Jackson Wolf, the ace of the 2020 & 2021 WVU Mountaineers, was selected in the 4th round of the 2021 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. Wolf, a towering left-hander, stands 6’-7” and is an imposing figure on the mound. Last year, the COVID shortened season he struck out 27 batters in only 25 innings before the season was shut down. This year, he finished with 104 strikeouts in only 89 innings pitched.
Wolf was just about the only reliable arm coach Randy Mazey could lean on in an year where injuries and poor play decimated the Mountaineers. Wolf saved his best performances for the end of the year where the Mountaineers won 5 of his final 6 starts and he threw a 9-inning complete game against Texas in the Big 12 Tournament.
Jackson becomes the third straight pitcher taken in the draft after the Padres selected Robert Gasser from Houston in the competitive balance round B, then Arkansas pitcher Kevin Kopps in the third round.