Jeff Bianchi

Jeffrey Thomas Bianchi (born October 5, 1986) is an American former professional baseball shortstop. He appeared in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers and the Boston Red Sox.

Jeff Bianchi
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Bianchi with the Nashville Sounds in 2013
Infielder
Born: (1986-10-05) October 5, 1986 (age 33)
Lampeter, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 13, 2012, for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
June 14, 2015, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.215
Home runs4
Runs batted in40
Teams

Bianchi attended Lampeter-Strasburg High School in Lampeter, Pennsylvania. He was drafted in the second round (50th overall) of the 2005 MLB draft by the Kansas City Royals.[1] He was a Topps Short-season/ Rookie All-Star.[2]

CareerEdit

Kansas City RoyalsEdit

In 2008, Bianchi won the Frank White award for being the best defensive player in the Royals minor league system while playing for the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Bianchi was added to the Royals' 40-man roster following the 2009 season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.

In March 2010 Bianchi underwent Tommy John elbow surgery, sidelining him for the 2010 season. Bianchi returned in 2011 and appeared in 119 games for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, hitting .259. After the 2011 season, he was designated for assignment.

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

The Chicago Cubs claimed him off waivers on December 9, 2011, but on January 11, 2012 they designated him for assignment and he was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers.[3]

Bianchi was recalled by the Brewers on August 22 when Randy Wolf was released.[4]

Bianchi played for the Brewers in 2013 and has played a range of positions such as shortstop, second base, and third base. On May 24, 2014, he was outrighted off the 40-man roster.[5] He was called back up on June 29, 2014. Bianchi declined a minor league assignment on October 12 and became a free agent.[6]

Boston Red SoxEdit

On January 11, 2015, Bianchi signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox.[7] On May 24, 2015, Bianchi was called up to the Red Sox when they placed Shane Victorino on the 15-day DL. He was designated for assignment on May 28 and re-signed with the team three days later.[8] Bianchi was re-designated on June 15.[9] He was reassigned to the minors, and was granted free agency on October 5.

Colorado RockiesEdit

On April 1, 2016, Bianchi signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies organization. He became a free agent on November 7, 2016.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=bianch001jef
  2. ^ Minor League Baseball: Stats: Player
  3. ^ Muskat, Carrie (January 11, 2012). "Cubs lose Bianchi to Brewers in waiver move". Cubs.com.
  4. ^ "Brewers release veteran starter Randy Wolf". Si.com. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  5. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (May 24, 2014). "Brewers Outright Jeff Bianchi". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  6. ^ Creech, Edward (October 12, 2014). "Minor Moves: Reimold, Wilson, Cedeno, Bianchi, Pagnozzi". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  7. ^ http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/11/red-sox-sign-jeff-bianchi-to-minor-league-deal/
  8. ^ "Red Sox re-sign Bianchi, send Ross back to Triple-A". ESPN.com. Associated Press. May 31, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  9. ^ Smith, Christopher (June 15, 2015). "Boston Red Sox recall LHP Robbie Ross Jr.; designate Jeff Bianchi for assignment". The Republican. Retrieved June 16, 2015.

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