State College graduate Saige Jenco was selected Saturday by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 24th round of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft.
The Virginia Tech redshirt junior was picked for the second time in as many seasons. He was chosen by the Boston Red Sox in the 27th round in 2015, but did not sign with the team.
“I wanna thank everyone for the support,” Jenco said on Twitter. “I owe it all to my teammates, coaches, family and (the) LA Dodgers.”
The outfielder hit .302 for Virginia Tech in 2016 with 23 RBIs and a .977 fielding percentage. He also drew a career-high 41 walks. Known for his speed, Jenco stole 12 bases on 16 attempts and scored 34 runs for the Hokies.
He was a member of the Little Lion varsity for three seasons for coach Bill Tussey. He was a team captain, MVP and batted .430 as a State High senior. He also played football for the Little Lions and ran track, making the indoor state championships as a long jumper.
Jenco is one of 42 players selected by the Dodgers in this year’s three-day draft.
Jenco discussed his aspirations in 2011 with the CDT.
“I need to get better at everything, but one thing that sticks out it my arm,” he said. “To be honest, I can throw a football as far as I can throw a baseball. That’s not a joke. That’s definitely the No. 1 thing I need to work on and I’m going to put everything I have into making and everything else better.”