Bob Melvin decided he’d have some fun with his rookie pitcher in letting him know he’d be making his MLB debut.
During Sunday’s media availability ahead of the A’s game in Texas against the Rangers, Daulton Jefferies revealed how the A’s manager told him he’d be getting the ball for the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
"I need a starter, do you know any?"
Jefferies struggled in his first MLB start, allowing five earned runs in just two innings, including two home runs in his first inning on the mound for Oakland.
The Cal product is the A’s No. 7 prospect per MLB.com, and Melvin believes the 25-year-old’s struggles just were a result of debut jitters.
“I think so,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said (h/t MLB.com), “based on the fact that he walked a couple of guys and he never walks anybody. He was probably a little amped up. The homers came on changeups thrown at a higher velocity than he normally throws them.
"First inning can be tough, regardless. In your first start, you give up a three-run homer, it can get to your nerves a little bit.”
After a rough first inning, Jefferies allowed just one hit in the second inning, but was relieved by Jordan Weems to start the third inning.
Jefferies is the top-rated right-hander in the A’s farm system, so this likely isn’t the final time we’ll see him brought up from the San Jose alternate site as the 2020 season winds down.