After posting a 7.62 ERA in Spring Training, the 25-year-old Jeffress unexpectedly made the Opening Day bullpen as the team opted to run with an 8-man pen while Brett Lawrie was on the disabled list. However, the strike zone challenged reliever appeared in only one game with Toronto in 2012, throwing a single inning against the Boston Red Sox on April 5th. He would surrender a home run and a pair of walks in the contest.
The Blue Jays have yet to make an announcement as to where Jeffress will be headed in this latest Minor League assignment. Triple-A Buffalo would be the most likely destination. However, given his control problems and the team’s desire to win in Buffalo, they could opt to send Jeffress to Double-A New Hampshire and promote from that roster to Buffalo, where Chad Beck is off to a nice start, with 3 saves and 12 strike-outs in 5 innings pitched.
The Blue Jays acquired Jeffress from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations on November 8, 2012.