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20. Alex Jackson, RF, Seattle Mariners

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From Fangraphs 2015 Top 200:

Hit: 20/60, Raw Power: 65/65, Game Power: 20/60, Run: 45/45, Field: 45/50, Throw: 60/60, FV: 60

Scouting Report: Jackson was known as a sophomore in high school as he showed and advanced feel to hit, big raw power and a huge arm behind the plate. He held that lofty perch until his draft year, as a legitimate contender to go #1 overall, but ultimately slipped to the Mariners at 6th overall. Jackson has easy plus raw power and arm strength, but the separator here is his advanced feel to hit to all fields and get to his power in games. Like Wil Myers and Bryce Harper before him and Kyle Schwarber (#21 on this list) from his draft class, Jacksons bat is too advanced to wait on his glove to develop behind the plate, so the Mariners will just stick him in right field and let him hit his way to the big leagues.

So the kid has got potential...

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What's his issue thus far, from those that have seen him play? The scouting reports point to a good hitter with power, but his minors numbers are filled with great looking numbers and some not so great looking one's.

He's only 20 but he's only in A ball, and not really excelling either. He's got good power, but the avg is so-so. Good walks, but tons of K's. Seems he could be a perennial all-star, or a guy that never gets to the big leagues depending on how he improves those flaws. I guess the same could be said for the vast majority of 1st rounders though.

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What's his issue thus far, from those that have seen him play? The scouting reports point to a good hitter with power, but his minors numbers are filled with great looking numbers and some not so great looking one's.

He's only 20 but he's only in A ball, and not really excelling either. He's got good power, but the avg is so-so. Good walks, but tons of K's. Seems he could be a perennial all-star, or a guy that never gets to the big leagues depending on how he improves those flaws. I guess the same could be said for the vast majority of 1st rounders though.

The main issue is he was scouted and drafted by the worst general manager in probably the history of the game in terms of development of young talent. Jack Zduriencik level of incompetence doesn't even register on the moron scale. He set the bar all to himself. Now that's the main issue. He spent his first years of professional ball being instructed by worst of the worst minds to ever grace this wonderful game. New regime literally had to break him all the way down and build him back up. Have to hope he wasn't overexposed to Jack Zduriencik instruction. There still may be hope for him. Let's hope. Edited by Cmilne23
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On 4/18/2017 at 3:46 PM, alisgodnow said:

anything to see here? 3 HR 8R 7RBI 1BB 10k in 44PA and batting .286/.318/.548

 

 

Interesting minor league player to keep tabs on. 

 

Jackson was traded from the Mariners to the Braves this offseason for Max Povse and Rob Whalen.  The Braves have been experimenting with him playing catcher and DH'ing, he played catcher in HS when he was All-Everything.  He hasn't made much noise in his pro career so far but its always interesting to see what happens when a young talented prospect switches organizations.  Atlanta has been aggressive on the prospect trading front recently, they made a similar bet on Max Fried when he fell out of favor in the SD minor league system.  They also stole Toussant and Swanson from Arizona but I guess that isn't the same situation as Fried/Jackson.  Regardless, Kiley McDaniel's advice seems to be working out for the Braves organization and Jackson was one of McDaniel's favorite all-time prep hitters so it doesn't hurt to add him to your watch list.

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Some perspective to recent questions regarding why Mariners traded Jackson from Longenhagen's chat yesterday:

 

Jake: Do you think the Mariners will regret trading Jackson or Gohara more?
 
Eric A Longenhagen: I think they moved both of those guys for reasons independent of talent knowing full well it might look bad to the public.

 

Oh and Jackson went 3-6 last night with another dong (#7) which pushes his OPS to 1.039 in the notorious pitcher friendly FSL league.   

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