Brett Jackson (born August 2, 1988) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. 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.
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 [1 ] MLB.com. [2 ]
Miramonte High School. He then enrolled at the [3 ] 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 ] rated Jackson as the eighth best prospect in the league. As a junior in 2009, Jackson had a .321 Baseball America 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."
Heading into the
2009 Major League Baseball Draft, Baseball America rated Jackson as the 34th best prospect available. The [3 ] Chicago Cubs drafted Jackson in the first round (31st overall). He debuted professionally with the [5 ] 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.
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1981: Carter, Lovelace
1982: Dunston, Woods, Boderick
1985: Palmeiro, Masters
1993: Kieschnick, Ratliff, Orie
2002: Brownlie, Hagerty, Blasko, Clanton
2007: Vitters, Donaldson
2008: Cashner, Flaherty
2012: Almora, Johnson, Blackburn