Alex Jackson (baseball)

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Alex Jackson
Atlanta Braves
Catcher / Outfielder
Born: (1995-12-25) December 25, 1995 (age 23)
Escondido, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 7, 2019, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
(through April 7, 2019)
Batting average.000
Home runs0
Runs batted in0
Teams

Alex J. Jackson (born December 25, 1995) is an American professional baseball catcher and outfielder for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the first round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.

Baseball career[edit]

Jackson attended Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego County, California.[1] In 2012 and 2013, he played in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field.[2][3] As a junior, Jackson was ranked by MaxPreps as the best high school prospect for the 2014 class and was their Junior of the Year.[4] Jackson verbally committed to the University of Oregon in March 2013.[5] As a senior, he tied John Drennen for most career home runs in the San Diego section with 47.[6] After the season, he won the Baseball America High School Player of the Year Award.[7]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

Jackson was highly touted as the best hitter in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.[8][9][10] The Seattle Mariners selected him in the first round, with the sixth overall pick.[11] He signed with the Mariners on June 23.[12]

After signing, Jackson spent his first professional season with the AZL Mariners, slashing .280/.344/.476 with two home runs, 16 RBIs, and six doubles in 23 games. He began the 2015 season with the Clinton LumberKings, where he struggled, batting .157 with no home runs and 35 strikeouts in 28 games. The Mariners returned Jackson to extended spring training in May, and reassigned him to the Everett AquaSox when their season began in June.[13] He spent the remainder of 2015 with Everett, batting .239 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 48 games. Jackson spent 2016 with Clinton where he batted .243 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 92 games.

Atlanta Braves[edit]

On November 28, 2016, the Mariners traded Jackson and Tyler Pike to the Atlanta Braves for Rob Whalen and Max Povse.[14][15] Jackson began the 2017 season with the Florida Fire Frogs, and later that season, was promoted to the Mississippi Braves. He hit .267/.328/.480 with 19 home runs and 65 RBIs in 96 games[16] between the two clubs.[17]

The Braves added Jackson to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season.[18] They promoted him to the major leagues on April 7, 2019,[19][20] and he made his major league debut that afternoon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athlete of the Week: Rancho Bernardo High's Jackson among most feared hitters in nation". Pomeradonews.com. April 16, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "Prep baseball: Rancho Bernardo High's Jackson selected to play in Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field". pomeradonews.com. August 7, 2012. Archived from the original on August 20, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2014 – via Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Box Score – 2013 Under Armour All-America Game" (PDF). baseballfactory.com. August 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Jackson's Classic roots run deep". Perfectgame.org. August 6, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  5. ^ "Prep Baseball: Rancho Bernardo High's Jackson verbally commits to University of Oregon". Pomeradonews.com. March 18, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  6. ^ "RB's Jackson ties HR record". San Diego U-T Preps. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  7. ^ "High School Player Of The Year: Hard Work, Talent Got Jackson To The Top". BaseballAmerica.com. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  8. ^ Crawford, Christopher. "The best hitter in the draft class". Insider.espn.go.com. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  9. ^ Law, Keith. "The good and bad of Alex Jackson". Insider.espn.go.com. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  10. ^ "2014 Draft Update: Change At The Top As Pitchers Dominate". Baseballamerica.com. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  11. ^ "Mariners select San Diego prep standout Alex Jackson | Mariners.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  12. ^ "Mariners officially sign first-round Draft pick Jackson". Archived from the original on August 13, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  13. ^ "M's top prospect Jackson looks to launch his pro career in Everett". The Daily Herald. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  14. ^ "Mariners acquire righties Whalen, Povse from Braves". MLB.com. November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  15. ^ Johns, Greg (December 9, 2016). "Pike player to be named in deal with Braves". MLB.com. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  16. ^ "Alex Jackson Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  17. ^ Boor, William (October 18, 2017). "Braves' Jackson delivers in AFL victory". MLB.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  18. ^ Bowman, Mark (November 20, 2018). "Braves add 4 prospects to 40-man roster | Atlanta Braves". Mlb.com. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  19. ^ Tucker, Tim (April 7, 2019). "Braves place Brian McCann on injured list, promote Alex Jackson". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  20. ^ Bowman, Mark (April 7, 2019). "Jackson up for MLB debut as catching option". MLB.com. Retrieved April 7, 2019.

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