Drew Jackson, Middle-Infielder Los Angeles Dodgers (AA)
You remember the summer of Drew Jackson right? In 2016, Jackson gave the Mariners farm system a ray of hope after crushing it in Low A Everett when he slashed .358/.432/.447. Unfortunately, Jackson took a step back at High-A Modesto in 2017 and was traded that winter to the Dodgers for Chase De Jong.
Since then, Jackson profile has remained the same. A powerful arm, great athlete, can handle any position on the diamond, good shortstop, questionable bat. However, in 2018, Jackson may have increased his profile but showing something he never had before power.
In just 342 AB’s in AA Tulsa, Jackson cranked 15 home runs. Jackson also stole 22 bases and hit 20 doubles. Jackson also posted a 93:45 K/BB ratio. Those types of numbers combined with Jackson’s defense would make him a borderline All-Star.
In 2018, Jackson slashed .251/.356/.447. Whether the power is real or not will remain to be seen, but one thing Jackson has always been able to do at the plate is to get on base. He has a career .360 OBP in 4 seasons in the minors.
For a rebuilding team like Seattle, Jackson makes a ton of sense as a potential utility man. He can play good defense at 2B and SS, and has the arm and athleticism to play both third, and could handle center field if given the time to learn it.
Jackson appears to me, to be a potential poor mans, Chris Taylor. A good athlete, who made a tweak to his swing, and provides value previously never thought possible for his profile. Drew Jackson may very well not be able to hit enough to garner a full-time gig in the big leagues. But if 2019 is about building for 2020 and beyond, why not take a year to make sure?