Boys Varsity Baseball · N.Y. Yankees select Jackson Bertsch (’13) in 29th round of MLB Draft


The New York Yankees selected 2013 Pleasant Hill alumnus, Jackson Bertsch, in the 29th round of the 2018 MLB Draft.

Bertsch posted a 6-8 record with three saves and 5.08 ERA during his two seasons at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. The right-hander saw time as both a starter and a reliever, making 35 appearances with 15 starts. He struck out 134 and walked 42 over 127 2/3 innings.

This past season, Bertsch went 4-4 with three saves and a team-leading 3.94 ERA. In 75 1/3 innings, Jackson struck out a team-high 86 and walked 25 batters. After a midseason switch to the bullpen in April, the right-hander flourished, being named Big South Reliever of the Week for April 6. In 14 appearances as a reliever, he posted a 2-2 record with a 2.21 ERA over 36 2/3 innings. He struck out 53 batters and walked nine, a 5.8 strikeout to walk ratio.

As a senior at Pleasant Hill, Jackson led the Billies to the 2013 3A State Championship. In 72 innings, posted a 10-1 record with 129 strikeouts and a 0.97 ERA. Jackson was named 1st team all-state his senior and junior years and participated in the 3A All-Star series.

Congratulations Jackson Bertsch!!!! Pleasant Hill is proud!!!!!