MILWAUKEE -- Jeremy Jeffress, the hard-throwing Brewers pitching prospect who finished a 100-game substance-abuse suspension earlier this season, could earn a promotion to Triple-A Nashville in the next week or two and then a subsequent promotion to the Major Leagues in September. Jeffress is already on the 40-man roster. "We've discussed it," general manager Doug Melvin said. "We haven't made any decisions." The bigger decision could be coming this winter, when the Brewers will have to decide whether to keep developing Jeffress as a starter or move him permanently to relief. Jeffress has been working out of the bullpen since returning from his suspension for marijuana use, a move designed by the Brewers to keep him more focused on a day-to-day basis.
"That will be a big offseason discussion," Melvin said. "The tough part is, with some of the power-type pitchers, where are they at in their pitch counts? Are they going to get you deep into games? The strike zone up here is tighter. The [hitters] are more selective." So far, Jeffress has displayed an excellent work ethic, club officials say. In his first nine games at Huntsville, he posted a 1.54 ERA in 11 2/3 innings and 11 strikeouts to only two walks.