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Remember this guy? Jesuit alum Jeff Hakanson is Rays’ final pick in MLB draft

The UCF junior was taken by the Rays in the fifth round of the MLB draft, 155th overall.
UCF pitcher and former Jesuit  standout Jeff Hakanson was drafted by the Rays in the fifth round, 155th overall.
UCF pitcher and former Jesuit standout Jeff Hakanson was drafted by the Rays in the fifth round, 155th overall. [ Times (2017) ]
Published Jun. 12, 2020|Updated Jun. 12, 2020

Jeff Hakanson could be coming home to Tampa Bay.

The Jesuit High School alum and UCF pitcher was taken by the Rays Thursday in the fifth round of the MLB draft, 155th overall.

The junior right-hander, 21, had a 4-0 record with a 3.44 ERA and 98 strikeouts over 49.2 innings in three seasons.

D1Baseball’s Aaron Fitt wrote last fall that Hakanson “presents a tough look, with a herky-jerky delivery that adds deception to his 92-94 fastball with a high spin rate, making it hard to barrel up. He’s also improved his slider since last spring.”

Hakanson, 6-feet and 185 pounds, is a Tampa native. He graduated from Jesuit High School, where he earned three letters, in 2017.

He had a 3-1 record with a 1.42 ERA and 59 strikeouts over 18 appearances as a senior.

He was named the Saladino Tournament MVP in 2017.

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.

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