It’s been a big couple of days for Grain Valley High School senior Jacob Misiorowski.
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball released a list of the top 200 collegiate and prep draft prospects for the June 10 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft and Misiorowski was ranked No. 160.
“That really surprised and pleased me,” said Misiorowski, who had just returned from a facility where he was able to pitch off a mound. “I haven’t been able to pitch 100 percent since last baseball season because I had a high hamstring pull and it really limited what I could do on the mound.
“I did go out to an invitation-only camp in Long Beach, California, where I pitched for the Northwest team, and I did all right, but I wasn’t 100 percent. I’m 100 percent now, and that is one reason I was so excited about this spring, playing with my friends and being healthy.”
On Wednesday, he officially graduated from Grain Valley and can’t wait to see what happens in the draft or his upcoming journey to Oklahoma State University, where he has signed with the Cowboys baseball team.
He has options if he goes undrafted. The MLB draft has been reduced from 40 rounds to just five this season, meaning only 160 high school and college players will be chosen, including competitive balance picks and picks taken away from Houston and Boston for the sign stealing scandal. And any undrafted free agents signing have been limited to just $20,000 signing bonuses, whereas some drafted in rounds 6-10 have gotten six figures in the past. That may mean more players opting to play in college instead.
Being ranked 160 puts him just on that mark of getting drafted, but it’s no guarantee.
Grain Valley baseball coach Brian Driskell said his prospects are bright either way.
“The sky’s the limit for Jacob right now,” Driskell said, “and I think we’re all as excited as he and his family are. He’s such a great kid – and like the nine other seniors on our team, he missed out on that one last chance to pitch for his high school team.
“But with his talent, he’s going to be pitching somewhere, either at OSU or in professional ball.”
Misiorowski earned 2019 Examiner Player of the Year honors with a 9-2 all-state season in which he sported a 1.49 ERA and had 67 strikeouts, in just 47 innings.
“He was great every time he took the ball,” Driskell said. “But what’s really amazing is that he allowed just 19 base hits in 47 innings. That’s crazy! I’ve never heard of any pitcher doing something like that.”
No wonder opponents hit just .140 off the senior who committed to Oklahoma State as a sophomore.
“There are a lot of challenges out there and it’s going to be fun and exciting to see what happens,” Misiorowski said.
The soft-spoken youngster said he will spend June 10 at home with his family following the draft.
“My grandparents are going to come over to our house, so all my family will be there,” Misiorowski said. “And that’s how it should be, because I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any of this without the support of my family.”