Pittsburgh Pirates draft Jacob Waguespack

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Jacob Waguespack has not yet played his first collegiate baseball game, yet he can now consider himself a major league player.

The Ole Miss signee --- who graduated last month from Dutchtown High School -- inked a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates last week.

Waguespack was drafted in the 37th round to play for the Pirates.

“A bunch of scouts saw our games, and wanted me to go through the draft process to see how the cards would fall,”?said Waguespack, a 2012 first-team Class 5A?All-State pitcher. “We went throught and I?thought I might have been drafted a bit higher, but I was dropped to 37th, even though they weren’t expecting me to sign at 37.”

Waguespack chalked an 8-2 record and an 0.37 earned-run average his senior year with the Griffins.

He signed with Ole Miss late last year.

Waguespack, who plans to major in exercise science (kinesiology), said he doesn’t have any imediate plans to forsake college in favor of the Pirates.

“Most likely, what will happen is that the Pirates will come back, give me an offer and the money won’t be there, which is something I’m not really worried about,”?Waguespack said. “Right now, I’m getting ready for summer school.”

As with many high school players, a career in the major leagues always loomed in Waguespack’s mind.

“It’s every kid’s dream to play in the pros, but right now my focus is to get through school, and develop as a player and a person,”?he said.

But he admitted that Pittsburgh wasn’t his favorite team as a child

“When I was growing up, it was always the Astros,”?Waguespack said. “That’s about as close to a hometeam as we have.”

Meanwhile, he looks forward to plying his skills on the mound for the Rebels next season.

He said he will always have a place in his heart for LSU, but he also loves Ole Miss.

“When I got there, I felt like home and the coaches made me really feel wanted,”?Waguespack said. “Everyone has been nice and kind. It’s become my second home, and I’ve only been there a couple of times.”

He looks forward to the games next season against LSU.

“It will be great because this year, Ole Miss will come to Baton Rouge, and I?have always been an LSU fan,, but I’ve alwo liked everyone in the conference because of the SEC,” Waguespack said. “I look forward to seeing all my old buddies when I come back.

At the same time, he admits it will be all business when the Rebels and the Tiger collide.

“It’s just going to be another team on the schedule for me,”?he said. “I?have no hard feelings -- I’ll just play it like it was any other game.”