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2016 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 29)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
75 .255 1 9 6 2 .253 0.1
Birth Date2-1-1987
Height6' 1"
Weight205 lbs
Age29 years, 5 months, 29 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
5.52012
2.62013
0.32014
1.62015
-0.02016
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WARP Summary

Projected Rest-of-Season Playing Time

Last Update: 7/30/2016 09:50 ET | White Sox Depth Chart

Team Pos Order PT% PA AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG WARP TAv
CHA CF 1 5 14 .255 9 1 6 2 .319 .372 0.1 .253
CHA CF 2 10 27 .255 9 1 6 2 .319 .372 0.1 .253
CHA CF 7 5 12 .255 9 1 6 2 .319 .372 0.1 .253
CHA CF 9 10 22 .255 9 1 6 2 .319 .372 0.1 .253
2015 Rest-of-Season Totals3075.2559162.319.3720.1.253

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 DET 23 151 675 618 103 181 34 10 4 247 47 170 4 3 3 41 27 6 .293 .345 .400 .261 25.7 3.1 3.0
2011 DET 24 153 668 591 90 147 22 11 10 221 56 181 4 3 14 45 22 5 .249 .317 .374 .244 9.6 6.4 1.7
2012 DET 25 137 617 543 103 163 29 10 16 260 67 134 2 3 2 66 12 9 .300 .377 .479 .302 47.0 5.1 5.5
2013 DET 26 129 614 552 99 150 30 7 12 230 52 129 4 3 3 49 8 4 .272 .337 .417 .277 32.3 -8.5 2.6
2014 DET 27 100 420 374 52 102 25 5 4 149 35 85 2 8 33 9 4 .273 .332 .398 .265 16.0 -5.9 1.1
2014 SEA 27 54 236 223 19 51 5 1 0 58 12 59 0 1 14 11 2 .229 .267 .260 .195 -7.2 0.1 -0.8
2015 CHN 28 29 79 72 10 17 7 0 1 27 5 19 2 0 0 10 2 1 .236 .304 .375 .247 0.9 0.4 0.1
2015 SEA 28 107 448 419 46 114 18 3 8 162 24 107 1 1 3 38 15 9 .272 .312 .387 .255 8.3 4.9 1.4
2016 CHA 29 54 203 181 24 46 12 2 0 62 17 39 1 2 2 18 2 1 .254 .318 .343 .241 1.9 -3.1 -0.1
Career914396035735469711824955141631592320242731410841.272.332.396.261134.62.514.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2006 CSC A 134 611 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .351 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 CSC A 60 266 .272 .261 .331 .391 .000 .333 93 3.4 7.9 0.4 -0.8 0.8 12.4 1.2 12.4 1.2
2007 TAM A+ 67 284 .306 .266 .336 .399 .000 .395 101 15 8.8 0.7 1.9 1.8 26.2 2.7 26.2 2.7
2007 SWB AAA 1 5 .441 .267 .340 .421 .000 1.000 90 1 0.2 0 -0.3 0.5 1.6 0.1 1.6 0.1
2008 TRN AA 131 584 .288 .269 .344 .409 .000 .347 94 19.4 18.3 -0.1 -11.5 2.0 39.5 2.8 39.5 2.8
2009 SWB AAA 132 557 .270 .263 .330 .394 .000 .389 100 6.5 17.0 -0.1 -14.7 6.7 30.0 1.5 30.0 1.5
2010 DET MLB 151 675 .261 .261 .326 .411 .000 .396 112 0.7 18.6 1.7 3.1 4.7 25.7 3.0 25.7 3.0
2011 DET MLB 153 668 .244 .262 .323 .408 .000 .340 107 -10.8 18.0 1.6 6.4 0.7 9.6 1.7 9.6 1.7
2012 DET MLB 137 617 .302 .258 .321 .415 .000 .371 105 25.7 16.9 1.5 5.1 2.9 47.0 5.5 47.0 5.5
2012 TOL AAA 2 9 .134 .207 .271 .325 .000 .167 92 -1.3 0.3 0 0.4 -0.4 -1.4 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1
2013 DET MLB 129 614 .277 .259 .320 .406 .000 .333 100 10.3 16.1 1.5 -8.5 4.4 32.3 2.6 32.3 2.6
