SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Former Cal Poly pitcher Joey Wagman has been selected to pitch for Israel in the World Baseball Classic, which begins in March.
A graduate of Monte Vista High School in Danville, Calif., Wagman pitched at Cal Poly from 2010-13 and set the school record for wins in a season with 13 as Cal Poly qualified for the NCAA regional at UCLA.
Wagman earned 27 career victories at Cal Poly, tied for second all-time with Mike Zirelli. His 318 1/3 career innings is No. 5 all-time and Wagman’s 259 career strikeouts also is No. 5 in the record book.
Wagman was Cal Poly’s Friday night starter as both a junior and senior, finishing 9-3 with a 2.33 ERA as a junior and 13-3 with a 2.96 ERA as a senior. Twice he earned first-team All-Big West Conference honors.
A 17th-round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 2013, Wagman is now with the Oakland A’s organization.Last summer he pitched for the Stockton Ports in the California League, going 4-6 with a 3.82 ERA and two saves. He also pitched in four games for the Double-AA Midland RockHounds in the Texas League.
Wagman pitched a perfect first inning with one strikeout in Saturday’s Alumni Game at Baggett Stadium.
Wagman is the first former Mustang to play in the World Baseball Classic since Jimmy Van Ostrand played for Team Canada in 2013.
Van Ostrand also led the Canadians to a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, and played first base for Team Canada in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. He was Director of Player Development for the University of Arizona in 2016, served as a volunteer coach for Boston College for two seasons (2014, 2015) and currently serves as the Seattle Mariners’ coordinator of character and leadership development for their farm system.
Israel will play in Pool A in Seoul, South Korea, opening play March 6 against the Korean team. The game will be televised by MLB Network. Others in the pool are Chinese Taipei and the Netherlands.
Cuba, Japan, Australia and China are in Pool B at Tokyo while the United States, Dominican Republic, Canada and Colombia play in Pool C at Marlins Park in Miami. Pool D consists of Puerto Rico, Mexico, Italy and Venezuela in Jalisco, Mexico.
Second-round games are slated for March 11-19 at Tokyo and San Diego’s Petco Park, with the semifinals and final scheduled for March 20-22 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.