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
DOB: April 12, 1993
Date Available: September 22, 2019Will Pay Flight
Positions (alt): 1B
College: France University Team
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.
|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.|
|2019 (In progress)||Olympia Blansko|