2013 TOL AAA 3 14 .193 .289 .356 .418 .000 .375 105 -1 0.4 -0.1 -0.2 -0.4 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2014 DET MLB 100 420 .265 .258 .316 .398 .000 .334 107 1.9 10.8 1 -5.9 2.4 16.0 1.1 16.0 1.1
2014 SEA MLB 54 236 .195 .249 .310 .385 .000 .309 93 -14.3 6.1 0.6 0.1 0.4 -7.2 -0.8 -7.2 -0.8
2015 CHN MLB 29 79 .247 .249 .314 .390 .000 .308 98 -1 2.1 -0.4 0.4 0.2 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2015 SEA MLB 107 448 .255 .256 .314 .410 .000 .348 98 -2.3 12.1 1.1 4.9 -2.6 8.3 1.4 8.3 1.4
2015 TAC AAA 9 42 .229 .266 .336 .400 .000 .385 94 -1.3 1.2 -0.4 -1.2 0.4 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1
2016 CHA MLB 54 203 .241 .255 .316 .419 .262 .319 103 -3.8 5.5 0.5 -3.1 -0.3 1.9 -0.1 1.9 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 CSC A 611 90 139 24 5 4 47 61 151 37 12 .260 .339 .346 .086 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 SWB AAA 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 .333 .600 .667 .333 .441 1.6 -0.3 0.1
2007 TAM A+ 284 53 89 15 6 10 34 22 48 13 5 .345 .401 .566 .221 .306 26.2 1.9 2.7
2007 CSC A 266 33 61 16 1 3 25 24 59 19 6 .260 .337 .374 .115 .272 12.4 -0.8 1.2
2008 TRN AA 584 75 148 33 5 9 69 56 113 19 6 .285 .355 .419 .135 .288 39.5 -11.5 2.8
2009 SWB AAA 557 67 151 23 9 4 65 40 123 24 4 .300 .358 .405 .105 .270 30.0 -14.7 1.5
2010 DET MLB 675 103 181 34 10 4 41 47 170 27 6 .293 .345 .400 .107 .261 25.7 3.1 3.0
2011 DET MLB 668 90 147 22 11 10 45 56 181 22 5 .249 .317 .374 .125 .244 9.6 6.4 1.7
2012 DET MLB 617 103 163 29 10 16 66 67 134 12 9 .300 .377 .479 .179 .302 47.0 5.1 5.5
2012 TOL AAA 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 .125 .222 .125 .000 .134 -1.4 0.4 -0.1
2013 DET MLB 614 99 150 30 7 12 49 52 129 8 4 .272 .337 .417 .145 .277 32.3 -8.5 2.6
2013 TOL AAA 14 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 5 0 0 .231 .286 .231 .000 .193 -1.1 -0.2 -0.1
2014 DET MLB 420 52 102 25 5 4 33 35 85 9 4 .273 .332 .398 .126 .265 16.0 -5.9 1.1
2014 SEA MLB 236 19 51 5 1 0 14 12 59 11 2 .229 .267 .260 .031 .195 -7.2 0.1 -0.8
2015 SEA MLB 448 46 114 18 3 8 38 24 107 15 9 .272 .312 .387 .115 .255 8.3 4.9 1.4
2015 TAC AAA 42 4 10 1 0 0 1 4 12 1 0 .263 .333 .289 .026 .229 -0.2 -1.2 -0.1
2015 CHN MLB 79 10 17 7 0 1 10 5 19 2 1 .236 .304 .375 .139 .247 0.9 0.4 0.1
2016 CHA MLB 203 24 46 12 2 0 18 17 39 2 1 .254 .318 .343 .088 .241 1.9 -3.1 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2010 2679 0.5259 0.4569 0.7761 0.6104 0.2866 0.8233 0.6648 0.2239 1184 0.006921
2011 2633 0.5146 0.4299 0.7412 0.5830 0.2676 0.8076 0.5877 0.2588 1228 0.017505
2012 2557 0.5151 0.4185 0.7879 0.5626 0.2653 0.8502 0.6474 0.2121 1277 -0.000410
2013 2387 0.5274 0.4370 0.7910 0.5862 0.2704 0.8618 0.6197 0.2090 1129 0.003875
2014 2675 0.5163 0.4176 0.7923 0.5829 0.2411 0.8696 0.5929 0.2077 1308 0.005316
2015 2186 0.4982 0.4369 0.7759 0.5895 0.2853 0.8520 0.6198 0.2241 1059 0.005334
2016 872 0.5161 0.4312 0.8032 0.6111 0.2393 0.8691 0.6238 0.1968 0 0.000000
Career159890.51660.43260.77860.58720.26730.84490.62220.22141136.99080.0062

