Springs went 11-12 with a 5.10 ERA in four seasons at Appalachian State, yet showed enough for the Rangers to make him a $1,000 senior sign in the 30th round of the 2015 Draft. After never averaging more than a strikeout per inning in college, he has done so at each of his pro stops and ranked seventh in the Minors in whiff rate (11.7 per nine innings) in 2017. He has missed bats at an even greater clip since becoming a full-time reliever in late July last year and reached Triple-A this June.
Springs' go-to pitch is his fading changeup, which mesmerizes left-handers and right-handers alike. He sets it up with a 90-92 mph fastball that peaks at 94 and can get swings and misses up in the strike zone. He also will mix in a loopy curveball and a short slide on occasion.
Adding to his deception, Springs employs a crossfire delivery. He generally throws strikes but has little margin for error, so he can get hit hard if he doesn't locate his pitches where he wants. He might be no more than a middle reliever but should get an opportunity in Texas in the near future.
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Texas Rangers transferred LHP Jeffrey Springs from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. Left biceps tendinitis.
Texas Rangers placed LHP Jeffrey Springs on the 10-day injured list retroactive to June 17, 2019. Left biceps tendinitis.
Texas Rangers recalled LHP Jeffrey Springs from Nashville Sounds.
Texas Rangers optioned LHP Jeffrey Springs to Nashville Sounds.
Texas Rangers selected the contract of Jeffrey Springs from Round Rock Express.
LHP Jeffrey Springs assigned to Round Rock Express from Frisco RoughRiders.
LHP Jeffrey Springs assigned to Frisco RoughRiders from Down East Wood Ducks.
Texas Rangers invited non-roster LHP Jeffrey Springs to spring training.
Jeffrey Springs assigned to High Desert Mavericks from Hickory Crawdads.
LHP Jeffrey Springs assigned to Texas Rangers.
LHP Jeffrey Springs assigned to Hickory Crawdads from Spokane Indians.
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