PERSONAL: Jeremy Scott Hefner...2004 graduate of Perkins-Tryon High School in Perkins, OK...attended Oral Roberts University in 2007 after two years at Seminole State College.
COACHING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2019 marks his first career coaching experience at any professional level...spent 2017-18 as a Major League Advance Scout for Twins, a role in which he was responsible for overseeing the Advance process (game planning and shifts, etc.) and helping with the development of major league players.
PLAYING CAREER: Played 11 seasons professionally from 2007-17, spending five seasons in San Diego's organization (2007-11), three with New York-NL (2012-14), three with Gigantes del Cibao (2015-17) and one with St. Louis (2016)...pitched two seasons in the major leagues with the Mets from 2012-13, going 8-15, 4.65 ERA (224.1 IP, 116 ER) with 55 walks and 161 strikeouts in 50 games (36 starts)...drafted by New York-NL 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... selected by San Diego in the 10th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft ... Made his major league debut April 23, 2012 vs. San Francisco, allowing three hits and one walk with three strikeouts ... Earned his first major league win May 29, 2012 vs. Philadelphia, pitching 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 previously 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 ... Named to both the Texas League's Southern Division All-Star team and the postseason All-Star team in 2010...ranked third in the league in ERA (2.95)...also ranked among Texas League leaders in innings pitched (1st - 167.2) and strikeouts (4th - 115) ... Named San Diego's minor league Pitcher of the Year in 2008 ... Tied for third in Northwest League in strikeouts in 2007 (74).