Player-coach (LHP,OF,1B) that throws from 2 slots *Experienced youth and collegiate coach* (free agent for 2022)
Name: Marcus Fukuhara
DOB: January 12, 1995
Date Available: January 1, 2022Will Pay Flight
Positions: Coach, Youth Coach, SP, RP
Positions (alt): 1B, OF
College: Menlo College, NAIA (D1)
I’m a very competitive & passionate player when I step on the mound. By no means am I a flamethrower on the mound; I excel and pride myself on my ability to locate & throw all my pitches for strikes from both arm slots to force weak contact. I was primarily a reliever in college, however I’ve been transitioning into a starter since 2018. When I am hitting, I know my strength is not through hitting HRs, but instead getting base hits or walking to get on base and give my team a chance to score me. I pride myself on being able to lay down sac, push, or drag bunts.
Some highlights from my 2018-20 summer seasons in the States would definitely come from being able to pitch against some of the better collegiate teams in California; the Healdsburg Prune-packers & Yuba Sutter Gold Sox. Whose team rosters were full of all NCAA (D1)/MLB prospect type players. I was able to come out of the bullpen throwing strikes, getting weak contact, and a few K’s; by locating my pitches & keeping the hitters off balanced. The true experience was being able to throw against these MLB prospects in front of crowds of 1000-2000 fans.
A majority of my high-pressure situation pitching came from my 4 years at Menlo College, a small NAIA(D1) program that competed in some of the top conferences (Cascade Collegiate Conference & the Golden State Athletic Conference). I was my coach’s “secret weapon” for my entire college career. He loved to use me against the best prospects, primarily lefties, in the conference. This was because lefty hitters had difficulty picking up the my pitches from the different arm slots. I got some spare innings if the games dictated, but I primarily came out of the bullpen in close-score games/high pressure situations. I got great experience facing teams such as University of British Columbia/Lewis Clark State/Masters College/Westmont College/Sonoma State & Sacramento State. Even though I was a specialist, I got great experience from facing these MLB ‘draft’ prospects or All American Hitters. I was able to produce weak contact by keeping them off balanced with changing my tempo/arm slots.
A big and fun experience for me was pitching in our inter-squad games; primarily being because my teammates are the ones who know my pitches, tendencies, & have already seen me pitch multiple times. Another reason was in both 2016 & 2017 our team ranked top 5 out of all NAIAs in the country, hitting 80 & 97 HRs respectively. During our “prime” years, we had a handful of bounce back NCAA D1 athletes. My coach would make me face these best hitters almost every time in order to force me out smart them on the mound. So I was able to gain experience pitching against players like Lucas Erceg, Max Dutto, Joe Gillete, Julian Jarrard, & Daniel Comstock who all ended up in the MiLB.
Reasons for low stats:
I ran into some injuries sophomore & junior year, which held me out for most of those falls’ seasons. I came back both years early in the season in order to be ready for playoffs later those years. Also being my coach’s secret weapon came with some flaws. As a lefty specialist/late inning guy; I was mainly coming in for an out or two. This is why I tended to have more appearances than innings pitched.
|2021||Pitching Coach||Hard Bulls||Professional||I managed and developed the: -daily plans -individual throwing drills -defensive drills -in game management of the bullpen|
|2020-21'||Developmental Coach||TKB Baseball||Youth||Handled practice plans and in game coaching: -created the dynamic warmup -developed training for infielders and outfielders -oversaw the pitchers' bullpens and throwing plans -managed the hitting drills -was 3B coach when needed|
|2021||Varsity Pitching Coach||Carlmont Scotts||High School||I managed and developed the: -Daily plans -individual throwing drills -bullpen plans -pitch development sessions -defensive drills|
|2019-21'||Developmental Coach||NCS Baseball Academy||Youth||I managed the: -younger talent development -1 on 1 in depth training drills (pitching, hitting, and fielding)|
|2018-20'||Head Coach||Orewa Sharks (Auckland, New Zealand)||Professional||2018-20: I managed to create a new system for the entire club. For the Sharks, I created the warm-up and practice plans for their: -Men's Premier team -19 under -16 under -and the 13 under A and B teams. Managed the field maintenance and field improvements for the club. For our youth games managed the line ups and gave signs from 3B. In 2019 I was chosen to help out with the Auckland 13U little league team as a pitching coach.|
|2018-20'||Pitching Coach||Palo Alto Oaks||Collegiate||I managed the Palo Alto Oaks' main team's pitchers. Aided with their daily: -dynamic warm ups -arm care routines -pitch development -pitching mechanics -in between innings I would chat with them and develop their game plan if needed.|
|2018||Head Coach||Palo Alto Oaks||Collegiate||Was the head coach of the Salty Dawgs team (1st in league). -managed the practice plans and game day lineup. -I oversaw the team chat and had to send out report times with the dress code.|
|2016-17'||Developmental Coach||Menlo Park Legends||Youth||I managed the: -younger talent development -1 on 1 in depth training drills (pitching, hitting, and fielding) -helped with the lineup and managing of the games -help to setup and maintain the fields|
|2020||Orewa Sharks (regular season)||13||48||11||7||2||0||0||7||6||12||8||1||.146||.241||.214|
|2019||Orewa Sharks (national tournament)||4||10||0||3||0||0||0||2||2||0||4||0||.300||.417||.300|
|2019||Orewa Sharks (regular season)||14||46||8||9||1||0||0||5||13||15||2||4||.196||.393||.217|
|2019||Palo Alto Oaks||2.74||2||0||23||15||25||11||2||18||7||0||3||0||1.13|