Rising to the next level: Baseball star Brinkerhoff takes big game to big leagues

Courtesy of UVU Athletics
Courtesy of UVU Athletics

The honors keep on coming for UVU baseball’s Jace Brinkerhoff.

The former Wolverine third baseman took his game to a whole new level this month after being picked by the Los Angeles Angels in the 38th round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

After the first two days of the draft had passed with no news concerning him, Brinkerhoff relaxed to the point that others knew about his selection before he did.

“I was actually at the gym and had some people call and tell me,” Brinkerhoff said. “After the past two days, I didn’t think it was going to happen.”

His professional career has started with the Orem Owlz, who coincidentally play where Brinkerhoff established his big-league game. The appeal of playing at home wasn’t lost upon the newly-minted pro.

“I’m really excited to have the chance to play in Orem where my parents can watch me play,” Brinkerhoff said.

The recognition for Brinkerhoff’s stellar college career didn’t stop there. The same day his professional career began, PING! Baseball honored him by naming him third-team All-American. That came after already being named third-team All-American by Louisville Slugger.

Before Brinkerhoff’s selection, UVU coach Eric Madsen summed up his value in two words.
“He’s irreplaceable,” Madsen said.

The Owlz will find out why, starting today, as their season begins on the road. Brinkerhoff and the Owlz will play their first home game of the season at Brent Brown Ballpark Saturday, June 26.

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