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-06-21 2013-06-22 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Soreness - -
2013-05-12 2013-06-13 15-DL 32 30 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-09-16 2012-09-17 DTD 1 1 Left Ankle Soreness Crashed Into Wall - -
2012-05-17 2012-06-09 15-DL 23 21 - Abdomen Strain - -
2011-08-18 2011-08-19 DTD 1 0 - Soreness Sliding - -
2011-07-11 2011-07-19 DTD 8 3 Left Wrist Soreness -
2011-07-09 2011-07-10 DTD 1 1 Left Wrist Soreness -
2011-07-07 2011-07-07 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Soreness - -
2010-06-14 2010-06-20 DTD 6 5 Low Back Strain -
2010-05-23 2010-05-25 DTD 2 1 Head Concussion HBP -
2009-04-16 2009-04-21 Minors 5 0 Left Elbow Contusion -
2008-08-23 2008-08-30 Minors 7 0 - Low Back Strain - -
2007-04-18 2007-04-28 Minors 10 0 Right Hip Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 CHA $5,000,000
2015 SEA $7,700,000
2014 DET $6,000,000
2013 DET $3,500,000
2012 DET $500,000
2011 DET $440,000
2010 DET $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$18,540,000
2011Current$5,000,000
7 yrPvs + Cur$23,540,000
7 yrTotal$23,540,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 0 dBoras Corp.1 year/$5M (2016)

Details
  • 1 year/$5M (2016). Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 3/6/16.
  • 1 year/$7.7M (2015). Re-signed by Seattle 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Seattle 8/31/15.
  • 1 year/$6M (2014). Re-signed by Detroit 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Seattle in trade from Detroit 7/31/14.
  • 1 year/$3.5M (2013). Re-signed by Detroit 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2012). Renewed by Detroit 3/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.44M (2011). Re-signed by Detroit 3/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2010). Contract purchased by NY Yankees 11/20/09. Acquired by Detroit in trade 12/9/09. Signed by Detroit 1/27/10.
  • Drafted by NY Yankees 2005 (8-259) (Ryan HS, Denton, Texas). $0.8M signing bonus (8th-round record).

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 568 69 143 27 6 11 60 53 129 16 8 .286 .354 .432 .282 27.3 CF -2, RF 1 2.8
80o 554 65 136 26 6 11 57 50 128 15 7 .276 .343 .417 .273 21.8 CF -2, RF 1 2.2
70o 544 63 130 25 5 10 55 48 127 15 7 .269 .335 .406 .266 17.9 CF -2, RF 1 1.8
60o 535 61 125 24 5 10 53 46 126 14 7 .263 .328 .397 .260 14.8 CF -2, RF 1 1.5
50o 527 59 120 23 5 9 51 45 126 14 6 .257 .321 .388 .255 11.9 CF -2, RF 1 1.1
40o 519 57 116 22 5 9 49 43 125 13 6 .251 .315 .379 .250 9.1 CF -2, RF 0 0.8
30o 510 55 112 21 5 9 48 42 124 13 6 .245 .308 .370 .245 6.2 CF -2, RF 0 0.5
20o 500 53 107 20 5 8 46 40 123 12 6 .238 .299 .359 .238 2.9 CF -2, RF 0 0.2
10o 486 50 100 19 4 8 43 37 122 11 5 .228 .288 .344 .229 -1.5 CF -2, RF 0 -0.3
Weighted Mean5285912123595145126147.258.322.389.25612.2CF -2, RF 11.2

