Jake Lemmerman

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Jacob Samuel Lemmerman

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jake Lemmerman was a minor league MVP in 2010.

Amateur Career[edit]

Lemmerman hit .472 as a high school senior. As a freshman at Duke, he hit .283/.353/.373 while starting at shortstop. In the Cape Cod League, he hit only .208/.298/.228 in 33 games for the Wareham Gatemen. He batted .287/.355/.448 as a sophomore and fielded .962, second-best among Atlantic Coast Conference shortstops. As a junior in 2010, he posted a .335/.418/.569 line with 11 home runs, 47 runs and 45 RBI in 54 contests. The Los Angeles Dodgers (behind scout Lon Joyce) took him in the fifth round of the 2010 amateur draft.


Lemmerman hit .363/.434/.610 with 69 runs, 47 RBI, 24 doubles and 12 home runs in 66 games for the 2010 Ogden Raptors in his pro debut. He was among the Pioneer League leaders in average (second, 22 points behind Adam Eaton), OBP (3rd behind Eaton and Drew Heid), slugging (3rd), runs (tied for first with Rafael Ortega), doubles (1st by two over Corey Dickerson), homers (6th), RBI (tied for 7th with Brandon Decker) and total bases (158, 2nd, 17 behind Dickerson). He not only was named the league's All-Star shortstop but also the MVP. Baseball America said he had the third-best pro debut of any 2010 draft pick. They also listed him as the Pioneer League's 6th-best prospect, between Yorman Rodriguez and Mike Blanke. Among infielders, he was second to Billy Hamilton.

Jake split 2011 between the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (.293/.379/.420 in 103 G) and Chattanooga Lookouts (.234/.318/.390 in 21 G), making the mid-season California League All-Star team though his numbers were clearly down from 2010. He hit very poorly in the Arizona Fall League, going 10 for 64 with three doubles and 11 walks for the Salt River Rafters in a league noted for being hitter-friendly. Back with the Lookouts the next year, he hit .233/.347/.378 with 29 doubles. He tied Marc Krauss and Blake Smith for fifth in the Southern League in two-baggers and tied Seth Loman for third with 13 times hit by pitch.

Lemmerman then joined the Israeli national team as their shortstop for the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. He went 1 for 10 with a steal, a run, three times hit by pitch and an error. Israel's star was former Duke teammate Nate Freiman.

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