Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Stock Watch: LHP Jackson Wolf

Jackson Wolf was one of the players the Pirates got back at the trade deadline, but what does he bring, and what could he do in the future?
Jul 22, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jackson Wolf (43) pitches
Jul 22, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jackson Wolf (43) pitches / Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports
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Wolf is a soft-tossing lefty. In his lone MLB game, Wolf’s hardest-thrown pitch was 90.8 MPH. He typically sits 88-90 MPH, but his fastball plays above its metrics. Wolf has a sidearm motion that can throw batters off. He also can throw his four-seamer with sinking action, which was a trait that he showed off in his MLB debut.

His four-seam fastball is far from the only pitch in his repertoire. His best breaking pitch is his slider, a pitch with sweeping action (but not considered a sweeper). He also throws a curveball, which has enough distinctive qualities to make it a second offering. Both of his breaking pitches are considered to have above average potential.

Wolf has attempted to improve his change-up, his one off-speed offering. While it has the potential to be an average offering, most pin it as a fourth, get-me-over kind of pitch. Wolf used this pitch solely against right-handed batters in his debut, so maybe he feels most comfortable when using it against opposite-handed opponents.