Selected out of the University of Michigan, where he played first and second base as a position player...finished his career with a 3.34 ERA (45 ER, 121.1 IP) and 23 saves in 55 app. (12 starts) on the mound....In 2021, said he thought he was the "3rd catcher" on the Padres' depth chart...in the offseason for the University of Michigan, he would catch their pitcher's bullpens...asked then-Padres Manager Jayce Tingler if he could play all nine positions in a game...Tingler said "No."...Attended St. Clair High School (MI) where he played baseball and starred on the hockey team....Is childhood friends with NHL player, Tyler Motte (New York Ranger) and Jeremy Carrell, Detroit’s bullpen coach from 2020-21....Hails from St. Clair, Michigan, which is an hour’s drive north of Detroit...the closest movie theater is 12 miles north....Jake lost his mother to brain cancer when he was four years old...his grandparents, Charles and Lorraine Cronenworth, helped raise Jake and older brother, Charlie....His grandfather, Charles, played ice hockey at Michigan Tech and signed with the New York Rangers before serving in WWII....Jake’s father, Charles, also played ice hockey at Michigan Tech, and his older brother, Charlie, also played collegiately at Northwood University....Played on the same travel baseball team (East Coast Grays) as Pete Alonso....His grandmother would make cookies for Jake’s travel team and eventually Michigan’s baseball program, where he was a two-way player (infielder, pitcher)...his grandmother threw out the first pitch of one of Jake’s short-season New York-Penn League games...Jake on the impact of his grandmother: “My grandmother was basically mine and my brother’s mom our whole life...if anybody that lived one of the most selfless lives that I’ve ever seen, it was her.”
Played in the most games of any Padre (158), ahead of Trent Grisham and Jurickson Profar (152 each)...also led the team in at bats (587), triples (four) and hit by pitch (16)...Trailed only Manny Machado in runs scored (88) and RBI (88), and only Machado and Juan Soto in runs created (92), and only Machado, Soto and Drury in total bases (229)...also ranked fourth in walks (70) behind Soto, Bell and Profar...Between the regular and Postseason played in 170 games, the 3rd most games of any player in the big leagues (behind just the Phillies' Rhys Hoskins' 173 and Kyle Schwarber's 172)...his 158 games played in the regular season ranked T-12th in MLB and 1st on the Padres....Ranked among the NL leaders in games played (T-9th, 158) and triples (T-9th, 4).His 52 XBH ranked 5th on the team, behind Machado (70), Drury (61), Soto (54) and Profar (53)....Posted the 4th-highest WAR on the team (3.4), behind Machado (6.2), Ha-Seong Kim (4.8) and Soto (4.7)...ranked 7th in WAR among NL middle infielders....Hit .260 (81-312) in 80 games on the road, compared to his .215 clip (59-275) across 78 games at Petco Park...collected 19 of his 31 doubles, all four of his triples, eight of his 17 HR and 52 of his 88 RBI away from Petco Park....Was selected as a 2022 All-Star, the second nod of his career (also: 2021)...it was announced on July 16 that he would replace Miami's Jazz Chisholm Jr. on the National League roster, and 2B Jeff McNeil moved into the starting lineup...entered the game as a sub at second base and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout....Said Cronenworth on his All-Star selection: “I kind of got the chills. If they would have said that a couple years ago, I would have said, ‘No way.’ Now we’re here, and it’s pretty cool...I got a ton of questions from coaches throughout the week just asking me what happened, what was the switch and what happened. Talking through it and kind of looking back on where I was and where I am now, it’s pretty crazy.”...Earned his second consecutive Heart and Hustle Award nomination, honoring active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game.
POSTSEASON: Started at second base in all 12 of the Padres' Postseason games in 2022, collecting 11 hits with one home run, six RBI, six runs scored and one walk. His 46 Postseason at bats in the 2022 playoff run tied with Juan Soto for the second most on the team, trailing just Manny Machado's 48 ABs....In Game 4 of the 2022 NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park, Jake hit a two-out, two-RBI single to center field to give the Padres' their eventual 5-3 win, sending the Dodgers home and the Padres to their 3rd Championship Series in club history.
