Jerry Blevins, Relief Pitcher, New York Mets
Date of Birth: 9/6/1983
Birthplace: Johnson City, Tennessee
College: University of Dayton
Current Salary: $5,500,000
Jerry Blevins, relief pitcher for the New York Mets, was first drafted in 2004 by the Chicago Cubs. He pitched in their minor league system from 2004 through 2006.
The Cubs traded Blevins to the Oakland Athletics on July 16, 2007. He spent most of the 2007 season in the minors, pitching just 4.2 innings in 6 games with the Athletics.
In 2008, Blevin's time was split between the majors and the minors. He had a 3.11 ERA in 37.2 innings in 36 games with the Athletics. The following season, he pitched in just 20 games with them and he had a 4.84 ERA. He spent the rest of the 2009 season in the minors.
Blevins pitched in 63 games with the Athletics in 2010. He finished the season with 2 wins and 1 loss, 1 save, 46 strikeouts to 18 walks, and a 3.70 ERA in 48.2 innings. The following year, he was in and out of the minors throughout the season. He finished with a 2.86 ERA in 26 games with the Athletics.
The 2012 season was a good one for Blevins. In 63 games with the Athletics, he had a career low ERA of 2.48, 5 wins and 1 loss, and 54 strikeouts to 25 walks in a career high 65.1 innings. He followed that season with another good one in 2013, when he finished with a 3.15 ERA, 5 wins and no losses, and 52 strikeouts to 17 walks in 67 games.
Blevins was traded to the Washington Nationals on December 11, 2013. He finished the 2014 season with a 4.87 ERA, 2 wins and 3 losses, and a career high 66 strikeouts to 23 walks in 64 games in his only season with the Nationals.
The Nationals traded Blevins to the Mets on March 30, 2015. He spent most of the 2015 season on the DL with a fractured left arm, pitching just 5.0 innings in 7 games with the Mets.
Blevins had a good year with the Mets in 2016, finishing with a 2.79 ERA. He had 4 wins and 2 losses, 2 saves, and 52 strikeouts to 15 walks in a career high 73 games.
Blevins became a free agent on November 3, 2016. He signed a new, one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Mets on February 9, 2017. The contract includes a club option for 2018.
Career pitching statistics for Blevins through 2016 include:
- 425 games played
- 371.1 innings pitched
- 20-11 win-loss record
- 361 strikeouts to 133 walks
- 3.44 ERA