Daulton Jefferies MLB Draft Prospect

Daulton Jefferies was drafted in the 39th round by the Miami Marlins back in 2013 it was no surprise to see him head to Cal and him improve his draft stock. Jefferies will be one of the top college arms drafted in the 2016 MLB Draft. Recently he was named as a second-team preseason All-American by D1Baseball.com, Baseball America and he also has been named preseason All-American from Collegiate Baseball, Louisville Slugger second-team and preseason All-American third-team by Perfect Game. Jefferies was selected 37th overall to the A's. The Oakland A's selected AJ Puk with their first pick (6th overall) making a wonderful 1-2 punch.

Daulton Jeffries Scouting Report

Daulton Jefferies typically works at 92-94 mph range with his fastball and pounds the lower have of the strike zone. He offers a four-pitch repertoire with his 76-79 mph curveball that shows try signs of being an above average pitch, his changeup is a swing-and-miss pitch and his impressive command, Jefferies is a tremedous athlete despite his stature (6'0" 180lbs.) In high school at Buhach Colony of Atwater his senior season saw him hit .423 with 36 runs scored and 22 stolen bases while going 10-2 on the mount with a 0.92 ERA to earn multiple honors including Central California Conference MVP for the second year in a row, Merced Sun-Star Player of the Year and Cal-Hi Sports First Team All-State.

He set his high school record by recording 141K while walking just 14 in 83.2 innings. He tossed ten complete games out of 11 starts. It was his second straight year with at least 100 strikeouts as he had 101 strikeouts during his junior season and had a total of 272 strikeouts over 169 total high school innings. For his high school career he finished with a .360 batting average with 69 runs batted in and 84 runs scored. Getting set for his junior season at Cal he is coming off a summer that saw him pitch for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team after being an All Pac-12 first team selection last year. Last year for the Golden Bears as their Friday night starter he was 6-5 with a 2.92 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 80 innings which had him ranked as seventh in the Pac-12 for strikeouts while also finishing tied for eighth best in the conference in fewest walks allowed.

Daulton Jeffries is one of the top #mlbdraft prospects for 2016

His highlight performances came during a win at UCLA as he pitched 6.2 scoreless innings while allowing just one run during seven innings in their NCAA Regional opening win over Coastal Carolina. During his freshman season he was 2-8 with a 3.45 ERA and 58 strikeouts while leading the team in innings pitched with 92.2 innings of work. He was expected to once again lead their pitching staff this season as the Golden Bears enter the season predicted to finish third in the Pac-12 while also ranked inside the Top 10 of several preseason National Rankings. Daulton Jefferies is expected to be a top 20 pick in this years MLB Draft. His injury was finally released it was officially described as a chronic degenerative SLAP tear, a condition that often is prominent in pitchers with heavy workloads. So what does all that mean? It means that CAL rode him like a horse and his arm needed rest. That should not scare teams away when they select him early in this years draft.

photos courtesy of the calbears.com & AP Photo/Juan DeLeon

Junior righthander Daulton Jefferies, who starred for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team last summer, is where it all starts. Jefferies features a four-pitch mix and his fastball sits in the low 90s. He earned all-Pac-12 honors last year and should be even better as a junior.

Baseball America

While many teams prefer their pitchers big, tall and projectable, sometimes they come in different sizes. The success of starters like Sonny Gray in the big leagues will undoubtedly give more teams confidence to take a closer look at Jefferies.


Good athlete, loose fast arm that produced low 90's fastballs @ PG National


There are players who are rock steady and rack up a long track record of being the very same, very impressive prospects. Those are prospects like California righty Daulton Jefferies.


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