Jeremy Jeffress, Relief Pitcher, Texas Rangers
Date of Birth: 9/21/1987
Birthplace: South Boston, Virginia
Current Salary: $2,100,000
Jeremy Jeffress, relief pitcher for the Texas Rangers, was first drafted in 2006 by the Milwaukee Brewers. He pitched in the Brewers' minor league system from 2006 through 2009. He pitched in 10 games with the Brewers in 2010 and he had a 2.70 ERA in 10.0 innings. He also pitched in 24 games in the minors.
The Brewers traded Jeffress to the Kansas City Royals on December 19, 2010. He spent most of the 2011 and 2012 seasons in the minors. He pitched in 14 games with the Royals in 2011 and he had a 4.70 ERA. In 2012, he had a 6.75 ERA in 13 games with the Royals.
Jeffress was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in November, 2012. He again spent most of the 2013 season in the minors, pitching just 10.1 innings in 10 games with the Blue Jays.
Jeffress became a free agent on April 17, 2014, and a day later, he returned to the Brewers on a minor league contract. He finished the 2014 season with a 2.81 ERA in 3 games with the Blue Jays and 29 games with the Brewers.
Jeffress had his first full season in the majors in 2015, when he pitched in 72 games with the Brewers. He finished the 2016 season with 5 wins and no losses, 67 strikeouts to 22 walks, and a 2.65 ERA in 68.0 innings.
The Brewers traded Jeffress to the Rangers on August 1, 2016. He finished the season with 3 wins and 2 losses, 27 saves (with the Brewers), 42 strikeouts to 18 walks, and a 2.33 ERA in 47 games with the Brewers and 12 games with the Rangers. In the postseason with the Rangers, he pitched 1.0 innings in 1 game and he gave up one hit.
Career pitching statistics for Jeffress through 2016 include:
- 210 games played
- 207.0 innings pitched
- 12-4 win-loss record
- 28 saves
- 184 strikeouts to 85 walks
- 2.91 ERA
Jeffress was diagnosed with juvenile epilepsy in June, 2013.
On August 26, 2016, Jeffress was arrested for driving while intoxicated.