Jacob Rhame took a roundabout way to get to the professional baseball ranks, but not an uncommon one.
The hard-throwing righty hoped to be drafted out of high school and wasn’t. He went to Oklahoma, pitched just 10 innings as a freshman and left for Grayson College. In Denison, Rhame pitched well for Dusty Hart & Co. and earned a scholarship to Texas State. Instead of going to become a Bobcat, Rhame was drafted in last year’s draft with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ sixth-round pick.
Rhame’s time at Grayson transformed him, physically and mentally. He changed his body, getting in better shape and ending his time there at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, and he also got a better mental approach and admitted back on draft day that he had a bit of an entitled view on baseball when he signed with the Sooners out of Guyer. At Grayson, Rhame was 7-3 with a 1.85 ERA in 14 starts (87 1/3 innings).
So far, Rhame’s career has gone well in the Dodgers’ organization.
Last year, he spent the entire season in the Rookie Pioneer League and made 20 appearances with a 4.58 ERA. He struck out 21 batters in 19 2/3 innings and walked nine — numbers with room for improvement but also showing some promise.
This season, Rhame began the year in Low-A Great Lakes (in Midland, Michigan) in the Midwest League, and he’s pitched even better at the next level.
So far for the Loons, the 21-year-old Rhame has notched three saves and a hold in 28 appearances with a 3.60 ERA. The number that sticks out most for the hard-throwing righty is his K:BB ratio of 40 strikeouts to nine walks in just 35 innings. Any time you have more strikeouts than innings pitched, you’re doing something right, especially if you see yourself as possibly being a reliever at the big-league level.
It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on Rhame, and see where he progresses. The next step up in the Dodgers’ organization would take him to High-A Rancho Cucamonga.