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WVU Pitcher Jackson Wolf Signs with San Diego Padres

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West Virginia baseball’s highest-drafted player from the 2021 MLB Draft has officially signed with an MLB team.

Former WVU ace Jackson Wolf has signed an under-slot deal with the San Diego Padres for $300,000 — the value of the player picked in his position is roughly $438K, which will allow the Padres more flexibility when signing other draftees.

Wolf, the fourth-round pick of the Padres, finished his WVU career with a stellar senior season, compiling a 6-5 record with a 3.05 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 89 innings — capped off with a 139 pitch complete game against Texas, in which he gave up just five hits, one earned run and struck out seven Longhorns.

Over his WVU career, Wolf compiled a 12-11 record with a 3.62 ERA in 208.2 innings. He struck out 205 batters while allowing 178 hits, 88 walks and holding opposing batters to a .231 batting average.

With a strong pitching arsenal, featuring a low-90s fastball, a slider and a changeup, Wolf went past the fifth inning in all but one of his starts last season for WVU, but it appears he could be suited for a bullpen role in the majors.

The 6-foot-7, 200-pound lefty will join a strong Padres farm system that has been depleted in recent months in the pursuit of a World Series trophy this season.

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