Available January 2024: Player-Coach, Two-Way Pitcher/1B/OF with College and Overseas experience | Baseball Jobs Overseas

Available January 2024: Player-Coach, Two-Way Pitcher/1B/OF with College and Overseas experience

Name: Joshua Van Bramer

Height: 187cm

Weight: 92kg

DOB: May 22, 2001

Date Available: January 1, 2024

Bats: L

Throws: L

Positions: 1B, SP

Positions (alt): Youth Coach, RP, RF, LF

College: SUNY Alfred State College

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Pitches: 84-86 fastball, 69-72 12/6 curve, 71-73 slider, 74-77 changeup

My one issue always has been command as all of my pitches move a lot, but that will not be an issue come next season. I took a downturn last season, but am ready to go back to where I once was; which was knowing I could get any player at any level out. I can strike opponents out consistently and any time I need to in a big moment. My arm is very healthy and I can start a game and throw 120+ pitches and be ready for at least a 50+ pitch outing 2-3 days later.

Hitting: I have not taken an exit velo in a long time, I can get one though if necessary. At the plate I am hunting. I may be a bit of a free swinger at times, but it is because I trust myself to hit a pitch anywhere in the zone. I also pride myself on my 2 strike approach. I did not utilize it well this past season, but I know how to just fight a pitch off and work for one I like with 2 strikes, and I am still just as confident with 2 strikes as 0-0. I am a gap to gap hitter, I can put the ball out but tend to hit line drives to the gaps more consistently. I also am a fan of small ball, so I can bunt for a hit, sacrifice, squeeze, whatever is needed and can put it in weird positions to mess with the defense. This also means I will do my job when there is a runner on 2nd less than 2 outs, runner on 3rd and infield in vs infield back, whatever the situation may be.

Speed: I am not the fastest, but I know how to play the game. I will not straight steal, but I will take extra bags any chance I get. I grew up knowing I was not very fast, so I had to learn how to baseman better than everyone else so I could still be beneficial on the base paths.

In terms of outfield and speed, I know how to track a ball. I can’t get the ones a 6.5 60yd dash guy can get, but I have always gotten the job done and made up for speed with my arm.

1B: I will put my nose right on the ball and block it up or body it up every time. I know the ball is the most important thing at 1st base and I do not take that lightly. And again, I know baseball and how to play the game and I trust every single one of my decisions and will not hesitate on any play.

I grew up mainly playing 1st base and being a starting pitcher, while mixing into the outfield here and there when it was necessary. In college I had limited at bats as I just did not put anything together at the plate early each spring season, but would hit successfully during summer seasons. This past summer, in Sweden, I consistently mixed between 1st base, left/right field, and being a pitcher. In recent years I have been used as a reliever, and although I enjoy getting innings any way possible, it has not always fit my style where I may walk one person in a tight situation, but as a starter would not have any stress if I walk one person randomly. I would say I can do it and have done it successfully, but being a starter or closer (because I can plan when I am going in) are when I will be at my best.

I am typically a vocal guy, but knowing everyone is watching me since I am vocal, I do everything possible to do everything the right way. My mantra is that everyone should be having fun, doing whatever they need to do to be the best teammate and player that day, but making sure everything is done “properly” (like throwing trash out, putting baseballs in the bucket instead of throwing them on the ground of the dugout, throwing with the outfielder in between innings). I will also share as much knowledge as possible whether it be physical or mental, on or off the field. I believe not all knowledge will be necessary to everyone, but the more you throw at them eventually the more that will stick with them. Along those lines, I would definitely go help a teammate in the cage or at the field or weight room whatever it may be during my free time; it will give me even more reason than I already have to go get some extra reps myself.


Career highlights

AMCC Player of the Week
Ranked 13th in Division 3 for ERA through first 1/2 of 2023 season

AMCC 2023 regular season champions (1st ever for my college program)


I bring an extensive knowledge of how to play the game of baseball from all sides of the ball, as I have played everywhere. And although I have not played every position consistently, I have always studied every position and have knowledge and resources for any position on the field. Also, I am young, so it is easy for me to connect with many of the guys since they are around my age. I realize this can become an issue at times, but I have played under coaches I had played with at one time, have also now had the experience of coaching while playing, and am currently experiencing being a coach to players I have played with for years and am best friends with. So, I know all sides of the player-coach relationship and have learned what bridge is the proper separator between the two groups.

