Although a long way from home, Jake Marshall’s minor league professional baseball career is continuing this summer.
As of July 3, the 24-year-old catcher and Yorktown High School graduate was a member of the Napa Silverados of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball. It’s an independent team, located in Napa, Calif.
Through 11 games, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound switch hitter had five hits – including a double and homer – had five RBI and had walked four times with four runs scored.
In an 8-2 July 3 win, Marshall, who is regarded most for is versatile defensive skills, was 2 for 3 with an RBI, a walk and a stolen base. Defensively, he threw out a runner trying to steal a base, and had two assists.
Initially this season, Marshall was offered an independent roster spot with the Monterey Amberjacks of the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs. Eventually, he was moved from Monterey to a travel team (Salina Stockade) in that league.
He played six games there with four hits, then was signed by Napa as a second-string catcher.
Last season, Marshall played in 38 Pecos League games for the High Desert Yardbirds. He batted .258 with two home runs and threw out 40 percent of base runners attempting to steal.
After his senior season at Yorktown where he was the Patriots’ starting catcher, in college Marshall was a member of the Potomac State junior-college team in Keyser, W.Va. then became involved with the West Virginia University Division I program, primarily as a bullpen catcher.
He graduated from West Virginia in 2017, then tried for a brief while to play pro baseball in Australia before winding up in the Pecos League last summer, where he had a solid season.