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International Veteran Two-Way Player and Austrian National Team Pitching Coach

Name: Jimmy Jensen

Height: 6'3"/190cm

Weight: 190 lbs/85kg

DOB: September 20, 1991

Date Available: September 30, 2022

Indy Pro experience

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: SP

Positions (alt): Youth Coach, Utl, 2B

College: Chabot College and Menlo College

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Personal

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. 

Background

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.

Career Highlights

  • 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

    • Team captain

    • 1st-Team All-Conference

    • 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

 

Overseas Goals

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.

 

Articles/Achievements

 

BBJO #1 Ranked Two-Way Player, #3 Pitcher, and #7 Hitter in 2019/20

BBJO #1 Ranked Two-Way Player Overseas in 2019

BBJO #3 Ranked Pitcher Overseas in 2019

Rare Air for Newport Rams Import Jimmy Jensen

Athletics Add Two California Players to their 2015 ABL Roster

Yoshida Challenge: Netherlands, International Stars win on Thursday

Jensen’s Complete Game 1-Hitter Propels Oaks to Series Sweep

Jensen’s CG Shutout Sends Menlo to Day 3 of NAIA West Tournament

Jimmy Jensen Named to NCSA Athleader All-American Team

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2010-11 Chabot College CCCAA Relief Pitcher
2012-13 Menlo College NAIA - Cascade Conference Starting Pitcher (Team Captain, 2012 Champion of Character Award, 2013 1st-Team All-Conference, 2013 All-American Athleader)
2012 St. Cloud Rox Northwoods League Relief Pitcher
2013 Las Vegas Trainrobbers Pecos League Relief Pitcher
2014 Castro Valley Braves Tri-Valley MSBL Starting Pitcher/UTL (League MVP)
2015 Attnang Athletics Austrian Baseball League (Austria) Starting Pitcher/SS (Pitcher of the Year; All-Star)
2015 International Stars Prague Baseball Week Tournament (Czech Republic) Relief Pitcher
2015-16 Macarthur Orioles NSW State League (Australia) Starting Pitcher (Team MVP, All-Star)
2016 Senart Templiers French Division 1 (France) Starting Pitcher/OF (All-Star Starter)
2016 International Stars Yoshida Challenge Tournament (France) Starting Pitcher; Player of the Game vs French National Team
2016-17 Newport Rams Victorian State League (Australia) Starting Pitcher/UTL (League MVP, Team MVP, Best Hitter, and "Mackrell" Award Winner for Best Clubman)
2017 Stuttgart Reds Bundesliga (Germany) Starting Pitcher/UTL (All-Star Pitcher)
2018-19 Saint John Alpines New Brunswick Senior League (Canada) Starting Pitcher/Closer/2B (2019 RHP of the Year)
2019-20 Waitakere Bears Auckland Baseball Association (New Zealand) Starting Pitcher/UTL (League MVP)
2020-22 Attnang Athletics Austrian Baseball League (Austria) Starting Pitcher/2B (Gold Glove, All-Star Pitcher)

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
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

Stats

Pro/Overseas Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2015 Attnang 20 83 15 27 3 3 2 12 5 12 2 0 .325 .370 .506
2015/16 Macarthur 2 7 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .571
2016 Senart 19 60 7 18 0 3 0 9 2 7 1 0 .300 .313 .400
2016/17 Newport 30 103 12 37 3 0 0 10 4 15 11 0 .359 .389 .388
2017 Stuttgart 19 59 14 17 3 0 2 12 9 9 4 0 .288 .417 .441
2018 Saint John 32 94 12 27 4 0 1 16 7 11 7 0 .287 .349 .362
2019 Saint John 32 100 22 33 2 0 1 6 8 - 1 0 .330 .376 .380
2019/20 Waitakere 14 56 16 25 6 3 1 18 8 5 5 0 .446 .530 .714
2020 Attnang 14 45 3 15 2 0 0 12 4 6 4 2 .333 .426 .378
2021 Attnang 23 75 16 24 5 1 2 22 16 8 9 2 .320 .440 .493
2022 Attnang 29 91 14 29 7 0 1 19 13 12 11 2 .319 .407 .429
Total 234 773 132 254 35 11 10 137 76 99 55 6 .327 .391 .460

Pro/Overseas Pitching

Year Team ERA GS CG IP H SO BB HBP R ER Wins Losses SV WHIP
2013 Las Vegas 4.68 0 0 32.2 38 16 7 4 23 17 3 2 0 1.39
2015 Attnang 1.25 8 6 79 47 86 7 1 15 11 7 2 0 0.68
2015/16 Macarthur 1.32 9 3 68 51 68 7 3 14 10 7 1 0 0.85
2016 Senart 1.55 13 5 110 81 111 13 3 28 19 9 1 3 0.85
2016/17 Newport 2.83 14 7 130.1 121 142 17 11 48 41 8 9 0 1.06
2017 Stuttgart 2.60 14 7 100.1 100 93 9 2 43 29 7 3 0 1.09
2018 Saint John 2.43 13 9 75 83 66 12 3 36 26 5 6 2 1.26
2019 Saint John 1.42 8 6 59.1 46 55 7 0 19 12 6 2 5 0.89
2019/20 Waitakere 1.10 11 5 82.2 60 132 8 1 30 13 7 2 2 0.82
2020 Attnang 3.64 7 4 47 47 58 5 1 27 19 3 2 0 1.11
2021 Attnang 2.22 12 8 101.1 95 134 7 7 33 25 7 4 0 1.01
2022 Attnang 1.49 11 4 96.1 70 118 10 2 27 16 9 4 1 0.83
Total 2.21 120 63 982 839 1079 109 38 343 238 78 38 13 0.99

College/Amateur Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2014 CV Braves - 68 13 31 6 3 0 21 6 5 1 0 .456 .500 .632

College/Amateur Pitching

Year Team ERA GS CG IP H SO BB HBP R ER Wins Losses SV WHIP
2012 Menlo 3.25 7 3 74.2 76 30 18 6 31 27 5 1 2 1.26
2013 Menlo 2.34 10 4 84.2 78 53 14 8 31 22 6 4 0 1.09
2014 CV Braves 0.38 10 9 95.1 49 110 16 4 9 4 10 2 1 0.68
Total 1.99 27 16 254.2 203 193 48 18 71 53 21 7 3 1.01

Testimonials

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Stefan McGovern

Head Coach of Menlo College
stefanmcgovern@whccd.edu

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.

Ben Portelli

President of the Newport Rams
ben_portelli@amp.com.au

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.

Kye Hislop-Dewar

Player/Manager of the Macarthur Orioles
Kye.Hislop-Dewar@pacmetal-services.com

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.

Additional Info

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