(Hawaii Athletics) - Just six days after the conclusion of the MLB Draft, University of Hawai'i redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Jackson Rees has agreed to sign a free agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
Rees, who graduated this spring from UH, will forgo his senior season to continue his career at the professional level.
Originally from Aliso Viejo, Calif., Rees was the anchor for the Rainbow Warrior pitching staff in 2018 as UH battled through a series of significant injuries in both the starting rotation and the bullpen. Rees finished the season with a starter-leading 3.86 ERA and 5-3 record, striking out 57 batters in 79.1 innings for Hawai'i.
On his career for the 'Bows, Rees went 10-5 with a 3.99 ERA, striking out 96 batters after starting 26-of-29 games.
Also for the Rainbow Warriors during the MLB Draft, Kekai Rios was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers (28th round) and Dylan Thomas was chosen by the Minnesota Twins (38th round). Both players still had at least one year of remaining eligibility at Hawai'i at the time of their draft selection.