into one of a few categories, those that you wouldn’t have back, those you would welcome back and those that you would do all you can to have back. Jimmy definitely falls into that last category.
He is the ultimate competitor. He has a presence on the hill. He is a hard worker. He knows what it takes to get the best out of himself and doesn’t cheat himself. He buys into a team culture and brand. On the field he is a constant supporter for his teammates. Off the field he is very talented at promoting the game and club.
Jimmy has visited Sydney since playing with the Orioles and when he does he has an endless list of former teammates and coaches opening their homes to him. He is a very respectful, loyal and likeable guy.
I wish you all the best with your recruitment planning, if you sign Jimmy you have one hell of a player and clubman on your hands.
Playing preferences: Europe Pro (Italy, The Netherlands), Australia/NZ Pro (Australian Baseball League), Asia Pro (Japan, Korea, Taiwan), Latin America pro (Guatemala, Colombia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, DR, etc), American Independent Ball (Frontier League, American Association, Atlantic League, Pioneer League)
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
Recent injuries/illnesses: None
Traveling with a companion: Possibly
Educational background: Bachelor’s Degree in Business