Jackson Wittmer Rees... Attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu...There he posted a 3.99 ERA (71 ER/160.1 IP) while going 10-5 over two seasons... Signed with the Blue Jays as an undrafted free agent on June 13, 2018... Plays beach volleyball in his spare time... Growing up in California, his favourite player was Angels pitcher and three-time All-Star Jered Weaver.
Spent the cancelled Minor League season working out at home in a makeshift gym in his garage... His dad served as his catcher for the summer.
Began his 2019 campaign with Class-A Lansing where he allowed just one run while striking out 44 batters for a 0.36 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP...Received a promotion to Advanced-A Dunedin in June and pitched in 25 games for the D-Jays...Kept a 0.99 ERA and fanned 44 batters over 36.1 innings of work, finishing his season with a combined 12.9 SO/9 and a 0.89 WHIP...Unanimously chosen as Top Relief Pitcher for the 2019 MiLBY Awards...Also named a MiLB.com Organizational All-Star and was selected to the 2019 All-MiLB team...Pitched for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League and allowed three runs over 8.1 frames...Issued one walk while collecting 13 strikeouts and was named to the Rising Stars Team.
Began his pro career in 2018 with eight outings for Toronto’s GCL unit before making another eight appearances for Rookie-level Bluefield...Combined for a 5.06 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 21.1 innings.