Jurrjens, who was an OK pitcher in Detroit and a stud for a couple years in Atlanta, is going to be pitching for our AAA club. Let's hope we see the Atlanta version soon enough!
Bringing the boys back... Both he and Bonderman will be working in Toledo... Think this is a solid, low risk move by the Tigers to possibly restore some decent arms. Hope everything goes well and smooth for both Jurrjens and Bonderman.
If he could get even close to what he was in Atlanta it would be a huge boost to the bullpen. Here's hoping.
they must have a pretty good staff for a AAA team. with bonderman, juurgens, and the guys we have seen brought up for short stints, they seem stacked.
I doubt their staff is very good...
you have never heard the phrase: "never let the facts get in the way of a good story."
If you dig into the stats a little deeper you would see that isn't the case. Their staff does have the fourth best ERA and WHIP and is fifth in a couple other categories in the international league. I would say their staff is pretty solid.
Toledo is actually has the fourth best ERA (3.83)
of the14 teams in International League
Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller and Armando Gallaraga
How about Chris Shelton?
What about Brandon Inge?
/s...... hopefully (http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130723/SPORTS0104/307230103/Report-...)
(at least while Miggy is recovering)
Looks like DD is getting the old band back together.
This really isn't a bad move by the Tigers as it is pretty low-risk and doesn't cost them in the prospect department. Further, the potential upside of getting Jurrjens back to his pre-2011 form would make him a good addition to the team down the stretch, I would think, even if it were in a middle relief type of role. As I recall, Jurrjens had a pretty good mix of pitches - not a hard thrower, but good off-speed stuff. I hope this works out - he did well in somewhat limited action with Detroit the first time.
A few years ago Jair was one of the young up-and-comers of the staff here in Atlanta (who, interestingly, acquired Jair from the Tigers in 2007) along with Tommy Hanson, who's now with the Angels sporting a 4-2 record with a 4.75 ERA. The Braves had great expectations for both, but in the end neither delivered.
Jair suddenly, it seems, couldn't find the strike zone and when he did, the ball whizzed past him and fell safely somewhere in the outfield (or in the stands). With the number of live, young arms the Braves have (and had at that time) both on the staff and in AAA Gwinnett right down the road, they had little patience for a guy who couldn't get it done and ultimately traded him away.
Kudos to the Tigers for giving Jair another chance to prove he can still pitch in the bigs.
Did we trade for him or was he released and picked up (like Bondo)?
I hope we didn't trade for him, but if he was a pick up and we can catch lightening in a bottle with any one of these guys and they can help the bullpen these are all decent moves. As long as we didn't deal any assets for them.
It didn't cost the Tigers anything other than payroll. Low risk, medium reward type of move, my real hope is that Dombrowski doesn't see Jurrjens and Bonderman as the pieces to get the Tigers over the top but pieces that can help in middle relief.
Having watched half a season of Jurrjens in Baltimore/Norfolk.... I can tell you that he's nothing to jump up & down about.
Very mediocre fastball (87-91), and not much else to speak of.
Not to be a Debbie Downer for ya'll... but he's got less than impressive stuff.
Oh wait, it's desperation....
Jurrjens did throw a no-hitter in Trouble with the Curve, that's a lot of potential.