Full name JEFFREY RYAN BELIVEAU...Married, Alyssa...Graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, RI in 2005, the same high school that produced Rocco Baldelli...Named the 2005 Rhode Island
Gatorade High School Player of the Year...Attended the College of Charleston (SC) and was drafted out of Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL) in 2008 by the Cubs...Won a silver medal with Tema USA at the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico...Enjoyed watching the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics growing up...Favorite players growing up were Pedro Martinez & Ken Griffey.
Spent most of the season in AAA Buffalo in the Blue Jays organization and returned to the Majors in June for the first time since April 2015...Was with Toronto, June 5-July 21 before being designated and outrighted back to Buffalo on July 25... Allowed runs in 7 of his 19 outings with Toronto, including 6 in his final outing of July 21 at Cleveland without recording an out...With Buffalo, he recorded 14 outings of at least 2.0 IP and limited left-handed hitters to a .174 (12/69) average against (.554 OPS)...Batters at AAA hit .160 (12/75) off him with runners on.
Spent the majority of the season with the Frederick Keys of the Carolina League (A) before ending the year with Bowie Baysox (AA)...In 16 appearances with the Baysox following the All-Star break, posted a 1.61 ERA (5 ER/28.0 IP) with a 0.96 WHIP…In those outings held the opposition to a .140 average...Recorded a 19.0 scoreless innings streak from July 7-Aug. 11…In fact, allowed only four earned runs over 30.0 innings
pitched with Bowie from June 6-Aug. 11 (1.20 ERA).
Made a career-high 30 appearances over five stints in the majors...26 of his 30 apps were scoreless, and 28 of those 30 came after his final call-up from Triple-A Durham on July 22...prior to that had logged a total of 22 days in the majors over his first eight stints with the Rays...Only one rookie reliever in Rays history recorded a lower ERA with at least 30 outings: Alex Torres (1.71) in 2013...Allowed 3 R/ER on the final day of the season (Sep 28 at CLE) to raise his ERA from 1.52 to 2.63 and snap a streak of 11 scoreless outings...Allowed only 3 extra-base hits (2-2B, 1-HR) all season to 100 batters faced...opposing lefties batted .146/.239/.244 (6-for-41)...He and teammate Kirby Yates tied for the 2nd-best SO/9 IP ratio (10.50) among AL rookies with 25 or more relief apps...NYY Dellin Betances was 1st (13.50)...Recorded his first career save on Sep 14 at TOR...in the 10th inning, induced a pop-up to Kevin Pillar, his only batter faced...Allowed a walk-off single to Jose Reyes on his only pitch on Aug 23 at TOR, a run charged to Joel Peralta...joined Shawn Camp (April 22, 2006 at TEX) as the only pitchers in Rays history to throw only one pitch and allow a walk-off hit...The solo homer by Rougned Odor on Aug 14 at TEX was his first allowed at any level since May 8, 2013 vs. Syracuse (Nationals)...went 72 apps and 87.2 IP in between...Went 7 scoreless apps to start his Rays career (2013-14), longest streak since Joaquin Benoit (13 straight) to start the 2010 season...Combining his time with the Rays and Durham, made a career-high 60 apps and recorded a 1.95 ERA (60-IP, 13-ER) with 79 SO...held lefties to a .115 avg. (9-for-78).
Acquired from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations on April 16... In 41 minor league games with Triple-A Round Rock and Durham, and Double-A Montgomery, fanned 81 batters in 48.2 IP, a rate of 14.97 SO per 9 IP, 3rd best in all of minor league baseball (min. 25 apps) behind Jack Lethersich (Braves) at 15.73 and Juan Jaime (Mets) at 15.00... Had four tours with the Rays, but didn't appear in a game until his last one…was up for a total of 4 days in his first 3 appearances... Had gone home to Rhode Island after Durham's loss to Omaha in the Triple-A championship game on Sep 18, but three days later received a promotion to the Rays following their 18-inning win on Sep 20 vs. BAL... His lone appearance with the Rays came on Sept. 27 at TOR in a game the Rays lost 6-3... In 40 appearances at Durham and Montgomery combined (including the postseason with Durham) he fanned 88 of the 221 batters he faced (40 percent)…had at least 1 strikeout in 36 of 40 appearances…started the season for Durham fanning 35 in his first 17 innings... Held lefties to a .183 batting avg. (11-for-60) and fanned 28 while at Durham... Earned his lone save on May 5 in Durham's nohit 2-1 win at Pawtucket (Red Sox) in which he combined with Jake Odorizzi, Frank De Los Santos and Kirby Yates…Beliveau came on to strike out the final batter of the game with the tying run on second... Fanned a season-high 5 batters on May 12 vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies)... Fanned 7 of 15 batters faced in the IL playoffs and earned a win in Game 1 of the semifinal series, a 2-0 victory over Indianpolis (Pirates).
