June 13, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan baseball junior left-handed pitcher Oliver Jaskie was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the sixth round (183rd overall pick) of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday afternoon (June 13). Michigan has now had at least one player taken in the MLB Draft in each of the last five years under head coach Erik Bakich.
A native of Ada, Michigan, Jaskie has appeared in 52 games through three seasons with the Wolverines, making 31 starts and tossing 202.2 innings. The lefty recorded 119 strikeouts during his junior season, tying Jim Burton (1970) for Michigan's single-season record. Jaskie's 223 career strikeouts rank eighth all-time at Michigan.
As a junior, Jaskie tossed a team-high 93 innings through 16 starts. He allowed just 83 hits while holding opposing hitters to a .234 average and posting a 3.82 earned run average. He was named to the All-Big Ten Conference first team and earned two National Player of the Week and three Big Ten Conference Player of the Week recognitions during the 2017 campaign. His best performance came in a complete-game shutout of Ohio State in May of this year, when he recorded a career-high 14 strikeouts and scattered seven hits with just one walk.
Incoming freshman Cody Bolton also was picked on day two of the draft. A native of Tracy, California, the right-handed pitcher was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the sixth round with the 178th overall pick. Bolton finished his senior season with a 9-2 record and a 1.13 ERA, and he ended his high school career with a 24-6 record overall and an impressive 1.42 ERA. He was a 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game second team All-American, a California all-region first team selection and a 2016 Underclass High Honorable Mention.
The MLB First-Year Player Draft will continue through the 10th round today and wrap up Wednesday (June 14) with rounds 11-40 starting at noon.
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