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 7/30/2016 10:44 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 134 18 36 7 2 2 13 13 30 4 2 .298 .366 .439 .291 7.6 CF -1 0.8
80o 114 14 28 5 1 2 10 11 26 3 2 .283 .350 .416 .278 5.0 CF -1 0.5
70o 99 12 24 5 1 1 9 9 23 3 1 .273 .338 .399 .269 3.4 CF 0 0.3
60o 87 10 20 4 1 1 7 8 20 2 1 .264 .328 .385 .261 2.3 CF 0 0.2
50o 75 9 17 3 1 1 6 6 18 2 1 .255 .319 .372 .253 1.5 CF 0 0.1
40o 63 7 15 3 1 1 5 5 15 2 1 .247 .309 .359 .246 0.8 CF 0 0.1
30o 51 6 11 2 0 1 4 4 12 1 1 .239 .299 .345 .238 0.2 CF 0 0.0
20o 36 4 6 1 0 0 3 3 9 1 0 .228 .287 .329 .228 -0.2 CF 0 0.0
10o 16 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 .214 .271 .308 .216 -0.3 CF 0 0.0
Weighted Mean801019411771921.259.323.377.2571.8CF 00.2

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
3% 38% 2% 10% 100%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2017305305911923510544413212.251.317.383.2581.313.91.30.413.1-1.0-1.6
201831498561112249514112011.252.318.385.2601.313.51.10.312.3-0.2-1.5
20193246452104204947391159.249.316.381.2571.111.20.90.111.5-1.3-1.4
2020334204693184741341037.248.313.372.2530.88.30.8-0.010.4-2.9-1.2
2021344054490173740331016.249.314.372.2530.77.80.6-0.110.0-2.7-1.2
202235375418216363631944.245.311.366.2500.55.90.5-0.29.3-3.7-1.1
202336348387714363428873.245.311.364.2490.45.10.4-0.38.6-3.6-1.0
202437321347013353126802.243.308.360.2470.33.90.4-0.47.9-4.1-0.9
202538307336712352925782.243.308.358.2460.33.50.4-0.47.6-4.1-0.9

Long-Term Forecast Based on RoS PECOTA (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201730402419120443533929.250.314.358.2470.23.81.0-0.87.3-3.7-2.1
201831568581282955514512612.252.314.362.2490.14.11.3-1.37.0-2.9-2.9
201932550571242856494512610.250.314.361.248-0.02.71.1-1.45.6-2.6-2.8
20203352654115254546411229.246.309.351.244-0.11.41.0-1.55.0-3.1-2.7
20213452052115254443421207.248.310.343.241-0.20.70.8-1.65.6-4.2-2.7
20223548447102233339401095.235.301.325.233-0.4-1.20.7-1.65.4-5.7-2.5
20233650749110255341411175.240.302.333.236-0.4-0.90.7-1.86.9-6.7-2.6
202437363317419212624822.223.277.300.213-0.5-2.50.5-1.41.8-3.4-1.9

Upside By Year

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 PEAK 5
38.837.224.224.311.34.5135.7

