From the Collection: Austin Jackson, of, Tigers

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Austin Jackson was drafted in the 8th Round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Yankees. I was able to get this autograph in 2007, when he was playing here in Hawaii for the Honolulu Sharks. He did OK that season, with a .368 OBP, .271 AVG and a .856 OPS. I am not sure if playing in Hawaii helped, but in 2008 Jackson had a good season at AA Trenton (.354 OBP, 9 HR, .773 OPS), and ended the season rated New Yorks #1 prospect. His numbers were not eye popping, and all of his tools were better than average and he looked like he would be manning center field for the Yankees sooner rather than later.

But 2009 was a bit of a lost year. He hit the ball well enough, but the power was gone. The Yankees would trade him to the Tigers for Curtis Granderson. It was a good move, since with Granderson gone Jackson would have a hole in the big league roster he could attempt to fill.

Jackson would become a regular in 2010 for the Tigers, and is still their starting center fielder. He has moderate power, but strikes out WAY to much. He led the league in 2010 with 170 K’s, and shows no real signs in reeling them in. All told, even with the K’s, he is a league average (or slightly better) hitter, with a career OPS+ of 105.

Year Age Tm Lg AB 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+
2005 18 NYY-min Rk 148 2 0 14 11 2 18 26 .304 .374 .780
2006 19 NYY-min A 535 5 4 47 37 12 61 151 .260 .340 .686
2007 20 NYY-min A+,A,AAA 496 7 13 59 33 11 48 109 .304 .370 .846
2008 21 NYY-min AA 520 5 9 69 19 6 56 113 .285 .354 .773
2009 22 NYY-min AAA 504 9 4 65 24 4 40 123 .300 .354 .759
2010 23 DET AL 618 10 4 41 27 6 47 170 .293 .345 .745 102
2011 24 DET AL 591 11 10 45 22 5 56 181 .249 .317 .690 88
2012 25 DET-min AAA 8 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 .125 .222 .347
2012 25 DET AL 543 10 16 66 12 9 67 134 .300 .377 .856 129
2013 26 DET-min AAA 13 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 .231 .286 .516
2013 26 DET AL 552 7 12 49 8 4 52 129 .272 .337 .754 103
4 Yrs 2304 38 42 201 69 24 222 614 .278 .344 .759 105
162 Game Avg. 655 11 12 57 20 7 63 175 .278 .344 .759 105
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/8/2014.
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