OAKLAND -– The Oakland A’s agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Daulton Jefferies from the University of California, their Competitive Balance Round A selection from the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.
The A’s also agreed to terms with 23 other picks from the draft, including right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey (6th round, Gonzaga), left-handed pitcher William Gilbert (8th, North Carolina State), left-handed pitcher Dalton Sawyer (9th, Minnesota), right-handed pitcher Mitchell Jordan (10th, Stetson), shortstop Eli White (11th, Clemson), center fielder Luke Persico (12th, UCLA), second baseman Nathan Mondou (13th, Wake Forest), right-handed pitcher Seth Martinez (17th, Arizona State), catcher Skyler Weber (18th, Georgia), right-handed pitcher Samuel Gilbert (19th, Kansas), outfielder Kyle Nowlin (21st, Eastern Kentucky), catcher Roger Gonzalez (22nd, Winthrop), outfielder Robert Bennie (24th, East Stroudsburg), center fielder Jeramiah McCray (25th, Martin Luther King HS), first baseman Charles Gould (26th, William and Mary), center fielder Cole Gruber (27th, Nebraska-Omaha), second baseman Josh Vidales (28th, Houston), right-handed pitcher Matthew Milburn (29th, Wofford), right-handed pitcher Nick Highberger (30th, Creighton), right-handed pitcher Sam Sheehan (31st, Westmont), catcher Jarrett Costa (33rd, Westmont), shortstop Casey Thomas (34th, Texas A&M) and shortstop Brett Bittiger (40th, Pace).
Jefferies went 7-0 with a 1.08 ERA and .185 opponents batting average in eight starts for Cal in 2016. He struck out 53 and walked just eight in 50.0 innings. The right-handed junior missed two months of the season with calf and shoulder injuries but returned to make two starts at the end of May. Jefferies was an All-Pac-12 first team selection as a sophomore in 2015. He compiled a 13-13 record and a 2.86 ERA in 34 games, including 33 starts, in three seasons with the Bears.
According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Jeffries' deal with the A's is for $1.6 million.
daulton jefferies, cal rhp, who got picked by home team, agrees with a's for $1.6M. pick No. 37 overall.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 14, 2016
Bailey was a First-Team All-West Coast Conference selection after going 10-3 with a 2.42 ERA in 16 games, 15 starts, for the Zags. He struck out 125 batters in 100.1 innings and walked 31 while yielding four home runs. Bailey earned All-WCC honors as a freshman in 2014.
Gilbert was 5-1 with six saves and a 2.22 ERA in 24 relief appearances with North Carolina State. He struck out 62 and walked 11 in 52.2 innings while surrendering just two home runs.
Sawyer was an All-Big Ten Second Team selection this year after going 7-7 with a 3.33 ERA and .227 opponents batting average in 16 starts. He struck out 112 batters in 94.2 innings and walked 42.
Jordan was 6-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 15 starts for Stetson. He struck out 75 and walked 32 in 80.0 innings. Jordan earned second team all-conference honors in 2015 after going 5-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 12 starts.
The A’s have now signed or agreed to terms with 24 of their 41 selections from the draft.