Blue Jays sign 19th overall pick Gunnar Hoglund

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed a deal with pitching prospect Gunnar Hoglund.

The right-hander was chosen 19th overall by the Jays in the 2021 first-year player draft.

He was drafted out of high school by Pittsburgh in the 36th round of the 2018 draft, but opted to attend the University of Mississippi rather than go pro.

In his sophomore year at Mississippi in 2020, Hoglund was 3-0 with a 1.16 ERA when baseball was shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2021, he had struck out 96 batters in 62.2 innings and had a 4-2 record and 2.87 ERA before undergoing Tommy John surgery in May.

Terms of the Jays’ deal with the six-foot-four, 220-pound Florida native were not disclosed.