California right-handed pitcher Daulton Jefferies (6-foot, 180 pounds) has gone 15-13 in Berkeley, with a 2.86 carer ERA, and 175 strikeouts to 44 walks.
“He’s the ultimate competitor," said former Cal pitching coach Mike Neu, who recruited Jefferies.
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.
As a sophomore, Jefferies was an All-Pac-12 First-Team selection, and a member of the USA 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 minuscule .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.
His junior season -- shortened by eight weeks of injury (sub-scapular muscle strain, possible labrum involvement) -- was by far his best, as he went 7-0 with a 1.08 ERA in 50.0 innings of work, with 53 strikeouts to just eight walks.
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. Jefferies was ranked the No. 24 overall draft prospect by MLB.com, but has dropped down to No. 57.