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.
4th-rd @MLBDraft pick Jackson Wolf signs w/@Padres for $300K (pick 129 value = $438.7K). SR LHP has avg stuff, but 3-pitch mix w/FB, SL, CH. Mixes pitches well, throws K's. Stuff ticks up in pen? #Padres #MLBDraft
— Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayo) July 20, 2021
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.