Aug 19, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Former Louisiana Tech left handed pitcher Mike Jefferson recently signed on to play for the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association Independent Baseball League.
Jefferson, who was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, spent three seasons with the Bulldogs and made 30 starts and 62 appearances on the mound in a Louisiana Tech uniform.
Over the course of his collegiate career, the Cincinnati, Ohio native was 13-11 with a 4.93 career earned run average for head coach Wade Simoneaux.
In two appearances with the Explorers, Jefferson has made one start and pitched 7.2 innings. He has allowed seven hits and seven runs, while striking out five batters since arriving in Sioux City, Iowa.
Jefferson now joins two former LA Tech infielders in Amos Ramon and Brian Myrow who are both playing in the American Association Independent League. Legendary Bulldog broadcaster Dave Nitz has also done play-by-play for the Sioux City Explorers for the past five seasons.
Ramon, an infielder for the Winnipeg Goldeyes, lettered at Louisiana Tech from 2005-06 and most recently was named the American Association Playoff MVP in 2012 after coming back from an ACL injury the year prior.
Myrow played for the Bulldogs from 1998-99 as an infielder and has spent time with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres over the course of his professional career. He is now a member of the Grand Prairie AirHogs in the American Association.
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