Another player from the 2012 California Winter League receives a spring training invite. DJ Jarrad joins Miles Walding and Marcos Reyna as the latest player to sign with a major league organization. Jarrad signed a training camp contract with the Chicago White Sox and has reported to spring training in Glendale, Arizona.
A product of Oakland University, Jarrad came to the California Winter League looking to impress the scouts. He was successful as he quickly became a standout shortstop amongst the scouts, specifically the Diamondbacks. Ultimately, the scouts went with another shortstop, but that didn’t stop Jarrad from working hard. After a tough winter league schedule, Jarrad had signed on to play for the Grand Prairie Airhogs, who last season won the American Association championship, a high-level independent baseball league. Instead, he is now realizing his dream of playing in the pros.
Jarrad started all 50 games, batting .304, scoring 37 runs, driving in 33 and stealing 14 bases in his senior year at Oakland University. He finished his four-year career hitting .284 for the Golden Eagles and will look to continue his success with the White Sox.