Jeffrey Scott Springs…married the former Kristyn Bailey Upchurch on 12/1/18…pitched 4 seasons at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C…left Appalachian State ranking among the career leaders in starts (T3rd, 43), innings (7th,243.1), and strikeouts (4th, 215)…named the 2011 North Carolina 3-A Player of the Year at South Point High School in Belmont, N.C…also tabbed the 2011 Gaston Gazette Player of the Year…ranks among the school's all-time leaders in career strikeouts (1st, 346) and wins (T1st, 25)…was MVP of the 2011 North Carolina 3-A
state championship series.
Entered the year having never pitched above High-A, but spent just 4 months with Frisco (AA) and Round Rock (AAA) before his promotion to Texas on 7/31…only staff members with a lower ERA than Springs' 3.38 figure after his contract was purchased on 7/31 (min. 15.0 IP) were José Leclerc (0.00) and Mike Minor (2.89)…posted 9 scoreless outings of 2.0+ IP, T4thmost in the A.L...went 0-for-1 in save tries, had 4 games finished, 2 holds, and permitted 5 of 7 inherited runners to score…posted 5.0 SHO IP in 2 starts and had 4.00 ERA (12 ER/27.0 IP) in 16 relief outings…1st batters faced hit .286 (4-14) with 2 BB.
Led all Texas farmhands and finished 2nd in the Carolina League with 146 strikeouts…whiffed 30.9% of all batters faced (146 of 472) and averaged 11.7 SO/9, 6th-highest among all full season pitchers (min. 100.0 IP)…held opponents to a .245/.311/.396/.708 slash line overall…was 1-8, 4.60 (46 ER/90.0 IP) over 17 starts and had 22.1 scoreless innings over 14 relief appearances…began the season in the Wood Ducks rotation and allowed 2-or-fewer runs in 9 of 17 starts…had 3 outings of 10+ strikeouts…shifted to the bullpen on 7/26 and held opponents to a .173/.230/.210/.440 slash line over 14 appearances…ended the season with 25.1-inning scoreless streak over his last 15 G/14 GS…had 2 scoreless innings over 2 relief appearances in the CL playoffs.
Was a South Atlantic League All-Star at Hickory and earned a mid-season promotion to High Desert…opponents batted .216 (63-292), including .203 (41-202) by right-handed hitters…began the season in the Hickory bullpen and had a 0.61 WHIP and .106 opp. avg. in 18 relief appearances…compiled a 0.47 ERA (1 ER/19.1 IP) in 1st 12 relief outings…permitted season relief-high 4 runs (3 ER) on 5/27 vs. GBO, but had 9.1 inning scoreless streak over next 5 appearances before promotion on 6/23…opponents were 1-for-29 during scoreless streak…tossed 6.2 scoreless innings in 1st 3 outings with High Desert…made spot start on 7/6 at BAK (3.0 IP, 3 ER) and final relief appearance of season on 7/10 vs. RC (2.2 IP, 2 R)… joined rotation for remainder of the season on 7/16 and went 0-2, 5.95 (24 ER/36.1 IP) in 8 starts...had a 4.26 ERA (3 ER/6.1 IP) with 12 strikeouts and one walk over 2 games/one start in the postseason.
Averaged 11.3 SO/9 and reached Low-A in first professional season…combined to go 2-2, 2.61 (9 ER/31.0 IP) with 39 strikeouts in 17 relief outings with Spokane and Hickory.