Former Laney High School standout gets call to big leagues

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After making just one appearance and recording one save for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens, former Laney baseball standout Jeff Ferrell got the call of a lifetime late last week as the right-handed relief pitcher was brought up to the big leagues to work in the bullpen for the Detroit Tigers.

Jeff Ferrell. Photo courtesy- Erie Seawolves.
Jeff Ferrell. Photo courtesy Erie Seawolves.

Ferrell, who was drafted by Detroit in the 26th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, spent four seasons in  various levels of the minors after spending one year at Pitt Community College. The 2009 Laney graduate picked up his one save for Toledo by pitching a scoreless ninth against the Durham Bulls on June 29.

He spent most of the spring pitching  for Double-A Erie, fashioning a 1.67 ERA, with 16 saves in 17 appearances.

The Tigers called up Ferrell and Drew VerHagen to help in bullpen, while designating Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment.

Ferrell was roughed up in his first major league appearance, allowing two runs on two hits and one home run in one inning of work in an 8-3 win over Toronto on Saturday.

The righty recorded his first big league strike out in a 10-5 setback on Sunday.