German National Team CF/Utility Player Looking for New Opportunity in 2021
Name: Kevin Van Meensel
DOB: May 6, 1995
Date Available: July 1, 2020
Positions (alt): Utl, 1B, 3B, RF, LF
Strong and athletic CF with the ability to hit for contact and power.
Kevin started playing Baseball when he was 6 years old. When he was 10 he transferred to the Bonn Capitals, one of the biggest clubs in Germany and quickly made a name for himself. He played for every German youth national team at European championships and even in the Big League World Series in 2013. Following the 2013 season, he stopped playing Baseball to further his education.
After almost 4 years and finishing his degree, he came back to the Bonn Capitals during their championship run in 2017 and immediately started splitting playing time in CF, which resulted in him becoming the starting CF during the playoffs.
In 2018, Kevin got nominated for the German 23u National Team and had a stellar first full season, hitting 348. during regular season and 250. during the Play-Offs. The biggest impact on the team was felt, when he came through late in Game 1 and elimination Game 4 with 2-RBi doubles to give his team the lead in both of those games. The Bonn Capitals were crowned as the German champions for the first time in club history that year.
In 2019, Kevin gained a lot of weight (+10 kg) during the offseason, which resulted in a major slump to begin the 2019 season. Over the course of the season, he kept making improvements and adjustments, so he was able to turn things around during the European Champions Cup (CEB Cup) and never looked back. He had a tremendous Play-Off run, leading the team in AVG and OPS, though his team fell short in the Championship Series. His recent performances were further valued by getting a promotion to the German senior National Team after that season.
Due to the Corona Virus, Kevin wasn’t able, to play for the Bonn Capitals or the National Team yet. Though, as a member of 6 selected players, he was allowed to work out every single day during quarantine. This gave him 6 weeks of intense one on one coaching by the best coaches in Germany, focusing on launch angle and transferring his power from the weight room into the batter‘s box.
- Use overseas as a stepping stone into professional ball in the U.S.
- Experience new cultures and meet new people
- Use my knowledge and experience to help grow the game
|2017-20||Head and Assistant Coach||Bonn Capitals||16U and 18U|
|2019 Play-Offs||Bonn Capitals||13||44||5||14||3||0||2||6||4||12||2||1||.318||.375||.523|
|2019 Reg. Season||Bonn Capitals||77||62||12||8||0||0||1||7||14||26||2||0||.129||.286||.177|
|2020 Reg. Season||Bonn Capitals||14||37||21||11||3||1||3||11||11||12||2||0||.297||.527||.676|
|2020 Play-Offs||Bonn Capitals||5||17||8||9||2||0||3||8||2||3||1||0||.529||.579||.1176|
For the past year and half, I’ve had the privilege to coach Kevin and watch him blossom into an excellent all- around player.
When I first came to Bonn his noticeable athleticism stood out. Already he was a plus lockdown defensive centerfielder. He goes and gets it! Offensively however, he was working diligently on his swing and approach to match his defensive prowess. What’s most impressive to me as a coach is that Kevin “trusted the process” and continued to grind through at bats during the course of the season. Sure enough, as we moved through the Champions League tournament and a deep playoff run to the finals, Kev became one of our most clutch hitters providing big hit after big hit. (Usually a homerun)
Kevin took that momentum from the season and continued to work hard both in the cage and in the weight room right through the Autumn until now. Whenever it’s decided how the Bundesliga will play out this year, I look forward to seeing all the progress he’s made and how much more of an impact player he’s grown into.
Off the field, Kevin or “Snoop” as his teammates affectionately call him, works as a personal trainer. So he has a good awareness of how to utilize a strength and conditioning program and teach it as well. Something that could also be very beneficial for any club looking to develop it’s juniors program’s.
In short, Kevin is a great teammate who is constantly working hard to get better. His ceiling is very high given his athleticism. Defensively he will sure up your outfield and be the anchor. Offensively, speed and power are his strengths. I’d say the only thing he’s lacking is experience due to shorter seasons in Germany and now this damn virus. Give this kid some more at bats and he’s only going to get better and better. Your club will be the beneficiary.
Playing Preferences Europe (Summer), Canada (Summer), Asia (Summer), Australia (Winter), New Zealand (Winter), Latin America (Winter), South Africa (Winter)
Living preferences: Living on my own, Living with teammates with my own private bedroom, Living with a host family
Return home: I can stay as long as it takes to complete a season
Prior engagements: No
Recent injuries/illnesses: No
Traveling with a companion: No