Independent Pro MIF\UTL Contact Hitter and Youth Development Coach available Spring 2024 | Baseball Jobs Overseas

Independent Pro MIF\UTL Contact Hitter and Youth Development Coach available Spring 2024

Name: Matt Palmer

Height: 178cm

Weight: 90.7kg

DOB: September 8, 1989

Date Available: April 2, 2024

Indy Pro experience

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: Utl, SS

Positions (alt): Coach, Youth Coach, 2B, 3B, SS

College: Cerritos College

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Personal

Contact hitter. Gap-to-gap power. Exit velo 90-95+mph. Good speed, 6.8-7 – 60-yard dash.
Good range and footwork, soft hands and a quick release. 85+ mph throws across the diamond.

I want to play shortstop because they get the most action. I want to be the guy who makes the play and who wants the ball when the game is on the line. Although I can play all over the field, I prefer the infield. I take my reps and practice at my secondary position as if it’s my main job. I know the world has thousands of shortstops but I will make an adjustment if the team needs to move me around. I will take on any role  taking it as serious as it was my main job. Baseball is my passion so I will find any way to stay on the field as long as I can.  I take pride in helping my teammate get better an building a healthy clubhouse.

I’m a guy who likes to get to the field first to get my work in and help out others work on their game approach.  Always hustle on and off the field and try to set the tone for how a professional athlete should carry himself. Positive attitude. Good body language,  hard working, attention to detail, and finding ways to help a club win, whether I’m in the lineup or not. Baseball can be slow at times so it’s good to carry the energy for 9+ innings.

Player

I started my playing career in 2020 right before the pandemic. They journey has been flled with a few delays and a couple more restrictions then I imagined. I had a solid winter ball in season in the Western League and our Hollywood Stars team won the league. August 2020 I hoped on a plane and was fortunate enough to play fro Brian Williams (California Dogecoin) and Derek Pyles (Indiana Barn Owls). Played SS and hitting above .300. Covid shut down my 2021 & 2022 pro seasons. I was able to continue playing in multiple competitive mens leagues all over Southern California. It also lead me to Combat Baseball where I currently am a coach and trainer in the organization. Summer 2023 I was invited to spring training and played for the Monterey Amberjacks where I played and helped coach the team to a 2nd place finish in the Pacific division.

I’m currently playing in multiple competitive adult leagues in the Los Angeles County area.

 

Coaching

I take coaching the same way as if I’m a player. Isolate the fielder or hitter’s flaws, then create specific drills that will cater to each player’s weaknesses/strengths.  I know progress is a patience game so I like to help the player identify the problems, then use critical thinking to complete the task. Bottom line, I want to help everyone achieve their maximum potential, and I want to see everyone I come across get better and become the best version of themselves. When I grew up, I was blessed to have really good coaches who took the time to help me, and it’s my goal to carry on that legacy and give back to the baseball studs of the future.

 Im coaching at Combat Baseball 8U-12U and do individual training with student athletes all the way to high school. In my spare time I help my men’s league teammates get their work in for the weekend. Working on building a facility and growing the community through baseball.

 

Overseas Goals

I would love to travel the world and use baseball as a tool to help others enjoy the game I love, and teach the next generation what it takes to work hard, chase a dream, and play the game with passion. The style of the game is different and I want to learn for the new generation as well as teach my knowledge to help my teammates understand that baseball is a game that’s very similar to life. I want to see all my teammates win and succeed.

I have been lucky enough to find a place to play whether I start or have to be a role guy, or even coach until I get my opportunity.  I coach and train travel ball kids ages 8-16 with fundamental drills, strength and conditioning, and rehab and mobility.  I take my gym, cage, field training, and game reps serious and teach the youth that through hard work you will beat a player that just has talent. I want to be a role model for the kids and show them there are different and more unique ways to fulfilling a dream and playing this beautiful game.

Not knowing there was an overseas opportunity, after College I became a barber and began to work to help support my family.

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2009-10 Cerritos College Junior College - CCCAA Leadoff, filled a role to play center field for the Falcons and played secondary positions such as LF, 2B, and SS. -Most Improved Player of the Year Award* -2nd Team Selection
2020 Hollywood Stars Pecos Independent League - The Western League Starting 3B. Leadoff hitter. Champions of the winter league.
2020 California DogeCoin Liberation League (Semi-pro) Started 2B, hit as 2nd leadoff.
2020 Indiana Barn Owls; California Dogecoin Liberation League (Semi-pro) Came in second in hits, held a .310 average, played SS and 2B.
2022 Beaumont Oilers Coastal Baseball League (Amateur) Starting 3B and secondary 2B. Had a solid season at the plate, hitting above .300.
2023 Monterey Amberjacks Pecos Independent League I became a player-coach to help develop the younger players. Played 3B, secondary 1B, and 2B. Hit about .400 and helped the team finish as a 2 seed for playoffs.

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2018-2019 Head Coach Frontier Little League 10U -Managed practices and games. -Held fundraisers -top 3 finish in 2 seasons.
2022-Present Strength Coach Combat Baseball Youth-High School Ages 8U-12U, strength and conditioning/agility and footwork specialist, hitting, running, and infield coach.
2023-Present Head Trainer Palmer Fitness All Ages -Run Youth camps -Individual personal Training -Meal Programs

Stats

Pro/Overseas Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2020 Indiana Barn Owls 33 119 19 37 2 0 0 17 22 11 8 3 .311 .435 .328
2020 California Dogecoin 5 21 5 5 1 0 0 3 4 5 1 0 .238 .360 .286
2023 Monterey Amberjacks 16 15 4 6 1 0 0 4 10 2 4 0 .400 .640 .467

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

 

Living preferences: 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

 

Traveling with a companion: No

Educational background: HS diploma. 1 trade degree in Barbering. Some AA taken.