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2021 Australian Baseball Recruit – Toby Pinker

The Person

About Me:

  • Happy demeanour
  • Motivated
  • Enthusiastic
  • Shows initiative
  • Easy going
  • Eager to learn

Leadership & Community:

COMMUNITY AWARDS:

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (Rotary International Personal Reference for Toby)

Equipping and empowering individuals aged between 14 to 24 to achieve their personal best, take ownership of their own goals and life choices and become actively involved within their community on a local and global level. Fully voluntary, designed own programs and undertaken in own time.

  • 2019/2020 – Gold Award (highest level) (on schedule to complete early 2020). Must complete 52 weeks/1 hour per week of a skill, physical recreation and voluntary service. In addition, 2 adventurous journeys (hikes – 4 days/3 nights each) were planned and undertaken. Finally, a residential project was undertaken (travelled to Cambodia to build houses and assist with farming).
  • 2018 – Silver Award (completed). Completed 26 weeks/1hr per week each of a skill; physical recreation and in voluntary service. In addition, 2 adventurous journeys (canoe trips – 3 days/2 nights each) were undertaken.
  • 2017 – Bronze Award (completed). Completed 26 weeks/1 hour per week of physical recreation; 13 weeks/1 hour per week each of a skill and in voluntary service. In addition, 2 adventurous journeys (hikes – 2 days/1 night each) were undertaken

Rotary International Junior Community Award

This Award engages Year 6 students (age 11) in four main areas of endeavour – Community Service, Social Experience, Physical Recreation and Skill Development.

  • Award completed in 2014. Completed 10 weeks/1 hour per week each in Community Service and Skills, as well as 10 weeks/ 2 hours per week of Physical Recreation. Social experience included 2 hours of Community commemoration, 2 hours of cultural exchange, 3 hours of the Arts, 1 hour in a Community meeting and 1.5 hours of a religious and spiritual experience. Each of these experiences required a 1-page written report.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

  • Fundraised and participated in a 10-day educational and community service trip to Cambodia to assist local communities in constructing family dwellings and two green houses (2019)
  • Scouts Australia – 7 years of community service, camping, hiking and achievement of badges and reflection of skills along the way.
    • Scout group leader attaining red and green cords (2013-2016)
    •  Cub Scout – all badges completed (2011-2013)
    • Joey Scouts – all badges completed (2009-2011)
  • Volunteer – McIntyre Disabled Riding Thrift Shop
  • Volunteer – Rotary International, Brisbane Inner West
  • Volunteer – helping my elderly neighbour
  • Volunteer – charity Christmas gift wrapping at Myer Department Store for Lady Musgrave Trust
  • Volunteer – several ‘Working Bees’ at local Baseball Club
  • Paid dog walking and swimming pool cleaning
  • Piano lessons (2014-2016) and drama classes (2010) undertaken

SCHOOL:

  • 2016, 2017, 2018 – Represented St. Peter’s Lutheran College (SPLC) in Inter-school reading competition.
  • 2016 – Performed in musical theatre production of ‘Kaleidoscope’ in 2 leading roles with a 5 minute monologue. Involved 3 months of rehearsals and 3 formal performances.
  • 2017 – Participated in 5-week ‘Ironbark’ school camp at an outdoor recreation centre on 600 hectares of bush including a working farm. Learnt values of responsibility, giving your best, respect, cooperation and understanding of faith. 24 hour solo overnight camp undertaken for self-reflection. No access to any electronics during the entire camp.

TRAVEL:

  • Have been lucky to travel with my family within Australia. I have travelled internationally to New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Canada and the USA 5 times. Had a wonderful volunteer experience in Cambodia in 2019. Each experience is different, meeting people is wonderful and there is always learning happening whether I am a tourist, helping people in need or participating in my favourite sport, baseball.

Personal Quote:

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” Jim Rohn


The Athlete

Height:

6ft

Right-handed

Position:

Utility Player - Catcher / All Outfield (prefers CF) / 3rd Base / RH Pitcher

Strengths:

  • Competent utility with strong skills in nominated positions
  • Rotational body strength with good speed and physical agility
  • Team leadership – Catcher and Centre Field
  • Strong read of the game and willingness to help others
  • Honest, straightforward and loyal
  • Eager to improve and very coachable
  • Hardworking and will stick with a routine
  • Ability to easily fit into any team quickly and without fuss, as proven when I have previously toured the USA with 3 Interstate Teams with only a couple of training sessions prior to leaving Australia or sometimes only meeting them for the first time in the US
  • Strong desire to continue Baseball at a competitive level
  • Although from Australia, I am well accustomed to the USA having visited 16 States and Washington, DC over 5 separate trips

KEY BASEBALL STATISTICS:

