Blevins with the Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals – No. 13
September 6, 1983 |
Johnson City, Tennessee
|September 16, 2007 for the Oakland Athletics|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||3.58|
|Competitor for United States|
|Baseball World Cup|
|Gold||2007 Tianmu||National team|
After graduating from Arcadia High School in, Arcadia, Ohio, Blevins walked on to the University of Dayton baseball team, where he pitched for two years. He had a 7–4 record in 21 games while playing for Dayton.
Blevins was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 17th (516th overall) round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. He signed with the club on June 23 of that year, and began his pro career with the Single-A Boise Hawks, where he pitched 23 games.
Blevins began the 2007 season with the Daytona Cubs. He pitched in 15 games there and had a 1–0 record with a 0.38 ERA before being promoted to the Double-A Tennessee Smokies on May 15, 2007. He pitched in 23 games for the Smokies, in which he had a 2–2 record with a 1.53 ERA. Blevins pitched a total of 38 games in the Cubs organization and had a 3–2 record with a 1.02 ERA.
The Athletics, upon receiving Blevins, optioned him to Double-A Midland. He went 1–3 there with a 3.32 ERA in 17 games. He was promoted to the Sacramento River Cats, the Athletics Triple-A affiliate, on August 31, 2007. Before the River Cats season ended, he pitched in one game in which he did not give a run and got the win in 22⁄3 scoreless innings pitched. Blevins helped the River Cats win the Pacific Coast League championship. After the win, Blevins was promoted to the Athletics major league club on September 15, 2007. Blevins pitched for four different minor league teams in 2007 and had a combined 5–5 record with a 1.63 ERA in 56 games. He also struck out 11.87 batters per nine innings and had a total of 102 strikeouts in 771⁄3 innings.
Blevins was designated for assignment on May 23, 2011. He was later re-added back to the 40-man roster, only to be designated for assignment again on July 19. He was re-added to the 40-man roster a day later.
Blevins earned one save during the 2012 season, also his second save in his career in a clutch relief when A's closer Grant Balfour allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning making the score 6–5 against the Los Angeles Angels, Blevins struck out Kendrys Morales and grounded Howard Kendrick into a double play and earned his clutch save.
Blevins signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Athletics to avoid arbitration before the 2013 season. On April 29, Blevins got the win in a 19 inning game against the Angels, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings. The Athletics won the game in the bottom of the 19th on a walk-off Brandon Moss home run. In 67 appearances in 2013, Blevins went 5-0 with 4 holds and a 3.15 ERA, striking out 52 in 60 innings.
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- Nationals acquire LHP Jerry Blevins from Athletics
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