From tee ball to professional

Photo courtesy of Ernie Negrete

Jake Negrete, second row, second left, poses with his Cortez tee ball team in 1995. Negrete now plays professional baseball for the Los Angeles Angels Low-A team, the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kernels.

Journal Staff Report

Jake Negrete started playing tee ball in Cortez at age 5 in 1995.

A life of baseball began, and over the next 17 years itís still going strong.

Negrete, 21, pitched an outstanding prep career in Arizona at Kingman High School.

The righty then took his game to the next level, pitching a year at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz. Negrete pitched his sophomore season at Mount San Jacinto Community College in Hemet, Calif. He posted a 9-1 record with a 3.41 ERA, while throwing in the low 90s. Negreteís fastball earned him a professional contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

The former Cortez tee baller is now pitching for the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kernels, the Low-A Angels minor league team.

Jake is the son of Ernie Negrete, a Montezuma-Cortez High School graduate, and grandson of Cortez resident, Martha Martinez. Jake Negrete has a daughter, Khloe.

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