Halifax County High School graduate and current Major League Baseball pitcher Jeremy Jeffress is having a bounce back season with the Chicago Cubs.

Jeffress who signed with the Cubs in the off season after being let go by the Milwaukee Brewers after a sub par year has now pitched his way into the closers role for the Cubs.

The Cubs are 23-17 overall and lead the St. Louis Cardinals by 2.5 games atop the NL Central standings with half of the season finished. Jeffress recently recorded his fifth save of the season, four of those coming in the last six outings on Saturday. It appears that Jeffress, who was signed to be the set up man for all-star closer Craig Kimbrel, has taken over the closers role as Kimbrel is struggling this season.

Jeffress is sporting a 1.13 ERA in 14 games this season with the Cubs. He has pitched 16 innings and struck out 11 batters and has five saves. He has a 3-1 record and a 0.81 WHIP (walks plus hits plus innings pitched).

Jeffress was the 16th overall draft pick in the 2006 MLB draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.

He made his MLB debut in 2010 with the Brewers and has pitched 417 career innings in the majors.

He has a career ERA of 3.09 and has 49 saves and 381 strikeouts in his career.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV