Jackson Wolf Living A Life-Long Dream

Jackson Wolf
West Virginia pitcher Jackson Wolf delivers to the plate

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It was one of the biggest moments in Jackson Wolf’s life, and the Mountaineer pitcher nearly missed it.

“I had some family and friends over to my house in Columbus, Ohio,” explained the big left-hander of watching the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday. “As the fourth round was ticking by, my advisor was telling me to be ready for some action. I was ready, and then I got a text from him telling me the (San Diego) Padres were looking for an underslot deal with their pick (at 129th overall).

“I was sitting in the living room, and we had the broadcast on in the living room and in the dining room as well. Suddenly the audio on the TV in the living room went out, and it’s only two picks away from the Padres’ selection. We couldn’t get the audio back, so I hurried to the TV in the other room, and the Padres are just a few seconds from making their pick. All of the sudden, I started to get all these texts on my phone – ‘Let’s Go!’ ‘Let’s Go!” I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, did I get picked?’ I had no clue yet. There was about a 15-second difference between when those texts started and when I actually heard them call my name on the dining room TV.”

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Being drafted is a piece in a life-long dream for the Gahana, Ohio, native. The hard-throwing 6-foot-7 pitcher was lightly recruited coming out of high school, but blossomed in Randy Mazey’s Mountaineer program.

“Ever since high school, when I felt I was being overlooked, I’ve used that as fuel,” noted Wolf in an interview with the MetroNews Statewide Sportsline. “I’ve always used that and will continue to use that, because I still feel overlooked and disrespected, despite being blessed by being drafted in this slot. I still feel there are plenty of guys drafted ahead of me that I will eventually prove to be better than. I’ll stick by that to the grave. That mentality has always carried me to success, and I don’t plan on changing that.”

After seeing most of his action as a freshman Mountaineer in 2018 as a reliever, he moved into a starting role the following season and stayed there over the next three years.

For his WVU career, Wolf posted a 3.62 ERA in 50 games with an overall record of 12-11. He was especially impressive the past two years. In the COVID-shortened 2020 season he had a 1.05 ERA with a 3-1 record, and then this past spring he had an ERA of 3.03 with a 6-5 record while striking out 104 batters in 89 innings. That 2021 performance earned him second-team all-Big 12 honors.

West Virginia pitcher Jackson Wolf

Wolf was one of four Mountaineers, all pitchers, selected in this year’s 20-round MLB Draft. Ryan Bergert, who was unavailable for WVU this past season because of an injury, also was picked by San Diego, going in the sixth round (No. 190 overall). The Los Angeles Dodgers went two-for-one on West Virginians as well, drafting Madison Jeffrey in the 15th round (No. 462 overall) and Adam Tulloch in the 17th round (No. 522 overall).

The ultimate goal for each is to advance to the Major Leagues. It started first with living the dream of being drafted.

“When they announced my name, it was such a surreal feeling,” explained Wolf. “It was great to be surrounded by family and friends. I had waited for that moment for so long. It was an unforgettable experience. I couldn’t be more excited to get to work with San Diego.”

 

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    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It was one of the biggest moments in Jackson Wolf’s life, and the Mountaineer pitcher nearly missed it. “I had some family and fri
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    I feel good for this young man.  I hope his dream of a major league career comes true.

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    Hard throwing lefty with more K’s than innings. He should make a good living in MLB.
    Nice to see Mountaineers drafted.

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