BERKELEY -- Oakland Athletics first baseman/outfielder Mark Canha looked to be in top form on Friday at his old stomping grounds of Evans Diamond on the California campus. Canha, shortstop Marcus Semien and catching prospect Bruce Maxwell all took batting practice, while Semien took grounders and Canha roamed the outfield, shagging fly balls.
Canha missed most of last season with a back injury and hip impingement, but ran without any issues while tracking down fly balls. At the plate, Canha wore down a bit towards the end of the hitting session, after taking over 50 swings, but early, he was regularly putting balls on top of the Recreational Sports Facility in left field.
A's second-round pick Daulton Jefferies had a light throwing session before the Bears' first scrimmage of the fall, and a full throwing session at Evans Diamond on Thursday. Reports from that session were that he looks to be in top form, though he's still ramping up his velocity. Jefferies has put on a noticeable amount of muscle since he was drafted in June, and appears much stronger, as he embarks on his first professional spring in one month.