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:
The #Mariners have selected outfielder Alex Jackson out of Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego. Was a catcher in high school.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) June 5, 2014
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.
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?