MLB Draft: The Mariners Take Alex Jackson With the 6th Overall Pick

With the 6th pick in the 2014 First Year MLB Player draft the Seattle Mariners have taken C/OF Alex Jackson, a high school prep star out of San Diego. Here is the tweet by the Seattle Mariners:

Alex Jackson is a smart pick here for the M’s. Though he played catcher in high school, the draft pick was announced as an outfielder. So, for the time being, Mike Zunino has nothing to be worried about.

Some things of note:

Jackson is the first non-pitcher high school prospect signed by the Mariners since Nick Franklin in the 2009 draft.

Major Leaguers Cole Hamels and Hank Blalock both attended Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego.

His high school triple slash line is .379/.513/.844, with 47 home runs and 127 RBI in 547 plate appearances– a number less than that of a typical MLB season’s worth of plate appearances.

Jackson looked too good to pass up for the Mariners. He has a special looking bat coming out of high school, and could very well provide the sort of corner outfield power the Mariners desperately need. Granted, that power may not be sporting the Mariners compass for a few seasons to come.

What do you think of the Mariners first round draft pick?

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  • tedsfrozenhead

    “Jackson is the first non-pitcher high school prospect signed by the Mariners since Nick Franklin in the 2009 draft.”

    So…they have already signed him? I think not!

    • Sodo Mojo

      Fair enough. It does seem to be an all but sure thing, but you are right…..not so fast.

      • tedsfrozenhead

        “All but a sure thing”
        How do you figure?
        MLB is full of players who didn’t sign out of high school and went on to college and were drafted again.

        • Nick harris

          I think they usually go to school when they are drafted lower. Top 10 pick, it is an all but sure thing.

        • Sodo Mojo

          Exactly what Nick said. It’s extremely rare for a guy to pass up being a first round pick to go to college. Usually, it’s because there are disputes in the contract and they can’t agree. Or, there is a disconnect between the player and the team’s philosophies and he will wait to be drafted by a different team.

          I appreciate your series of checks and balances here TFH, but we don’t just spout things off for shock value. We know what we are talking about….usually.