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)