SAN RAMON, Calif. - The Golden Baseball League announced Monday that Na Koa Ikaika Maui pitcher Jamie Vermilyea has had his contract purchased by the Toronto Blue Jays. He is being sent to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League.
The 28-year-old Vermilyea is rejoining his original professional organization. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound right-hander was drafted by the Blue Jays in the ninth round of the 2003 amateur draft.
In his first three seasons in the Blue Jays system, he went 19-9 with eight saves and a career ERA of 3.05, including a perfect game in Double-A in 2004. He made his major league debut in 2007 with Toronto, but was released after the 2008 season. He played professionally in Italy last year.
As Na Koa's closer, he posted a 1-2 record with 20 saves, one short of the league record, with a 1.64 ERA in 31 games.
Vermilyea is the second player from the Maui team to be picked up by a major league organization - third baseman Keoni Ruth's contract was purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies organization and he was sent to Class-A Lakewood, N.J., in July.
Also on Monday, Na Koa announced they will host the first two games of their GBL playoff series against Orange County on Sept. 7 and 8 at Maehara Stadium.