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Jermaine Russell Van Buren

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Jermaine Van Buren was a second round pick of the Colorado Rockies in the 1998 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Damon Iannelli and made his pro debut that summer. In five seasons as a starter in the Rockies' chain, Van Buren never made it out of A ball and was released after 2002. He signed with the independent Fort Worth Cats in 2003, and went 9-4. Chicago Cubs special assistant Gary Hughes, who had worked for the Rockies in 1999, recommended signing Van Buren. As a reliever in the Cubs' chain, he acheived some success, getting 22 saves in 2004, 25 in 2005, and 16 in 2006, with low ERA's each year. His win-loss record in the minors from 1998-2006 was 46-36.

In December 2005, the Boston Red Sox acquired Jermaine Van Buren from the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Matt Ciaramella. He started spring training in 2007 with the Washington Nationals but was sent to the Columbus Clippers and has yet to return to the major leagues.

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