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Brewers prospects Caleb Gindl (left) and Jeremy Jeffress have been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars Game on Saturday in Surprise, Ariz.
It seems to me that the silver lining of an otherwise lost Brewers season is the slew of rookies who have proven they fit at the Major League level. With that in mind, here’s a preview of a feature set to hit Brewers.com later today:
Since returning in early June from a 100-game suspension that came as a result of a failed drug test, right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress has been impressive on and off the field.
MILWAUKEE — With an open spot available, the Brewers added right-hander Jeremy Jeffress to the 40-man roster on Tuesday, optioning him to Class A Wisconsin.
When reliever Todd Coffey was activated from the disabled list, the Brewers designated Chris Smith for assignment, opening a spot on the 40-man roster. Smith eventually accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Nashville, but the open spot remained.
Jeffress, 22, was a first-round selection by the Brewers in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. His time with the club has been marred by separate 50-game and 100-game suspensions for testing positive for “a drug of abuse.”
Since signing with the club in 2006, Jeffress has played for the Double-A Huntsville Stars, Class A Advanced Brevard County Manatees and the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
After being suspended 100 games on June 29, 2009, Jeffress returned earlier this month in a new role, moving to the bullpen for the Timber Rattlers.
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
Suspended Brewers pitching prospect Jeremy Jeffress celebrated his 22nd birthday Monday with his agent, Josh Kusnick, amid a 100-game suspension. Kusnick posted an update about Jeffress on his Twitter account, @39ontheline.
with Jeremy Jeffress for his Bday,” Kusnick wrote. “All is very well and he is in
tremendous spirits. Thanks to all for the support. 2010 will be big.”
If my count was correct when Jeffress was suspended in June, his suspension for a drug of abuse will cover the first 34 games of next season. The Brewers will have to add Jeffress to the 40-man roster following the 2010 campaign or expose him to the Rule 5 Draft.
Because of that roster consideration, had Jeffress not been suspended he could have been a strong candidate for a September call-up next year. The flamethrowing right-hander, Milwaukee’s first-round Draft pick in 2006, began the 2009 season two steps away at Double-A Huntsville before a demotion to Class A Brevard County, where he was pitching well when the suspension came down. Assuming he would have made it back to Huntsville by the end of this year, he might have started there again in 2010 and been promoted at some point to Triple-A Nashville, one step away from the Majors.
Now, after missing nearly a year, Jeffress might have to start over at a low-level affiliate and work his way up. With one more suspension, he would face a lifetime ban from baseball.
UPDATE – Talked with Josh yesterday afternoon, and he said Jeffress’ sister will be with him next year in Spring Training. I’m sure the family support will be helpful for a young man trying to get back on track.