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Jacob Noll (born March 8, 1994) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Jake Noll
Washington Nationals – No. 18
Third baseman / First baseman
Born: (1994-03-08) March 8, 1994 (age 25)
Punta Gorda, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
March 30, 2019, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through July 19, 2019)
Batting average.167
Runs batted in2
Home runs0
Teams

CareerEdit

CollegeEdit

Noll did not receive a Division I baseball scholarship out of Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, Florida, where he hit just one home run during his playing career.[1] He was accepted onto the Eagles baseball team at Florida Gulf Coast University as a walk-on player in 2014.[2][1] That year, he was named the Louisville Slugger National Freshman of the Year, among other honors.[3] He played for the Lakeshore Chinooks in the collegiate summer baseball Northwoods League in 2014, contributing to their championship drive.[4] In 2016, he was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year.[5]

ProfessionalEdit

The Nationals selected Noll in the seventh round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft, making him the fifth-highest draft pick in Florida Gulf Coast history and the second-highest among position players. Many prognosticators had expected him to be drafted a round or two higher.[6] Noll chose to sign with the Nationals[2] and was named among the organization's Minor League Baseball All-Stars at the end of the 2016 season, progressing from the Class A Short Season Auburn Doubledays up to the Class A Full Season Hagerstown Suns over the course of his campaign.[7] Noll continued his development in 2017, ending the year with the Class A-Advanced Potomac Nationals. Noll was one of six Potomac Nationals honored as Carolina League All-Stars in 2018.[8] He played for the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League following the 2018 season.[9]

Primarily a second baseman in 2016 and 2017, Noll played mostly corner infield positions in 2018.[10] After the 2018 season, MLB Pipeline ranked him as the Nationals' 31st-best prospect;[11] in April 2019, he moved to 27th on the list.[12]

Noll received a non-roster invitation to major league spring training in the 2019 preseason. A strong spring performance[1] saw him stand alone as the last non-roster player in major league camp by the final day of spring action in Florida.[13] After fellow infielder Adrián Sánchez was optioned to the Class-AAA Fresno Grizzlies following the final spring training game,[14] the Nationals selected Noll's contract and promoted him to the roster for Opening Day.[15]

Noll made his debut as a pinch-hitter against the New York Mets on March 30, 2019, grounding out on a high chopper. In his third major league at-bat, on April 3, he worked a bases-loaded walk against Philadelphia Phillies reliever David Robertson for a walkoff win in the ninth inning.[16]

On April 24th, 2019, Noll started his first major league game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. He recorded his first major league hit the same day, an RBI double off of Rockies pitcher German Marquez. In 8 games with the Nationals, Noll had a .167 average and 2 RBI. The Nationals finished the 2019 year 93-69, clinching a wild card spot, and eventually winning the World Series over the Houston Astros. Noll was not part of the postseason run, but still won his first world championship.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Dougherty, Jesse (March 17, 2019). "Jake Noll, once a college walk-on, is having a great spring with the Nationals". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Mosher, Tyler (June 14, 2016). "Jake Noll Fully Focused on New MLB Possibilities With Nationals". Naples Herald. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  3. ^ "JAKE NOLL NAMED 2014 PERFECT GAME FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN". ASUN Baseball. July 7, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "Chinooks in the Minors: Jake Noll". Northwoods League. February 1, 2017. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  5. ^ Rodriguez, Miguel. "2016 ATLANTIC SUN PLAYER OF THE YEAR JAKE NOLL NAMED LOUISVILLE SLUGGER ALL-AMERICAN". Eagle News.
  6. ^ "Baseball: Nationals draft FGCU's Jake Noll in 7th round". News-Press. June 10, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  7. ^ Keeler, Ricky (December 23, 2016). "Washington Nationals Minor League Profile: Jake Noll". District on Deck. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  8. ^ Kerr, Byron (June 12, 2018). "Potomac nets six players on Carolina League All-Star squad". Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  9. ^ Park, Do-Hyoung (October 30, 2018). "Noll homers, leads Rafters' offense in win". MLB.com. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  10. ^ McInturff, Adam (July 5, 2018). "Jake Noll". 2080 Baseball. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  11. ^ Callis, Jim; Mayo, Jonathan; Rosenbaum, Mike (March 7, 2019). "Prospects who just missed the Top 30 lists". MLB.com. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  12. ^ @MLBPipeline, April 16, 2019
  13. ^ Zuckerman, Mark (March 23, 2019). "Flurry of cuts bring Nats to brink of final roster decisions". MASN Sports. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  14. ^ Dougherty, Jesse (March 26, 2019). "Nationals' Opening Day roster takes shape after Adrián Sanchez and Austen Williams are sent to Class AAA". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  15. ^ Zuckerman, Mark (March 27, 2019). "Opening day roster announced, Noll makes club". MASN Sports. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  16. ^ Breen, Matt (April 3, 2019). "David Robertson walks in game-winning run as Nationals hand Phillies first loss of 2019". The Inquirer. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  17. ^ "Washington Nationals win 2019 World Series". MLB. Retrieved October 31, 2019.

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