C/UTIL exploring for Winter ’21/’22 & Spring ’22. Played professionally in Japan ‘19. Finished 3rd in AVG and OBP in Austria ‘21. | Baseball Jobs Overseas

C/UTIL exploring for Winter ’21/’22 & Spring ’22. Played professionally in Japan ‘19. Finished 3rd in AVG and OBP in Austria ‘21.

Name: Yodai Nakamura

Height: 173cm

Weight: 95kg

DOB: January 8, 1997

Date Available: September 20, 2021

Foreign Pro experience

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: Coach, Youth Coach, C

Positions (alt): Utl

College: Kansas Wesleyan University

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I most recently played for the Hard Bulls in the Austrian Bundesliga, where I led the team in hits (37), doubles (9), total bases (49), average (.440), slugging % (.583), on-base % (.534), and OPS (1.117), as well as finishing third in the entire league in average and on-base % through 24 games at catcher, first base, second base, outfield and DH and batting 3rd or 4th every game. During my time with the Bulls I served as a player-coach in charge of the hitters and catchers throughout the program.

Prior to sitting out the 2020 season due to COVID-19 Pandemic, in 2019 I played professionally for the Saitama Musashi Heat Bears of the Japanese Minor Leagues, where I was primarily used as a 9th inning replacement to catch the Venezuelan import closer.

In 4 years of college ball in the United States, I caught at Williston State College, Fresno City College and Kansas Wesleyan University. At Williston State, I was named All-Conference in my lone season there and at Kansas Wesleyan University I was a 2x All-Conference selection and 1x All-District selection, while serving as team captain my final year.

I consider myself a gap-to-gap line drive hitter at the plate and an excellent blocker, receiver and game-caller behind the plate to go along with a 1.9-2.0 pop. Wherever I have went, I naturally ended up a leader through example. My trilingual skills in Japanese, English and Spanish (working on German after my time in Austria) has allowed me to be on the same page with pitchers and teammates of all ethnicities, and has also helped me coach players effectively as well.

Playing Experience

2016 Williston State College NJCAA (Junior College) Starting Catcher, All-Conference Selection
2017 Fresno City College CCCAA (Junior College) Backup Catcher
2018-2019 Kansas Wesleyan University NAIA (College) Starting Catcher/Team Captain, 2x All-Conference selection, 1x All-District Selection
2019 Saitama Musashi Heat Bears Japanese Minor Leagues (Professional) Catcher, mainly used as 9th inning defensive replacement.
2021 Hard Bulls Austrian Bundesliga Starting Catcher/UTIL, finished with 3rd highest AVG and OBP in league.
2021 International Stars Prague Baseball Week Selected to the all-import all star team, International Stars. Started against Spain National Team and Czech National Team.

Coaching Experience

2015 Assistant/Catching Coach Las Vegas Thunder Baseball Club Youth Instructed the catchers and also served as third base coach.
2018 Catching/Hitting Instructor, Assistant Conditioning Coordinator Elite Training Academy Youth/High School Gave private lessons to catchers as well as hitters, ranging between the ages of 8-18. Helped lead group conditioning sessions and also helped construct personalized training programs.
2018 NCSF Certified Personal Trainer Self Employed All Ages Became NCSF certified in 2018 and have been working hands on as a personal trainer with clients ranging from amateur athletes to elders in retirement homes.
2020 NCSF Certified Strength Coach Self Employed All Ages Became NCSF certified in 2020. To go along with the personal trainer license, I can now work with large groups and prescribe training programs that are much more sport-specific.
2021 Catching/Hitting Coach Hard Bulls All Ages Assistant coach for the 1st League team as well as roving catching/hitting instructor for all youth teams within the organization.
2021 Coach Summerball Baseball Camp Attnang-Puchheim U11-U12 Coached a total of 23 11-12 year old players at Summerball Baseball Camp, a week long camp hosted by the Attnang ASAK Athletics


Pro/Overseas Batting

2019 Saitama Musashi Heat Bears 17 6 3 2 1 0 0 1 4 2 0 0 .333 .556 .500
2021 Hard Bulls 24 84 15 37 9 0 1 11 10 11 3 0 .440 .534 .583

College/Amateur Batting

2016 Williston State 24 73 8 24 4 1 1 14 7 10 1 0 .329 .405 .452
2017 Fresno City College 24 24 4 5 2 0 0 6 9 5 0 0 .208 .417 .292
2018 Kansas Wesleyan 44 151 4 51 7 0 1 28 13 24 1 0 .338 .424 .404
2019 Kansas Wesleyan 35 110 6 34 7 0 3 23 13 24 0 0 .309 .412 .455

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Additional Info

Overseas goals: Extend my career a little longer before hanging them up, Use overseas as a stepping stone into professional ball in the U.S., Experience new cultures and meet new people, Use my knowledge and experience to help grow the game globally, Gain coaching experience

Playing Preferences Europe (Summer), Canada (Summer), Asia (Summer), Australia (Winter), New Zealand (Winter), Latin America (Winter)

Living preferences: Living on my own, Living with teammates with my own private bedroom

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