Jeremy Hefner

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Jeremy Hefner
Jeremy Hefner on July 25, 2012.jpg
Hefner with the New York Mets
Free agent
Starting pitcher
Born: (1986-03-11) March 11, 1986 (age 28)
Perkins, Oklahoma
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 23, 2012 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 8–15
Earned run average 4.59
Strikeouts 150
Teams

Jeremy Scott Hefner (born March 11, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets.

High School and College[edit]

Hefner attended Perkins-Tryon High School. He was a first-team all-state selection as a senior. He also lettered in football.

Hefner attended Seminole State College for two years before transferring to Oral Roberts University. In his freshman year, he was 5–4 with a 4.03 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 46 innings. In his sophomore year, he was 4–1 with a 4.25 ERA and 49 Ks in 36 innings pitched.[1]

Professional career[edit]

He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 46th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft, however he opted not to sign. He was next drafted by the Mets in the 48th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, however again he did not sign.

Hefner with Single-A Lake Elsinore, affiliates of the Padres, in 2009.

San Diego Padres[edit]

He did sign after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres, beginning his professional career that year.

Pitching for the Eugene Emeralds in 2007, Hefner went 2–5 with a 3.90 ERA in 17 games (11 starts), striking out 74 batters in 62 1/3 innings. In 2008, he pitched for the Fort Wayne Wizards and Lake Elsinore Storm, going a combined 10–5 with a 3.34 ERA in 30 games (25 starts), striking out 150 batters in 145 1/3 innings. He pitched for the Storm and Portland Beavers in 2009, going 14–9 with a 4.10 ERA in 28 starts. With the Beavers again in 2010, he went 11–8 with a 2.95 ERA in 28 starts.[2]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On November 18, 2011, Hefner was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates designated him for assignment on December 9. Three days later he was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets.

New York Mets[edit]

On April 23, 2012, Hefner was called up to the Mets roster to fill in for Ronny Cedeño, who was placed on the disabled list with a strained left intercostal muscle. He pitched three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk. He was sent down to Buffalo after the game, which the Mets lost to the San Francisco Giants, 6–1. Hefner recorded his first career loss against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 19, 2012, after pitching five innings of relief.[3]

On May 24, Hefner made his first MLB start against the San Diego Padres. Then on May 30, Hefner recorded his first big-league win against the Philadelphia Phillies, which also included his first hit, a home run.[4] He was the first pitcher to homer and get his first big-league win in the same game since Dennis Tankersley did it on May 26, 2002. He was also the first Mets pitcher to get his first win and homer on the same day.

On July 4, 2012, Hefner was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. However, he was called back on July 21 after an injury to Johan Santana. On August 26, Hefner pitched his first game since returning from paternity leave for the birth of his second child. Although he got a no-decision, Hefner pitched the best game of his rookie season, by going eight innings and only surrendering one run on five hits.[5]

On Sept. 26, 2012, Hefner was the winning pitcher on the same night that David Wright broke the Mets' all-time hits record.[6]

On August 28, 2013, Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery.[7] Asked if he plans on a late 2014 return, Hefner stated, “That’s my goal, that’s my hope.”[8]

After the 2013 season, Hefner was non-tendered by the Mets, making him a free agent.[9]However, he was re-signed to a one year contract in December, prior to the start of the 2014 season.[10] On October 9, 2014, Hefner announced through his Twitter account that he would undergo a second Tommy John Surgery.[11]

Pitching style[edit]

Hefner throws five pitches. He leads with a four-seam fastball around 89–91 mph. He also throws a two-seam fastball (89–91), a slider (86–89), a curveball (74–77), and a changeup (83–85). Right-handed hitters see a higher number of sliders, but he mixes all of his pitches against right-handed and left-handed hitters. Hefner's pitches have below-average whiff rates, reflected in only 18 strikeouts in his first 32 innings of work. However, he has also shown excellent control, walking only four batters in that span.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Hefner is married to Sarah Grace Hefner, a personal trainer.[14] They have two children; a son, Jace (born in 2010) and a daughter, Jaylee (born in 2012). Jeremy plays golf recreationally.[15]

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