Jeremy Scott Hefner graduated from Perkins-Tryon High School in Perkins, OK...Attended Oral Roberts University after two years at Seminole State College...Was originally drafted by the Mets in the 46th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft and again in the 48th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign either time.
Underwent Tommy John surgery on August 28 at the Hospital for Special Surgery...Mets Medical Director Dr. David Altchek performed the procedure...Was placed on the 15-Day Disabled List on August 10 with a partial tear of the MCL in his right elbow...His last start came on August 9 at Arizona... Allowed two or fewer earned runs in eight straight starts from June 4-July 12, the longest such stretch by a Met since Johan Santana had 13 straight such starts from 2008-2009 and the longest single-season since Masato Yoshii had a nine-game streak in 1999...His streak of allowing two or fewer earned runs over eight starts was tied for the 10th-longest stretch in team history...14 of his 23 starts were quality starts... Posted a 1.76 ERA (10 earned runs/51.0 innings) from June 4-July 12, a span of eight starts...His 1.76 ERA was the lowest in the majors during that time...Oakland's Bartolo Colon was second (1.80) and Francisco Liriano was third (1.89)... Held the opposition scoreless from the second inning of his start against the Dodgers at Citi Field on April 25 through the eighth inning of his start against the Marlins at Marlins Park on April 30...The 14.0-inning scoreless streak is the longest of Hefner's career and was tied for the longest by a Mets pitcher with LaTroy Hawkins... Established several career highs during the year, including strikeouts (eight, done twice, last, July 7 at Milwaukee) and winning streak (three games, June 21-July 7)...Equaled his career best with 8.0 innings on April 30 at Miami... Opposing hitters batted .153 (23-150) against him with two outs...That was the best mark for any pitcher in the majors (minimum 100 batters faced)...His .235 opponent on-base percentage with two outs was the third-lowest behind Clayton Kershaw (.218) and Kevin Slowey (.226)... Was the second starter in franchise history to allow two or fewer earned runs and two or fewer walks in eight straight starts (June 4-July 12)...Only Tom Seaver had a longer such streak, 11 games from July 9-August 25, 1973...Hefner and the Dodgers' Zack Greinke (August 21-September 29) were the only pitchers in the majors to pull off the feat in eight straight starts this season... Was one of 18 NL pitchers to allow at least 20 home runs...Allowed 1.38 home runs per nine innings, the fourth highest mark in the NL (minimum 100.0 innings)...Allowed a career-high three home runs on July 24 vs. Atlanta...Allowed seven home runs in his first four starts (April 5-April 20) and at least one home run in five straight starts (seven home runs total) from July 2-July 24... Issued only 17 walks in his last 14 starts dating back to May 29 but five of them came at Miami on July 29...His July 29 outing snapped a streak of 13 straight starts with two walks or fewer, which was tied for the second-longest Mets streak since 2001...Jonathon Niese went 17 straight starts with no more than two walks in 2012... Posted a 1.80 ERA (six earned runs/30.0 innings) in June, the seventh-best mark in the majors that month...Issued five walks and notched 23 strikeouts... In his final three starts before the All-Star Break, became one of three pitchers in this season's first-half to allow fewer than 10 hits in a three-game span in which he went at least 7.0 innings in each start...Matt Harvey (April 3-April 13 and April 8-April 19) and Lance Lynn (April 20-May 1) were the others... Allowed a career-high eight runs and equaled his career high surrendering 10 hits in 2.0 innings of work on July 19 vs. the Phillies...Allowed 10 earned runs over his previous 51.0 innings in his previous eight starts... Made his only relief appearance of the year on April 18 at Colorado...Worked 1.0 innings, allowed two hits (both home runs), two runs, earned, with one strikeout.
