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The junior hurler was ranked 22nd by D1Baseball.com
Jerry Oakes is set to begin his fifth season as the pitching coach at the University of Pittsburgh after being added to the staff by head coach Joe Jordano in August of 2012.
"I couldn't be more excited to be in a great city like Pittsburgh and work for a great program," Oakes said. "There are so many positive things happening here at Pitt. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to work with Coach Jordano and the tremendous coaching staff he has assembled, as well as the baseball support staff."
The 2016 season saw one of the most successful pitchers in Pitt history pass through the rankings of Jordano and Oakes, as T.J. Zeuch became the highest drafted player in Pitt baseball history, taken with the 21st overall selection of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2016 MLB First Year Player Draft.
Zeuch concluded his career as a Panther ranking seventh on the all-time strikeout list, recording 205 strikeouts in just 212.6 innings of work. His 90 strikeouts during the 2014 season rank fourth in Pitt history for a single season while his career 8.68 strikeouts per nine innings mark stands at 15th in the Panther record books.
In his second season with the Panthers, Oakes guided the pitching staff to a second-consecutive season with a sub-4.00 earned run average. The team ERA of 3.97 from 2014 stands as the second lowest by a Pitt team since at least 1993. Three pitchers - Luke Curtis, Joseph Harvey and Matt Wotherspoon - who all helped achieve the feat were selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. That total stands as the most Pitt pitchers drafted in one season in program history.
- Ethan Mildren (Minnesota Twins)
- Luke Curtis (Milwaukee Brewers)
- Hobie Harris (New York Yankees)
- T.J. Zeuch (Toronto Blue Jays - 1st Round)
- Joe Harvey (New York Yankees)
- Matt Wotherspoon (New York Yankees)
- Adam Dian (Texas Rangers)
- Marc Berube (Oakland A's)
- Rich Condeelis (Minnesota Twins)
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