The Cleveland Comets added a veteran first baseman to their roster with the signing of former Auburn University standout Jade Rhodes, who signed a two-year deal with the club earlier this week.
“Jade is an exceptional first baseman with power,” said Comets general manager Stephen Dunn. “As a right-handed hitter, she brings a great balance to our lineup. Her ability to drive the ball deep into the gaps will bring a lot of runners home for us.”
A four-year starter at Auburn, Rhodes completed her college career with a .276 batting average, 46 home runs and 179 runs batted in. As a senior, she earned NFCA Third Team All-America honors and also was named Second Team All-Southeastern Conference. Rhodes also posted a .991 career fielding percentage with just 12 errors in 1,361 chances.
In 2016, the 5-foot-9 Rhodes set a school record with five hits in a single game.
Following the 2016 College World Series, Rhodes signed with the National Professional Fastpitch League’s Pennsylvania Rebellion and later that summer signed a two-year deal with the Scrap Yard Dawgs.
Rhodes, the daughter of former Major League Baseball player Arthur Rhodes, whose 21-year career was highlighted by winning the 2011 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals, played in 33 games during her first two professional seasons. She has a career batting average of .230 with two home runs and 10 RBI. In the field, Rhodes remains perfect with a 1.000 fielding percentage.
After playing just 11 games with the Scrap Yard Dawgs in 2017, Rhodes is eager to fill a position of need in Cleveland and looking forward to her opportunity with the Comets.
“Keep believing that you can and you will,” said Rhodes, a native of Sarasota, Fla. “My favorite verse is Philippians 4:13. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Don’t ever give up on something your heart is invested on.”
About the Cleveland Comets
The Cleveland Comets, headquartered in Cleveland, OH, became a new franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League in 2018. The team became the most recent addition to the NPF and is owned by the former owner of the Akron Racers, a team that existed since the NPF began in 2004. The Cleveland Comets will embrace the Racers’ fan base, while also introducing the attractive and popular product of fastpitch softball to the Greater Cleveland area. For more information on the Cleveland Comets, contact General Manager Stephen Dunn.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada, and China, among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.