Top French D1 Catcher seeking second half pick up in Australia. Led his SABL team in most offensive categories in 2018-19 | Baseball Jobs Overseas

Top French D1 Catcher seeking second half pick up in Australia. Led his SABL team in most offensive categories in 2018-19

Name: Theo Lakmeche

Height: 180

Weight: 84

DOB: April 12, 1993

Date Available: September 22, 2019

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Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: C

Positions (alt): 1B

College: France University Team

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French catcher Theo Lakmeche spent the 2018-19 winter playing for the Woodville Senators of the South Australian Baseball League (D1 state) where he led his team in most offensive categories. His hard work in the gym paid off illustrated by his biggest power numbers in his career to-date, smacking a team-leading 5 home runs behind a .694 slugging percentage. 

After spending the 2019 summer in the highly competitive Czech Extraliga, Theo is taking his career to Argentina to play in their semi-pro first division from September through November 2019. He is hoping to get picked up for the second half of the Australian season in early 2020.

A strong defensive catcher who has played in the French first division since 2011 when he was 17, Theo is nationally ranked as the second-best catcher for caught stealing. Theo has always been a strong defensive catcher and continues to improve every year. After splitting 4 university years between France and Spain, has made major jumps in his hitting in the past few seasons, qualifying him for both the 2017 and 2018 French All-Star games.

Theo’s pop time ranges from 1,90-1,95 and his all-around abilities are improving every year, having yet to hit his prime. Theo is a contact hitter who finds a way to get on base. In 2017 he had his OBP was .433 and only struck out 10 times in 97 abs. In 2018, from the leadoff spot, his OBP rose to .455 and he led his team in walks (20) and HBP (7). 

In 2012 Theo represented his country at the European U21 Championships, a tournament which France won. Most recently he and his French University Baseball teammates played in the 29th Summer Universiade 2017 held in Taipei (DH/catcher .333 AVG). Despite having the top defensive numbers in France and ranking as the 2nd best offensive catcher during 2018 season, Theo was not invited to participate in the “South Africa Friendship series” with the french national team.

He speaks fluent French, Spanish and English, therefore is very teachable and able to be a leader on the field. Any club seeking a highly motivated and talented catcher is encouraged to reach out to Theo with any expressions of interest.

Théo is a Physical Therapist so he can also treat any shoulder or elbow issues (voodoo floss, therapy, massage, gua sha, neurodynamic flossing etc).”

Theo signed to play in the Czech Republic in 2019, a league ranked higher than his home French First Division. He is now looking to return to Australia for the 2019-20 season on a sports visa. Any Australian clubs interested in signing Theo are encouraged to reach out to him with interest.

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2019 Condores Liga Argentina de Béisbol Season runs September through November 2019
2019 Olympia Blansko Czech Republic Extraliga Hitting cleanup, starting catcher. - started slow but hit .304 last 12 games. - threw out 7 of 20 - caught 3 back-to-back-to-back games
2018-19 Woodville Senators South Australian Baseball League Import catcher. Hit leadoff
2011-2018 Savigny Lions France First Division Starting catcher. Recent year hit leadoff
2013-2017 France University Team
2012 French U21 National Team International

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2019 Assistant Coach Olympia Blansko U12 Assisting with U12 practices
2018-19 Catching Instructor Woodville Senators All ages Managed catcher's practice with the others catchers and I always tried to give advice to pitchers or try to find a way to improve themselves.
2018-19 Assistant Coach Woodville Senators U15 Ran practice once a week.

Stats

College/Amateur Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2019 (In progress) Olympia Blansko
2018-19 Woodville 27 85 23 33 9 1 5 14 16 21 4 2 .388 .523 .694
2018 Savigny 26 83 20 23 2 0 0 9 20 19 0 2 .277 .455 .301
2017 Savigny 30 91 13 25 2 0 0 11 18 9 6 3 .275 .429 .297
2017 Taipei 4 15 2 5 1 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 .333 .412 .400

Video Highlights

Testimonials

These Testimonials Have Been Verified

Guillaume Coste

President, Savigny Lions
guillaumecoste@ffsquash.com

Théo is a good team player, very hard worker and very determined. You will like him as a teammate, he is positive all the time and always ready to play. With his attitude he will be one of the positive leaders on your team. Theo has a strong arm and is the holder for record with caught stealing in France. He is a solid hitter and continues to make a lot of progress. Theo is a good man, he just got his physiotherapist degree after 3 internationals years, Spain and Belgium and have a nice feeling for coaching kids. He speak France, English and Spanish.

Gary Owens

Player/Coach, Woodville
Dubleplay@aol.com

Theo is a hard working ballplayer, a student of the game. He trains with a purpose every day and encourages those around him to lift their level of play as well. Gap to gap hitter with enough power to drive balls out. Looks for ways to take an extra base if the defense allows it. Very disciplined in the box, not afraid to work the count. Defensively, never runs out of energy as a catcher. Very agile and uses his body well to block. Good arm, will throw runners out. Studies opposing hitters with any material he can find, in order to call a good game. Good teammate and roommate, very low maintenance. Simply wants to enjoy baseball the way it's meant to be played. I would recommend Theo to any team looking for an enthusiastic and goal oriented import.

Conor Lourey

Teamate for one season, played in ABL
conorlourey@gmail.com

Additional Info

More Video

Quelques images de Théo à la frappe en 2018.Some videos of Théo hitting in 2018.

Posted by Théo Lakmeche on Saturday, July 21, 2018

 

Personal

Education: Physical Therapy

Hobbies and Interests: Music, dance, other sports

Post baseball career plans: To continue in baseball

Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world

Recent injuries or illnesses: None


Accomplishments

2018: Nominated to the French All-Star game

2018: Led his team in walks, HBP, 2nd in OBP

2017: Nominated to the French All-Star game

2017: Caught every single game of the season including playoffs

2011-Present: Ranked 2nd all-time caught stealing (Division 1)

2012-Present: Ranked 1st all-time caught stealing (Savigny Lions team)

2014 & 2015: Won the Spanish Div 2 National Championship with “Rivas Vaciamadrid”.

2014: Best hitter “Torneo de la hispanidad” (Spain)

2012: European U21 Champion with French National Team (Czech Republic)

2010: Catcher of the first ever French national team to win a game at the World Baseball Championship (Thunder Bay, Canada)