San Jac baseball alum named All-Star in first pro season
08.09.2016 | By Calyn Hoerner
January was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 8th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The 6-2, 198-pound left-handed catcher was assigned to the Missoula Osprey shortly after being drafted, where he has excelled. With the Osprey, he hit .303 with 5 home runs, 11 RBI and 3 doubles in his 22 games played, having Missoula’s longest hitting streak of the year. January recently signed a contract with the Diamondbacks, receiving a $350,000 signing bonus, which far exceeds his pick’s value.
In his last season with San Jacinto College, the Swampscott, MA (Swampscott HS) native had 142 put outs and a fielding percentage of .994. January had 10 homers, 46 RBI and 24 doubles in that same season. After helping San Jacinto College become the national runner-up, he earned a spot on the JUCO World Series all-tournament team.
San Jacinto College went 52-12 last season and appeared in the JUCO World Series for the 24th time in school history. The team ended the season as national runner-up, ranking second in the nation.
The Pioneer Baseball League vs. Northwest League All-Star game was held on Aug. 2 at Lindquist Field in Utah. January was joined by three of his Osprey teammates.
For more information about the Pioneer league and the All-Star game, visit milb.com.
For more information about San Jacinto College athletics, visit sanjacsports.com.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.