Former AA All-Star catcher who can pitch (90+) seeking winter ball opportunity. Current team in Germany can pay flight to Australia but need to know ASAP | Baseball Jobs Overseas

Former AA All-Star catcher who can pitch (90+) seeking winter ball opportunity. Current team in Germany can pay flight to Australia but need to know ASAP

Name: Michael Blanke

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 230 lbs

DOB: October 17, 1988

Date Available: September 1, 2019

Pro

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: C

Positions (alt): 1B, 3B, RP

College: University of Tampa

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Personal

10 years professional experience. Played for White Sox organization, Red Sox and Diamondbacks. Played American Association, Atlantic League and Can Am of Independent baseball. Have played Catcher, 1st base, 3rd base, and also pitched. Double A All Star 2013 starter.

3 MLB spring training camps 2011-2013. Atlantic League post season All-Star Long Island Ducks 2015. Currently playing in Germany 2019, looking for an opportunity for winter baseball.  

Once converted to pitcher before converting back to catcher. Maxed out at 98mph on the mound, sat 93-95mph. Converted back to catching because of being so close as a catcher and also missed hitting.

I started my pitching career throwing 96-98mph but had no clue how to throw strikes. I had a 13.50 era at the half in rookie ball and they shut me down for 3 weeks and taught me the correct motion to pitch. I never gave up a run again. Instructional league no runs as well. I can pitch and still should but I like to catch. I throw right now I would say 93-95 with run. But if I really train to pitch, I I still have more in the tank and more bullets left.
Abilities summary: Offensive Hitting Catcher. Great hands defensively, receiving and blocking as well as a great arm. 

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Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2010 University of Tampa NCAA II Sunshine State 14th Round draft Pick Chicago White Sox
2010-2014 Chicago White Sox Rk; AA
2015 Boston Red Sox AA
2015, 2016 Long Island Ducks Atlantic League
2017 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Atlantic League
2017 Cleburne Railroaders American Association
2017 Salina Stockade American Association
2017 Vallejo Admirals Pacific Association
2018 Somerset Patriots Atlantic League
2018 Ottawa Champions CanAm League
2018 Vallejo Admirals Pacific Association
2019 Mainz Athletics German Bundesliga

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2019 Assistant Coach Mainz Athletics German Bundesliga 2 Helped coach younger up-and-coming players
2010-Current Catching Instructor Melbourne Central Catholic HS High School Provide Catcher lessons when home in Melbourne, Florida
Personal Instructor Youth Provide Hitting/Catching/Pitching Lessons
2010-2012 Catching Coach University of Tampa NCAA II

Stats

Pro Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2019 Mainz 34 129 30 39 11 1 6 31 22 26 2 - .302 - .543
2015-2018 Independent pro 344 1195 146 300 50 0 31 146 115 283 8 6 .251 .324 .371
2010-2015 CWS/BOS 377 1323 155 366 81 3 33 180 122 245 2 0 .254 .322 .395

Pro Pitching

Year Team ERA GS CG IP H SO BB HBP R ER Wins Losses SV WHIP
2014-2016 Various 4.02 0 0 15.2 17 11 15 1 11 7 0 0 0 2.043

Testimonials

Tom Dooley

Melbourne Central High School Coach
Dooleyt@melbournecc.org

Charles Poe

Double A coach Chicago White Sox

+1 (951) 538-8032

Ricky Plante

Florida Collegiate League summer coach/Scout. College coach

+1 (407) 927-5957

Additional Info

Playing Preferences Europe (Summer), Australia (Winter), New Zealand (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: Perhaps for a short term visit


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