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.
DOB: September 7, 1998
Date Available: August 15, 2022Will Pay Flight
Positions (alt): Coach, Youth Coach, 1B, 3B, OF, RF, CF, LF
College: Amherst College
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 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.
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.
|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.|