The Oakland A’s may look a lot different on Opening Day 2022. The expectation is that the team is going to enter a teardown, with anyone that is making a decent salary being sent elsewhere.
That would likely leave several openings in the rotation. Ideally, the A’s would like to see Daulton Jefferies claim one of those spots, providing an internal option with plenty of team control as a back of the rotation arm.
His progression through the minors had been stalled by injury, but Jefferies displayed excellent command and an ability to spot his pitches when he was able to get on the mound. That success has yet to carry over to the major league level, although he fared relatively well last season. He posted a 3.60 ERA and a 1.000 WHiP in his 15 innings, issuing four walks, but striking out just eight batters.
If Jefferies is going to claim a spot on the pitching staff, he is going to need to show a lot more than that. The A’s may be counting on him to fill one of those spots in the rotation, hoping that he can perform as he had in the minors. If he cannot, his audition may not last as long as one would expect.
Daulton Jefferies could finally get his shot in the Oakland A’s rotation in 2022. However, he may not have as long of a leash as expected.