Cal baseball junior Daulton Jefferies debuts in fall ball

BERKELEY -- Last week, scouts were out in force as Cal baseball junior right-hander Daulton Jefferies threw for the first time in fall ball ...

BERKELEY -- The stands behind home plate at Evans Diamond bristled with radar guns as more than 15 Major League scouts watched Cal baseball junior righty Daulton Jefferies made his fall ball debut. Expected to be a first-rounder after this season, Jefferies hummed at 90-92 mph, using his fastball almost exclusively to record six outs on 15 pitches. Jefferies did not go up and down -- throwing one inning, then resting, then coming out for another -- but rather went through six straight batters as he just begins his pre-season routine.

This summer, Jefferies pitched for the USA Collegiate National Team for USA Baseball, going 1-1 in four appearances (three starts), compiling a 2.57 ERA in 14.0 innings of work -- second on the staff -- and allowing a miniscule .091 batting average against, with a team-high 12 strikeouts to just four walks with one home run allowed out of the four hits he surrendered.

Last season for the Bears, Jefferies was an All-Pac-12 first team selection, with a 6-5 record and a 2.92 ERA, striking out 74 in 80.0 innings of work. His 74 Ks ranked seventh in the Pac-12, and in the opener of the College Station Regional, he threw 7.0 innings, allowing one run to Coastal Carolina. 

Jefferies is expected to once again head a strong pitching staff as the Friday starter, followed by senior Ryan Mason, sophomore lefty Matt Ladrech and sophomore righty Jeff Bain. Also contending for starting spots will be junior Alex Schick and a pair of freshmen in Aaron Shortridge and two-way player Tanner Dodson, who, at the plate, hit safely in his first seven at-bats of the fall. Top Stories