Joe Jacques

Born: March 11, 1995
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 210
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 33rd Round, 984th Overall, 2018
How Acquired: Draft
College: Manhattan College
Agent: N/A


The Pirates drafted Jacques as a fifth year senior from Manhattan College, where he was a walk-on and earned a starting job as a freshman.  After that season he dropped down to throwing sidearm and got better results, with a 3.13 ERA on a team that had a 5.57 mark.  He returned to a higher arm slot for his junior year and regressed, then hurt his back and redshirted a year.  As a fifth-year senior in 2018, and back to throwing sidearm, he had a 2.61 ERA in 38 innings, with a 38:12 K:BB ratio.  He cut down on his walks in each of his last two years, while improving his strikeout rate to 9.0 per nine innings in 2018.  He did miss some time with a lat injury.  Jacques throws two- and four-seam fastballs that sit in the upper-80s.  His out pitch is a sweeping slider, and he also throws a change and is adding a cutter.

R+:  0-2-1, 6.33 ERA, 1.78 WHIP, 21.1 IP, 8.0 BB/9, 8.0 K/9
A-:  0-0-0, 9.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 3.0 IP, 3.0 BB/9, 3.0 K/9

Except for one late-season game with Morgantown, Jacques pitched out of the Bristol bullpen.  He had a large platoon split, which makes sense for a sidearm lefty:  he allowed a .625 OPS to left-handed hitters and .819 to right-handed hitters.  Jacques had a rough time early, with a 17.47 ERA in his first five outings.  In his last dozen outings with Bristol, his ERA was 2.30.  Walks were a problem throughout.

Jacques could make it to Greensboro at some point in 2019, depending on how good a handle he gets on his control.

2019: Minor league contract
Signing Bonus:
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 6, 2018: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 33rd round, 984th overall pick; signed on June 13.