Jamal Wade drafted in 17th round by Seattle Mariners

Maryland right-hander Jamal Wade was taken in the 17th round (513th overall) of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners Wednesday. Wade, a junior from Owings Mills, Maryland, is the third Terp taken in this year’s draft, and the second pitcher.

Junior Jamal Wade pitches for the Terps. Hannah Evans/Maryland Baseball Network 4/4/2017

Wade came to Maryland as one of the top third base prospects in the state, and quickly transitioned to the outfield as a freshman. He quickly showed power at the plate, as his first three hits were home runs, but struggled to find consistency, striking out 29 times in 91 at bats. After a freshman season in which he hit .231 with five homers, Wade’s hitting struggles continued as a sophomore in 2016. He made just four starts and 19 appearances, hitting .111.

Over the summer, with the NECBL’s Keene Swamp Bats, Wade came in to pitch in a mop-up role and impressed. He finished the summer with 21 strikeouts in 11.1 innings, while hitting .267 in 75 at bats.

Returning to Maryland as a junior, Wade decided to focus on pitching. He made 17 appearances out of the bullpen this season with the Terps, finishing with a lofty 5.03 ERA but with 33 strikeouts. The right-hander can hit the mid-90s with his fastball, and has a devastating curveball to go along with it.

Wade is the brother of LaMonte Wade, a former Terps outfielder who was drafted in the 9th round of the 2015 Draft by the Minnesota Twins.

Prior to the draft, MBN’s Joe Malfa broke down Wade’s draft prospects.