Jacob Daniel Waguespack...Attended Dutchtown HS in Geismar, Louisiana…Was originally selected in the 37th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2012 draft but went to the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS instead...After going undrafted in 2015, signed a Minor League deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on June 22...Finished his degree in managerial finance at Ole Miss in December of 2018.
Pitched in 11 games exclusively as a reliever... Recalled from the alternate training site on five occasions... Did not allow a run in his first four outings but allowed at least one in each of his last seven games... Landed on the injured list with a left back strain from Sept. 17 until the end of the season.
Held left-handed hitters to a .208 AVG (27-for-130), 9th best among AL pitchers to face at least 140 such batters... Made his MLB debut with 4.0 innings of relief on May 27 at TB...Gave up 3R/2ER on three hits and a walk...Struck out seven batters to set a franchise record for a reliever in his 1st MLB game, ahead of Kelvim Escobar's five K's on June 29, 1997 at BAL...Marked the 5th time in team history that a pitcher debuted with 4.0+ innings of relief (last: Lee Gronkiewicz- 4.0 IP on June 19, 2007 vs. LAD)...Only twice in MLB history had a pitcher debuted with more than seven strikeouts in relief: Pittsburgh's Barry Jones picked up eight K's on April 20, 1986 at CHC (4.0 IP), and Houston's Joe Musgrove also fanned eight batters on Aug. 2, 2016 vs. TOR (4.1 IP)...Waguespack also became the 4th pitcher of any kind in Blue Jays history to record 7+ strikeouts in his MLB debut (last: Trent Thornton - 8 on March 31, 2019 vs. DET)... Placed on the injured list from May 28-July 2 with a right shoulder strain...Made three rehab appearances for Triple-A Buffalo, combining for three earned runs allowed over 9.2 innings (2.79 ERA)... Earned his 1st career win on July 3 vs. BOS as he tossed 5.0+ innings of relief, allowing six hits and three runs (0BB, 4K)…Of all the MLB pitchers to make their first two career appearances as a reliever, only Pete Richert (12 in 1962) and Sonny Siebert (12 in 1964) had more than 10 strikeouts, before Waguespack's 11 in 2019... Made his 1st MLB start on July 16 at BOS and took a no-decision with four runs allowed over 4.2 IP in a Blue Jays' 10-4 win (6H, 3BB, 2K)... Took his 1st career loss on July 26 vs. TB as he gave up three runs over 5.0 frames (6H, 3BB, 2K)... Recorded his 1st career quality start on July 31 at KC with 6.0 innings of one-run ball (3H, 2BB, 2K)... Improved to 3-1 with his second straight win and quality start on Aug. 5 at TB...Marked his 1st scoreless game (6.0 IP, 4H, 1BB, 4K)... Won his 3rd consecutive decision on Aug. 16 vs. SEA as he gave up two runs over 5.1 IP while throwing a career-high 102 pitches (75 strikes)... On Aug. 22 at LAD, limited MLB's best team at the time to one hit and one walk over 7.0 scoreless innings (5K) in what was his 1st interleague game...Kept left-handed hitters to 0-for-11 on the night (2K)... Faced the Braves for the 2nd straight outing on Sept. 2 at ATL...Allowed 4R/2ER over 4.0 IP and issued a career-high five walks (1H, 4K)... Was tagged with a career-high six runs on Sept. 8 at TB (7H, 1HR, 2BB, 2K)... Made his 13th and final start on Sept. 25 vs. BAL...Tossed 6.0 shutout frames for his 3rd scoreless start (4H, 2BB, 5K)...Tied a team record (6th time) with three starts of 6+ IP and no runs allowed within his first 16 MLB contests...Earned the win to wrap up his rookie campaign at 5-5... Went 2-6 with a 5.30 ERA in 12 total games (11 starts) for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons (1.56 WHIP).
Split the first 21 games of his season between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley ... Combined for a 4-6 record while making 15 starts between the two clubs ... Was traded to the Blue Jays in exchange for LHP Aaron Loup on July 31 ... Joined Triple-A Buffalo after the trade and set a Bisons debut record as he struck out 12 batters on Aug. 2 vs. Lehigh Valley (6.1 IP, 8H, 4ER, 1BB), just two days after changing clubhouses at Coca-Cola Field ... Finished with a 2-4 record and a 5.03 ERA across seven games (six starts) for Buffalo ... Was added to Toronto's 40-man roster after the season to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
Started 2017 with Advanced-A Clearwater and with 6-5 with a 3.29 ERA across 24 games (10 starts), including 73 strikeouts in 68.1 innings of work ... Finished his season with seven games (six starts) for Double-A Reading where he posted a 3.65 ERA and punched out 35 batters over 37.0 frames ... Was assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sept. 6 for the IronPigs' playoff run ... Made one postseason start, allowing just one run over 7.0 innings on Sept. 10 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (3H, 2BB, 7K).
Spent his entire 2016 campaign with Class-A Lakewood ... Made 43 relief appearances struck out 72 batters over 71.2 innings... His 43 games played tied for 3rd most among South Atlantic League pitchers.
Split his first pro season with the Rookie-level GCL Phillies (4G) and Class-A (short) Williamsport (15G) ... Recorded 25 strikeouts, a .132 opponents' batting average and a 0.42 ERA over 21.1 innings while with Williamsport.