Verified Key Stats
60 Yard sprint (Seconds) – Laser Timed 7.44
Home to 1st Base (Seconds) – Hand Timed 4.03
Home to 2nd Base (Seconds) – Hand Timed 7.97
Batted Ball Speed / Exit Velocity (MPH) 75
Catcher POP Time (Seconds) 2.22
Catcher Velocity (MPH) 72
Infield Velocity (MPH) 75
Outfield Velocity (MPH) 82
Fast Ball Velocity (MPH) 78
Pitch Metrics and evaluation (Rapsodo)
Crow hop velocity (MPH) 79
Fastball velocity (MPH) 78
Fastball spin rate (RPM) 2232
Efficient spin rate (%) 100
Breaking ball velocity (MPH) 69
Breaking ball spin (RPM) 2432
Change up velocity (RPM) 65
Change up spin (RPM) 1525
Hitting Metrics and evaluation (Diamond Kinetics)
Max Barrel Speed (MPH) 56
Impact Momentum (MPH) 21
Max Acceleration (MPH) 39
Trigger to Impact Time (MS) 208
Approach Angle (Degrees) 15
Hand Speed (MPH) 23


Athletic Highlights

Awards Received:

Baseball Teams Represented

Toby and his family have been totally committed to Toby pursuing his dream of playing College Baseball since he was 12 years old and this is evident in their commitment to him playing regularly in the USA between 2015 and 2019 even though he lives in Australia.

Selected and toured the USA with 4 different touring teams from Australia

  • Teams represented: Victorian Kookaburras (twice), NSW Razorbacks from Ric Wickham’s Junior Baseball Coaching Academy and Queensland Dolphins
  • On these tours in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019, I played baseball in 7 States, against 22 teams from 11 different States
  • Played at well-known venues including Ripken Aberdeen, Ripken Myrtle Beach, Cooperstown All Star Village, Airhog Stadium Grand Prairie, Coastal Carolina University
  • Undertaken college visits as part of tours meeting Athletic and Academic staff plus undertaking training sessions at Sam Houston State University, Chapman University, Coker College and University of South Carolina
  • Attended camps at USA Diamond Nation, New Jersey and Elite Sports Academy, Emmaus

Selected in squad for July 2020 Japan Tour against Japanese High School Teams representing Maroon Queensland Bandits from Australia

  • Training commences March, 2020

Regularly attends Combines, Camps and selected training squads in Australia

  • NxtGen Baseball Combines (Sept 2017, Jan 2018, Sept 2018, Jan 2019 and Jan 2020)
  • NxtGen customised 16 week ‘Stealth’ training program (2018 and 2019) and Camp (2017)
  • Chris McCosker Sports Scientist and Biomechanist running program ( March-June 2018)
  • Baseball Queensland Athlete Development Program (Aug-Sept 2019)
  • Baseball Queensland Junior Elite High Performance Winter Program (May-Sept 2018)
  • Queensland Bandits Baseball Academy Strength and Conditioning (Aug-Sept 2015)
  • Victorian Kookaburras Camp (2019, 2018)
  • Western Districts Bulldogs Baseball Academy (Aug-Sept. 2019)
  • Queensland Dolphins Player Academy (July-Oct 2014 and Jan-June 2015)
  • Australian Diamonds Big League Camp (2015)
  • Baseball Queensland Camps (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Regularly selected to play in State Championships in Queensland, Australia, which is in addition to regular Division 1 baseball seasons that I have played in every year since 2013

  • 18u Queensland State Championships (2019, 2018)
  • 16u Gold Coast Summer Classic (2019)
  • Little League (Senior League) State Championships (Bronze and Silver) (2019, 2018)
  • 16u Queensland State Championships (2017)
  • Little League (Junior League) State Championships (2017, 2016)
  • Little League State Championships (2014)
  • Queensland School’s State Championships (2019, 2018, 2017, 2015)
  • Timberjack’s International Friendship Series (Silver) (2016, 2014)

OTHER SPORT PARTICIPATION:

  • Softball – Queensland School’s State Championships 2017 (Gold), 2018 and 2019
  • Swimming – 2012-2020. High School AIC Champions 2017, 2018 and 2019
  • Water Polo – 2016-2019 High School
  • Field Hockey – Club 2013 (Gold), 2014, 2015 (Gold), 2017 (Silver)
  • Triathlons – 2012-2016. Athletics High School 2015. Tennis High School 2015
  • SPLC Silver Sports Award (2019, 2018, 2017, 2015)


The Student

Attends:

St Peter's Lutheran College (SPLC), QLD Australia. Candidate for 2020 International Baccalaureate Diploma

SAT Result:

  • Reading and Writing: 560
  • Maths: 560
  • Total Score: 1120

Preferred Course of Study:

Undecided, but interested in a Bachelor of Communications

Academic Awards/Achievements:

  • Appointed as Duke of Edinburgh Prefect (2020)
  • Invited to attend the Global Young Leaders Conference by Envision, sponsored by George Mason University in Washington, DC and New York in July 2020. I have deferred invitation with Envision until 2021 conference and will reconsider later
  • Selected to meet His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, KG GCVO (2018)
  • Selected to attend the National Young Leaders Day Conference (2018)


References & Resume

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If you feel that this student could be a good fit, please contact our Talent Coordinator:

Chris Bates
Phone: +61 407 639 551 | Email: chris@studyandplayusa.com.au | Skype: chris.bates4