FAU Baseball Signee Jackson Wenstrom Tabbed for Prestigious NJCAA Award
FAU Baseball commit Jackson Wentrom has added on to his impressive resume after becoming the lone recipient of the 2019 Lea Plarski Award, which is "presented annually to an NJCAA student-athlete who exemplifies sportsmanship, leadership, community service, academic excellence and athletic ability".
In his first season with the Hudson Valley Vikings, Jackson was named a NJCAA First Team All-American, Rawlings Gold Glove recipient, NJCAA Region 3 Player of the Year, NJCAA Region 3 Defensive Player of the Year and the Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year. Jackson finished the season with a.462 batting average, .542 on-base percentage, 14 home runs, 47 RBI, 61 hits and 15 doubles. He ranked inside the top-10 nationally in batting average, on-base percentage, home runs and RBI. He also led the country with a .909 slugging percentage.
During his final season with Hudson Valley, Wenstrom captained the Vikings to a 22-11 record and guided the team through coaching staff changes a month prior to the start of the season. On his way to becoming the Vikings all-time home run leader, Jackson finished 2019 with a team-leading nine home runs and 45 RBI.
Wenstrom arrived to Hudson Valley in the Fall of 2017 from Mandan, North Dakota as a non-traditional student after serving in the United States Army. Jackson had aspirations to play a collegiate sport and eventually landed with the Vikings baseball program after a successful walk-on tryout.
With multiple programs such as Maryland and Virginia Tech showing interest in the emerging 6-3, 220 lbs outfielder, he decided on Boca Raton, where he has nearby family.
ďIím excited to get going in the fall. FAU has had a lot of success. Their center fielder (Eric Rivera) just got drafted. Obviously, Iíll have to earn everything, but I think itís going to be a really good situation", Wenstrom told the Bismark Tribune.
This guy has one of those "special" stories…grew a bunch, did some quality time in the Army, and then exploded at the JUCO level after not even being a player in high school for the most part.
Everything that has been said about him is very promising.
Once again, Coach Mac shows his ability to eye talent and land it.
Not to get too far ahead, and obviously he will have a adjustment curve at this level, but personally believe he could be a special player for us.