Jake Arnold Fraley
Baseball Player, American
Born on May 25, 1995, Jake Arnold Fraley is a baseball player by profession playing for the Seattle Mariners in the Major League Baseball (MLB). He comes from a humble background, with his father Marvin working as a salesman and his mother Traci working in safety and security.
Fraley chose LSU (Louisiana State University) as he wanted to be a part of the best college baseball team in the country. Other reasons for opting for LSU are the best coaching staff in college baseball, an excellent fan base, and the level of academics. He ultimately majored in Sports Administration from Louisiana State University.
Fraley played baseball while attending the Caravel Academy in Bear, Delaware. His batting average was .536 as a junior and .492 as a senior. He was then named in Louiseville Slugger’s All-American first team and All-State first team.
After enrolling in the Louisiana State University, Fraley started playing in their baseball team, the LSU Tigers. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named him a Freshman All-American after his batting average in 2014 was .372 as a freshman. After his sophomore and freshman years, he played for Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Basketball League.
Tampa Bay Rays: Fraley was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays as the 77th overall selection of the 2016 MLB draft. In 2016, he batted .238, scoring 18 RBIs and one home run with 33 stolen bases for the Hudson Valley Renegades. Jake accomplished all of this in 55 games. While playing for the Charlotte Stone Crabs in 2017, he scored a batting average of .170. While playing for the Perth Heat in the off-season at the 2017-18 Australian Baseball League, Fraley set a new record with 50 runs and 39 stolen bases.
Seattle Mariners: Along with Mallex Smith, Fraley joined the Seattle Mariners on November 8, 2018. After starting the 2019 season with the Arkansas Travellers of the Class AA Texas League, Fraley was promoted by the Mariners to the Tacoma Rainiers of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.
After being promoted to the major league, he debuted with the Seattle Mariners against the Tampa Bay Rays. Then, in a match against the Detroit Tigers, Fraley made a leaping catch to send back the rookie Issac Paredes, robbing him of a home run, which later turned out to be a pivotal point in that match victory.
On May 25, 1995, Fraley was born in Frederick, Maryland. He has five siblings, and his younger brother Branson is also a baseball player who also attended the Caravel Academy. Fraley has two children (Jason and Avery) with Angelica Caceres, whom he married in Miami on October 21, 2016. The Fraley family still lives in Miami.
He played 7 matches for the Mariners and made a record of the hardest-hit ball by any Mariner. In these 7 games, he scored a batting average of .154 with 2 walks, 2 stolen bases, 3 runs, one double, and one triple.
He spent most of the season batting in the minor league before debuting in the major league. He was also promoted to Triple-A Tacoma from Double-A Arkansas on 2oth June. Fraley was named as the Mid-Season and Post-season All-Star.
Fraley played 66 games with High-A Charlotte and ended the season with a 14-game hit streak.
Made a pro debut with Short-A Hudson Valley and registered 17 extra-base hits with 9 doubles, 7 triples, and 1 home run in 55 games.
MLB Draft (2nd Round in 2016)
Fraley processes all the qualities of a great football player and has a remarkable work ethic. In addition, he received LSU Baseball’s 2016 Skip Bertman Award for being a player who perfectly demonstrates the spirit of the program.
After being drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2016 MLB drafts, Fraley got the No.1 position in the stolen bases and No.3 in the runs scored, base hits, and triples. He accomplished 28 steals, which is considered the 8th best single-season in the history of LSU. Fraley’s streak was the 2nd longest in that season made by an LSU player. He was also named in the NCAA Baton Rouge All-Tournament team with a batting average of .375.
Fraley played 58 games in total in the season. He gained the 6th position in stolen bases. He was the leading hitter in the 8th NCAA Tournament matches. He was the 13th player to achieve 2 triples in the history of LSU.
Fraley played 49 games in that season. He was the leading hitter of LSU and was named the SEC Freshman of The Week.
Fraley was the Preseason Player of the Year in 2013 and the 1st team All-Region. In addition, he received the recognition of All-State in both seasons. He was also a member of the Academic Honor Roll thrice. Along with that, he was honored as the 2013 Preseason Gatorade Player Of The Year.
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|Born||May 25, 1995 (age 26) Frederick, Maryland|
|MLB Debut||August 21, 2019, for the Seattle Mariners|
|MLB statistics (through 2021 season)|
|Runs Batted in||37|
|Seattle Mariners (2019–present)|
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