With their 17th round pick in the 2022 MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected right-handed pitcher Jaycob Deese out of Houston.
Deese recently turned 22 years old, and he stands in at 6’1″, 195 pounds. He spent two seasons at Galveston College putting up big strikeout numbers before transferring to Houston. He played summer ball in 2020 and had a 3.86 ERA in four starts, though he only worked 9.1 innings. In 2021, he had a 4.46 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and a 52:22 SO/BB ratio in 66.2 innings for Houston. This season he had a 5.19 ERA, a 1.51 WHIP and a 62:33 SO/BB ratio in 85 innings.
According to this tweet below from Perfect Game, he was sitting 91-93 MPH with a slider as his go-to pitch.
— PG College Baseball (@PGCollegeBall) April 15, 2022
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.