Catcher/Utility Willing to Pay Flights, Experience in Slovenia, Finkstonball, and Prague Baseball Week, looking for team in Australia or New Zealand starting October 2022 | Baseball Jobs Overseas

Catcher/Utility Willing to Pay Flights, Experience in Slovenia, Finkstonball, and Prague Baseball Week, looking for team in Australia or New Zealand starting October 2022

Name: Paul Griessel Jr.

Height: 188cm

Weight: 86kg

DOB: September 7, 1998

Date Available: August 15, 2022

Will Pay Flight

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: C

Positions (alt): Coach, Youth Coach, 1B, 3B, OF, RF, CF, LF

College: Amherst College

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Personal

2.1 pop time catcher, 87 mph exit velocity off tee, ability to take over as game manager at catcher.

I’ve played outfield, third base, and first base throughout my baseball career as secondary positions and I’m confident I will help the team in these positions.

I’m a teammate that can bond with a variety of personalities. I’m the first guy to the field and the last to leave after field cleanup. My style is to lead by example and set a standard for others to follow. I’m schedule-driven and will hold others accountable to themselves and the team while keeping the dugout loose.

Coaching

Coaching collegiate rowing this past year, I analyzed the rowers’ technique and called out corrections as needed through my megaphone to correct these weaknesses during drills. I articulated my sentences concisely and purposefully since the rowers dedicated part of their attention to performing the drills. I kept track of time and returned promptly to the dock each practice by calculating how far we could go up or down the river, incorporating water current quickness, rower fatigue, and wind strength. I hosted team meetings during winter break, including unofficial zoom workouts and technical instruction meetings. I intend to bring this same work ethic, organization, and depth of knowledge to coaching youth baseball.

 

Overseas Goals

Like many other Americans growing up playing baseball, I thought my baseball career was over at the start of college. After playing highly competitive high school and travel baseball with many NCAA Division-I recruits in California, I was recruited to play for NCAA Division-III Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. However, after my first winter season, I was not offered a spring roster spot. Not to be discouraged and still possessing the drive to compete, I decided to join the varsity rowing team and became a unanimous team captain my senior year 2020-2021 with no prior high school experience. For the 2021-2022 academic year, I prepared novice rowers to successfully compete against the best NCAA Division-III first-year rowers in the country as the men’s novice rowing coach at Amherst College.
In the fall of 2021, my former high school baseball coach suggested that I look to play overseas if I wanted to continue playing baseball. I’m joining him in the Slovenian baseball league for the summer of 2022, and I’ve loved every moment. After playing in Finkstonball 2022 with the home team Attnang-Puchheim Athletics in Austria, I’m convinced I want to continue developing myself and others as baseball players for at least the following year.
I plan to attend law school in the U.S. starting in the fall of 2023 or 2024, but I’m looking to play, coach, and travel as much as I can. I want to prove to fellow Americans that their baseball careers don’t have to end as soon as they might think and convince more of them to play overseas.

Rowing for Amherst College included a combination of endurance and strength training totaling over 20 hours per week in addition to weekend regattas. I strength trained three times a week and ran 3-5 miles twice a week over this last year while coaching. This summer, I’m working on building arm strength with a combination of band work, long toss, and weights in addition to working on agility and speed.

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2022 BBJO - Hakusoh Globetrotters Prague Baseball Week Invited to play for the Baseball Jobs Overseas - Hakusoh Globetrotters team for Prague Baseball Week 2022, competed against the Czech and Spanish national teams, played at catcher and DH
2022 Attnang-Puchheim Athletics Finkstonball Tournament Invited to play for the hometown Athletics as an import for Finkstonball 2022, started at catcher and center field
2022 Kranjski Lisjaki Slovenian Baseball League Starting catcher
2017 Amherst College NCAA Division III Recruited catcher, played fall and winter seasons freshman year

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2022 Assistant Coach Kranjski Lisjaki Youth Working with players aged 8-14 on throwing, hitting, fielding, and base running mechanics as well as teaching general baseball knowledge.

Stats

College/Amateur Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2022 BBJO - Prague Baseball Week 2 5 2 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 .400 .400 1.000
2022 Attuning-Puchheim Athletics 2 7 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 5 0 0 .286 - -
2022 2 6 3 3 0 0 0 2 3 2 0 0 .500 - -

Video Highlights

Testimonials

Ed Murray

Shooters League, UCLA Baseball Alum and Co-Founder
edmurray19@gmail.com

Don Johns

Danville Hoots Baseball Club, Former Head Coach and Founder
don.johns@comcast.net

Paul Griessel is an easy person to recommend. Playing with several college bound players in the Connie Mack World Series in the HOOTS Baseball Program he had a supporting role on that team. Always a great leader and there to do whatever it would take for the team to win a National Championship. He was talented enough to be on the team but maybe not to overcome the talent of an MLB athlete. To me he is the type of teammate every coach would want. I would tell him, and his parents, one day Paul Griessel is going to be the President of the United States. That’s the type of person he is and God knows our country could use astute leadership. As a long time baseball coach, and managing large business teams he stands out as one of my favorite student athletes. Can’t wait to see what he does with his career.

Bill Stekl

Amherst College Men's Rowing, Head Coach
wfstekl@amherst.edu

Paul Griessel is an intrinsically motivated individual who is equally adept at assimilating instruction to improve his athletic prowess as an athlete, as he is to analyze, communicate and motivate the development of other athletes as a coach. I have had the opportunity to witness Paul's depth of resources: diligence, accountability, fortitude and perseverance to name a few, first as his coach in the sport of rowing, and then as a colleague when he was my assistant coach at Amherst College. We should all be so lucky to have an individual like Paul as a teammate and a friend. He is a lost ideal.

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

 

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: No

 

Educational background: BA Physics from Amherst College