My coaching philosophy revolves around ultimate confidence through preparedness. The more often you take care of your business on and off the field the easier it is to feel confident and the least distracted while playing. I believe that working hard on the fundamentals is what can physically take a team further than they believed they could go. And I believe being a true family that would go to war for each other is what mentally takes a team further than they believed they could go. Confidence through preparedness, hammer the fundamentals, family.


Overseas Goals

I want to see the world, meet new people, have unique experiences, and learn about the world and myself as much as possible. I have always wanted to travel and honestly I am just overjoyed that I am able to continue playing baseball while living out my dreams of traveling all over the world. I will always want to dominate anywhere I go and I will be focused on my baseball career, but I am also going to take advantage of being overseas and will travel to nearby destinations once or twice when available.

I have only had about 3 weeks off currently. I still make sure I workout right in line with my lifting program (6 day program; 4 days of lifting, 2 days mobility/have fun with either jumps or different moves just trying to push myself mentally and see how well I can move my body in different ways to be athletic)



Bailey and Van Bramer grab ICBL honors

With arm and bat, Van Bramer leads Fairport past Penfield

Pioneers Begin Season With Pair of Wins

Pioneers Win with Big Fifth Inning to Open Weekend


Playing Experience

2021-22 Rochester Ducks/Cardinals Interstate Collegiate Baseball League (Rochester, NY) Starting P/1B/OF.
2021-23 SUNY Alfred State College NCAA Division III First relief pitcher out of bullpen (long relief and closer. Backup 1st base and outfield.
2023 Leksand Lumberjacks Swedish Elitserien Head coach/manager, 1B/OF/pitcher, competed in HR derby and all-star game. Team high in walks (12/61 PA).

Coaching Experience

2021-23 Head Coach, Private Instructor, Camp Coach Diamond Pro Baseball Youth Coached a 10U travel team while also instructing private pitching, fielding and fielding lessons, and youth camps. Diamond Pro Baseball is a premier destination for travel baseball in Western New York and has continually grown over the past 10 years. I worked with kids from ages 7-18, but primarily in the 9-12 age range.
Summer 2023 Head Coach/Manager Leksand Lumberjacks (Sweden) Pro Manage practices, lineups, and game day decisions. I was not involved with any recruiting due to the timeline of being recruited myself.
Fall 2023 Outfield Coach SUNY Alfred State College College Serving as the outfield coach while assisting in recruiting, developing practice plans, and making management decisions.


Pro/Overseas Batting

2023 Leksand Lumberjacks 14 49 10 13 1 0 0 3 12 13 4 0 .265 .403 .286

Pro/Overseas Pitching

2023 Leksand Lumberjacks 9.00 2 0 16.0 22 18 23 3 26 16 1 2 0 2.81

College/Amateur Batting

2022 Rochester Cardinals 19 42 8 14 2 0 1 14 14 13 3 0 .333 .491 .452

College/Amateur Pitching

2020 Alfred State College 7.20 0 0 5.0 6 2 2 - 4 4 0 0 0 1.60
2021 Alfred State College 11.45 3 0 11.0 20 7 15 - 18 14 0 2 0 3.18
2021 Rochester Ducks 3.96 5 2 35.1 30 40 19 6 24 20 3 0 0 1.39
2022 Alfred State College 4.00 0 0 9.0 11 10 6 - 6 4 0 0 1 1.89
2022 Rochester Cardinals 3.09 8 0 43 36 58 34 4 31 19 2 4 0 1.63
2023 Alfred State College 4.35 0 0 31.0 28 20 15 - 19 15 2 0 2 1.39


These Testimonials Have Been Verified

Michael Armstrong

SUNY Alfred State College, head coach

Josh is a first-class young man who is highly intelligent, driven and open to learning. He is a pleasure to have coached and is now a pleasure to work with, as he is an assistant coach for my collegiate baseball program. He sees the game through a coach’s lens while also being a fierce yet sportsmanlike competitor. Josh’s baseball IQ is high and he has the ability to impact players in all positions as a coach. As a player, Josh can play 1B, OF and is a standout LHP. He has had experience coaching youth players all the way up to adult players, and I believe strongly that Josh would be a valued addition to any baseball organization.

Matt Dryer

Diamond Pro Baseball, owner

Bobby Papalouizos

St. John Fisher/Diamond Pro Baseball, pitching coach

Additional Info

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), 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: Not at this time


Traveling with a companion: No


Educational background: Class of 2019 Fairport High School 4.0 GPA
December 2023 SUNY Alfred State College Bachelor’s in Business Administration; final GPA TBD (2.89 current)