Made his big league debut with two stints for the Cubs, and spent the balance of the season with Iowa (AAA)...after the season, was designated for assignment on December 12 when the Cubs signed third baseman Ian Stewart...CHICAGO-NL: Went 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA (9 ER/17.2 IP) in 22 relief outings over 2 stints with the Cubs (July 22-Aug. 19 and Aug. 31-end of season)...opponents hit .292 (21-72) with 12 walks, 17 strikeouts, and 5 home runs...lefties hit .360 (9-25) with 3 HR...did not have a save opportunity, but recorded one hold...finished 4 games...allowed 6 of 13 (46.2%) inherited runners to score...first batters were 7-for-20 (.350) with 3 HR and 2 walks...posted 1.64 ERA (2 ER/11.0 IP) over first 10 ML outings through Aug. 19, but gave up runs in 6 of last 12 games (7 ER/6.2 IP) to finish with a 4.58 figure...made ML debut July 22 at St. Louis (1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO), whiffing Tyler Greene for his first ML strikeout...had 8.0 consecutive scoreless innings, July 31-Aug. 19, spanning 7 appearances...the stretch included a career-high 2.0 innings Aug. 7 at SD...entered game on Aug. 20 at MIL and gave up back-to-back HR to Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez in a span of 3 pitches in Cubs' 9-5 defeat...recorded first ML victory Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh in a 13-9 Cubs win...IOWA: Went 4-5, 3.89 (19 ER/44.0 IP) in 37 relief appearances for the I-Cubs...marked his highest ERA in any minor league campaign...opponents batted .260 (44-169) with 18 walks, 52 strikeouts, and 4 HR...ranked 3rd on staff in appearances...finished 13 games, but did not convert lone save chance...allowed only 3 of 15 inherited runners to score...pitched more than 1.0 inning in 11 of 37 outings, but highest pitch count was 43...season-high 4 K's twice...posted 7.2 scoreless innings in 6 outings against Round Rock...on 7-day DL, May 22-28 with left shoulder strain.
Jeff combined to go 6-2 with five saves and a 1.57 ERA (13 ER/74.1 IP) in 53 relief appearances between Single-A Daytonaand Double-A Tennessee, earning Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors...Combined to strike out 89 batters and issue only 19 walks in 74.1innings, an average of 10.8 strikeouts and 2.3 walks per nine innings...Limited opponents to a .192 batting average against...Began the year with Daytona, where he went 0-1 with two saves and a0.52 ERA (1 ER/17.1 IP) in 12 relief outings to earn a promotion toTennessee...In his first career Double-A action, went 6-1 with three saves and a 1.89ERA (12 ER/57.0 IP) in 41 relief appearances to help the Smokies tothe Southern League championship round...With Tennessee, limited opponents to a .183 batting average, includinga .169 mark by lefties and a .191 average by righties.
Jeff combined to go 4-2 with two saves and a 2.66 ERA (19 ER/64.1 IP) in 46 relief appearances with Single-A Peoriaand Single-A Daytona...struck out 97 batters in just 64.1 innings of work, compared to 29 walks...Began the year with Peoria, recording a 1.59 ERA (2 ER/11.1 IP) in sixrelief appearances, waking six and striking out 23 while limiting hittersto a .162 batting average...Promoted to Daytona, April 30, and compiled a 4-2 mark with two savesand a 2.89 ERA (17 ER/53.0 IP) in 40 relief appearances...With the D-Cubs, struck out 74 batters in 53.0 innings of work...stranded 16 of 21 inherited runners...Held Florida State League hitters to a .208 batting average, including a.131 mark against lefties and a .243 mark against right-handed hitters.
Posted a 5-4 record with three saves and a 3.54 ERA (38 ER/96.2 IP) in 29 games (seven starts) for Single-A Peoria...struck out a career-best 117 hitters compared to 45 walks...Recorded a 2.78 ERA (21 ER/68.0 IP) in 22 relief appearances andhad a 5.34 ERA (17 ER/28.2 IP) in his seven starting assignments...Left-handed batters produced a .182 batting average against him whileright-handed hitters had a .230 mark...Surrendered just five home runs in 96.2 innings pitched...Was 2-0 with a save and a 1.61 ERA (4 ER/22.1 IP) in five June reliefappearances...recorded a 1.59 ERA (3 ER/17.0 IP) in seven Augustrelief outings.
In his first professional action, Jeff was 2-1 with a 2.80 ERA (11 ER/35.1 IP) in 14 games (seven starts), primarily withSingle-A Boise...walked 29 and struck out 52, surrendering just one homer in 35.1 innings pitched.