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.
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