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SoxxoS
05-12-2004, 02:46 PM
Can you give us a rundown on Jeff Bajenaru...

Talk about lights out in AA-

13 games. 13.2 IP. 0.66 ERA. 7 hits allowed. 2 walks. 23 strikeouts. 3 saves.

What does he feature...how old is he...when is his ETA? I hate rushing pitchers and all, but his numbers are sick. If we can't fill the closer void via a trade...is Bajenaru an option? It looks like he has suburb control, so he would be able to be success at the MLB level.

maurice
05-12-2004, 02:51 PM
IIRC, he's an approx. 26-year-old fastball-slider RHP. He's a little old but his numbers show that he should be a top candidate for a promotion to AAA or the bigs when a space clears.

Rex should have better info.

SoxxoS
05-12-2004, 02:54 PM
He is 26? Crap. Any reason why he is having this much success, or is it just a fluke?

maurice
05-12-2004, 03:39 PM
Originally posted by SoxxoS
is it just a fluke?

Not entirely. His professional ERA coming into this season was 3.36 with more Ks than IP. This season's utter domination probably has something to do with the fact that he's repeating AA.

As for his age, he was a college closer who left school in 2000 at age 22. IIRC, he may have lost a year due to injury, as well. You don't see too many oldish AA relief pitchers on prospect lists.

Randar68
05-12-2004, 04:02 PM
Originally posted by maurice
Not entirely. His professional ERA coming into this season was 3.36 with more Ks than IP. This season's utter domination probably has something to do with the fact that he's repeating AA.

As for his age, he was a college closer who left school in 2000 at age 22. IIRC, he may have lost a year due to injury, as well. You don't see too many oldish AA relief pitchers on prospect lists.

Jeff was a pitcher/RF'er at Oklahoma and was a pretty good hitter as well. He missed all of 2002 following Tommy John surgery. He was a college closer and may be groomed as such in the near future. His development vs. age is a little behind track with the missing of an entire season and coming out of Oklahoma after his senior year.

He was 36th round pick in the 1999 draft.

SoxxoS
05-12-2004, 04:11 PM
Originally posted by Randar68
Jeff was a pitcher/RF'er at Oklahoma and was a pretty good hitter as well. He missed all of 2002 following Tommy John surgery. He was a college closer and may be groomed as such in the near future. His development vs. age is a little behind track with the missing of an entire season and coming out of Oklahoma after his senior year.

He was 36th round pick in the 1999 draft.

Can he/is he going to make it to the bigs? If so, ETA?

Fungo
05-12-2004, 04:16 PM
From what I hear, his velocity is among the best in the organization and he's seemed to recover nicely from the surgery.

Rex Hudler
05-13-2004, 02:49 AM
I see Baj as a setup guy in the bigs. He could possibly develop into a closer, but I don't see him thrust into that role. He can get it up to 94 and has a live arm and excellent command. His slider has excellent bite and he has a nice changeup.

Bajenaru was actually very good last year in Birmingham so this should be no surprise. He is only in Birmingham because there is no room for him in Charlotte with all the vets.

Here are his numbers from last year minus one single outing where he got shelled....

ERA 2.15
IP 62.2
H 46
BB 24
K 60

Before everyone starts crowing about not being able to subtract a bad performance, you need to know the circumstances behind this one. He gave up 8 earned runs in one inning last year on July 19. Under normal circumstances, he would have been lifted long before 8 runs scored because he clearly didn't have it that night. But the bullpen had been worn down and overworked and because the game was out of hand, Baj was left out there to "take one for the team". It obviously was not his best night, but you have to take this into account if you want to assess the true value of his 2003 season. It was clearly even more dominant than his numbers indicate.

One note: He also went the entire season last year without throwing his slider. The Sox and he felt it would be the safest way to ensure he fully recovered from elbow surgery.

SoxxoS
05-13-2004, 04:10 AM
Thanks for the info, Rex. He looks like he is a viable canidate for a Sept. call-up, or a next season roster spot...

Fungo
05-13-2004, 09:26 AM
Originally posted by Rex Hudler
One note: He also went the entire season last year without throwing his slider. The Sox and he felt it would be the safest way to ensure he fully recovered from elbow surgery.

Not bad at all, considering that the other teams in the league, I'm sure, had the scouting report on that. Actually, those numbers are even more impressive knowing that. Thanks for the info Rex.

Soxheads
05-13-2004, 10:06 PM
Jeff's also a way nice guy....