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Royals option former Comet to Omaha

The Kansas City Royals made six roster moves Thursday night, among them being optioning former Halifax County High School standout pitcher Jeremy Jeffress to Triple-A Omaha (Neb.) of the Pacific Coast League. Jeffress, and another right-hand pitcher, Louis Coleman were optioned to Omaha as part of several moves by Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost to finalize the team’s 25-man roster for the team’s April 9 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

The former Comets standout had a good stint in the Cactus League in Arizona, posting a 2.61 ERA in nine games with one save. Jeffress, well-known for his blazing speed, fanned nine batters and walked four in 10 1/3 innings of work.

Jeffress started out last season with the Royals, but was sent to Omaha to work on pitch command issues. From Omaha, Jeffress was sent to Northwest Arkansas.

According to published reports, if Jeffress can be more consistent in finding the strike zone the Royals feel he could become effective as a relief pitcher or a starting pitcher.