Jason Stolz bio
Player: Jason Stolz
Position: Infielder, shortstop
Jersey Number: 11
School: Clemson University
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
Height, Weight: 6-2, 205
Best Baseball Memory: College World Series, 2010.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Class 5A high school player of the year, Marietta, Ga.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Cal Ripken, Chipper Jones.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My family as a whole: Mom, Dad, brother and sister.
Favorite Food: Chicken/shrimp pasta.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Chick-Fil-A/Subway.
Off-field hobbies: Listen to music; golf; go to the lake, jet ski.
Favorite Movie: “The Patriot.”
When you get drafted by your hometown team, it’s hard to say no, but Jason Stolz figured his education needed to come first.
So, the high school kid from Marietta, Ga., declined to sign with the Atlanta Braves in 2008 and instead took a scholarship to Clemson.
“I wanted to get my degree, and it’s one of the best baseball programs in the country,” the middle infielder said. “It’s a great atmosphere for learning and baseball. I got my degree and was lucky enough to get drafted by the Rockies.”
That call came a couple of weeks ago, in the 17th round, quite a bit higher than the 31st round the Braves took him four years ago.
“A player’s dream is to get drafted by their hometown team growing up,” he said. “It was kind of tough, but I realized my education was the most important thing at the time, and I could still play and get better. That helped out my career.”
He’s played in two World Series, one when he was in high school (Connie Mack in Farmington, N.M.) and the College World Series with Clemson in 2010.
“The opportunity to get a scholarship to go play baseball at a major university was pretty awesome. I was able to play on some great teams,” he said. “I had a great high school career, but the most important was the call from the Rockies.”
But going to Omaha, Neb., was something special.
“It’s the pinnacle of college baseball,” he said, “and you get treated like royalty.”