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Edison grad Wolf drafted in fifth round by Detroit Tigers

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Jun 6, 2018 at 8:52 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Adam Wolf's rise to baseball stardom continued in a big way on Tuesday.

A 2015 Edison graduate, Wolf, who Sunday finished his junior season as a pitcher at the University of Louisville, was selected 135th overall in the fifth round of the MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. Following Tuesday's selection, Wolf and the Tigers have until July 6 to reach a contract agreement.

The 6-foot-6 left-handed pitcher helped the Cardinals to yet another banner season as the staff ace in 2018.

As the designated "Friday night" starter for Louisville (45-19), Wolf went 8-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 16 starts this season.

In 102 2/3 innings, he struck out 109 batters with 29 walks, allowing 30 earned runs on 80 hits. For the season, Wolf allowed three or fewer earned runs in 13 of his 16 outings this season.

On May 31, Wolf earned his first career All-America honor as a third team selection by Baseball America. He also earned All-ACC second team honors

Wolf ranked third in the ACC and 40th in the nation in ERA. The 109 strikeouts are the ninth-highest single season total in school history. During his three-year career with the Cardinals, Wolf went 15-2 with a 2.21 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 157 innings pitched.

On Friday, he pitched seven innings and got the win in Louisville's NCAA regional opener over Kent State, a 13-6 victory for the Cardinals. Louisville then lost to Texas Tech, bounced back to beat the Golden Flashes in an elimination game — then saw its season end on Sunday with an 11-6 loss to the No. 9-ranked Red Raiders again.

Last season, Wolf finished his sophomore season at Louisville with a 6-0 record and a 2.18 ERA as he helped the Cardinals reach the College World Series. He had one save and 35 strikeouts in 24 total appearances and 41 1/3 innings pitched. He made three scoreless appearances in the NCAA tournament, finishing with five strikeouts and allowing only four hits in eight innings — including 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief against TCU in the CWS.

At Edison, Wolf was 10-1 with a 1.25 ERA with 104 strikeouts to 12 walks as a senior, which earned him All-Ohio first team honors in Division II, along with the Sandusky Bay Conference and District 9 Player of the Year.

As a junior, Wolf was 5-1 with a 1.01 ERA and 55 strikeouts for the Chargers. With his size and velocity on his pitches, Wolf had his pick of Div. I college programs, but ultimately chose Louisville over Indiana, N.C. State, North Carolina, Virginia and Vanderbilt.

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