Clovis' Jason Donald making Strides in the Major Leagues

Fresno, CA

"We had the cages, bullpen, all that kind of stuff," Donald said. "We had the lights. But the stadium's a couple years old."

From Bears Stadium, to Omaha and the College World Series as an Arizona Wildcat, to representing the U.S. at the Beijing Olympics. Donald has enjoyed much success on the diamond, culminating in his May call-up to the Major Leagues with the Cleveland Indians.

"I've had some success which has been nice," said Donald. "But I'm certainly not satisfied with anything I've done. I look to get better every day and learn as much as I can and really just try to enjoy the experience."

Just two weeks into his rookie season, Donald unintentionally found himself at the center of baseball's most infamous blown call this season.

"I knew it was going to be a footrace between us to the bag," said Donald. "When it happened during the game it was bang-bang. It happened really fast. But obviously when you see it on the replay I'm out. You can see it plain as day.

"But in the heat of the moment and everything that's going on that's a tough call for Jim Joyce to make. You know if you're out and I had that feeling inside like I think I was out."

Donald also isn't shy about sharing his "Welcome to the Big Leagues" moment at Yankee Stadium.

"I was standing on second base and Derek Jeter came over and talked to me," said Donald. "Probably for that 20 seconds I didn't even know where I was I just thought of myself being like a 14 year old eighth grader thinking about Derek Jeter and how he was my favorite player and he's talking to me. I just couldn't believe it."

And with a batting average hovering around .280, Donald says he just wants to keep it going in the second half.

"I'm doing my best, doing what I can to make the adjustments necessary so I can continue to stay there as long as I possibly can."

Copyright © 2021 KFSN-TV. All Rights Reserved.