Jordan Douglas will become the 10th member of the Douglas family to take his talents north to Lamoni, Iowa, as he signed recently to play baseball for the Graceland University Yellow Jackets.
Douglas, a 2013 graduate of Diamond High School, is expected to play catcher under the tutelage of Yellow Jackets assistant coach, and Neosho native, Zach Stuart at Graceland. Douglas will join cousins Bri and Brooke Douglas at Graceland, as well as Diamond classmate, and Graceland softball commit, Morgan Lamar in Iowa.
After a knee injury forced him to miss the first four games of the 2013 season, Douglas stepped from behind the plate and spent time at second base where he helped lead the team with a .391 batting average, 10 doubles, 19 RBIs and 21 runs scored in 21 games. He carried a .468 on base percentage and a 1.015 OPS (on base plus slugging). His knee is expected to be healed enough to allow him to move back behind the dish in 2014.
“He will be a catcher,” Stuart said. “He is an athletic kid with good movements that will come in and learn a lot in the fall and add depth to our roster.”
Diamond coach Nathan Cook said Douglas was a leader for his Wildcats. He was one of three captains on the team in 2013.
“Jordan was one of those silent leaders,” Cook said. “He didn’t really have to say a whole lot. He was a grinder and he came to the ballpark ready to play every day. He’s one of those kids that just loves to get on the field every day. Every chance he gets he’s swinging the bat or playing catch.”
Douglas picked up Class 3, District 11 second team all-district and all-conference honors as an infielder in 2013.