WASHINGTON – Jake Boone played college baseball at Princeton, one of the country’s historic schools, founded in 1746.
Now the player from San Diego will try to make history Citizens of Washington – with the aim of becoming the fourth generation of his family to reach the major leagues.
Boone turned down a chance to complete his career at Princeton by signing with Citizens as a non-draft free agent this summer. He has been in the Instructional League this month in West Palm Beach, Florida.
“He has fitted in well,” Mark Scialabba, assistant general manager, player development, told Federal Baseball.
“He is one that players are attracted to with their knowledge of the game.”
“He works extremely hard defensively. He shows that he belongs. He has fast hands and a strong throwing arm. He can play up the middle, he can play on the corners. We are happy for him. ”
“It’s obviously something I’ve worked all my life,” 6-foot Boone told towntopics.com, a Princeton newspaper, after signing.
“Having a club that gives me an opportunity as a Nationals could not be more exciting. I look forward to starting work and starting to move towards my dream. This is just one more step. I’m excited. “
His great-grandfather, Ray, played in the majors from 1948 to 1960 and died in his native San Diego in 2004 at the age of 81.
Bob Boone, 72, Jake’s grandfather, was a star and gold glove catcher in the majors from 1972 to 1990 and has worked for several years at the front of the Nationals as a senior advisor to the general manager of player development.
Brett, Jake’s father, played in the majors from 1992 to 2005. He had 141 RBIs for Seattle in 2001 during an All-Star season. His uncle, Aaron, is the leader New York Yankees and played for the Nationals in 2008 as an infielder.
According to Princeton, the family has gathered for two World Series titles, 11 gold gloves and 10 all-star appearances.
Jake Boone, fluttering his right hand, went to high school in San Diego and was drafted in 37th round of the Nationals in 2017. He turned down the chance to become a pro and went to Princeton, where he started all 40 games in 2019 and led the team in hits with 54.
The pandemic closed college baseball during the spring when he played just seven games as a junior at New Jersey School.
And the uncertainty of college sports played a role in Boone’s decision to sign with National.
“I was a little lazy about going back to school, finishing and playing the last year of college,” he told the New Jersey newspaper.
“But after some announcements from Princeton and how I watched the rest of the year play, my family and I decided it might be best for me to seek out a professional contract this year. It happened in the middle of the end of July, and that was when we got the ball to find a place to sign. I got an opportunity at the end of July with the Nationals. ”
Scialabba told Federal Baseball this month that Boone is continuing to work on his degree online at Princeton.
Bob Boone has been in Florida this month to see his grandson, according to Scialabba.
“My grandfather has been working with nationals for a while,” Jake Boone told the New Jersey newspaper when he signed. “When I was little, I went down to spring training and ran around the spring training facility with him and saw all the boys and looked up to them. I’ve been around the Nationals organization. It’s a great organization. I look forward to being a part of it. I think it’s a great opportunity. ”