Punta Gorda’s Jake Noll drafted by the Washington Nationals


Redshirt-junior second baseman Jake Noll became the fifth-highest draft pick in FGCU history as he was selected by the Washington Nationals with the 214th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2016 MLB Frist-Year Player Draft Friday afternoon.

With the seventh-round selection, Noll also becomes the second-highest position player to be drafted in FGCU history – trailing only Michael Suchy, who was selected 161st overall in 2014 – and the 26th player to be drafted in the program’s 14-year history.

“Jake has been a pleasure to coach over the last four seasons, and I couldn’t be more proud of him,” said FGCU head coach Dave Tollett. “On top of being able to flat out hit, he comes to the ballpark ready to work each and every day. That’s what is going to separate him. We’re excited to see where his career goes from here.”

After being named a Second Team All-American by both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America within the past eight days, Noll, a Charlotte High School graduate became the FGCU’s first two-time All-American as he was also tabbed the 2014 Louisville Slugger National Freshman of the Year and Third-Team All-American.

A former walk-on without a single Division I scholarship offer, Noll finished the 2016 season ranked first or second in the conference in seven offensive categories while ranking third in another and went on to be named FGCU’s second ASUN Player of the Year. The Punta Gorda, Fla., native led the league in runs scored (58), hits (87) and total bases (147), while ranking second in slugging (.620), RBI (61), doubles (20), tied for second in home runs (12) and third in average (.367). He was not only the only player in the conference to rank inside the top-five in all the aforementioned categories, but also, entering the final week of the regular season, was the only player in the NCAA to rank inside the top-40 in hits, RBI, runs scored, doubles and average.

After entering the season with three home runs in his career, all coming during the 2015 season, Noll’s 12 long balls this season ranked tied for seventh most in FGCU’s single-season history. Already the single-season record holder in hits with 101 during the 2014 season, his 87 hits during the 2016 campaign that saw the Eagles advance to its first ASUN Title Game ranked sixth, while his 20 doubles and 61 RBI ranked tied for ninth and his 58 runs scored and .620 slugging percentage registered 10th.

To cap off his FGCU career, Noll finds himself ranked inside the top-10 in program history in a number of offensive categories including games started (171), batting average (.361), hits (267), doubles (44), runs scored (151), RBI (131) and stolen bases (49). Additionally, he caps off his FGCU career ranked sixth among active NCAA players in career hits and is 22nd in average.

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