University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Jordan Kurokawa has solidified his future in baseball after being selected by the Philadelphia Phillies, who took the right-handed pitcher in the 28th round making him the 827th overall pick of the 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft.
The UH Hilo senior's final collegiate campaign resulted with a 3-5 record, a 2.96 earned run average in 67 innings, 63 hits allowed, 24 walks and 67 strikeouts. He twice earned PacWest and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's (NCBWA) Regional Pitcher of the Week honors. The awards were for a 2-hit, 7-strikeout shutout of Division I University of Hawai‘i and a 1-hit, 9-strikeout shutout of Hawai‘i Pacific University.
During his four-year collegiate career, he accumulated five PacWest Pitcher of the Week honors, two NCBWA Pitcher of the Week honors and the 2015 Golden State Collegiate Baseball League's Pitcher of the Year honor. Kurokawa was a third-team all-PacWest selection in 2015.
Kurokawa becomes the seventh Vulcan and fourth pitcher to be selected in a MLB draft. Originally from Honolulu, Kurokawa is a 2011 graduate of Maryknoll High School.