Wellesley Little League and Wellesley High School alum Jay Driver, who has been pitching for Harvard University and the Cape Cod League’s Hyannis Harbor Hawks over the past couple of years, was selected on Monday night by the Cleveland Guardians in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball draft.
The 6-foot, 3-inch right hander was taken with the 278th pick of the draft.
Update (7/22/23): The Guardians signed Driver to a contract. His pick value is listed at $174,300, with a $151,000 signing bonus value. Teams can negotiate around those prescribed values.
Driver started 12 games for the Crimson during his junior season and served as a captain.
Harvard Magazine recently profiled Driver (“Major League Dreams”) and ended the article with a quote from the player about how he’d “make sure my ringer’s on and I’m fully charged, just in case that call comes in.” As it did during the second round of the draft.
Here’s video of Driver pitching for the Wellesley High Raiders in 2018, courtesy of Wellesley Media and Rebekah Caron.
@raider_baseball beats 5 Time State Champs & 2X Super 8 Champs Braintree today. Timely hitting by the Raiders & Solid Pitching by Jay Driver, who allowed only 3 hits, walked Zero, and threw a CG Shutout, helped beat the Wamps 3-0. #BOOM #NotTooShabby pic.twitter.com/KFymH2IFEw
— Beck (@BReel910) May 1, 2018
— MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) July 10, 2023