Jake completed his minor league career in 2016 with a .306 batting average after playing in both the Arizona D’Backs and Washington Nationals organizations. He was drafted by the D’Backs in the 19th round as a 1B/3B before joining the Washington Nationals as a catcher. In 2016 he was assigned to the Nationals’ AAA affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs. There he was a player/coach working with both pitchers and hitters, but focused on working with the team’s catchers to help them prepare for the majors.
While playing at the University of Richmond, Jake was both a Friday starting pitcher and clean-up hitter - often in the same game. He was listed as one of the best all-around players in program history, leaving Richmond after his senior year with a 3.34 ERA and .340 batting average. He earned over fifteen regional and national awards over his collegiate career, highlighted by being a two-time top ten finalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award; a national honor.
Since hanging up his own cleats, Jake has fully dedicated himself to coaching young baseball and softball players in the technical and mental aspects of the game. He works with all skill levels, from 5-year olds just learning the basics to active pros. No matter what a player's goals might be, Jake's favorite part of coaching is watching them reach an "aha" moment when all their hard work finally clicks.