Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rays Minor Leaguers Jefferies and Hall Create Website to Teach Fundamentals of Baseball

A duo of Rays 2008 draft picks have teamed up once again, this time its not on the playing field but on the internet. Catcher Jake Jefferies and Infielder Matt Hall have joined forced to create a website called Jakes Dugout. The site is geared towards players, coaches, parents as well as baseball fans and provides helpful tips and drills designed to help players improve their game.

The site debuted on Friday and the first featured series is called "Having a Plan." The four part segment breaks down the importance of having a plan at the plate and keeping with the plan no matter how good or bad it may be going. In addition to the features, the pair will answer individual questions from readers and post the answers for everyone to learn from their experiences.

Jefferies was drafted by the Rays in the Rays third round draft pick in the 2008 draft out of UC Davis where he was the Co-Player of the Year in the Big West Conference. He made his debut as a catcher in the organization that year with Hudson Valley and has advanced as high as Advanced-A Charlotte in 2010.

Hall, an infielder, was selected in the tenth round of the draft out of Auburn. He also debuted with Hudson Valley in 2008. He spent much of his career in Advanced-A in 2008 with Vero Beach and 2009/2010 with Charlotte. He played one game in AA Montgomery in 2009 and was called up to AAA Durham in the same season.

Visit the site at and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep informed on site updates.

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