In explaining the attraction of a college in Richmond to a young man from Thousand Oaks, California, Jordan Jaffe said, “I’ve always wanted to go someplace where I can get out of my comfort zone.”
He became comfortable as a University of Richmond baseball player very quickly.
Jaffe, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound third baseman, on Wednesday was named the Atlantic 10 Conference rookie of the year and first team all-league in voting among A-10 coaches.
UR coach Tracy Woodson views Jaffe as one of the nation’s top freshmen. Speaking of Jaffe’s candidacy for A-10 rookie of the year, Woodson said that when comparing Jaffe to other first-year players in the conference, “it’s not even close.”
During the regular season, Jaffe batted .321 in 48 games, with 12 homers (seventh in A-10) and 58 RBI (second in A-10). He began the year in pinch-hitting roles and playing occasionally in midweek games. As Jaffe consistently produced in those opportunities, Woodson inserted him into the Spiders’ lineup, typically in the fifth slot.
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As Jaffe continued to generate offense, he became Richmond’s No. 3 hitter in mid-April. The Spiders led the A-10 in batting with a .306 average.
Jaffe will play with the Appalachian League’s Bluefield Ridge Runners this summer.
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