Surrounded by his parents, grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins in Atwater, Calif., now-former California right-hander Daulton Jefferies only learned that he would be drafted by the Oakland Athletics moments before Eric Byrnes stepped to the podium on the MLB Network and announced that the A's would be taking him with the No. 37 overall pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The news didn't come from a phone call. It came from his brother, Jake.
"My advisor called me and told me they would pick me at 47, and then, 36 came around, and I wasn't answering my phone," Jefferies said. His father wasn't answering his phone, either. So, Jefferies's advisor, Adam Karon, called Jake, a 2008 third-round pick by the Tampa Bay Rays. "I was sitting on it, and my brother came running in, and whispered in my ear, and said that they were going to take me at 37, right now. I made sure everyone was watching, and what better guy to say it than Byrnes. It was awesome, a very surreal experience."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1677165-daulton-jefferies-... On Wednesday, Jefferies's father, John, confidently said that his son would be picked in the second round, even though he had dropped to No. 57 in MLB.com's draft prospect rankings.
"Not really, I didn't, I don't, I'm at a loss for words," Jefferies sputtered. "It's so awesome to be still in the Bay Area, still in Northern California, so close to home, and obviously, I have to get there first, but this whole day has been a huge stepping stone. The ultimate goal is to be a big leaguer, and it's been a lot of fun being with my family."
Given the comparisons to 5-foot-11, 190-pound A's right-hander Sonny Gray, and the location, the 6-foot, 180-pound Jefferies said that Oakland was the perfect landing spot.
"I think so," Jefferies said. "Especially with all the Cal guys -- Bob Melvin, Mark Canha, Marcus Semien -- it's a young group, and it's a very exciting group, with A.J. Puk and Logan Shore, as well, it's just a very exciting time, and I can't wait to start my career."
Jefferies got his start at Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony, as did Cal football left tackle Aaron Cochran, who grew up just a few doors down from Jefferies. Cochran gave Jefferies a shout-out on Twitter, but, with 164 unread text messages and countless mentions, Jefferies hasn't gotten a chance to respond. Cochran reminded Jefferies that the two still have an outstanding dinner appointment that they need to keep, Cochran's treat.
"We agreed to have dinner probably three months ago," Jefferies said, bashfully. "Even when we were neighbors in Atwater, we never hung out. It's the weirdest thing ever. We were three, four houses down from each other, and the only time we saw each other was in high school. You could see Aaron from a mile away in high school, but that was the only time I would see him. I've seen him a couple times walking through campus, or when I'm up at the High Performance Center, but we've never hung out as actual friends. We see each other, talk, and go on with our day, but that's it."