7-year MLB veteran pitcher available to play overseas in 2019. Italy is preference but open to all European A pool countries | Baseball Jobs Overseas

7-year MLB veteran pitcher available to play overseas in 2019. Italy is preference but open to all European A pool countries

Name: Josh Collmenter

Height: 193 cm

Weight: 107 kg

DOB: February 7, 1986

Status Signed

Date Available: April 1, 2019

Pro

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: Coach, SP

Positions (alt): RP

College: Central Michigan University

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Personal

Josh “Tomahawk” Collmenter is a veteran MLB pitcher (Baseball Reference) and striking throwing machine who after 7 seasons in The Show (2011-2017), and after the 2017 season elected for free agency. Josh approached Baseball Jobs Overseas about taking his career overseas, indicating that he was looking to make a difference overseas both as a coach and a player. Collmenter commented:

I have experienced baseball in the USA and want to see how I can impact and help develop the game overseas” 

 Josh also expressed that he wants to “exhaust all of his knowledge and experience to give a club everything he can so that they can fulfill whatever baseball goals they may have.

Josh had a number of offers and decided to go with the expansion Australian Baseball League expansion team, the Auckland Tuartara, the first professional team in Australia. Josh also took over as the U15 National team coach for the months leading up to the season. This was exactly what Josh wanted, to play in a competitive league to get back on track in hopes of an MLB contract, while also making a major impact on a baseball market still in it’s infancy. Here is a video from early January 2019 of Josh pitching against the back-to-back-to-back ABL champs, the Brisbane Bandits.

Known as a workhorse among his fans, Josh burst onto the MLB scene in 2011 with 24 starts in his rookie season with the Diamondbacks. His MLB start was so epic that he will go down in the history books as the first pitcher in MLB history (since earned runs were recorded in 1912) to have given up four or fewer total earned runs and 20 or fewer total hits in his first six starts. 

He quickly became known for his extreme over-the-top delivery which he accredits to throwing axes at trees as a kid. He is also known for rarely walking batters as highlighted in his 24 starts that rookie season where Josh walked only 28. With an average fastball of 87 mph, Josh relies on a large dose of cutters and nasty changeups to keep hitters off-balance with the occasional curveball mixed in.

Fast forward 7 years, the 32 year-old had a very successful MLB career where he was used mostly as a starter which is where he is most comfortable and has found the most success. In 695 MLB innings between the D-Back and Braves, Josh posted a 35-32 record while holding down a career era of 3.64 complimented by 494 strikeouts and only 168 walks.

For someone who has achieved as much success in his baseball career as Josh has, it is quite refreshing to see how humble and down to earth he is as shown in this Youtube video presented by USA Today where Josh gives his younger self advice. Josh has also shown his lighter side on multiple occasions including the Domingo Ayala video titled “How to Pitch When You Don’t Throw 95+”, and there was also this interview in 2015 and this video of some dugout shenanigans with his Diamondback teammates.

Any professional organization overseas interested in acquiring Josh for a role both as a player and a coach can send expressions of interest to David Burns at dburns@baseballjobsoverseas.com.

 

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2011-2016 Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball Used mostly as a start accept for 2013 and 2016
2016-2017 Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball Started 3 games to finish off 2016. Was used out of the bullpen in 2017
2018-19 Auckland Tuatara Australian Baseball League Starting pitcher for the upstart ABL franchise

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2018 Summer Pitching Coach New Zealand U15 National Team International Development of U15 pitchers

Stats

Pro Pitching

Year Team ERA GS CG IP H SO BB HBP R ER Wins Losses SV WHIP
2011-17 AZ/ATL 3.64 78 2 695.1 665 494 168 15 298 281 38 35 2 1.198
2018-19 (In progress) Auckland

Additional Info

Josh would like like his flights paid, accommodations provided, and reasonable salary that is in line with that of the typical budget of professional clubs overseas. He is looking to play and coach within a professional organization overseas which competes at a level comparable to that of a minor league level.

Career Highlights

2007: MAC Pitcher of the Year

2011: Got the ‘W’ in his MLB debut with two innings of relief work in extra innings

2011: Got his first playoff win over Milwaukee Brewers in Game 3 of the Division Series (8-1)

2011: Started 24 games in rookie season and only walked 28

2011: First pitcher in MLB history to allow < 4 earned runs and < 20 hits in his first six starts

2015/04: Threw a 4-hit shutout against the Giants and collected his first career 3-hit game (video)

2016: Struckout 8 in Braves debut