Cal pitcher Daulton Jefferies picked No. 37 overall by the Oakland Athletics in the MLB Draft

California righty Daulton Jefferies stays in the Bay Area, and is drafted by the Oakland Athletics, with current Golden Bears Mark Canha and Marcus Semien on the roster, and manager Bob Melvin having been a former Cal catcher.

California right-handed pitcher Daulton Jefferies has been selected in the Lottery A round (No. 37 overall) of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Oakland Athletics

Jefferies is the third Golden Bear since 2008 to be selected by the A's, including 2008 No. 58 pick Tyson Ross (now with the San Diego Padres) and outfielder Austin Booker (33rd round, 1006th overall). The A's of course are managed by Bob Melvin, a Cal alum, and starting shortstop Marcus Semien was a member of the 2011 College World Series team. First baseman/outfielder Mark Canha, another Golden Bear, is on the disabled list. “He’s the ultimate competitor," said former Cal pitching coach Mike Neu, who recruited Jefferies, and was also a reliever for the A's in the early 2000s.

Jefferies met last week with Oakland, and his father John was told that the 6-foot, 180-pounder would go in the second round.

Jefferies has gone 15-13 overall in Berkeley, with a 2.86 carer ERA, and 175 strikeouts to 44 walks.

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.

That season, which ended at the College Station Regional in College Station, Tex., earned Jefferies an All-Pac-12 First-Team selection, and he was 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. at first was unable to make his scheduled start against UCLA on April 1, owing to calf stiffness. Later, a shoulder injury materialized.

“It stiffened up a little bit a couple days after, it loosened up, and it would stiffen up again. It was loose enough for UCLA," Jefferies said. "My arm was fine, but from the conditioning the week of, I just couldn’t push off the mound. That was what was frustrating. My arm was finally feeling better, and I have this thing in my leg, and I just don’t know what to do.”

A week after that aborted start, Jefferies's arm stiffened up again.

“No sharp pain or anything like that,” Jefferies said, admitting that it didn’t occur to him that it was something not normal. “It was just some discomfort, and as soon as I felt the discomfort, I shut it down, and we ended up doing the MRI, and it played itself out.”

The MRI revealed a strain in the sub-scapular muscle in his right shoulder. He was shut down until the final game of the Utah series, when he went 3.0 perfect frames, sitting 91-94 with his fastball. He also started the penultimate game of the 2016 campaign against Washington State, allowing one hit and two walks over 5.0 innings, with six strikeouts.

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, but had dropped down to No. 57.

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