The International Baseball Community (IBC) ranking is a bi-annual recognition of the members of the Baseball Jobs Overseas website who were playing around the globe during the most recent season.  For this top batters ranking, we take a look at the 2018 summer season where most BBJO members were in Europe while some were in semi-pro leagues in Canada. 

Assigning the Italian Baseball League and Dutch Hoofdklasse a rank of 10, we ranked all other leagues and from 1-10 in order to measure the strength of performance of each batter. We used the following algorithm for the ranking:

Player ranking points = ((AVG x 9) + (OBP x 10) + (SLG x 8)) x league strength

Other qualifying criteria:

  • Must have been a member of Baseball Jobs Overseas who signed overseas using the website as a tool, directly or indirectly resulting in their 2018 signing. 
  • Must have has 60 or more at bats
  • Must be an import player (ie. not a BBJO member who is a home grown player of the local team)

Congratulations to all of our members for a great season overseas and for doing a great job at growing the game internationally.


Top 25 IBC Batters: 2018 Summer Season

*Based on regular season stats except for those who played on clubs which made the playoffs. In those instances, wherever possible, we combined regular season stats with playoff stats. Playdown stats were not considered

Honorable mention

Hector Acuña (3B, 1B) – Sölvesborg Firehawks (Sweden) 0.413 0.490 0.620 2 30
Jason Jarvis (Two-Way) – Chatham Ironmen (Canada) 0.287 0.356 0.340 0 11
Drake Zarate (C) – Vienna Wanderers (Austria) 0.382 0.484 0.627 3 26
John Collins (C) – Leksand Lumberjacks (Sweden) 0.415 0.472 0.600 2 37
Jimmy Jensen (P/Utl) – St. John Alpines (Canada) 0.287 0.336 0.340 1 16
Evan Brisentine (P) – Zurich Barracudas (Switzerland) 0.359 0.545 0.538 1 10
Evan Opperman (C,P) – Rättvik Butchers (Sweden) 0.408 0.448 0.600 0 22
Jaron Dorchinez (SS) – Attnang Athletics (Austria) 0.419 0.481 0.535 0 21
Miguelangel Bastidas (P, OF) – Traiskirchen Grasshoppers (Austria) 0.389 0.412 0.644 4 23
Mikal Hill (SS) – LLN Phoenix (Belgium) 0.340 0.440 0.510 3 18
Tanner Donnels (IF/OF) – Zürich / Warsaw (Switzerland/Poland) 0.412 0.526 0.541 2 23
Rusty Thompson (P, DH) – Dornbirn Indians (Austria) 0.391 0.430 0.506 1 11
Jeremy Howard (C) – Hard Bulls (Austria) 0.369 0.455 0.477 0 21
Parker Swindell (SS, P) – Kufstein Vikings (Austria) 0.329 0.504 0.412 0 13

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