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Blue Jays designate Jeremy Jeffress for assignment

Apr 4, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT

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Sportsnet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays have designated pitcher Jeremy Jeffress for assignment. The club recalled right-hander Chad Jenkins from Triple-A to take his spot on the roster. Jeffress, who earned a spot on the Jays’ 25-man roster with a solid spring showing, allowed three runs in one inning in his 2014 debut on March 31, surrendered two hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings on Thursday, and allowed one run in one inning Friday night. His season ERA currently stands at 10.80.

Jeffress, taken by the Brewers in the first round of the 2006 draft, went to the Royals in the Zack Greinke trade in December 2010, then was purchased by the Blue Jays in November 2012. He has not had much success in 51 1/3 innings at the big league level, sporting a 4.44 career ERA.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Some of this guys problems are his own fault. That being said, getting drafted as a pitcher by the Brewers has gottta be scaring guys by now.

  2. jwbiii - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    This is interesting. Forty man roster players don’t get tested for drugs of abuse. Jeffress has had two marijuana suspensions. If he is outrighted, he will subject to that again. Baseball’s first three and out player?

  3. tuberippin - Apr 5, 2014 at 4:01 AM

    Throws very fast, but his pitches don’t have any movement to them. If his control is not impeccable, he’s very hittable. Been his downfall thus far in the majors.

    • akakeillo - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Have you watched him pitch. His ball moves very much. As for control, have you looked at any of the other pitchers control? Rogers, Redmond, Happ to name a few. Stop ganging up on this kid.

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Last season, Jeffress was designated for assignment about a week into the season. He was not claimed, so there is a possibility that he will not be claimed this time either.

    While at Triple A Buffalo last year he was diagnosed as having “Childhood Epilepsy”. He was put on medicine for the Epilepsy and pitched well enough to be recalled by the Jays. After he was recalled, he pitched well with an ERA under 2.00. In a late season interview, he wondered if he used pot as a way of treating his Epilepsy. He did mention that he had periods when the Epilepsy made him totally dysfunctional, afraid to drive, and he had to get his mother up to Buffalo to help him.

  5. baseballcrazedfan - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    People act like those other pitchers are doing WAY better. I could see if you had pitchers that were doing outstanding jobs then you could say that this guy is doing horrible. You also have to consider that he does not pitch AS frequent as the other guys therefore his ERA would differ greatly. This guy went from being a starter who threw consistently to a reliever who threw every other game for an inning. The sad part about these so called ” sports’ analysts” and ” experienced coaches” can’t see that no further can they see their johnson. Jeffress has the same potential as the other guys. And as far as his past is concerned, all these guys who take enhanced performance drugs, sniff/snort, and smoke weed themselves are just as guilty. Milwakuee was the first team to get rid of this guy yet some of their players were taking performance enhancers and YES they knew. OVERALL, I doubt that designating this guy will be the answer to a winning season. Focus on developing players and not jerking them around making it impossible for them to be structured and consistent. I look forward to seeing this guy wherever he goes. Best of luck!

    • akakeillo - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      You are so right. I would hope that some other team picks him up. To do this to this young man 2 years in a row is so disappointing on the Blue Jays behalf. He has so much potential and he is definitely not the reason they are loosing. Good luck to this young man where ever he ends up. The jays will be very sorry if they loose him.

  6. garybrian - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    About time. He may have an “electric arm” but he doesn’t know what to do with it.

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