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Jair Jurrjens had another terrible start at Triple-A

May 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Jair Jurrjens AP

Jair Jurrjens got rocked for 11 runs in a Triple-A start last week and turned in another ugly outing for Gwinnett yesterday, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in 4.1 innings.

Combined between the two starts he’s coughed up 18 runs on 23 hits in nine innings, yet the Braves continue to insist that Jurrjens is making progress and looking good.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that there’s “stuff that you guys don’t see on the line score” and “his velocity was up … I think they had him a couple of times at 93, which we hadn’t seen here.”

Jurrjens may indeed be throwing harder and harder, but Triple-A batters are hitting him harder and harder as well. Through five total starts there he has a 6.10 ERA and .313 opponents’ batting average, managing just 16 strikeouts in 31 innings.

Regardless of the velocity readings, the 2011 All-Star is a long way from being back in the majors.

  1. The Baseball Idiot - May 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Don’t worry, Dayton Moore will trade for him anyday.

    • l0yalr0yal - May 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      I know you’re just dogging on my boys, but Jurrjens for Wil Myers was almost a done deal in February.

      • The Baseball Idiot - May 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        I”m completely serious. Within 3 days of Jurrjens being released, Moore will sign him. Unless he trades some minor leaguer for him first.

  2. cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM


  3. zidanevalor - May 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Hate to rub salt in the wound, but he gave up seven runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings to the Twins Triple-A team in Rochester, who are the worst scoring offense in the International League (3.13 runs per game).

  4. El Bravo - May 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM


  5. kaf39 - May 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM


  6. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Hindsight is 20/20, I realize, but I really wish the Braves had dealt JJ in the offseason when he still had some value. Looking at all his peripheral numbers, it was clear he couldn’t continue getting the results he was getting much of last year. Alas, now he’s bordering on worthless and will fetch nothing of note in return.

    Of course, I was glad to see Derek Lowe shipped out of town, regardless of the sizable chunk of salary eaten in the process. Now, it’d obviously be nice to have his numbers in this rotation. Just goes to show that general managing a major league franchise is incredibly difficult work.

  7. mississippimusicman - May 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    The narrative you get from following the progress of the G-Braves is that their infield defense is terrible this year. I wonder how much that plays into his pitching lines?

  8. harrysatchel - May 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    To quote Randy Quaid in Major League 2 ” Back the truck up! Back it up!! Bring out the pooper scooper”

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