Brett Jackson

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Brett Jackson
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Jackson batting for the Cotuit Kettleers
Free agent
Center fielder
Born: (1988-08-02) August 2, 1988 (age 28)
Berkeley, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 5, 2012, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .169
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 9
Teams

Brett Elliott Jackson (born August 2, 1988) is an American professional baseball center fielder who is currently a free agent. 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.

Career[edit]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

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 MLB.com.[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]

Medal record
Men’s baseball
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 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).[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

On August 5, 2012, Jackson was called up by the Cubs and made his Major League debut, batting second, as their starting center fielder.[7] He batted .175 with 59 strikeouts in 120 at bats.[8]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

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.[8] He played in seven games for the Diamondbacks, and was outrighted off the Diamondbacks roster on October 7, 2014.[citation needed]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

The San Francisco Giants selected Jackson from the Diamondbacks in the Class AAA phase of the 2014 Rule 5 draft.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Brett's younger brother, Drew, is a professional baseball player.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BaseballAmerica.com: Prospects: Rankings: Organization Top 10 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects". January 4, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Cubs outfielder Brett Jackson earns spot on MLB.com's Top 50 Prospects list". Chicago Cubs. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Kroner, Steve (June 27, 2011). "Nothing can rival the bond between a couple of Kettleers". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  4. ^ "Cubs draft touted center fielder at No. 31". Chicago Cubs. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Your morning Phil: ALC race, Kuroda, Brett Jackson". Chicago Tribune. August 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Cubs promote prospects Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters". Major League Baseball. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Cubs trade former first-round pick Brett Jackson". Chicago Tribune. August 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "2014 Major Leaue Baseball Rule 5 Draft results". Major League Baseball. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Drew Jackson's monster season with AquaSox resonating with M's brass". The Daily Herald. August 23, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 

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