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Jair Jurrjens

A photo of Jair Jurrjens.

Jair Francoise Jurrjens (born January 29, 1986 in Willemstad, Curaçao, in the Netherlands Antilles) is a Dutch starting pitcher for the Atlanta Braves. His name is pronounced JEYE-air JER-jens.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Detroit Tigers organizationEdit

Jurrjens was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Detroit Tigers in 2003. In seven games during his 2003 campaign with the GCL Tigers, Jurrjens accumulated a 2-1 record with 20 strikeouts and just three walks. However, Jurrjens really broke out during his 2005 season with the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Tigers' single-A affiliate. In 26 games started, Jurrjens went 12-6 with 108 strikeouts and 36 walks. He continued to improve during the 2006 season, as a 5-0, 2.08 ERA start with the Whitecaps earned Jurrjens a promotion to the Erie SeaWolves, the Tigers' AA affiliate. In 12 games with the SeaWolves, Jurrjens went 4-3 with a 3.36 ERA.

Jurrjens began the 2007 season pitching for the SeaWolves. On August 15, the Tigers purchased Jurrjens' contract from the SeaWolves, adding him to their 40-man roster. Jurrjens made his major league debut on August 15, 2007, as a starting pitcher against the Cleveland Indians, making him the first pitcher from Curaçao to reach the major leagues. In that game, he gave up four earned runs in seven innings, taking the loss. He recorded his first major league win in his next start, also against the Indians, allowing only one run on one hit in 6.2 innings pitched.

Atlanta BravesEdit

On October 29, 2007, Jurrjens and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez were traded to the Atlanta Braves for shortstop Edgar Rentería.[2] Jurrjens was listed by Baseball America as the Braves' 3rd-best prospect entering the 2008 season.[3]

By the end of April 2008, Jurrjens was 3-2 with a 3.05 ERA and 28 strikeouts. Jurrjens was asked prior to the game on April 20 about how he felt facing his fellow countryman Andruw Jones. Jurrjens said, "It's going to be fun to face him", then said "It's going to be even more fun to strike him out." [4] Jurrjens then went on to strike Jones out all three times he faced him.

On July 9, 2008, Jurrjens was named National League rookie of the month for June. [5]As of July 9, 2008, Jair Jurrjens, who wears #49 for the Atlanta Braves, is 10-4 with a 3.00 ERA and 81 strikeouts.
Jair Jurrjens

Jurrjens running the bases with the Braves in 2008.
Photo by Chris Nelson

2006 World Baseball ClassicEdit

Jurrjens joined fellow Curaçao native Andruw Jones on the Netherlands national baseball team for the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Jurrjens pitched one inning against Puerto Rico in the WBC, giving up three runs and earning him a loss.

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