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PostSubject: Jay Sbortz News   Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:45 pm



Jay Sborz 56 | P


  • Full Name: John James Sborz
  • Born: January 24, 1985 in Washington, DC
  • Height: 6' 4''
  • Weight: 210
  • Bats: Right
  • Throws: Right
  • College: N/A

Biography


Resides in Sun City Center, FL during the off-season.

...Pitched for Team USA Youth at the World Youth Championship in Mexico in 2001, winning a gold medal -- earned one win in two appearances.

...Finished 7-2 with a 0.64 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 66 innings as a senior at Langley High School in Virginia in 2003.

...Shared Most Valuable Player honors with Eric Duncan of Seton Hall Prep in the inaugural All-American Baseball Game on June 9, 2003, tossing two scoreless innings and fanning five batters to help the East to an 8-4 win over the West.

...Participated in the Tigers Winter Caravan...Recommended/signed by Bill Buck for the Tigers.


2005 Highlights

Began the 2005 season with West Michigan, seeing action in 21 relief outings before he was transferred to Oneonta on June 20 for the remainder of the season.

...Sidelined July 21-August 10 with a left hamstring strain.


2006 Highlights

Limited to three outings with Single A West Michigan before landing on the disabled list on May 16 for the remainder of the 2006 season with right shoulder tendinitis.


2007 Highlights


Missed the first three months of the 2007 season with a tendon injury.

...Assigned to the Gulf Coast League Tigers as part of an injury rehabilitation assignment June 25-July 23 -- saw action in five games before he was assigned to Single A Oneonta for the remainder of the season after being reinstated from the disabled list on July 23.


2008 Highlights

Appeared in 40 games with Lakeland after being assigned to the club on April 30, 2008.

...Compiled a 0.47 ERA (19.0IP/1ER) and 14 strikeouts over a 12-outing stretch June 5-July 9.

...Posted a 0.93 ERA (9.2IP/1ER) over his final eight appearances of the season August 8-29.

...Limited lefthanded batters to a .200 batting average (14x70).

...righties batted .236 (30x127) with Sborz on the mound.


2009 Highlights


Compiled a 2-2 record, 2.27 ERA (31.2IP/8ER) and 35 strikeouts in 17 outings during the 2009 season with Single A Lakeland, Double A Erie and Triple A Toledo.

...Appeared in five games with Erie before he was transferred to Lakeland on May 12 -- saw action in one game with Lakeland before he was transferred back to Erie on May 27.

...Did not allow a run in six straight outings June 9-26, fanning 14 batters in eight scoreless innings of work.

...Transferred from Erie to Toledo on June 29 -- limited to two outings with the Mud Hens due to two separate stints on the disabled list.

...sidelined July 2-24 and July 26-September 8 with a left oblique muscle strain.

...Named the 21st-best prospect in the Tigers organization following the season by Baseball America.


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
-- Sparky Anderson


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PostSubject: Re: Jay Sbortz News   Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:53 pm



Tigers to recall Sborz from Triple-A Toledo

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

06/21/10 10:16 AM ET

DETROIT -- Rick Porcello's newly vacated rotation spot remains open, but his roster spot is going to the bullpen for now. The Tigers will recall right-hander Jay Sborz from Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday in time for their series opener against the Mets.

It will be the first Major League shot for Sborz after a solid first half as the Mud Hens' closer. It doesn't necessarily mean the Tigers will turn to someone else from their bullpen to fill Porcello's rotation spot later this week, but it gives them the roster flexibility to pull it off.

That will become clear soon, but Sborz's time is now, in his eighth year in the Tigers farm system. Detroit selected him in the second round of the 2003 Draft, then exercised patience as he slowly worked to find his way as a pitcher. The last 2 1/2 seasons, and this season in particular, have seen Sborz emerge from the Tigers' developmental ranks.

