Jake MacKenzie '17 of Wallingford, Conn., signed with the Boston Red Sox this week, following an abbreviated MLB Draft. A junior at Fordham University, MacKenzie, played in 133 games over two-plus seasons before the pandemic shutdown the 2020 season. As a short stop, he quickly made his mark on the Fordham baseball program, earning several awards as a freshman. He received the 2018 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Award and earned a spot on the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American team. In 2019, MacKenzie helped Fordham capture the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time since 1998 and earning a trip to the NCAA Championship.
At Choate, Jake was a deans' list student and multi-sport athlete, where he was a part of the varsity baseball, basketball, and water polo teams. He was a two-year baseball captain and a senior year captain for the basketball team; team MVP and All-Founders League selection as a junior; NEPSAC Underclassman Player of the Year in 2016, and named to the NEPSAC All-Tournament team as a goalie for water polo as a senior. He was a recipient of the William A. Sawicki Award and the William A. Puduah, Jr. Award as the top sophomore and top junior athlete at Choate Rosemary Hall.