6"2" 200 lbs DOB: 10/30/1987
Bats: Left | Throws: Right
2009: Bowling Green
Acquired: 2008 Draft, 3rd Round, 78th Overall
Jake Jefferies spent most of the season splitting time between catching and designated hitter, sharing time behind the plate with Mike McCormick. After a solid debut with Hudson Valley in 2008, Jefferies' bat took a step back. While he remained tough to strike out, he hit only .261, didn't draw a ton of walks, and posted just a .359 slugging percentage. Behind the dish, Jefferies threw out about a quarter of attempted base-stealers.
Jefferies' calling card is his contact, so the .261 batting average is worrisome. His BABIP was .270, meaning he was probably a little bit unlucky, but not so much so that his year wasn't disappointing. In 238 at bats with the Renegades in 2008, he had 21 extra-base hits(16 doubles, three triples, and two homeruns). In 440 at bats with the Hot Rods in 2009, he had 26 extra-base hits(17 doubles, one triple, and eight homeruns).
Oddly enough, he hit for the exact same OPS against both lefties and righties(.243/.307/.379 vs. LHP and .267/.332/.353 vs. RHP). In either case, a .686 OPS isn't getting it done. His contact-oriented approach should lead to a higher batting average in 2010. He should open with the Charlotte Stone Crabs and could have the full-time catching gig for the first time in his pro career. He'll need to show a rebound in the batting average department to establish himself as a legitimate prospect, and advancements in patience, power, and defense would really move him up the list.