The 25-year-old Sborz earned a 40-man roster spot last winter and a place in Spring Training. Though he struggled statistically in spring games, he made an impression with team officials. When the Mud Hens looked through their pitching ranks for a closer, they eventually turned to Sborz, who has responded with solid work over the past month.

Sborz ranks third in the International League with 15 saves, six of them in as many outings from May 29 until he pitched an inning Sunday night to stay fresh ahead of his callup. His pure pitching stats -- 18 hits allowed over 26 2/3 innings, a .189 batting average allowed and 28 strikeouts -- have been just as impressive.

Though Sborz has given up nine earned runs for a 3.04 ERA, seven of those runs came in outings in which Sborz recorded more than three outs, suggesting he has been most dominant as a single-inning short reliever. Whether that ends up his primary situation in Detroit remains to be seen.

For now, Sborz gives the Tigers an eight-man bullpen. With the Tigers off on Monday, they won't need a fifth starter until Saturday at Atlanta, so they could have a reliever start on Tuesday and even Wednesday against the Mets before slotting in somebody for Saturday's assignment.

They have options for that in their bullpen right now. Enrique Gonzalez started for the Mud Hens all season before the Tigers promoted him to fill in for the injured Ryan Perry. Brad Thomas has made two starts this year as a last-minute replacement for Dontrelle Willis. Eddie Bonine hasn't started this season, but was successful in the Tigers' rotation down the stretch last year. Detroit could also end up making another roster move later in the week if it decides to start somebody from the Minors, such as Alfredo Figaro in Toledo or Andy Oliver from Erie.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
-- Sparky Anderson
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PostSubject: Re: Jay Sbortz News   Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:53 pm

Tigers trade Dlugach, outright Bonine, three others
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Posted on November 4, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Brent Dlugach began the year as a potential Tigers infield prospect in the upper ranks of their farm system, and went into the season as somebody to watch after an impressive Spring Training. Now, he's part of the Red Sox ranks, having been traded Thursday as part of the Tigers' moves take four Minor League free agents off their 40-man roster.

Also removed from the roster were right-handers Eddie Bonine and Jay Sborz, catcher Max St. Pierre and outfielder Jeff Frazier. All of them were outrighted to Triple-A Toledo, making them eligible to become six-year minor league free agents. Bonine elected to become a free agent immediately, while the others will become free agents on Nov. 6.

Of the group, Bonine had by far the most time in the big leagues this year, having spent the entire season in Detroit's bullpen. The 29-year-old knuckleballer went 4-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 47 appearances, all but one of them in relief.

Bonine went into the All-Star break with a 4-0 record and a 2.81 ERA before struggling down the stretch, allowing 22 earned runs on 47 hits over 26 1/3 innings. Opponents batted .395 against him after the break. He was inconsistent with his knuckleball, especially late in the season, and hitters began to simply sit on his fastball.

Dlugach was briefly seen as a potential shortstop option, but a slow start at Triple-A Toledo and a high strikeout total left him looking up at the big leagues. He batted .258 for the year with the Mud Hens with six home runs, 41 RBIs, 12 stolen bases and 149 strikeouts over 117 games.

The Red Sox will send over a player to be named later or cash as part of the trade.

St. Pierre finally made it to the big leagues after 14 years in the Minor Leagues, all but one of them in the Tigers organization. He'll most likely have a spot back in the system if he wants it, but it remains to be seen what he wants to do.


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
-- Sparky Anderson
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PostSubject: Re: Jay Sbortz News   Sat Nov 20, 2010 5:35 pm

Minor Deals: Sborz, Huber, Royals, Ruiz
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [November 19, 2010 at 11:59pm CST]

We'll keep track of all of the day's minor deals right here:

* Righty reliever Jay Sborz, 26 in January, signed a minor league deal with the Braves with a Spring Training invite, MLBTR has learned. Sborz was outrighted by the Tigers on November 4th after posting a 4.74 ERA, 8.7 K/9, 4.9 BB/9, and 1.6 HR/9 with 19 saves in 43 2/3 Triple-A innings this year.


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
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