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
201552.542.939.154.530.816.5219.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 85)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 92 Franklin Gutierrez 2012 .273
2 91 Aaron Rowand 2007 .292
3 90 Chris Young 2013 .247
4 90 Melvin Upton 2014 .242
5 89 Nate McLouth 2011 .256
6 88 Angel Pagan 2011 .263
7 88 Irv Noren 1954 .318
8 88 Amos Otis 1976 .284
9 87 Jackie Brandt 1963 .260
10 87 Coco Crisp 2009 .241
11 87 Vernon Wells 2008 .295
12 87 Carl Everett 2000 .317
13 87 Brennan Boesch 2014 .203
14 87 Dexter Fowler 2015 .281
15 87 Carlos Gomez 2015 .262
16 86 Daryl Boston 1992 .283
17 86 Ruppert Jones 1984 .302
18 86 Lloyd Moseby 1989 .248
19 86 Bernie Williams 1998 .340
20 86 Jon Jay 2014 .279
21 86 Ken Henderson 1975 .253
22 86 Jason Michaels 2005 .288
23 86 Jim Landis 1963 .262
24 86 Alex Rios 2010 .261
25 85 Milton Bradley 2007 .332
26 85 Ryan Sweeney 2014 .250
27 85 Lee Mazzilli 1984 .251
28 85 Jeff Francoeur 2013 .191
29 85 Carlos Beltran 2006 .346
30 85 Dwight Smith 1993 .289
31 85 Mike Cameron 2002 .281
32 85 Ellis Burks 1994 .312
33 85 Lee Maye 1964 .290
34 85 Ray Lankford 1996 .282
35 84 Curt Motton 1970 .287
36 84 Del Ennis 1954 .271
37 84 Chet Lemon 1984 .305
38 84 Dusty Baker 1978 .266
39 84 Torii Hunter 2005 .281
40 84 Corey Patterson 2009 .069
41 84 Mitch Webster 1988 .266
42 84 Dwayne Murphy 1984 .292
43 84 Dave May 1973 .298
44 84 Chris Heisey 2014 .247
45 84 Tony Gonzalez 1966 .287
46 84 Ryan Langerhans 2009 .250
47 84 Bubba Trammell 2001 .273
48 84 Jim King 1962 .276
49 84 Reggie Smith 1974 .325
50 84 Leon Roberts 1980 .252
51 84 Jackie Jensen 1956 .304
52 84 Roberto Kelly 1994 .263
53 84 Ray Coleman 1951 .242
54 84 Kevin Mench 2007 .262
55 84 Josh Hamilton 2010 .336
56 84 David DeJesus 2009 .265
57 84 Gus Bell 1958 .247
58 83 George Hendrick 1979 .290
59 83 Eric Byrnes 2005 .245
60 83 Jack Voigt 1995 .219
61 83 Michael Cuddyer 2008 .257
62 83 Jim Edmonds 1999 .271
63 83 Ron Woods 1972 .292
64 83 Gary Matthews 1980 .271
65 83 Jhonny Peralta 2011 .280
66 83 Austin Kearns 2009 .226
67 83 Mike Devereaux 1992 .286
68 83 Angel Echevarria 2000 .198
69 83 Mark Teahen 2011 .220
70 83 Tom Brunansky 1990 .263
71 83 Bobby Higginson 2000 .303
72 83 Jacoby Ellsbury 2013 .277
73 83 Curtis Granderson 2010 .271
74 83 Bob Brower 1989 .255
75 83 Jay Gibbons 2006 .259
76 83 Dave Henderson 1988 .332
77 83 Matt Stairs 1997 .313
78 83 Jerry Morales 1978 .230
79 83 Bob Nieman 1956 .343
80 83 Bob Skinner 1961 .261
81 83 Joe Lefebvre 1985 .000 DNP
82 83 Moises Alou 1996 .267
83 83 Jacob Brumfield 1994 .294
84 83 Joel Youngblood 1981 .346
85 83 Jeffrey Hammonds 2000 .278
86 83 Gene Woodling 1952 .342
87 82 Hank Blalock 2010 .241
88 82 Ed Kirkpatrick 1974 .277
89 82 Ken Landreaux 1984 .256
90 82 Jose Cruz Jr. 2003 .280
91 82 Eric Hinske 2007 .237
92 82 Vada Pinson 1968 .273
93 82 Akinori Iwamura 2008 .261
94 82 Phil Bradley 1988 .265
95 82 Reed Johnson 2006 .284
96 82 Pete Ward 1967 .288
97 82 Paul O'Neill 1992 .267
98 82 Al Martin 1997 .275
99 82 Carmelo Martinez 1990 .276
100 82 Bernard Gilkey 1996 .323

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .276 .340 .412 .276
11 vs R (Multi) .262 .309 .372 .247
18 Split (Multi) -.015 -.030 -.040 -.029
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.012 -.023 -.032 -.018
30 vs L (2015) .281 .333 .437 .284
31 vs R (2015) .259 .299 .358 .238
38 Split (2015) -.022 -.034 -.079 -.046
39 LgAvg (2015) -.009 -.021 -.026 -.016

