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Regional All-American C/UTL and Power RBI Hitter

Name: Tony Krueger

Height: 182cm

Weight: 90kg

DOB: July 27, 2000

Date Available: June 1, 2023

Will Pay Flight

Bats: L

Throws: R

Positions: C

Positions (alt): 1B, 2B, OF, RF, LF

College: College of Lake County; University of Maryland Baltimore County

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Personal

I am a left-handed hitting catcher with a very strong arm. In game pop time: 1.9-2.00 (8-13 caught stealing through 20 games so far in D1 college baseball). I hit for average to all fields (.300 BA or higher in each college season) with some power (Exit velo: 110mph w/ metal bat). 87-88mph velo from the crouch to second base.

I have been a utility player my whole life. I did not begin playing catcher primarily until college. I have college experience playing outfield as well as pitching (my fastball has been up to 91mph when throwing in the off-season for fun).

I am a lead-by-example guy that is usually the last one in the dugout. I am not a big talker in general but I communicate well on the field. I come from a baseball family where two of my uncles played affiliated pro-ball (Twins and Reds). My grandmother played professional baseball in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. My dad was a college head baseball coach.

 

Career highlights 

2019 NJCAA Academic All-American
2019 College of Lake County Baseball MVP award
2019 Batted .424 in Northeast Wisconsin Baseball League
2021 1st Team All-Skyway Conference
2021 1st Team All-Region 4 (NJCAA Div. 2)
2021 College of Lake County Baseball MVP award
2021 College of Lake County Male Athlete of the Year
2022 Threw out 14 runners (most in America East Conference: NCAA Div. 1)
2023 Captain of UMBC Baseball Team (NCAA Div. 1)

 

Overseas Goals

I want to continue to play the game at a high level for as long as my body will allow. I am extremely interested in traveling overseas to experience different cultures. It is my dream to play baseball professionally and to accomplish that would be an honor no matter what country I am in.

I am currently playing my senior season at a NCAA Division 1 college (UMBC).

 

Articles/Recognitions

Tony Krueger Announces Commitment to Play Baseball at University of Maryland – Baltimore County

Tony Krueger UMBC Baseball Bio

 

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2019-21 College of Lake County NJCAA Starting catcher, batted 3rd, 1st Team-All Conference (twice), 1st Team All-Region, team captain.
2019-22 Appleton Legends Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League Starting catcher/left fielder, batted 3rd, team best all-time batting average.
2022-23 University of Maryland Baltimore County NCAA Division I Starting catcher, batted 4th and 5th, team captain.

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2022 Head Coach The School Baseball and Softball Academy (Kaukauna, WI, United States) Youth High school level travel team.
2020-23 Coach Private individual lessons Youth Worked with players on hitting, pitching, defense, and conditioning.

Stats

College/Amateur Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2019 College of Lake County 37 108 21 38 3 2 0 20 10 12 3 0 .352 .408 .417
2020 College of Lake County 6 16 5 4 0 0 0 1 7 4 0 0 .250 .520 .250
2021 College of Lake County 54 175 48 65 14 0 5 44 17 22 12 0 .371 .427 .537
2022 University of Maryland Baltimore County 47 145 25 44 7 0 2 24 20 12 4 1 .303 .407 .393
2023 University of Maryland Baltimore County 56 188 29 69 19 0 2 43 26 22 2 1 .367 .438 .500

Video Highlights

Testimonials

Rick Riddle

Appleton Legends, Head Coach

I have known Tony for a number of years and have coached him for five years as a member of our Appleton Legends team. Tony is an outstanding baseball player who has played a number of positions for us, all at a high level. His baseball IQ is outstanding as are his baseball skills. More importantly, Tony is an awesome young man who exhibits high work ethic and demonstrates leadership through his actions on and off the field. Tony would be a tremendous asset to any baseball team as a player and/or coach.

Heath Cummings

College of Lake County, Head Coach

Liam Bowen

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Head Coach

Tony is the kind of player that all coaches love to have. He is one of our captains, tough as nails and a relentless worker. You will not find a more high character student athlete than Tony.

He is also a major asset between the lines. He is a plus thrower behind the plate and can really block. He has worked on his receiving to the point that it is a strength.

Offensively, he is a tough out from the left side. His swing can get a little stiff but he counters that by doing a great job managing the strike zone. He is really strong and has big raw power to right field but only gets to it occasionally in games. I think he could hit for more power as a pro than he has in college.

Overall, Tony is a high level player. He has had some light draft interest but is a little old for the affiliated clubs. He could walk into Indy ball in the USA but he is a bright young man and the thought of going overseas interests him. I could not recommend him more highly — I would coach him another 10 years if I could.

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, South Africa Semi-pro, Asia Pro (Japan, Korea, Taiwan), Canada semi-pro (Intercounty Baseball League, NBSBL, QSBL, etc.), Latin America pro (Guatemala, Colombia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, DR, etc), Any pro league

 

Living preferences: Private living arrangement (apartment to self), Shared living arrangement, own bedroom, Shared living arrangement, shared bedroom, Give me a floor, pillow and a mat to sleep on, Host Family

 

Return home: I can stay as long as it takes to complete a season

 

Prior engagements: No

 

Recent injuries/illnesses: I suffered a concussion in 2022 but I have long recovered from it.

 

Traveling with a companion: Perhaps for a short term visit

Educational background: I will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English this summer.