From BR Bullpen
Jacob Otto Esch
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 190 lb.
 Biographical Information
Jake Esch has pitched in the minors.
Esch was All-State in high school in 2006 and 2007, winning a state title his senior year. He had a 16-1, 1.50 record in high school and hit .445 with 13 home runs. He was also All-Conference in football and the team captain in basketball. He had a save and a 4.82 ERA as a college freshman at Georgia Tech. Playing second base in 2010, he hit .284/.356/.355 and fielded .974. In 2011, the junior batted .319/.385/.490 with 23 doubles and 55 runs in 63 games, though he fielded .934. He stole 9 bases in 9 tries. He also pitched briefly, allowing one run in five innings. He tied for the Atlantic Coast Conference lead in doubles.
The Florida Marlins chose Esch in the 11th round of the 2011 amateur draft, one pick before College World Series MVP Scott Wingo was taken. The scout was Carmen Carcone. Despite being primarily an infielder in college, Florida used him as a pitcher. He split the summer between the GCL Marlins (2-0, 1 R in 7 IP) and the Jamestown Jammers (1-1, 4.63). In 2012, he was with Jamestown (3-0, Sv, 3.16 in 10 G) and the Greensboro Grasshoppers (1-3, 3.13 in 6 G).
Esch then joined the Great Britain national team for the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. Starting against the Czech Republic national team in an elimination game, he allowed five hits, two runs and no walks in six innings before Paul Waterman relieved; Jake got the win.