Michigan left-handed pitcher Oliver Jaskie was selected in the sixth round of the MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior from Ada, Mich., was first-team All-Big Ten in 2017 after leading the Wolverines in starts (16), innings pitched (93.0), and strikeouts (119). Jaskie was named Big Ten pitcher of the week three times and finished 8-3 with a 3.77 ERA, lowest among the regular starters. He had Michigan’s lone complete game of the season, shutting out Ohio State, 6-0, on May 5.
MLB.com broke down Jaskie this way:
“Though Jaskie only threw in the low 80s in high school, Michigan still valued him as a recruit because he was a projectable left-hander with a competitive streak. After pitching in middle relief as a freshman, he has been the Wolverines’ best starter the last two seasons.
“In between, he played a major role in Yarmouth-Dennis winning the Cape Cod League last summer. Jaskie’s standout pitch is a changeup that arrives in the low 80s and drops at the plate. While he has gotten stronger, he won’t overpower hitters with a fastball that tops out at 93 mph but usually settles in at 88-90. It plays above its velocity, however, because he commands it well and his funky delivery leads to some awkward swings.
“Though his mechanics are unorthodox, Jaskie repeats them well and doesn’t have any problem finding the strike zone. His biggest need is to improve his fringy slider and he’s committed to using it so he’ll have a true three-pitch mix. His durable frame lends itself well to an innings-eating role at the back of a rotation.”