Former Charlotte High School standout Jake Noll became the fifth-highest draft pick in Florida Gulf Coast University baseball history Friday when he was selected by the Washington Nationals with the 214th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
The redshirt junior second baseman also became the second-highest position player in Eagles’ history to be drafted.
He trails only Michael Suchy, who was selected 161st overall in 2014. Noll, a former walk-on, is the 26th player to be drafted in the program’s 14 years.
“Jake has been a pleasure to coach over the last four seasons, and I couldn’t be more proud of him,” FGCU coach Dave Tollett said. “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.”
Attempts to contact the Atlantic Sun Conference player of the year later Friday were unsuccessful.
Earlier this week, Noll became the Eagles’ first two-time All-American after earning second team honors from both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America. He also was a third team selection in 2014 by Louisville Slugger when he was that organization’s National Freshman of the Year.
Noll finished the 2016 season ranked first or second in the A-Sun in seven offensive categories while ranking third in another. The Punta Gorda native led the league in runs scored (58), hits (87) and total bases (147), while ranking second in slugging (.620), RBIs (61), doubles (20), tied for second in home runs (12) and third in average (.367).
He was not only the lone 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.
Noll, who collected a school-record 101 hits in 2014, closed his career ranked inside the top-10 in program history in games started (171), batting average (.361), hits (267), doubles (44), runs scored (151), RBI (131) and stolen bases (49).