Made his major league debut on April 23, 2012 vs. San Francisco...Pitched
3.0 scoreless innings in relief in the Mets' 6-1 loss...Allowed three hits and
one walk...Struck out three...Ranked ninth in the NL in ERA (5.09), tied for 10th in wins (four) and eighth
in innings pitched (93.2) among qualifying NL rookie pitchers...Had three stints with the Mets in 2012...Recalled from Buffalo (AAA) of the
International League on April 23, and optioned to Buffalo (AAA) on April
24...Was recalled from Buffalo again on May 19 and stayed with the Mets
until being sent down on July 4...Recalled for the final time on July 21, where
he remained on the big league roster...Made 13 starts, going 4-6 record with a 5.32 ERA (41 earned runs/69.1
innings)...Struck out 53 while issuing just 14 walks...Earned his first major league win on May 29 when the Mets beat the
Phillies, 6-3, at Citi Field...Tossed 6.0 innings, allowing three runs with four
strikeouts...Became the first pitcher in franchise history to earn his first major league
win and hit his first major league home run (off Joe Blanton) in the same
game on May 29 vs. Philadelphia...The last major leaguer to accomplish that
feat was Dennis Tankersley, for San Diego vs. Montreal, on May 15,
2002...Hefner was the first Mets pitcher to hit a home run since Johan
Santana went deep off Cincinnati's Matt Maloney on July 6, 2010...Was the
only Mets pitcher to hit a home run in 2012...Tossed a career-high 12.0 scoreless innings over his final two starts
(September 26-October 3)...Went 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA (two earned runs/14.1 innings pitched) in his
final two starts...Pitched at least 7.0 innings in both starts...Recorded a
career high-tying seven strikeouts in both starts (14 total)...Opponents hit
.160, and with righthanders hitting .129 (4-31) with one double and eight
strikeouts...Established his career-high with seven strikeouts on July 25 vs. Washington...Matched that total three more times, August
26 vs. Houston, September 26 vs. Pittsburgh and October 3 at Miami...Made 13 relief appearances, going 0-1 with a 4.44 ERA (12 earned runs/24.1 innings)...Walked four and struck out nine
in those 23.1 innings...His lone loss in relief was in Toronto when he pitched 5.0 innings on May 19...Threw 5.0 innings of relief with five strikeouts in a 2-0 loss to the Blue Jays on May 19 at the Rogers Centre...The 5.0
innings were the most by a Mets reliever since Raul Valdes also went 5.0 innings on May 20, 2010...Tossed a career-high 8.0 innings on August 28 vs. Houston...After the All-Star break, he was 3-4 with a 4.83 ERA (34 earned runs/63.1 innings) in 15 games, 10 starts...Pitched to a
5.64 ERA (19 earned runs/30.1 innings) in 11 games, three starts before the break...Sixteen of Hefner's 18 walks came
after the All-Star break...Walked 18 in 93.2 innings this season, including 14 walks in 13 starts...Had a strikeout per nine innings ratio of 6.00 and
a walk per nine innings ratio of 1.70 in 2012.
Posted a 4-1 record in six June starts and was 2-0 in five starts in July. ... Worked at least 6.0 or more innings in 17 of his 28 starts, including his last six games of the year. ... Went 7.0 innings five times during the season. ... Struck out 10 in 7.0 innings in his last start of the year, September 3 at Reno. ... Went 0-4 with a 5.68 ERA (28 earned runs/44.1 innings) in his first nine starts of the year (through May 23). ... Won four straight decisions, May 29-June 14. ... Posted a 2.49 ERA during that span (seven earned runs/25.1 innings). ... Over his final 19 starts of the year, he went 9-3 with a 4.70 ERA (59 earned runs/113.0 innings).
Spent the entire season at Double-A San Antonio, posting a 2.95 ERA (55 ER/167.2 IP) over 28
starts...Tossed two complete games, 6/14 at Corpus Christi and 7/11 vs. Tulsa...allowed two hits in his first complete game and
just one vs. Tulsa...Ranked second among qualifying Texas League pitcher in ERA...also ranked among league leaders in innings pitched
(1st), strikeouts (4th), opponent batting average (5th) and WHIP (2nd)...Named to both the Texas League's Southern Division All-Star team and the Texas League Postseason All-Star team.
Split his season between Single-A Lake Elsinore and Triple-A Portland...made 27 starts with the
Storm before a promotion and one start with the Beavers.
Spent the majority of the season with Single-A Fort Wayne, making 29 appearances (24 starts) for
the Wizards...also made one start for Single-A Lake Elsinore...Named Padres Minor League Pitcher of the Year...Finished third among Midwest League pitcher in strikeouts.
Made his professional debut with Short-A Eugene...appeared in 17 games (11 starts), finished tied
for third in the Northwest League in strikeouts.