Jeremy Bleich

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Jeremy Michael Bleich

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jeremy Bleich has pitched as high as AAA.

Amateur Career[edit]

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.

Yankees Chain[edit]

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.

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