CIF/OF Power Hitter with College Experience available in 2021-22 | Baseball Jobs Overseas

CIF/OF Power Hitter with College Experience available in 2021-22

Name: JR Polak

Height: 188cm

Weight: 93kg

DOB: February 2, 1998

Date Available: October 12, 2021

Will Pay Flight

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: RF, LF

Positions (alt): 1B, 3B

College: St. Andrews University

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Personal

JR is a good all-around hitter who hits for both average and power. He also has a good walk rate, which helps give him a high on-base percentage.

Defensively, he plays both first base and third base, as well as the two corner outfield positions.  He was infielder most of his college career, but shifted to left field his senior season and did not make an error.

Since the end of his collegiate season, JR has continued to work out and train regularly.

JR describes himself as a “lead-by-example guy” but one who can be vocal when necessary.  He says, “I try to lead by being the hardest worker on the team and by keeping my attitude even-keeled through the ups and downs of a season.  I will do anything to win and will always have my teammates’ backs.”

He also has been an assistant coach at the high school and college levels, and he could lend his expertise to the staff of any ballclub he plays for.

 

Career Highlights

  • Voted team offensive most valuable player for 2021 season

    • Slash line of .313/.447/.507

    • Thirty-six percent of hits for extra bases

    • 33 RBIs in 45 games

  • Captain of college team for three seasons

  • Slash line of /301/.400/.476 in last three seasons

  • Stole 16 bases in 18 attempts during last three seasons

 

Overseas Goals

JR wants to extend his playing career with an overseas club and possibly use that as a springboard to a professional opportunity in the U.S.  In addition, he is excited about experiencing new environments and cultures.

 

Articles/Recognitions

The Cardiac Kids Do It Again

Knights Baseball Scores Five Runs In The Top Of The Seventh To Top Point

St. Andrews Run Rules AAC Opponent Montreat

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2016-21 St. Andrews University NAIA starting left fielder, cleanup hitter

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2021 Assistant Coach Tri State Arsenal High School coached first base, made lineups, kept pitch count, managed team
2021 Volunteer Assistant Coach St. Andrews University College threw BP, helped players with defense and offense mechanics

Stats

College/Amateur Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2017 St. Andrews University 32 64 7 15 0 0 1 9 4 15 1 0 .234 .296 .281
2018 St. Andrews University 29 65 9 10 1 0 0 8 10 13 1 1 .154 .273 .169
2019 St. Andrews University 44 151 22 44 10 0 6 38 16 28 9 1 .291 .371 .477
2020 St. Andrews University 25 77 19 23 6 0 1 15 14 14 4 1 .299 .394 .416
2021 St. Andrews University 45 150 30 47 11 0 6 33 32 34 3 0 .313 .447 .507

Video Highlights

Testimonials

Andy Fox

St. Andrews University, Head Baseball Coach

JR Polak is a good guy that will be an asset to any team. He plays hard and is coachable. He will not cause any trouble on or off the field. Not to mention he is a damn good player. Especially on the offensive side. But he isn’t a bad defensive player. I would definitely say he is a corner outfielder/1B. He is a guy that has power and is still able to hit for average. He is also a big guy that is super strong. He still lifts and hits everyday. Also for a bigger guy he is quicker than what people may think. He can swipe a bag here and there. I know he has a burning desire to continue his playing career. He doesn’t have a wife or kids. So he is wide open to playing wherever he is given an opportunity. I coached him for 5 years along with his brother. He comes from a solid family that loves baseball.

Charles Weber

St. Andrews University, Hitting 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)

 

Living preferences: Private living arrangement (apartment to self)

 

Return home: I can stay as long as it takes to complete a season

 

Prior engagements: Possibly

 

Traveling with a companion: Yes

 

Educational background: Bachelors degree in Sports Management from St. Andrews University