*SIGNED in Germany* Argentinian National Team Catcher with MiLB Experience Seeking Winter 2022-23 Team, Willing to Pay Flight | Baseball Jobs Overseas

*SIGNED in Germany* Argentinian National Team Catcher with MiLB Experience Seeking Winter 2022-23 Team, Willing to Pay Flight

Name: Lucas Nakandakare

Height: 183cm

Weight: 100kg

DOB: September 18, 1987

Date Available: February 8, 2022

Rookie ball experience Will Pay Flight

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: C

Positions (alt): Youth Coach, 1B, 3B, LF

College: N/A

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Personal

Career Highlights

  • Played four seasons in Tampa Bay Rays (Major League Baseball) organization

  • Batted .302 with a .790 OPS in 2007

  • Batted .340 with .818 OPS in Arizona Winter League in 2012 – helped lead the team to the league championship

  • Starting catcher in Argentina’s Liga Metropolitana de Beisbol since 2002 . Four times  champion with Velez Sarsfield(2014-2015-2018-2019).

  • Member of Argentina’s national team since 2005 – national team has been South American champion five times

  • Participated in the Pan American Games in 2019

  • Four times national champion with the Buenos Aires League team(2005-2014-2017-2019).
  • Won Clarin Revelacion Award in 2006
  • Won Eric Walker Community Award in 2009

  • Won Olimpia de plata Award in 2014
  • LAB champion 2021 (Falcons, Cordoba)

What I bring to the table

  • Lucas is a good contact hitter and can hit for average.

  • As a catcher, he has a 1.94-second pop time, and he is strong fundamentally.

  • Lucas can also play first base, if necessary, so he has some versatility.

Lucas has “a very strong work ethic and [is] very open to helping [his] teammates, both on and off the field.”

Overseas Goals

“I want to keep playing baseball while experiencing other countries and cultures . . . to continue growing in sports and in life.  I’d also like to use my knowledge and experience to help grow the game in different parts of the world.”

Staying in Shape

Lucas is training regularly with the national team and is also playing in a local league.

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2007-10 Tampa Bay Rays Rookie Ball 1B/Catcher
2012 San Luis Atleticos Arizona Winter League Starting Catcher
2013 McAllen Thunder United League Catcher
2019 Argentina Pan-American Games Catcher
2002-Present Velez Sarsfield Liga Metropolitana de Beisbol Starting Catcher/1B/3B
2005-Present Argentina National Team National Team Starting Catcher/1B
2021 Aguilas de Salta LAB Catcher
2021 Falcons de Cordoba LAB Catcher (LAB Champions)
2022 Wesseling Vermins German Bundesliga

Stats

Pro/Overseas Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2007 Rays 33 96 7 29 2 1 0 13 24 17 0 2 .302 .446 .344
2009 Rays 27 64 3 11 0 0 0 7 7 13 0 1 .172 .274 .172
2012 Atleticos 19 53 13 18 2 0 0 10 11 9 2 0 .340 .441 .377
2013 McAllen 29 80 6 17 1 0 0 8 10 20 0 1 .213 .300 .225
2015 Velez 18 63 26 26 6 1 0 23 18 2 15 - .413 .536 .540
2015 Velez 3 5 6 5 0 1 0 4 8 0 2 - 1.000 1.000 1.400
2016 Velez 18 66 18 24 5 0 1 17 16 2 5 - .364 .500 .485
2018 Velez - 68 12 23 7 1 0 22 19 15 2 1 .338 .489 .471
2018 Argentina 2 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 - .200 .429 .200
2019 Velez 12 46 15 15 2 0 0 18 10 2 1 0 .326 .458 .370
2019 Argentina 4 12 2 5 1 0 0 3 0 2 - - .417 .417 .500
2019 Argentina 3 9 3 1 0 0 0 2 1 3 - - .111 .200 .111
2019 PanAmerican 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .200 .429 .200
2019 Metro A1 4 11 3 5 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 .455 .538 .545
2019 Velez 16 52 16 19 5 4 1 22 22 8 2 1 .365 .545 .673
2021 Velez 8 26 6 8 1 0 0 3 8 5 2 0 .308 .486 .346
2021 Velez 13 42 10 12 1 0 0 7 15 7 2 0 .286 .475 .310
2021 Velez 2 6 5 3 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 .500 .700 .500
2021 Velez 3 10 0 3 1 0 0 4 2 2 0 0 .300 .417 .400
2021 Cordoba 3 6 0 2 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 .333 .500 .333

Video Highlights

Testimonials

Wuarnner Rincones

Tampa Bay Rays, MiLB Manager

I’m writing on behalf of Lucas Nakandakare, who I met in 2007 when I was the manager of the team at the Venezuelan Summer League and whom I had the opportunity to work with when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays organization!

I can say that he is very dedicated and responsible person, with a great work ethic!

As a hitter he showed consistency on his approach with good bat control!

Good communication and handled the pitching staff well as a catcher!

With great defensive skills and an average arm strength!

Had good knowledge of the game and will always give his 100% of effort to help the team to win!
I can not say enough about his dedication and maturity to work on what he needs to achieve his goals!

Excellent human being with great baseball skills!

Hoping he continues having opportunities to show what ha can do in the game!

Rolando Arnedo

Argentina National Team, Manager


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), Canada semi-pro (Intercounty Baseball League, NBSBL, QSBL, etc.), Latin America pro (Guatemala, Colombia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, DR, etc)

 

Living preferences: Private living arrangement (apartment to self), Shared living arrangement, own bedroom, Shared living arrangement, shared bedroom, Give me a floor, pillow and a mat to sleep on, 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