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Jeffress in running as NL top reliever / October 22, 2020

Former Comet Jeremy Jeffress is one of three finalists for MLB Reliever of the Year award after his first season coming out of the bullpen for Chicago.

Milwaukee’s Devin Williams and San Diego’s Trevor Rosenthal, round out the three finalist.

Coming off of a 2018 season that saw Jeffress named to the MLB All-Stars, the 33-year old’s 2019 season would take an unexpected tumble. Plagued by a right shoulder injury and a strained left hip injury, both which saw him on and off the 10-day injured list; combined with some unfortunate pitching performances and Milwaukee released him on Sept. 1. Jeffress signed with the Cubs in February.

The Cubs would soon go on to offer Jeffress a one-year contract reportedly worth $850,000 plus incentives.

Jeffress became the go-to-man in the reliever position after Craig Kimbrel’s, who was the team’s primary relief pitcher, numbers started to drop off. Jeffress finished 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA over 22 games.

Earning three holds on the season, Jeffress had eight saves out of 10 save opportunities with the two saves he missed still resulting in Cubs’ wins.

Playing in 23.1 innings Jeffress gave up 10 hits leading to five runs; he logged four errors and gave up one home run.

Tossing 340 pitches he struck out 17, walked 12 and had a .137 AVG with a 0.94 WHIP. Ground outs/Air outs stood at 1.24.

On Jeffress’ Twitter @Montana41, he responded to Marquee Sports Network post about the nomination saying, “Blessed and Highly Favored! Thanks.”

The three finalist from the AL are Oakland’s Liam Hendriks, Alex Colomé, with the Chicago White Sox, and Cleveland’s Brad Hand. The winners are scheduled to be announced before Game 4 of the World Series.

An alumnus of Halifax County High School and a former Comet baseball and basketball player, Jeffress was chosen 16th by Milwaukee in the first round of the 2006 MLB draft.

Over his career Jeffress is 32-12 with a 3.08 ERA. He’s played in 414 games, starting in one. In 424.1 innings pitched he’s fanned 387 batters, collected 52 saves for a .245 AVG and a 1.32 WHIP.

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