The Mariners spent the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft on power hitting corner outfielder Alex Jackson. The Mariners are high on Jackson’s abilities, and tonight fans got their first glimpse of why he is rated by MLB.com as the M’s top prospect.
Aug 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; American catcher Alex Jackson (10) rounds second base during the 2013 Under Armour All-American Baseball game at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports
The 19-year-old Jackson entered the game in the fifth inning as a pinch hitter, and prompted delivered a broken bat single to left field. Jackson showed plenty of strength to get the ball into the outfield. Jackson looked very comfortable out in right field catching a couple of fly balls, including one right up against the right field wall. He struck out in his second at bat of the ballgame in the eighth inning, but I came away very impressed by the youngster’s ability to play.
I hope we get more chances to see Alex Jackson play as the spring goes on. I really like what I saw from Jackson tonight, and I think we could see him in Seattle as early as 2016.
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