Less than a week after the conclusion of the MLB draft, Hawaii baseball ace, Jackson Rees has agreed to sign a free agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
Rees graduated with a degree in Communicology this spring, however he did have one year of eligibility remaining. However, the Aliso Viejo, California native decided to forego his final season in Manoa to continue his career in the professional ranks.
Rees served as both part of Hawaii's starting rotation and in the bullpen. During his career with U.H. he battled a number of significant injuries. He finished the 2018 season with a starter-leading 3.86 ERA and a 5-3 record. Rees struck out 57 batters in 9.1 innings of work for the 'Bows.
During his career in Manoa he went 10-5 with a 3.99 ERA, fanning 96 batters having started 26-of-29 games. Rees is now the third Rainbow Warrior to receive a professional contract. Kekai Rios was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 28th round. Dylan Thomas was selected ten rounds later by the Twins. Though Thomas has not yet chosen to sign.
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