In his 1st full season since debuting in the 2020 shortened campaign, led the Padres with 33 2B (T-12th in the National League) and 7 3B (T-3rd in the NL)...ranked 2nd on the Padres in runs scored with 94 (11th in the NL) and thid on the team in hits with 151 (T-12th in the NL with Nolan Arenado and Bryce Harper)...Named to his first-career All-Star team, slashing .276/.350/.459 with a .809 OPS in the 1st half of the season...entered the game at 1B relieving ATL's Freddie Freeman and went 0-for-1 with a walk...His 61 extra-base hits ranked T-2nd on the club with Manny Machado, behind just Tatis' 73...Had a team-leading 13 game-winning RBI...Left 218 runners on base in 2021, the most on the team and the 12th most in the National League...Hit. 186 in Padres wins and .341 in losses...the difference in average between wins and losses of .155+ was 2nd highest among all qualifying players behind just Michael Brantley's .162+ difference (hit .376 in wins and .214 in losses)...the player with the 3rd-largest difference was Fernando Tatis Jr. (.365 in wins and .212 in losses for a .153+difference)...Was hit by a team-high 10 pitches...next most on the Padres were Trent Grisham and Jurickson Profar (6)...The MLB Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced on Aug. 3 he was the Padres' winner of the 2021 Heart and Hustle Award, honoring active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game... all alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners, which was announced in mid-November (was ATL's Ozzie Albies)...Had two separate streaks of going three straight games with multiple hits, the longest streaks in a season in his career... had three separate streaks of hitting an XBH hit in four games...Posted a .473 SLG with a .815 OPS vs right-handed pitchers...Had a .894 OPS vs. NL West opponents...against the Rockies, hit .368 (25-for-68) with a 1.154 OPS, his highest against any opponent...Hit in every batting order spot except 8th...played in 65 games hitting 3rd, his most of any spot, batting .278 with a .486 SLG in the No. 3 spot in the order...In the field, played 94 games at second base (89 starts), 41 games at shortstop (36 starts), 24 games at first base (20 starts), and one game in relief on April 16 vs. LAD (went 0.2 IP with one hit allowed, no walks, no runs allowed, and one strikeout of Mookie Betts)...At shortstop, played 326.2 innings and made three errors in 130 total chances for a .977 fielding percentage...made five errors in 791.1 innings played at second base.
Acquired from TB along with Tommy Pham in exchange for Hunter Renfroe and Xavier Edwards on Dec. 6, 2019... Finished T-2nd in the NL Rookie of the Year voting with PHI's Alex Bohm, behind MIL's Devin Williams... Named NL Rookie of the Month for July-August, becoming the 1st Friar to earn NL Rookie of the Month honors since Christian Villanueva in April 2018...batted .356 (36-for-101) with 20 runs, 9 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 10 walks, and a .624 SLG across 31 games... With 1B Eric Hosmer missing 11 of the 1st 14 games of the season due to a stomach illness, Cronenworth hit .360 (9-for-25) in his 1st 8 games from July 26-August 7...finished the season with 38 games at 2B (37 GS), 10 games at 1B (9 GS), and 1 game at 3B (1.0 inn. played)... Made his MLB debut at as a PR on July 26 vs. ARI...hit an RBI 2B later in the game off Archie Bradley for his 1st hit... Finished the season leading National League rookies in runs (26), XBH (22), 2B (15), 3B (3) and TB (82)…ranked 2nd in RBI (20), fWar (1.4), hits (49), BB (18), 3rd in SLG (.477), OPS (.831), 4th in AVG (.285) and OBP (.354), and T-4th in HR (4)...His 1.011 OPS after his 1st 20 games played was the highest of any Padre in team history within his 1st 20 career G (min. 50 PA)... Among NL rookies with 40+ games, ranked 1st in PA/SO (6.40), line drives (46), % of swings put in play (47.5), and swing-and-miss % (16.9)...His .831 OPS was the highest of any Padre rookie in a single season in club history...led in runs created per 27 outs (5.59)... Among all MLB players who saw at least 750 pitches in 2020, he swung and missed just 51 times, the 4th-fewest of any player... His career high hitting streak ended at 11 games from Aug. 16-27 (.415)...had a career long 19-game on-base streak from Aug. 14-Sept. 3, posting a .436 OBP in that stretch... Hit .305 with 2 outs (18-for-59)...against RHP, he hit .316 (37-for-117) and vs. LHP he hit .218 (12-for-55)... His 3 outs above average ranked T-3rd on the Padres with Manny Machado behind Trent Grisham (5) and Fernando Tatis Jr. (7)...Ended the regular season going hitless in 4 straight games...was the 1st time in his young career in which he had gone hitless in more than 2 games.
