UPLAND, Ind. – Josh DeGraaf recently wrapped up a successful first year of professional baseball within the Toronto Blue Jays organization. After earning a promotion to Class-A Vancouver, DeGraaf closed the season in the Canadians' rotation.
DeGraaf posted a 3.30 earned-run average over 43.2 innings of work between Rookie League Bluefield and Class-A Short Season Vancouver, after being drafted in the 31st round by the Toronto Blue Jays. During that time, the righty went 2-2 with a save and held foes to a .253 average, while posting a 34-to-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
DeGraaf hit his stride after a bumpy first two outings in Vancouver, closing his first professional season with a 2.03 ERA and one home run allowed over his final 31 innings of work.
That stretch included a move into the Vancouver rotation, where DeGraaf finished with a 2.76 ERA and a .193 batting average against over three starts to close the year. DeGraaf saved his best outing for last, tossing six innings of two-hit baseball in his final outing, while allowing one run and fanning four batters.
DeGraaf was a three-time Crossroads League Pitcher of the Year, ending his outstanding collegiate career in 2015 with 29 victories and 258 strikeouts on the hill for the Trojans.
DeGraaf is expected to report to Spring Training for the Blue Jays organization in March.