Richard Alzinger

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  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 209 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Richard Alzinger has played frequently for the Austrian national team.

In 2011, he won Rookie of the Year honors in Austria. [1] He was 1-0, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) in 6 innings in the 2012 European U-21 Championship. [2] He was 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA in the Austrian Baseball League that year. [3] In 2013, he hit .338/.356/.492 for Vienna and was again 0-1. [4] He debuted for the Austrian senior national team in the 2013 B-Level European Championship, going 3 for 8 with a walk, steal, double, 3 runs and a RBI entering the finale. In the finale, he pinch-hit for Fabian Hirnschal in the bottom of the 9th, with a 3-2 deficit, one on and two out. He singled off Russia's Andrei Lobanov, a former minor leaguer, but was erased when Moritz Hackl hit into a game-ending force to cost Austria a spot in the European Championship. [5]

Alzinger fell to .253/.330/.316 for the '14 MetroStars and was 0-1 with a 21.60 ERA. [6] In the 2014 U-21 European Championship, he was 7 for 14 with four walks, a double, seven runs and six RBI but gave up five runs in one inning in his lone mound appearance, a loss to Czechia. He tied for 7th in the event in average, was 10th in slugging, ranked 6th in OBP, tied for 6th in runs and tied for 7th in RBI. [7] During 2015, he improved to 1-1, 3.27 for Vienna and hit .344/.396/.492 to win team MVP. [8] He was very good in the 2015 B-Level European Championship, with 3 hits off Sweden and a 3-run dinger against Belarus. He finished 5-for-8 with 10 total bases, a walk, five urns and four RBI in the round-robin. In the finale, a 8-5 loss to Sweden, he hit a solo shot off Elvis Hammarstedt and reached base two other times. [9]

He was an All-Star right fielder in the 2016 Austrian Baseball League, batting .368/.449/.598. He was 4-1 with a save and a 5.58 ERA. [10] He hit .182/.227/.217 and retired the only batter he faced in the 2016 U-23 Baseball World Cup. [11] In 2017, he was 1-1 with two saves and a 4.05 ERA for the MetroStars and was again an All-Star RF, batting .333/.389/.451. [12] He was only 1 for 11 with a walk and a run in the 2017 B-Level European Championship. [13] He was at .412/.500/.538 with 7 runs in 6 games in the 2017 U-23 European Championship. [14]

Alzinger produced at a .360/.448/.709 clip for the 2018 MetroStars, with 27 runs and 33 RBI in 22 games. He was 2-0 with a 6.94 ERA. He was 4th in the ABL in slugging, 2nd in RBI, tied Moritz Scheicher for 4th in doubles (11), tied Ferdinand Obed for 5th in homers (5) and was 8th with 61 total bases. [15] He was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner. [16] In the 2018 European Championship Playoff, he set the tone early with a first-inning grand slam off Lithuania's Marius Balandis. He was 2 for 5 with a walk, another homer and five more RBI in the rest of the event as Austria swept to win a spot in the 2019 European Championship. He led the event in slugging (.214 ahead of Joachim Frick), tied for 3rd in runs average, tied for 5th in OBP, led in homers and led in RBI (3 ahead of Dominik Talir). [17]

Richard again was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner in '19; that year, he hit .348/.488/.606 with 19 runs and 17 RBI in 19 games and handled 27 chances error-free. He finished 10th in the ABL in slugging. [18] In the 2019 Federations Cup, he hit .235/.300/.353 with four RBI in five games and was 0-1, allowing six runs in two innings (7 BB). [19] At the 2019 European Championship, he backed up Tobias Schermer in LF and Obed in RF. He was 0 for 3 against Italy, drawing a walk from Mattia Aldegheri while handling three putouts. His only other at-bats came against Spain, again going 0 for 3. [20]