The Major League Baseball dream of a local high school athlete is now one step closer to reality.
St. Thomas High School pitcher Josh Wolf, who recently graduated, was picked Monday in the second round of the MLB first-year player draft, making him the highest selection in the school’s history.
Wolf is the seventh St. Thomas alumnus to be drafted. He’s also the fourth Eagle to be drafted directly out of high school and the first since Austin Fairchild was taken by the Kansas City Royals in 2012. The other previous St. Thomas draftees are Jeff McCurry (Pirates, 1990), Adam Zornes (Padres, 2008), Patrick Leonard (Royals, 2011), Conor Biggio (Astros, 2015) and Cavan Biggio (Blue Jays, 2016), the latter of whom made his MLB debut less than two weeks before Wolf’s selection.
Wolf burst onto the prospect scene during the past two seasons. As a junior in 2018, he posted a 1.06 ERA and struck out 53 batters in 39 innings. During an illustrious senior campaign this year, Wolf struck out 126 batters in 69 innings while sporting a 1.52 ERA to help lead St. Thomas to its ninth TAPPS state-tournament appearance in 10 years.
Wolf now has a decision to make regarding his future. He previously signed a letter of intent to play collegiately for Texas A&M.
“This is an awesome day for Josh, the Wolf family and St. Thomas,” St. Thomas Athletic Director Mike Netzel said in a report on the school’s website. “This distinction immediately places him among the most respected prospects in the game. I’m convinced he’ll have nothing but success for many years. … For our school and program to have played a role in his development as a scholar-athlete over the previous four years has been extremely gratifying. We couldn’t be more excited for Josh and what he has upcoming.”