What a rapid riser! Jacob Waguespack goes from high A, Clearwater, to AA, Reading and then to AAA. In the process he goes from a reliever to an “ace” playoff starter this season to win the Baseball Betsy and Ross,” Phillies 2017 Minor League Post Season, Pitcher of the Year.”
Jacob was brilliant in pitching in a pressure packed elimination game for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in his AAA debut. He threw a seven inning, 96 pitch, three hit, one run game with seven strike outs in the International League semi-final elimination game against the Yankees farm team from Scranton, Wilkes-Barre.
Waguespack struck out seven in the first five innings. Watch three of his strike “threes” in the second and third innings, HERE. The only run he allowed was a solo home run in the seventh innings which resulted in the 1-0 loss to SWB.
Jacob got the chance to start in the post season because the Phillies minor league department shutdown three Pigs starters for the Playoffs including Jose Taveras, Brandon Leibrandt and Tom Eshelman. They reportedly all reached 2017 innings pitch limits set by the experts in the minor league department
Waguespack is a credit to the Phillies minor league pitching coaches and scouting department after going undrafted in 2015. Read HERE.
He finished strong in 2017 allowing only three earned runs, 11 hits and striking out 17 in his final three starts over 21 innings including two starts for Reading to end the regular season.
The lean, lanky, 6’6″, right hander will turn 24 years-old in November and will no doubt get a good look in spring training to project as a potential major league starter sometime next season.