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James Jordan Vermilyea (born February 10, 1982 in Tucson, Arizona) is an American former professional baseball pitcher, and is currently the pitching coach for the South Bend Cubs. He played part of the 2007 season in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays, and most recently played for the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association. He is 6'4" tall and 195 lb (88 kg) in weight.
|Winnipeg Goldeyes – No. 19|
|Born: February 10, 1982|
|April 22, 2007, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 10, 2007, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2011 season)
|Earned run average||0.00|
Vermilyea played college baseball for the University of New Mexico. In 2002, he played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, where he went a stretch of 13 games without allowing an earned run, and was named a league all-star.
Vermilyea was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 9th round, 260th overall of the 2003 amateur draft. In three seasons for the Blue Jays minor league system, Vermilyea posted a 19-9 record with eight saves and a 3.05 ERA in 99 games, 22 as a starter. Most impressively, he threw a perfect game against the New Britain Rock Cats on June 28, 2004.
Vermilyea was acquired by the Boston Red Sox in the Rule 5 Draft from Toronto, but was returned to Toronto on March 14, 2006. He split the 2006 season with Toronto's minor-league affiliates New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Double-A/Eastern League) and Syracuse Chiefs (Triple A/International League).
In April 2007, Vermilyea's contract was purchased from Syracuse by the Blue Jays after B. J. Ryan went on the 15-day disabled list and Davis Romero went on the 60-day disabled list. He made his major league debut on April 22 against the Baltimore Orioles, pitching 3 scoreless innings as a reliever.
In 2010, he signed with the Na Koa Ikaika Maui of the Golden Baseball League. As their closer he posted a 1-2 record with 20 saves (just one short of the league record) with an ERA of 1.64 in 31 games with 28 strikeouts. He led his team to the first half championship, but on August 28, 2010, his contract was purchased by the Blue Jays, preventing him from participating in the postseason or setting the GBL saves record. He was assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas the following day. He appeared in four games for Las Vegas, then became a minor league free agent at the end of the season.
On April 29, 2011, Vermilyea signed with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. He served as the Goldeyes' closer, appeared in 45 games with a record of 3-3, an ERA of 1.81, and 17 saves.
Vermilyea can throw his fastball in the lower 90 miles per hour speed range. His fastball has good command, and good movement. Vermilyea also utilized his ability to throw a low 80's mph breaking slider, a splitter, a curveball, a change-up, and a cutter. Vermilyea struggles with consistency in his pitches.
On February 16, 2012, Na Koa Ikaika Maui hired Vermilyea as manager. After a stint as pitching coach of the Winnipeg Goldeyes, he was hired by the Chicago Cubs to be a minor league coach for the 2019 season.
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