In the fourth round of the MLB Draft, the Red Sox selected left-handed pitcher Jeremy Wu-Yelland out of the University of Hawaii.
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— Jeremy Wu-Yelland (@jeremyelland) June 12, 2020
Here are five things to know about Wu-Yelland, who was taken at No. 118 overall.
He wasn’t ranked by MLB Pipeline
Despite the lack of buzz before the Red Sox selected him with the 118th overall pick, Wu-Yelland’s college coach expected that his pitcher’s name would be called.
“The only player we envision being drafted is Jeremy Wu-Yelland, because we think he is a top-five round guy,” Hawaii coach Mike Trapasso told KITV.
He’s played as a starter and a reliever
After seeing time out of the bullpen as a freshman in 2018 – making one start in 16 games – Wu-Yelland emerged as a go-to for the Rainbow Warriors last season. He appeared in 17 games, making seven starts (2-4, 1 save) while recording 44 strikeouts in 46.1 innings and limiting opposing hitters to .249.
He made seven appearances in this year’s shortened season, posting a 0.69 ERA by allowing just one run through 13 innings pitched.
He got the ball on Opening Day in each of the last two seasons.
U of Hawaii Junior LHP draft eligible
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— Jeremy Wu-Yelland (@jeremyelland) March 16, 2020
He had a solid summer on Cape Cod
Wu-Yelland played for the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod Baseball League last summer. He went 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA, posting 26 strikeouts and walking 15 through 25.2 innings.
He put extra work in during his time in Hawaii
In a campaign on his team’s Instagram in April, Wu-Yelland shared how he stays in shape.
“I do ab workouts and at least 100 push-ups everyday outside of team practice and workouts,” he said.
His favorite baseball player is also a pitcher
Last winter, Wu-Yelland said his favorite baseball player is Shohei Ohtani.
— Hawaii Baseball (@HawaiiBaseball) January 23, 2019
Ohtani, 25, was coming off an inaugural campaign that earned him National League Rookie of the Year honors when Wu-Yelland tabbed him as his favorite big-leaguer.