The February “Feature Star of the Month” is Jakub “Kuba” Ondracek, from Czech Republic, currently in his first year at Cochise College in Arizona. In his first 11 games to begin the season, Kuba is batting .316 and is first on the team in stolen bases (6-7), third in RBI’s (6), fourth in Runs Scored (7), and has a .409 OBP. He has also committed zero errors while anchoring 2B for the Apaches. On Feb 20th (which was also his 20th birthday), Kuba paced the Cochise offense by going 3-4 with 2 RBI, a double and a SB in a 11-5 win vs. El Paso CC.
Kuba started playing baseball at the age of 5 in Brno, the 2nd biggest city in the Czech Republic, a country known more for it’s ice hockey culture. Kuba spent his entire life playing for the Hrosi Brno baseball club (“Hippos” in Czech language) and also comes from a prominent Czech baseball family. His older brother Michal has been a member of the Czech National Team for many years and plays for one of the top European clubs, Draci Brno. Kuba has followed in brother’s foot-steps, becoming one of the top young Czech baseball players.
Since 2007, Kuba has been a member of the Czech Youth National teams every year (Under-12, U-15, U-18, and now U-21) and has helped the Czech Youth National Team program place in the top-3 in 10 different European Championship competitions. Kuba has also represented his country against the best national teams across the globe in the U-18 and the U-21 World Championships held in Taiwan and South Korea. In 2012 and 2013 Kuba was recognized as one of the top Under-18 players in Europe, attending the prestigious MLB European Elite Academy.
In 2014, Kuba traveled to Washington DC to attend the BBI College Showcase for top international prospects hoping to play college baseball, and with his performance he earned a scholarship to Cochise College.
We had a chance to chat with Kuba about his first year of playing baseball and attending college in America.