Alex Jackson made his spring debut on Thursday night, and on Friday afternoon he hit his first home run in a Mariners’ uniform. Jackson was recently named the top prospect in the Mariners’ farm system by MLB.com, and his performance over the past 48 hours speaks to his incredible potential. The 19-year-old corner outfielder looked like a seasoned vet in his first at bat, working a seven-pitch walk. Obviously, the home run stands out, but his comfort in the outfield is equally as impressive. Look for Jackson to make his debut in Seattle as early as September of 2016.
Austin Cousino is another youngster who came through for the Mariners late in Friday’s game. Cousino is considered a plus defender in center field, but scouts have doubts about his hit tool. The University of Kentucky alum proved his critics wrong today. Cousino laced a two out triple down the right field line in the ninth inning. The M’s failed to cash him in, but Cousino’s speed running the bases was very impressive.
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