As a five-tool prospect with premier physical attributes, Jon Engelmann, who graduated in 2015, is making headlines in the Cleveland Indians’ organization as he pursues his goal to play in the MLB. Rare speed and great defensive ability in the outfield have allowed Engelmann to wow coaches and spectators throughout his playing career. According to 247sports.com, professional scouts “see tools and a late bloomer profile that could allow him to play up in the minors making him a better pro than a college player.”
The 22-year-old Engelmann was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania before moving out to the Bay Area and attending BHS, where he starred in center field for head coach Shawn Scott’s 2015 CCS playoff team. After leading the PAL in batting average (.462) and stolen bases (36) his senior year, winning two PAL MVP awards, and earning All-State First Team recognition as a senior, Engelmann was drafted in the 28th round of the first-year player draft by the Minnesota Twins. However, he chose to attend the University of Michigan where he could get the best of two worlds: receiving a great education while playing for a top-notch Division I baseball program.
“I attended Michigan because of the outstanding degree along with a very competitive baseball program,” Engelmann said. “The athletic department provided us with every possible resource to set us up for success.”
In addition to studying in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, Engelmann refined his baseball skills, improving his batting average, slugging percentage, home run, and RBI totals each year. After his junior year at Michigan, during which he earned First Team All-Big Ten honors, Engelmann was drafted in the 31st round of the 2018 MLB draft by the Indians.
In a two month stint playing for the Arizona League Indians in the Rookie League and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in Class A short season ball, Engelmann posted a cumulative .322 batting average with 5 home runs and 27 RBI.