POSTSEASON: Appeared in all 6 playoff games, batting .389 (7-for-18) with a triple, home run, 3 RBI, 5 runs and 4 walks... With his home run in Game 3 of the Wild Card Series on Oct. 2 vs. STL, he became the 1st Padres rookie to ever homer in a Postseason game...went 3-for-4 with a home run and 2 runs scored in the decisive game that propelled the Padres to the NL Division Series against the Dodgers in Arlington, TX.
Claimed team MVP honors with Durham (AAA), hitting .334 (115-for-344) with 26 2B, 4 3B, 10 HR and 45 RBI… between DUR and GCL Rays (R), set career highs in AVG (.329), 2B (27), OBP (.422), SLG (.511) and OPS (.934)...In 88 games with DUR, led the INT in AVG and OBP (.429) and ranked 3rd with a .949 OPS...He was used as a 2-way player for the 1st time since playing collegiate ball at the University of Michigan…made 7 appearances on the mound, including 6 as an opener, and he yielded only 2 runs (both unearned) in 7.1 IP...Was named TB's Minor League Player of the Month for April, batting .370 (30-for-81) with 1 HR and 11 RBI...Earned INT Mid and Post-Season All-Star honors…slashed .342/.427/.546 in the 1st half of the season with 22 2B, 4 3B, 10 HR, 42 RBI, 39 BB and 61 runs scored in 75 games… hit .346 (9-for-26) with 5 RBI in 6 Triple-A postseason games...Following the season, ranted by Baseball America as the Best Batting Prospect, Best Infield Arm, Best Defensive Shortstop and Most Exciting Player in the IL in its Best Tools survey.
Spent most of the season with Montgomery (AA), hitting .254 (106-for-418) in 108 games…promoted to DUR in April, hitting .240 (6-for-25) in 7 games...Combined for a career-high 22 SB between MTG and DUR...His 75 runs scored were T-4th in the Southern League, and he struck out once every 6.81 PA, the 3rd-lowest ratio in the SOU.
Split the season between Class-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery, batting .274/.364/.358 (133-for-486) between the two levels…his 133 hits and 22 2B were both career highs, while his 13 SB and 66 BB were one shy of matching his 2016 career highs…began the season on a 22-game hitting streak, which was the longest in the Florida State League in 2017 and tied for the 4th-longest single-season streak in the organization's history…hit .389/.486/.522 (35-for-90) over that span, from April 6-May 1…was a 25-game hitting streak, dating back to the end of the 2016 season…named to the Florida State League midseason All-Star Team, his third consecutive year receiving midseason All-Star honors…ranked 5th in the FSL with a .364 OBP and tied for the Stone Crabs lead with 47 BB despite a July 18 promotion to Montgomery…ranked by Baseball America as the No. 22 prospect in the Rays system following the season.