Jeremy Michael Bleich
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.
- School Stanford University
- High School Isidore Newman School
Jeremy Bleich has pitched as high as AAA.
Bleich was on the US team that finished second in the 2005 Pan American Junior Championship. He was 9-3 with 100 K in 71 IP as a high school sophomore, 7-3 with a 1.25 ERA and 110 K in 72 2/3 IP as a junior while hitting .464 with 8 homers. He was named a third-team high school All-American by Baseball America after going 7-1 with a 0.56 ERA and 138 K in 63 innings, while hitting .387. The other third-team pitchers were Chaz Roe, Brett Jacobson, Brian Matusz and Ryan Tucker.
He proceeded to college at Stanford, going 4-4 with 7 saves and a 4.05 ERA as a freshman, tying Daniel Schlereth for 4th in the Pac-10 Conference in saves. He had a 1-1, 2.09 record for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League and allowed only one earned run in 13 postseason innings, again going 1-1. In 2007, he was 2-8 with a 5.56 ERA as a member of the Stanford rotation. He was again strong with Wareham in the fall at 4-2, 2.44 and 47 whiffs in 44 1/3 IP. He improved to 3-3, 2.09 as a junior, missing time with injury, and won a game in the 2008 College World Series.
Bleich was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round of the 2008 amateur draft. The 44th overall pick (between Wade Miley and Bryan Price), it was a compensation pick for the loss of Luis Vizcaino to free agency. He was signed by scout Mike Thurman for $700,000 and made his pro debut that summer. He allowed two runs in three innings for the Staten Island Yankees. He had a strong winter for the Waikiki Beach Boys of the Hawaii Winter League, going 3-2 with a 1.77 ERA. He tied for third in the league in wins, was 7th in strikeouts (33) and was 7th in ERA. He joined Satoshi Nagai and Kyle Bloom as the league's All-Star starting pitchers.
He split 2009 between the Tampa Yankees (6-4, 3.40 in 14 G) and Trenton Thunder (3-6, 6.65 in 13 G). He tied for 5th in the Yankees chain in wins, was 4th in losses and 5th in strikeouts (116). Baseball America rated him as the #9 Yankees prospect. He started 2010 back with Trenton and had a 3-2, 4.79 record after 8 starts when his season was cut short with a shoulder strain. He had surgery in 2011 and hit the rehab trail in 2012, with stints for the GCL Yankees (0 R in 5 2/3 IP), Staten Island (2.53 in 5 G) and Tampa (1-1, 3.86 in 8 G). He went 2-1 with two saves and a 2.76 ERA in 27 games (4 starts) for Tampa in 2013, walking 39 in 65 1/3 IP. He did have the second-lowest homer rate by Yankee minor leaguers, allowing just one in 65 1/3 IP (Danny Burawa allowed one in 66), but had three stints on the DL (knee, hip, forearm).
In 2014, he finally made it to AAA, going 5-6 with a 3.39 ERA in 15 starts for AA Trenton and 0-4, 6.68 in 11 games (5 starts) for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. He nearly led Yankee minor leaguers in losses, one behind Dan Camarena. Moving to the Pittsburgh Pirates chain, he pitched for the 2015 Bradenton Marauders (0 R in 3 IP), Altoona Curve (0-2, 4 Sv, 3.25 in 25 G) and Indianapolis Indians (Sv, 2.60 in 13 G). Next signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, he had stints in 2016 for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (0 R in 1 IP) and Reading Fightin Phils (4-2, Sv, 4.14 in 29 G). Let go by Philadelphia, he wound up with the independent Somerset Patriots (2-2, 2.45 in 17 G, 28 K in 22 IP) to finish the year.
He then joined the Israeli national team for the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. He relieved Jared Lakind in the 7th with a 1-0 lead against Brazil (defending its spot from the 2013 World Baseball Classic). He went 1-2-3, retiring Bo Bichette then fanning Luis Camargo and Lucas Rojo. In the 8th, he retired Gabriel Maciel and whiffed Carlos Garmendia but then Leonardo Reginatto and Dante Bichette Jr. singled; Ryan Sherriff relieved and escaped the jam. In the finale against the United Kingdom, he relieved Josh Zeid with a 6-0 lead in the 8th and a no-hitter in progress. He retired Jordan Serena and Chris Berset but Albert Cartwright singled to end the no-hitter and advanced on an error by Zach Borenstein. Chavez Young singled in Cartwright to end the shutout. After a walk to Kyle Simmons, the Louisianan was relieved by former major leaguer Craig Breslow. Israel won to advance to the 2017 World Baseball Classic.