The Pepperdine baseball season starts on Feb. 17 at home against St. Joseph's.
Pepperdine's all-time draft total now stands at 154 selections.
Pepperdine needs a win tonight to advance to the final day of the WCC Tournament.
Pepperdine opens the WCC Tournament on Thursday against Saint Mary's.
Pepperdine has a week off before returning to play.
2016 MLB DRAFT: Selected in the 13th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks … Signed
JUNIOR/2016: Had a breakout campaign as a junior in 2016, starting all 53 games for the Waves … Named to the All-WCC second team … Posted a .277 batting average in 202 plate appearances … Led the team and was third in the WCC with 12 home runs … Finished second on the team with 38 RBI and second with 34 runs scored … Posted 10 doubles and one triple … Slugged .515 and had a .361 on-base percentage … Drew a team-high 25 walks … Stole 2-of-2 bases … Belted a career-best two home runs against Santa Clara (4/10), also driving in a career high five runs in the game … Scored a career-high three runs against Columbia (3/14) … Posted 15 multi-hit games, tied for third most on the team … Led the Waves with nine multi-RBI games … Had a steak of 16 consecutive games reaching base and a nine-game hitting streak … Named WCC Player of the Week (4/11).
SOPHOMORE/2015: Appeared in and started 58 games for the Waves … Posted a .250 batting average … Drove in 28 RBI … Ended his sophomore season with a career-best six homeruns … Also posted seven doubles … Drew 19 walks … Stole a pair of bases … Matched a career-high with three RBI against BYU (3/12) … Was first in the WCC and 20th in the NCAA with seven sacrifice flies on the year.
FRESHMAN/2014: Played in 56 games, making 55 starts for the Waves ... Won the starting shortstop job as a freshman ... Named to the WCC All-Freshman team and WCC All-Tournament team ... Batted .227 on the year ... Was tied for fifth on the team with 28 RBI ... Was fifth on the team with 10 doubles ... Hit one homer and scored 17 runs ... Had a 4-for-4 game against Pacific (3/16) in which he hit three doubles, drove in three runs and scored one ... Went 3-for-3 against USC (4/8), driving in two runs which both tied the game in a 4-3 walk-off win for the Waves ... Made a highlight reel catch and went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored in the WCC Tournament Championship game against LMU (5/24).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Lakewood High School ... Played one varsity season for head coach Spud O'Neil ... Batted .325 with one homer and 42 RBI his senior year ... Was named rookie of the year as a senior for the Moore League Champions ... Was named Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior.
CLUB: Played his club ball most recently for Impact Player Baseball and also for Garciaparra Baseball Group (2012) and the SoCal Outlaws (2010-11).
PERSONAL: Given name is Manuel Eugene Jefferson ... Born in Beverly Hills, Calif. ... Parents are Phillip Jefferson and Sonya Dowtin ... Siblings are Phillip (23), Kendra (23) and August (16) ... Chose Pepperdine because of the excellent academics and baseball program.
FAVORITES: Dustin Pedroia (athlete); Boston Red Sox (team); Of Mice and Men (book); Fast Five (movie); How I Met Your Mother (TV show); Chris Brown (musical artist); Pizza (food); Football (sport other than baseball)