After losing Gunnar Hoglund and Doug Nikhazy to the 2021 MLB Draft, Mike Bianco had to turn his attention to the NCAA Transfer Portal. Well, on Friday the portal delivered as Oregon State right-handed pitcher Jack Washburn announced that he would be transferring to Ole Miss.
The freshman from Webster, Wis. appeared in 21 games last season for the Beavers, starting five games and posting a 4-2 record and 3.12 earned run average in 34.2 innings. Washburn also struck out 43 and held hitters to a .186 batting average.
As a senior at Webster High School he went 12-0 with a 0.11 earned run average, allowing just one earned run in 63 innings, and striking out 123 hitters. He didn’t allow a home run that year and gave up just nine hits. He also held opponents to a .048 average.
This summer, the newest Rebel and son of 12-year MLB veteran, Jarrod Washburn, was chosen to pitch for Team USA’s collegiate national team, joining new teammates Jacob Gonzalez and Hayden Dunhurst.
Excited to announce I'll be transfering to the University of Mississippi. Go Rebels! pic.twitter.com/AG0vHLzmF8— Jack Washburn (@jackwashburn_) July 30, 2021
The 6-foot-2, 211-pounder has a lot to like in his arsenal. The sophomore sits comfortably in the low-90’s with his fastball and tops out at 95. He also boasts a wipeout breaking ball that buckled Pac-12 hitters knees.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility that we could see Washburn in the starting rotation in 2022 along with another transfer, Texas A&M Corpus-Christi lefty John Gaddis.