By Jerry Del Priore
Since the Los Angeles Dodgers purchased the contract of pitcher Jeremy Bleich last month from the Somerset Patriots of the Independent Atlantic League, the former New York Yankee farmhand has posted a 1-0 record with a 1.50 ERA in six innings in three games (one start) with the Oklahoma City Dodgers of the Pacific Coast League (PCL).
Bleich—a former Staten Island Yankee and first-round (44th overall) selection of New York in the 2008 MLB amateur draft—spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks in spring training before signing with the Patriots in April.
The Stanford University alumnus tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball with two strikeouts in two games for the Patriots before inking with the Dodgers’ system.
In addition, he pitched in three contest for Team Israeli during the 2017 World Baseball Classic in March, recording two whiffs in 2.1 innings of work.
Bleich, 29, joined Somerset last July and appeared in 17 tilts out of the bullpen, firing a 25 Ks versus three walks with a 2.45 ERA in 28 games.
The left-hander spent his first six professional seasons with the Yankees’ organization and reached Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2014.
Over 201 career minor league tilts (76 starts) during his eight-year professional career, the New Orleans, La., native has posted a 3.83 ERA with 447 strikeouts in 556.1 innings.
Bleich was the first Patriot to have his contract purchased by a major league organization this campaign.