Throughout the last two years, JC Snyder has made impressive contributions to the Bruin baseball team. Snyder is a 6’2, 185-lbs infielder who led the Bruins to the Playoffs both years. His achievements during his time at Salt Lake Community College made him a Seattle Mariners’ draft pick.
“I really enjoyed SLCC very much,” says Snyder. “I learned a lot about myself there and made great friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better two years.”
He was born in Laguna Hills, California, and moved to Mapleton, Utah, after nine years. He attended Salem Hills High School, where he played varsity baseball all three years.
During the state games his senior year, he went 13 for 15 at the plate and was named Offensive Player of the Year.
This is when he earned an offer to play for the SLCC baseball team.
While playing for SLCC, he hit .284 with 37 runs scored, eight doubles, three triples, three home-runs and 35 RBIs in 54 games in 2013.
According to Snyder, his teammates and coaches helped him feel comfortable in the box and on the field. His highlights with the Bruins include being awarded the 2012 Rowling National Gold Glove.
Snyder was drafted by the Mariners in the 36th round. His brother Taylor Snyder was drafted with the Mariners 34th pick.
According to the Mariners Press Release, Taylor and JC are the first brothers to be drafted in the same year at the same time since Tim (1st) and Jeremy Beckham (17th) in 2008 by Tampa Bay.
Cory Snyder, their father, is a hitting coach for the Mariners Double-A Jackson team and was a Major League in-fielder. He played nine years with the Indians, White Sox, Blue Jays, Giants and Dodgers.
JC decided not to take his draft offer by the Mariners. He is going to play for Brigham Young University, major in business and continue his baseball career and education.
“Hopefully, I have a great year at BYU and get drafted again at a lower round,” says Snyder.