Jackson batting for the Cotuit Kettleers
San Francisco Giants
August 2, 1988 |
|August 5, 2012 for the Chicago Cubs|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||9|
Brett Elliott Jackson (born August 2, 1988) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). 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. He was also ranked as one of the top 50 overall prospects by MLB.com.
Jackson attended Miramonte High School. 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. 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.
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|Silver||2011 Guadalajara||National team|
Heading into the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, Baseball America rated Jackson as the 34th best prospect available. The Chicago Cubs drafted Jackson in the first round (31st overall). 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.
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. He played in seven games for the Diamondbacks, and was outrighted off the Diamondbacks roster on October 7, 2014.
- Chicago Cubs top 2011 prospects
- Jackson earns spot on the Top 50 Prospects list
- Kroner, Steve (June 27, 2011). "Nothing can rival the bond between a couple of Kettleers". The San Francisco Chronicle.
- Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/11301607-573/brett-jackson-is-ready-but-he-needs-an-opening.html
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- Cubs draft touted center fielder at No. 31
- "Your morning Phil: ALC race, Kuroda, Brett Jackson". Chicago Tribune. August 8, 2011.
- Emrich, Robert (October 26, 2011). "Van Ostrand, Canada take Pan Am gold | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)