07/28/17 / Padres360.com / @Padres360
By Wayne McBrayer and Craig Martin from Lake Elsinore, CA
Jacob Nix was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB Draft. After coming to terms with Jacob, the Astros reneged on their offer, which put Jacob in a difficult position. He was unable to go to UCLA, and he didn’t want to sit around for a year, so he went to the IMG Academy in Florida, where he worked on his pitching skills. He re-entered the draft in 2015 and was selected by the San Diego Padres in the third round of the draft. He was signed and sent to AZL Padres where he compiled an 0-2 record with a 5.49 ERA.
Corey Brock-Jacob Nix IMG Academy
For the 2016 season, the Padres assigned their young pitcher to the A Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League where he compiled a record on 3-7 with a 3.93ERA. In 105 Innings, he walked only 20 batters and struck out 90.
Fort Wayne TinCaps pitcher Jacob Nix warms up before pitching in a recent game. (Photo courtesy Fort Wayne TinCaps)
For the 2017 season, Jacob was assigned to the Lake Elsinore Storm of the A+ California League. He started off the season on the DL, but has since recovered and has pitched well. On June 28th, he tossed a complete game 2 hitter with 11 strikeouts against The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Jacob is continuing to work daily on his game.
In this interview, Jacob talks about his career as well as his thoughts on the California League. We hope you’ll enjoy hearing from Padres Prospect Jacob Nix.