Oregon State’s pitching unit will lose some depth next year as pitcher Jack Washburn announced his decision to enter the transfer portal yesterday, according to a report from The Oregonian. Washburn was a key part of the Beaver rotation this past season both as a reliever and as a starter for midweek games.
Washburn appeared in 21 games and had 5 starts for the Beavers this season. He picked up a 4-2 record with a 3.12 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. With Kevin Abel and Jake Pfennigs both potentially leaving in the MLB Draft next month, it looked like Washburn was on track to compete for a full time starting job next season.
That won’t come to pass now, which leaves the Beavers starting rotation somewhat depleted. Cooper Hjerpe should return, and with another year of experience has the potential into a fantastic starter for the Beavs. Reid Sebby and Brock Townsend both got chances to start in 2021, and should compete for starting jobs next season.
The Beavers also have a new class to look forward to, with transfer DJ Carpenter and incoming freshmen David Case, Dominic Hambley, Jacob Kmatz and Victor Quinn. We likely won’t know what the Beavers pitching is going to look like until 2022, but there’s a lot of promising talent coming up.