AllSportsTucson.com is running profiles on some of the players who are participating in the Sun Belt College Summer League this summer at the Kino Sports Complex. Today we are highlighting Pima pitcher Atley Jacome and cousin Jacob Jacome, a former Pima player who is now at New Mexico Highlands.
Cousins Atley and Jacob Jacome were preparing for their first experience on the baseball diamond together on the same team. They were slated to play for the Aztecs in the upcoming Sun Belt College Summer League at the Kino Sports Complex. Jacob, however, may have recently tore a ligament in his right shoulder, and is out indefinitely. Atley is the son of former Rincon and Pima standout pitcher Jason Jacome, who went on to pitch in the major leagues. Jacob is the son of Ken Jacome, Pima’s head coach who had a successful baseball career as well with Pima and Rincon. The Jacome name is historically prominent in Tucson. Jacome’s downtown was a Tucson tradition. The three-generation, family-owned department store represented one of the many successes achieved by the dedicated people who pioneered this city more than a century ago.
Name: Jacob Jacome
Height: 5-10. Weight: 170.
Sun Belt Team: Aztecs
High School: Albuquerque Volcano Vista
College: New Mexico Highlands
Stats: Jacob redshirted at New Mexico Highlands this season. His stats with Pima in 2019 included a batting average of .265 in 48 games with 11 RBIs and four stolen bases.
Interesting fact: Jacob returned to his home near Albuquerque to play for New Mexico Highlands after a productive 2019 season at second base for the Aztecs. He spent most of his life in Albuquerque after he was born in El Paso, where his father started the program at the community college there in 1999 following a two-year stint as a graduate assistant under Jerry Stitt at Arizona.
Name: Atley Jacome
Height: 6-1. Weight: 180.
Sun Belt Team: Aztecs
High School: Madison (Wis.) West
Stats: Atley redshirted with Pima this season. Stats are unavailable from his career at West High School in Madison.
Interesting fact: Atley’s parents Jason and Lisa raised Atley at Madison, where Lisa is from. They owned and operated a children’s clothing store there. They moved back to Tucson last fall to be with Atley as he embarks on his college pitching career playing for his uncle Ken Jacome at Pima. Last season, Atley played for the Nevada (Mo.) Griffons, coached by his dad, in the MINK Summer College Baseball League. That league canceled its operations this year because of COVID-19. MINK stands for teams from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas based out of St. Joseph (Mo.).
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