Jason Rakers - The Baseball Player

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In Jason’s Words…

Baseball has always been a great passion of mine. I am so proud to have spent 10 years pursuing a professional baseball career. I attended Shaler Area High School, The University of Pittsburgh & New Mexico State University. As a young ball player I played for Bauerstown Baseball Association.  I was drafted by the Cleveland Indians and labeled a prospect. I made my major league debut on ESPN May 15 1998. What an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment; working hard for so many years towards a goal & and here it was. I was traded to the Kansas City Royals and there I earned my 1st major league win against the Oakland Athletics. My greatest career moment was coming back to Pittsburgh and playing against the team I loved growing up. As luck would have it, on a Saturday afternoon at Three Rivers Stadium I was awarded a victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  What a day in front of family, friends and all the people who supported me throughout my career. That off-season I suffered a shoulder injury which plagued me the rest of my playing days. I had a brief stint with the Pirates, Orioles & another with the Indians before I retired in 2003.

Player Profile Career Numbers

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Innings Pitched: 810

Strikeouts: 730

Walks: 177

Minor League: 50 Wins – 35 Losses

Major League: 2 Wins – 0 Losses

Drafted: 1995 – 25th to the Cleveland Indians

Education

2002-Present PA Real Estate Salespersons License #RS-275291

1993-1995 New Mexico State University (political science)

1991-1993 University of Pittsburgh

1988-1991 Shaler Area High School

Professional Baseball Playing Career

2003 Winter Ball Venezuela

Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A Cleveland) traded to Ottawa Lynx(Triple-A Baltimore)

2002 Akron Aeros (Double-A Cleveland)

2001 Winter Ball Venezuela

Omaha Royals (Triple-A Kansas City)

2000 Winter Ball Venezuela

Kansas City Royals (Major League)

Omaha Royals (Triple-A)

1999 Winter Ball Venezuela

Cleveland Indians (Major League)

Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A)

1998 Arizona Fall League (Lowest ERA. History of the League .98)

Cleveland Indians (Major League)

Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A)

1997 Arizona Fall League

Kinston Indians (A-Ball)

Akron Aeros (Double-A)

Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A)

1996 Columbus Red Stixx (A-Ball)

1995 Watertown Indians (A-Ball)

Notable Acheivements

– One of Clevelands’ Top Five Prospects for Four years

– Second in the nation strikeouts per nine innings. (NCAA)

– Offered a free agent contract by the Pittsburgh Pirates following high school.

– A Pennsylvania All-State player representing the East team.

– 2005 Shaler High School Hall of Fame Inductee

– Member of MLB & The Pittsburgh Pirates Alumni Association

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Jason Rakers - The Baseball Player

JR_BaseballProfile

In Jason’s Words…

Baseball has always been a great passion of mine. I am so proud to have spent 10 years pursuing a professional baseball career. I attended Shaler Area High School, The University of Pittsburgh & New Mexico State University. As a young ball player I played for Bauerstown Baseball Association.  I was drafted by the Cleveland Indians and labeled a prospect. I made my major league debut on ESPN May 15 1998. What an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment; working hard for so many years towards a goal & and here it was. I was traded to the Kansas City Royals and there I earned my 1st major league win against the Oakland Athletics. My greatest career moment was coming back to Pittsburgh and playing against the team I loved growing up. As luck would have it, on a Saturday afternoon at Three Rivers Stadium I was awarded a victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  What a day in front of family, friends and all the people who supported me throughout my career. That off-season I suffered a shoulder injury which plagued me the rest of my playing days. I had a brief stint with the Pirates, Orioles & another with the Indians before I retired in 2003.

Player Profile Career Numbers

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Innings Pitched: 810

Strikeouts: 730

Walks: 177

Minor League: 50 Wins – 35 Losses

Major League: 2 Wins – 0 Losses

Drafted: 1995 – 25th to the Cleveland Indians

Education

2002-Present PA Real Estate Salespersons License #RS-275291

1993-1995 New Mexico State University (political science)

1991-1993 University of Pittsburgh

1988-1991 Shaler Area High School

Professional Baseball Playing Career

2003 Winter Ball Venezuela

Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A Cleveland) traded to Ottawa Lynx(Triple-A Baltimore)

2002 Akron Aeros (Double-A Cleveland)

2001 Winter Ball Venezuela

Omaha Royals (Triple-A Kansas City)

2000 Winter Ball Venezuela

Kansas City Royals (Major League)

Omaha Royals (Triple-A)

1999 Winter Ball Venezuela

Cleveland Indians (Major League)

Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A)

1998 Arizona Fall League (Lowest ERA. History of the League .98)

Cleveland Indians (Major League)

Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A)

1997 Arizona Fall League

Kinston Indians (A-Ball)

Akron Aeros (Double-A)

Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A)

1996 Columbus Red Stixx (A-Ball)

1995 Watertown Indians (A-Ball)

Notable Acheivements

– One of Clevelands’ Top Five Prospects for Four years

– Second in the nation strikeouts per nine innings. (NCAA)

– Offered a free agent contract by the Pittsburgh Pirates following high school.

– A Pennsylvania All-State player representing the East team.

– 2005 Shaler High School Hall of Fame Inductee

– Member of MLB & The Pittsburgh Pirates Alumni Association

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