Brett Jackson

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Brett Jackson
Jackson batting for the Cotuit Kettleers
San Francisco Giants
Center fielder
Born: (1988-08-02) August 2, 1988 (age 26)
Berkeley, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 5, 2012 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .169
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 9

Brett Elliott Jackson (born August 2, 1988) is an American professional baseball center fielder in the San Francisco Giants organization. Prior to beginning his professional career, he played college baseball at the University of California, Berkeley. Jackson has also competed for the United States national baseball team.

The Chicago Cubs selected Jackson in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft. Before the 2011 season, Jackson was considered the Cubs second best prospect according to Baseball America.[1] He was also ranked as one of the top 50 overall prospects by[2]


Jackson attended Miramonte High School.[3] He then enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, where he played college baseball for the California Golden Bears baseball team in the Pacific-10 Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I. In the summer of 2008, Jackson played collegiate summer baseball for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[3] Baseball America rated Jackson as the eighth best prospect in the league. As a junior in 2009, Jackson had a .321 batting average with eight home runs and 41 runs batted in for the Golden Bears.[3]

"When you see him in person, it’s been pretty impressive, every part of his game. He comes to play every game. He comes to kick the other team’s butt; there’s no doubt about it. A very aggressive, confident kid who’s probably going to end up playing here a long time."

 – Dale Sveum[4]
Medal record
Men’s baseball
Competitor for  United States
Pan American Games
Silver 2011 Guadalajara National team

Heading into the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, Baseball America rated Jackson as the 34th best prospect available.[3] The Chicago Cubs drafted Jackson in the first round (31st overall).[5] He debuted professionally with the Arizona League Cubs of the Rookie-level Arizona League, receiving promotions to the Boise Hawks of the Class-A Short Season Northwest League and the Peoria Chiefs of the Class-A Midwest League. Before the 2010 season, Baseball America rated Jackson as the 74th best prospect in baseball. In 2010, Jackson played for the Daytona Cubs of the Class-A Advanced Florida State League, and participated in the 2010 All-Star Futures Game. Rated as the 38th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America before the 2011 season, Jackson started the year with the Tennessee Smokies of the Class-AA Southern League, before earning a promotion to the Iowa Cubs of the Class-AAA Pacific Coast League.[6]

After the 2011 season, Jackson played for the United States national baseball team in the 2011 Baseball World Cup and the 2011 Pan American Games, winning the silver medal.[7]

On August 5, 2012, Jackson was called up by the Cubs and made his Major League debut, batting second, as their starting center fielder.[8] He batted .175 with 59 strikeouts in 120 at bats.[9]

On August 14, 2014, the Cubs traded Jackson to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right handed pitcher Blake Cooper. Jackson had been struggling with Iowa, batting .210 on the season.[9] He played in seven games for the Diamondbacks, and was outrighted off the Diamondbacks roster on October 7, 2014.[citation needed]

The San Francisco Giants selected Jackson from the Diamondbacks in the Class AAA phase of the 2014 Rule 5 draft.[10]


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