UPDATE 2/10/14: Jefferies has been named the opening-night starter against Texas.
BERKELEY -- With the official start this Friday at 7 p.m. of the California baseball season – with the Golden Bears hosting perennial power Texas – it's time for us to get a look at some of the new names that will be sprinkling the roster this season.
First up is freshman right-handed pitcher Daulton Jefferies. Perhaps one of the most game-ready arms in the vaunted 2013 recruiting class, Jefferies has an explosive arm action with superb command. His fastball has a lot of late life, owing to the whip he puts on his finish.
At 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, Jefferies is very slight, but he has a very sound motion that relies on his deceptively powerful lower half.
"He's got polish," said head coach David Esquer. "I think he can pitch to a game plan. A little of it is going to be that he's got to let Mike (Neu) do the driving a little bit, and he's just got to put the foot on the pedal. It's a tall task, and a tall order for him, but I think we're going to go with it."
Jefferies came in – like most Mike Neu prospects – as a two-way player, and can play outfield when need be, though he played mainly infield at Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony, as well as taking the bump. Above all, he's an athlete, and one of the dark-horse favorites to take the bump on Friday against Texas, though he'll have to battle sophomore Ryan Mason -- who missed several weeks this spring with a mild sprain to his MCL – for the honor.
At the dish, Jefferies hits from the left side, and his older brother – Jake – has played in the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays organizations.
BSB: Getting to Know Daulton Jefferies
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