Oakland A’s: Three players impressing thus far in spring training
By David Hill
Daulton Jefferies finally made his major league debut for the Oakland A’s last season, and it did not go nearly as hoped.
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He lasted just two innings, allowing five runs on five hits, including two homers, and two walks while recording one strikeout. Considering that Jefferies had a track record of showing impressive command with a penchant for keeping the ball inside the park, it is possible that his rough debut could be chalked up to nervousness on the mound.
Although the A’s rotation is theoretically set for the upcoming season, Jefferies is doing his part to force his way into the conversation. He has struck out four batters in his three innings, allowing just one hit and one walk in that time. This is essentially the pitcher that he had been during his time in the minors.
The A’s are hoping that A.J. Puk will be able to be their fifth starter this season. However, he has yet to make his spring training debut. Likewise, his track record of injuries makes it almost impossible to count on him to be ready. If Jefferies continues to pitch well, he could force his way into the fifth starter role.
Daulton Jefferies has impressed thus far for the Oakland A’s. He may end up playing a key part on the 2021 pitching staff if this continues.