Wallace ranked as the Rockies’ No. 20 prospect after a very successful minor league season in 2019 with the Class A Boise Hawks, posting a 1.29 ERA and holding opponents to a .129 batting average against.
That came after an electric career as Jim Penders’ closer, where he posted a 2.77 ERA through 97.1 innings pitched, allowing just 70 hits and 42 walks to 143 (!) strikeouts.
This culminated in an incredible 2019 season: His 0.46 ERA through 42.0 innings is the fifth-lowest in school history, he was named first-team All American by a laundry-list of publications and delivered one of the most incredible individual pitching performances in school history.
#1 Jake Wallace (2019)— UConn Baseball (@UConnBSB) April 14, 2020
“The numbers don’t even justify what the season actually felt like. For one season Jake was a human cheat code. He may not have won the National Pitcher of the Year but anyone who saw Jake last season knows he was the best pitcher in the country.” - JMac pic.twitter.com/cpuZzxMUl1
He announced himself to the nation early on, with a stunning performance against a Louisville team that would go on to make the College World Series, entering with the bases loaded and no outs in the ninth inning, retiring the first player on three strikes and sitting the next two down in order. striking out seven in a row against a ninth-ranked Oklahoma State team to win the first game of the 2019 Regional Final.
This sequence is so insane. 7 Ks in a row. MAYBE one good cut from OSU in all of those at bats combined. Absolutely dominant. https://t.co/4F3UoIOSBo— Dan Madigan (@dmad1433) September 20, 2020
Wallace was this close to getting the chance to play for his hometown team on draft night — he was recommended highly to the Red Sox brass by a number of the program’s top scouts this spring — but was snatched up by the Rockies in the third round of the 2019 MLB Draft.
“I remember vividly telling him [before the draft], ‘I hope you pitch in the big leagues, and I hope it’s for us,’” Ray Fagnant, one of the Red Sox top scouts, told the Boston Globe.
Wallace will likely move quickly through the Red Sox farm system, which lacks pitching depth.