It is safe to say that Daulton Jefferies‘ major league debut did not go according to plan.
He lasted just two innings in his start on September 12, allowing five runs on five hits and two walks, notching just one strikeout as he took the loss. It was certainly a far cry from the production that made him an intriguing prospect in the A’s system.
But that is not likely to be the last time that we see Jefferies on a major league mound. The A’s have an opening in their rotation, and may look to give their internal options the first shot at claiming a spot. If so, Jefferies could be atop that list, especially if A.J. Puk ends up in the bullpen.
While Jefferies has his own troubling injury history, there is no question that his future is to be a starter. In his 99.1 minor league innings, Jefferies has posted a 3.17 ERA and a 1.047 WHiP, striking out 121 batters with just 12 walks. If he is healthy, Jefferies is ready for a spot in the A’s rotation.
That could come in 2021. The Oakland A’s will need a starter to fill out their rotation, and Daulton Jefferies could emerge as that option.