The Washington Wild Things announced today the signing of OF Saige Jenco for the 2019 season.
Jenco was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2015 in the 27th round, then by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 24th round the following year. He spent three seasons with the Dodgers before signing with Washington as a free agent.
The outfielder played his college ball in the ACC as a member of the Virginia Tech Hokies. He hit over .300 in all of his years in Blacksburg totaling 26 doubles, 66 RBI and stealing 42 bases.
Professionally Jenco split time between Ogden, Great Lakes and Rancho Cucamonga for the Dodgers. In his 205 games played he collected 178 hits, 37 doubles, 56 RBI and snagged 47 bases. Defensively, Jenco has played all 3 outfield spots but he is likely to make centerfield his home in Washington.
“We have been very fortunate to have the caliber of outfield play we have had recently. Just within the past two years; 4 starters in the All-Star Game, 2 Post Season All-Stars, a Fran Riordan Citizenship Award winner and a Frontier League MVP.” said Assistant GM Tony Buccilli. “Saige knows he was brought in here to be a part of that standard. He has been very eager to take on that responsibility and we believe it will reflect in his play. We will look for his energy, speed to be a constant factor offensively and defensively”, Buccilli stated.
The East Division Champions return to the field as they open the season Thursday, May 9 at River City, with the home opener slated for Friday, May 17 at Wild Things Park.
The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League that plays in Washington, PA. In 2018, the team won its first East Division Championship since 2007 and came within two runs of winning the first Frontier League title in franchise history. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media and website, washingtonwildthings.com. Season ticket packages, with new-and-improved benefits are now available by calling the box office at 724-250-9555.