Oakland Athletics Triple-A Outfielder Jake Goebbert to Speak at Judson University's Fall 2013 Commencement
(Elgin, IL - December 5, 2013) Oakland Athletics Triple-A Outfielder Jacob "Jake" Goebbert will speak at Judson University's fall 2013 commencement on Saturday, December 14 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Herrick Chapel (1151 N. State St., Elgin).
Goebbert is currently a Triple-A outfielder in the Oakland Athletics farm system. He was drafted in the 13th round of the 2009 players draft by the Houston Astros. On opening day of 2013, Jake was traded for left-handed relief pitcher Travis Blackley. He has won multiple organizational Player of the Month awards, is a two-time organizational All-star, and a MidSeason Double-A All-star participant.
After playing baseball, basketball and football at Hampshire High School in Hampshire, Ill., and receiving 10 varsity letters with multiple All-state acknowledgments, Jake attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., on a baseball scholarship. While at Northwestern University he won three Big Ten Player of the Week awards and was a three-time Academic-All Big Ten award recipient. Jake studied psychology and was also taking pre-requisites for pre-medicine.
Born September 24, 1987 he grew up on Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch where his family runs a fall festival and pumpkin farm. He credits most of his success to his upbringing and the effort he saw his parents put into their business on a daily basis. Jake married his high school sweetheart, Heather, on November 27, 2010 and currently lives in the area during the offseason.
More than 120 Bachelor and Masters students will graduate during the 70th commencement ceremony at Judson University. Graduates from the School of Art, Design and Architecture and the School of Leadership and Business will receive their degrees during the 10 a.m. exercise. Graduates from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Education will receive their degrees during the 2 p.m. exercises.