TEMECULA – Over the years, the local area has become a hotbed for up-and-coming baseball talent. Whether it’s due to the resources available in instructors and facilities to improve at, or the pure determination of parents going to the furthest extent to ensure their children play at the most competitive level, it’s definitely not a secret that we have talent constantly brewing. Now, with a former Dodger pitcher recently moving to the area, it can only get better…especially for those that will utilize his talent.

Jimmie Sherfy, along with his wife Kaitlyn and their two children, have been calling Temecula home since April, which is still something the 31-year-old retired baseball player is getting used to. Sherfy, who graduated from Newbury Park High School in 2010, and played college ball at the University of Oregon, was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the tenth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.

Over the course of his career, Jimmie played Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers claimed Sherfy on July 13, 2021, where he ended up appearing in four games before going on the injured list with elbow inflammation, which ultimately took him out for the rest of the season.

Former MLB pitcher, Jimmie Sherfy, who now resides in Temecula, is offering lessons to pitchers of all ages in the area. Valley News/Dodgers courtesy photo

In his Major League career, Sherfy owns a 3.28 ERA, 4.21 FIP, 8.95 strikeouts per nine and 3.13 walks per nine in 60.1 innings. After the 2021 season, the Dodgers could not keep Jimmie on the 40-man roster and though he cleared waivers in early November, he opted against accepting the Minor League assignment and elected free agency. While he had a short stint in the Atlantic League last year with the Honey Hunters, Sherfy is calling his current retirement more of an extended free agency as he looks more and more into attempting a comeback.

“While we moved out here to be closer to family, I’m enjoying giving pitching lessons at the moment…though, I am absolutely going to be mounting a comeback,” says Sherfy. “I know I have a lot left in my arm.”

For now, armed with an incredible baseball IQ, an eye for next level talent, and a portable pitching mound, Jimmie utilizes a local park for his current lessons, and also plans on hosting pitcher specific clinics at a family-owned batting cage in the area.

When not giving lessons, Jimmie says he and his family live a pretty simple life. “I love quality time with the family, going to the gym, church, and watching TV shows with the wifey.”

To find out about rates, call 623-693-9914, or follow Jimmie Sherfy on Instagram at @sherfybaseballacademy.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.