Jeff Bajenaru with the Chicago White Sox in 2006, during Spring Training.
March 21, 1978 |
|September 4, 2004, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 7, 2006, for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Earned run average||11.20|
Bajenaru was born in Pomona, California) and graduated from Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills. He began his college career at the Riverside Community College. The Oakland Athletics drafted him in the 13th round after his sophomore season, but he elected not to sign. He parlayed his community college performance into a scholarship at the University of Oklahoma. The Chicago White Sox chose him in the 36th round the next year, but he again returned to school. In 2000, he hit .342 with 11 HR's and 58 RBI. On the mound he was 1-2 with 20 saves (setting a conference and Oklahoma record for season and career) and a 2.62 ERA. He was a first-team college All-American as a utility player, and was a 1st Team Big 12 Conference selection as an outfielder and 2nd Team Big 12 Conference selection as a relief pitcher.
Bajenaru has generally worked as a closer during his minor league career, striking out more than 10 batters per nine innings, and collecting 24 wins and 91 saves in relief. He missed the entire 2002 season as a result of Tommy John surgery, but recovered well and was able to resume his baseball career in 2003.
Bajenaru made his major league debut with the White Sox on September 4, 2004. After brief stints in their bullpen in 2004 and 2005, he was traded to the Diamondbacks on March 8, 2006, with the White Sox receiving infielder Alex Cintrón.
Bajenaru was a member of the 2005 World Series Championship Chicago White Sox team and also the Triple-A and Pacific Coast League Champion Tucson Sidewinders team in 2006. In his 5 full Minor League seasons he participated in three All Star games at the Double-A and Triple-A levels.
Bajenaru missed the entire 2007 season and ended up retiring from professional baseball in 2008 due to two separate shoulder surgeries.
- "Jeff Bajenaru Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Jeff Bajenaru". Baseball Reference. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Diamondbacks trade Cintron to White Sox for Bajenaru, Associated Press, published March 8, 2006, accessed September 18, 2006.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- An interview with Bajenaru, by the Society for American Baseball Research.
- Bajenaru's minor league statistics at The Toronto Star.
- Baseball Almanac