Canadian RHP Seeking Opportunity to Play Overseas in 2021
Name: Thomas Loubser Munn
DOB: May 14, 1998
Date Available: April 1, 2021
Positions: SP, RP
Positions (alt): OF, RF, CF, LF
College: Concordia University
What specific skills do you bring to the ball field?
Pitching: 4 seam and 2 seam fastball- 85-88 mph, curveball/ slurve- 76-79/80-82 mph, changeup 78-83 mph. I have also experimented with dropping arm angle from my usual/natural 3 quarter slot. I haven’t done it too consistently because of the injury it can cause but had success doing it deep in counts in some big games. In the outfield, I would consider myself to have average speed, above-average instincts/defensive ability, and an above-average arm. At the plate, I am a contact guy/below average hitter who uses the whole field (cause he’s late lol). I do try to “battle” and go deep in counts to compensate.
Summarize any career highs, achievements, recognitions, awards
I have won two Ontario championships with the Peterborough Tigers out of the Eastern Ontario Baseball Association. Closed out the final inning of a combined no-hitter (over 7 innings) in the first final(summer before grade 9). Pitched 5 scoreless innings in the final of the second championship(2019). I have played every position at one point in my rep career before becoming primarily a pitcher over the last 4 years. I was called up and pitched against 18-20 year old’s while I was 16 and 17. Tournaments over the last 4 years playing for Peterborough have been a story along these lines. I start on Friday night throw 100-120 pitches, then close a game on Saturday-20-45 pitches. Then start either the semi-final or final on Sunday with 100 pitches. For Concordia University I have been in the starting rotation my 2 years there. I have been responsible for taking the mound in big games against the best teams such as McGill, Wilfried Laurier, and Guelph(eventual champions:2019) I love the pressure of a really meaningful game and would consider myself a big game pitcher based upon my experiences. I have been at the top for both innings pitched and strikeouts on the roster and in my two years there I feel I have made a significant improvement to my pitching makeup(mentally and physically).
Describe yourself as a teammate
I would say that at different times in my career I have been an energy guy, a vocal leader and also a leader by example, trying to positively affect the team in any way I can. Recently I got some coaching experience, coaching u15 Elite in Peterborough. I enjoyed the experience of having that leadership role and inspiring the guys to get the most out of their potential and it speaks to my inclusive and positive demeanor as a teammate. I have always been in a leadership role on every sports team I have played on, mostly through example but have found my voice more and more of the past 5 years.
Explain your experience and abilities at your secondary positions
I have played at every position growing up and consider myself a versatile athlete. The latest experience would be in the outfield and corner infield positions. I have had limited reps at the plate over the last 4 years and would hit 6/7 in the batting order. As I stated above I am a contact hitter with an above-average eye at the plate.
Why do you want to take your career overseas?
I want to take my career overseas to continue playing baseball at a competitive level and to continue growing as a player and a person. I want to experience new cultures and meet new people while playing the game I love. I feel going from a small town in southern Ontario to a university in Montreal was a really cool experience and I am hungry for more.
If you have not competed recently, explain what you have been doing to stay sharp and in shape
I could not play this past summer because of Covid( had two offers to throw for IBL teams in the spring but then the season got canceled- Barrie Baycats, London Majors) Throwing 4-5 days a week including 1 or 2 bullpen sessions of anywhere from 35-110 pitches. Threw against live hitters only a couple of times because of restrictions. During the winter months in Canada, I have been doing a workout program from a personal trainer who is a friend of mine and throwing indoors 2 times a week.
In a paragraph or two, summarize what you bring to the table as a coach
As a baseball coach, I bring an understanding of the game and passion for the game that takes many years to develop. My coach when I was 15-16 was Peterborough legend and former team Canada coach/Blue Jay’s scout Steve Terry. He has had a very big impact on me and some of my teammates in terms of all-around detailed knowledge as well as how to approach and talk to people on and off the field. The constant pursuit of information and attention to detail were two major takeaways from playing for Steve and his role in the type of coach I am not to mention player is invaluable. I feel the most comfortable when I am relaying my pitching knowledge as it is where I have played most frequently.
- Stingers Manager has High Hopes After Nationals
- Civic Athletic Award of Merit
- Lions Edge Griffons to Stay Unbeaten
- Lions Advance to Quarter-Finals at Green and White Classic Senior Boys Basketball Tourney in Peterborough
- Extend my baseball career
- Experience new cultures and meet new people
To whom it may concern;
This letter of reference is written on behalf of Thomas Loubser Munn, whom I have known for the past 11 years.
I am a retired member of the Psychology Department of the Whitby Mental Health Centre, as well as a former Canadian National Team baseball coach. My association with Tom has been as a baseball coach. During these years I watched him progress not just at baseball, but equally well, in other aspects of his life. Tom was a hard worker and extremely dedicated to whatever he was involved in. He has excellent social skills and is well-liked and respected by both peers and coaches.
Tom has been coached over the years by three Canadian National Baseball Team coaches as well as an ex-professional pitcher and has sound knowledge of all baseball fundamentals.
It is an absolute pleasure working with young people like Tom and I would recommend that he be considered for this baseball opportunity.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if further information is required.
Steve J. Terry
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, Canada semi-pro (Intercounty Baseball League, NBSBL, QSBL, etc.), Latin America pro (Guatemala, Colombia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, DR, etc)
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 injuries or illness
Traveling with a companion: Perhaps for a short term visit
Educational Background: Graduated from Adam Scott C.V.I high school. Currently a history major at Concordia University.