Jeremy Jeffress Former DYB Player with Milwaukee Brewers

Updated Monday July 30, 2018 by Phyllis Johnson.

 

  • Jeremy Jeffress, South Boston native and stellar relief pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, made his one inning of work count Tuesday night during the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star game in Washington, D.C.

Jeffress in 1998, played for Virginia Dixie Youth in the 1St “AAA” Dixie Youth World Series in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Moving up to High School Ball, Jeremy was drafted by Milwaukee, hurling a 100+mph fast ball. Playing only Dixie Youth and High School ball, not bad for a young man to have his Dreams continue on.

Jeffress, making his first MLB all-star appearance, faced four of the best hitters in major league baseball in the top of the sixth inning, including Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners, Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians.

The hard-throwing right-hander walked Cruz on a 3-2 pitch and got all-star game MVP Bregman to hit a ground ball that turned into a force-out at second base for the first out of the inning.

Jeffress induced homerun slugger Judge into a groundout for the second out of the inning, and Lindor was retired with a fly ball to center field for the third out of the inning.

The addition of a third pitch to his repertoire, a split-finger changeup, has helped Jeffress become one of the dominant relievers in the game.

Entering Tuesday’s all-star game, Jeffress is 6-1, with a 1.34 ERA, with 29 hits and 13 walks allowed in 47 innings of work.

Jeffress, 30-years-old and a former Halifax County High School standout, was unscored upon in 40 of 46 appearances prior to the all-star game, and only eight of 33 base runners he inherited have scored.

The Milwaukee Brewers had team-record five players selected for this year’s all-star game, won 8-6 by the American League in 10 innings.

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