Jermaine Van Buren
|Jermaine Van Buren|
|Born:July 2, 1980|
|August 31, 2005, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 19, 2006, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Earned run average||9.00|
He would get a second shot at the major leagues when the Chicago Cubs signed him as a free agent in 2004. He would quickly go from being a low-ranked prospect to becoming part of the Cubs Triple-A team in Iowa.
In 2005, he finished second in the Pacific Coast League with 25 saves and posted up a 1.98 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 54 2⁄3 innings pitched before receive a late call-up to the majors. He appeared in six games for the Cubs, ending with a 0-2 record, a 3.00 ERA, nine walks, and six strikeouts in 6.0 innings. At the end of the season, he was dealt by Chicago to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor league outfielder Matt Ciaramella.
In 2006, Van Buren was called up when David Wells went on the disabled list and made his Red Sox debut against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 21. He was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket a day later, and was recalled by Boston on May 24. Van Buren was optioned to Pawtucket June 19, but would return once again on July 28.
He was signed by the Washington Nationals to a minor league deal on November 7, 2006.
While playing for the Red Sox in 2006 he married the love of his life, Tiffany Suther. In the off-season, he teaches baseball at Amarillo Baseball Academy.