Planning For College

Jacob Waguespack will be at Ole Miss for second semester summer school starting late next week. At least that's the plan.

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Waguespack, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound right-handed pitcher from Dutchtown High School in Louisiana, was drafted earlier this month by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 37th round. That might have been the end of that. Or it might not have.

"I haven't actually talked to them since they called me after they drafted me," said Waguespack, who committed to Ole Miss last summer and signed in November, 2011. "I think they're trying to settle the deal with their first-rounder. If they don't sign him, I think they'll be calling me and trying to make an offer."

That first-rounder from Stanford is Mark Appel, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound right-hander that went 10-1 with a 2.27 ERA. If he signs and the Pirates give him a call, it might change things for Waguespack. Then again, it might not. As for now, his plans remain the same. He's in Louisiana now until he heads to Mississippi next week.

"I'm focused on school right now, for school and for Ole Miss," Waguespack said. "(The Pirates) would have to write a big check for me to even think about changing plans."

Waguespack had heard before the draft he might go in one of the top five rounds. He actually did get some early calls.

"I got a call in the fifth round from the Mariners, and in the seventh (round) from the Brewers," he said. "With the signing bonuses for the new draft (this year), it wasn't worth it."

So he continued to get ready for college. He hasn't played baseball since his high school team was eliminated from the playoffs.

Jacob Waguespack
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"I put the ball down and have been giving my arm a little rest," he said. "I've been working out and eating and trying to put on some weight so I'll be ready."

Waguespack said he didn't try too hard to sway those first-round draft picks from Louisiana who signed with Ole Miss away from professional baseball. He knew Gavin Cecchini and Stryker Trahan were headed to the play for pay leagues since they were drafted that highly.

"I sent them a little congratulation text, and that's about it," he said.

As for his senior season at Dutchtown, Waguespack said things went well. He was named All-District, All-Metro, and All-State.

"I was 8-2 and my ERA was 0.37," he said. "I threw a lot of strikes and threw it hard and let my defense work."

Waguespack has a fastball, changeup, and slider. He was in the low 90s with his fastball all season. He had some games where he was nearly unhittable.

"Consistently I would say about 90-92," he said. "My last start I topped out at 93, and I hit that like 10 times."

In one game he had 15 strikeouts and in another he had 13.

And now, most likely, he will be pitching for the Rebels for at least the next three years – unless something happens with the Pirates before the July 15 deadline. He doesn't really believe that will happen.

"I'm not expecting anything," Waguespack said. "I'm actually about to go work out right now and keep getting ready to come up there for school."

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