NCAA D3 Sidearm Pitcher – 3.48 ERA, 6BB in 20.2 Innings After Sidearm Transition. Looking for European club in 2020, holding a Polish passport | Baseball Jobs Overseas

NCAA D3 Sidearm Pitcher – 3.48 ERA, 6BB in 20.2 Innings After Sidearm Transition. Looking for European club in 2020, holding a Polish passport

Name: Matthew Rienzi

Height: 177.8 CMcm

Weight: 72 KGskg

DOB: May 8, 1997

Date Available: May 14, 2020

Will Pay Flight

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: SP, RP

Positions (alt): 2B

College: St. Joseph's College

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I am a very committed player, no matter what team I’m on and what my role is I believe I am one of the most “sold” athletes out there.  I’m very big not only supporting my teammates on the field but as well as off the field with constant support during practices and during the games.  On the mound I’m seen as a guy who can work in many different ways, especially after the transition to sidearm. The huge factor I can bring now is, I can shut the door in a jam being a ground ball pitcher, so I never fear whatever scenario I get put in.  Also being an opener, I am able to keep every person in the lineup off balanced with my stuff and can give a quality start when used as one. Velocity was never my selling point, that’s why I made the transition to the lower arm slot and committed to the role seeing very good effects in my college career post sidearm transition.  Continuing to build up velocity is a huge thing that I work on a lot, especially with the amount of arm care I have done over the past couple of years to maintain my arm. I work quick and never complain, I like being a funky pitcher, it’s helped me maintain my college career and getting the call back to Europe every year to play with the Polish National baseball team.  I am not afraid to throw strikes, I pitch to avoid walks and let the defense work, especially infield as a I tend to be a ground ball pitcher.

Abilities summary: Sidearmer with a lot of movement, stamina for a start, and control.

Playing Experience

2015-present Polish National Baseball Team Prague Baseball Week, European Baseball Championships B & C Pool Reliever
2016-20 St. Joseph's College NCAA DIII - Skyline Conference Reliever/Opener
2019 Deby Osielsko Federations Cup Qualifier Reliever/Opener


College/Amateur Pitching

2017 St. Joseph's College 7.20 0 0 10.0 13 5 8 N/A 8 8 0 1 0 2.1
2018 St. Joseph's College 8.64 0 0 8.1 12 7 6 N/A 13 8 1 0 0 2.16
2019 St. Joseph's College 3.48 2 0 20.2 28 11 6 N/A 12 8 0 1 1 1.64

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Peter Blumenauer

Head Coach, St. Joseph's College

John Mangieri

Pitching Coach/Recruiter

He is one of my favorite players of all time.The intangibles he brings to the table are endless.Great leadership qualities and tremendous work ethic.He is a fine young man who comes form a genuine family.I have had the great fortune of working and knowing Mathew and the entire Rienzi family since he was a Freshman at Xavier HS.Mathew is respected amongst his peers and I would vouch for him anytime.

James Lally

Athletic Director, St. Joseph's College

My apologies for the delay in response, I have been out of the office quite a bit this past week. As for Matthew, he is a phenomenal representation of not only our team, but our department and St. Joseph's College as a whole. He is extremely hardworking, humble, a wonderful teammate and a model student and citizen. He loves the game of baseball and has earned every opportunity he has had through hard work and is extremely coachable. Matthew has come a long way over his career with us and has demonstrated to be the type of player to take constructive feedback and be open to ways in which to improve his skills and his potential impact on the team, always willing to listen and learn. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Matthew and am extremely proud that he wears our uniform.

Additional Info

Living preferences: Living on my own, Living with teammates with my own private bedroom

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

Prior engagements: Using fifth year of eligibility for 2020 college season, ends early May.

Recent injuries/illnesses: No

Traveling with a companion: If possible, I would like to play with my college teammate, William DeLuca. He is a two-way player