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Jefferies, Mondou sliding positions for Woodchucks


WAUSAU (WAOW) -- In the Northwoods League, rosters are almost constantly changing, so it's not uncommon for players to jump from position to position.

However, the Woodchucks have taken that position hopping to a new level.

Wisconsin has lost four outfielders throughout the season, leaving a major gap in their defensive alignment.

To fill the void, infielders Nate Mondou and Jake Jefferies stepped in and made the switch from dirt to grass.

"It's been a learning experience for me," Jefferies told Newsline 9. "But I like learning new positions because you never know where you are going to play in the future."

This is something Jefferies knows first hand. His father, Gregg, played 14 years in the majors, often bouncing from position to position.

"Jake knows the more well-rounded he is defensively, the better it is for him," Woodchucks manager Jameel Ziadeh said. "His dad played shortstop in the minor leagues and went to the big leagues and never played shortstop a day."

Jefferies, who hadn't played outfield since middle school, said the toughest adjustment for him was learning how to track hard hit balls off the bat.

"For me (the toughest part) has been the line drives," he said. "You don't really see those in the infield. I'm fine with the fly balls right now. But I've been getting used to it."

Jefferies attends Long Beach State, and Mondou Wake Forest.

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