06/29/2004 5:16 PM ET
Jays farmhand fires perfecto
Flawless. That's what Jamie Vermilyea was on Monday night, when his first start for Double-A New Hampshire turned out to be a perfect experience.
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
The 22-year-old right-hander retired every batter in a seven-inning, 2-0 win over New Britain. The game was the second half of a double-header, and scheduled for seven innings. In three appearances with New Hampshire, Vermilyea has retired all 34 batters he's faced. Despite that fact, Monday's start stands out on its own.
"I just didn't know I had a perfect game going until every one of my teammates started punching me after the game, saying, 'Nice perfect game,'" Vermilyea told the Union Leader in Manchester.
Vermilyea was selected by the Blue Jays in the ninth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, and he's run up an impressive record in his brief pro career. Last season, split between the New York-Penn League and the Florida State League, he went 5-3 with a 2.42 ERA.
He went back to the Florida State League this season, posting a 5-1 record and a 3.09 ERA with Dunedin. After earning his promotion, Vermilyea recorded two saves with the Fisher Cats before his historical outing.
The newspaper reported that Vermilyea allowed just two balls out of the infield en route to the Eastern League's first perfect game in more than four years (Reading's Pete Zamora threw the last one on June 7, 2000).
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.