Portuguese Utility Player from Florida Seeking Opportunity Overseas in 2021; Willing to Pay Flights | Baseball Jobs Overseas

Portuguese Utility Player from Florida Seeking Opportunity Overseas in 2021; Willing to Pay Flights

Name: Oscar Bustamante

Height: 175cm

Weight: 80kg

DOB: December 4, 1997

Date Available: May 25, 2021

Will Pay Flight

Bats: L

Throws: R

Positions: Utl, 2B, 3B, SS, C

Positions (alt): Youth Coach, Utl, 1B, OF, RF, CF, LF

College: Lynn University

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Personal

Left-handed gap to gap hitter. The perfect 1-3 hitter who makes tons of contact, hits for average, constantly gets on base, and does not strike out often. I am an above-average runner who will steal many bases throughout the season. In the field, I am a full utility player who can play any position on the field besides pitcher. During my time in college, I played primarily infield due to recovering from a shoulder injury. But now healthy I am able to catch and play the outfield again.  

Being a good teammate is something I can truly say is my best quality. I have always been a team before individual stats or rewards guy. I will sacrifice whatever it takes for the team to win and get better. I am a natural leader on the field who leads by example. I am a guy who will stay late to hit, take some ground balls, or get a lift in with anyone who asks me to.

I have experience at every position on the field. I spent most of my life as a catcher and became a utility player (primarily infield) after injuries. Catching and outfield would be considered secondary positions for me but I see them as primary as well because I have a lot of experience all over the field and would be uncomfortable in any position. As a catcher, my pop time is consistently around 2.0, and have been catching my whole life. I consistently made starts at catcher in my time in the South Florida Collegiate League. I have recently made many starts in the outfield while playing in the USAB spring training classic. My speed and athletic ability make me very comfortable in the outfield. 

My goals for wanting to take my career overseas is to experience new cultures, make new relationships, and experience the game I love in a way I never imagined I could. I am looking to help a team in any way I can. 

What I have done to stay sharp and in shape is training every day with a long-time professional baseball player and coach Victor Gutierrez. I also train with many professional and college ballplayers. Training with high caliber players keeps me sharp and ready to play. I have also been playing games in very competitive Men’s tournaments to keep myself in game-shape not just in good practice shape. I am currently in the best shape of my life and never been more ready to play. 

Overseas goals:

  • Extend my baseball career
  • Experience new cultures and meet new people
  • Use my knowledge and experience to help grow the game globally

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2016-17 Lynn University NCAA DII
2017 Fall Des Moines Area Community College NJCAA Did not stay for spring season
2017 Coral Springs Royals South Florida Collegiate League
2018 Flagler College NCAA DII Earned a roster spot but did not attend due to financial reasons
2018 Emerson College NCAA DIII Earned a roster spot but did not attend due to financial reasons
2020 Men's Leagues and Tournaments

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2017-18 Coach South Florida Ballers 9U - 12U I worked closely with all position players, but more closely with catchers and hitters.
2018-19 Coach Rawlings Stealth 11U I worked closely with all position players, but more closely with the infielders as well as catchers
2018-19 Coach Parkland Pokers 11U I worked closely with all position players, but more closely with catchers and hitters.
2018-19 Assistant/Hitting Coach West Boca High School High School At West Boca High school I served as the hitting coach and first base coach during the games. I worked directly with the hitters on both Varsity and JV. I also served as the infield coach and ran infield practices and infield drills.

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Testimonials

Victor Gutierrez

16-year Professional Player (Former Coach)

Jesus Luzardo

Current Starting Pitcher for the Oakland A's (Former Teammate)

Oscar and I have known each other since we were 9 years old. On the field, Oscar is a great teammate, very selfless, and with a team-first mentality. Off the field he’s an even better man, displaying those same principles of selflessness and respect. Oscar Has all the qualities and the makeup you look for in a competitor. He shows up ready to compete, puts in the work, day in and day out. His work ethic is tough to beat with the mentality that he has to do whatever it takes to become the best player possible.

William Malinchak

West Boca Panthers, Head Coach

I have had the privilege of coaching Oscar Bustamante for eight years for the West Boca Panthers Black Travel Baseball Team in Boca Raton, Florida.

Oscar Bustamante is one of the finest young men I have ever coached. Oscar was one of the most well-liked and respected players on every team he has played.

He played every position, with the exception of pitcher, and plays them all well. Oscar is a top-of-the-order hitter and always gives you a good at-bat. Oscar is the first to practice and the last to leave, as he would help other players or the coaches.

Oscar would be an asset to any team and I feel extremely confident to recommend him.

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

 

Living preferences: Private living arrangement (apartment to self), Shared living arrangement, own bedroom, 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

 

Educational background: I will graduate with my bachelor’s in Business this spring.