HOUSTON, Texas — San Jacinto College sophomore pitcher Jackson Rutledge was named the 2019 National Junior College Athletic Association and American Baseball Coaches Association Pitcher of the Year.
"Jackson's work ethic, professionalism, and selfless attitude toward the game, the coaches, and his teammates is what sets him apart from most," said San Jacinto College Head Coach Tom Arrington. "He is a player who makes those around him better players and better people. He is a student of the game and works extremely hard to perfect his craft."
After a stellar season at San Jac, Rutledge (St. Louis, Missouri/Rockwood Summit HS/University of Arkansas) was selected by the Washington Nationals as the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft. He was the first junior college player selected in this year's draft.
Rutledge was a unanimous overall No. 1 pick for the NJCAA Region XIV all-region team. He recorded one of the best seasons on record at San Jacinto College. His 0.88 ERA led the nation. He went 10-1 for San Jac, with four complete games over 82.2 innings pitched, and he was second in strikeouts across the country with 134 (14.6 per game). Earlier this spring, Rutledge was named the first ever USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalist from San Jacinto College.
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 served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor's and Moody's. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that puts students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College's impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.