The No. 13 preseason-ranked California Golden Bears begin the 2016 baseball season on Feb. 19 in a three-game set against Duke, and as the Bears get ready to return to practice this week, junior right-hander Daulton Jefferies has been named as a Third-Team Preseason All-American by Perfect Game. Jefferies also earned preseason All-American recognition earlier from the Collegiate Baseball newspaper, as a Louisville Slugger Second-Team selection. MLB.com also projected him as the No. 24 pro prospect for the 2016 MLB Draft.
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Jefferies, out of Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony, is coming off a summer in which he pitched for the US Collegiate National Team, 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.
As a Friday-night starter for the Bears in 2015, Jefferies went 6-5 with a 2.92 ERA in 14 appearances, 13 of which are starts. He logged 80.0 innings, striking out a team-high 74 batters and conversely allowing just 17 walks. Opponents hit .239 against him, and Jefferies ranked seventh in the Pac-12 in strikeouts. Additionally, Jefferies was tied for eighth best in fewest walks allowed.
In the College Station Regional opener, Jefferies threw seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits with five strikeouts in a 9-3 win over Coastal Carolina. He also started and pitched one inning on short rest in the Regional final, a 3-1 loss to Texas A&M, allowing one hit and striking out two Aggies.
Cal returns 17 letter-winners from the team that went 36-21 with a school-record-tying 18 conference victories.
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