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Only a few years ago, there was talk that Jackson might be the rare player to sustain a BABIP above .350. As that talk muted, so did the expectations for his career. Entering his age-29 season, Jackson has now shuttled through three different teams over the last two years, and he's rapidly reaching the stage where we expect multiple uniforms per season. He has a steady reputation as a strong defender who can also pop a few homers and stretch singles into doubles at a steady clip, but as his star potential has faded to the point of being snuffed out, so goes his playing time. The steady depreciation of his speed and offensive expectations increase the odds of his settling into a fourth outfielder or platoon role sooner rather than later.
2015 At the time, the trade that brought Jackson to Seattle looked like it couldn't be any more reasonable: He was a cost-effective upgrade, signed through 2015, playing capable defense in center field, where the team needed it most, all at the price of an expendable prospect at a surplus position. The result was unreasonable. Jackson began his Mariners career cold and continued even colder, working counts only to flail weakly at breaking pitches below the zone. Generally a weaker second-half hitter anyway (career .256 TAv versus .271 in the first half), Jackson's groundball rate and strikeout rate rose after July and his walk rate plummeted as desperation grew. It's telling that his finest moment of the season came in game 161, keeping the team alive with an extra-innings walkoff by barely beating out a double-play ball. These things happen sometimes; one need only look at Rickey Henderson's tenure with the Blue Jays and Angels. Jackson will have another year to prove that his late summer was a poorly timed fluke, and the Mariners have few options other than to let him make his case.
2014 Injuries hobbled Jackson for a second straight season, though this time there was no career year in the making for them to interrupt. Jackson’s power regressed in 2013, his BABIP followed the rules for once, his defense was savaged by advanced metrics, and he lost a quarter of his walks from the year before. That all said, he cut his strikeout rate, still reaches base more often than the average leadoff man, impresses all who see him chase fly balls, and continues to add incrementally to his offensive game. He's underrated, entering his physical prime and poised for big things.
2013 Jackson’s well-publicized removal of a cumbersome leg kick at the plate paid immediate dividends in the form of a breakout season slowed only by the strained abdominal muscle that cost him 21 games. The cleaner approach gave him more balance, which aided a massive power boost and a significant drop in strikeouts. He slashed his strikeout rate from 27 percent to 22. Meanwhile, his improved discipline was reflected in a career-best 4.15 pitches per plate appearance, tying him with Michael Bourn for the best among leadoff hitters. While his hot rookie season bred many skeptics thanks to the glaring holes in his swing, those holes are shrinking. This growth was built on change and maturation, suggesting we may not yet have seen Jackson's best work.
2012 The 2010 Rookie of the Year runner-up suffered through a season that casual observers might call a sophomore slump, but analysts would label an expected regression to his true talent level. A-Jax continues to strike out in more than a quarter of his plate appearances, so when his BABIP dropped from a league-leading .396 to a more realistic .340 alongside only moderate increases in isolated power and walk rate, his offensive value cratered. On the plus side, he plays terrific defense in center—a particularly valuable skill given Detroit’s propensity to populate the corners with zombie outfielders—and continues to steal bases at a high success rate. Still only 25, he is unlikely to develop the on-base skills he’ll need to remain in the lead-off spot, but might well develop more home run pop. The Tigers would be wise to drop him into the seven-hole and let him unleash his burgeoning power stroke.
2011 Expectations were high for Jackson when he came over from the Yankees to replace popular fixture Curtis Granderson, and the Rookie of the Year runner-up clearly exceeded them. A-Jax oozes athleticism, displaying smooth actions and excellent range in center field, speed on the base paths, and gap power, but his plate approach could become his Achilles heel. His future value depends on his ability to reach base, and a pedestrian walk rate means he’ll need to hit his way on, a tough task if he doesn't reduce his strikeouts. Jackson’s BABIP was the highest in baseball last year, and while his speed, low fly-ball rate, and penchant for hard contact certainly helps, hitting close to .400 on balls in play is just not sustainable. A few more at-'em balls will set off the klaxons on Jackson’s OBP monitor, and unless a change in approach leads to more walks, fewer strikeouts, or more home-run clout, his value will plummet.
2010 In his first season at Triple-A, the athletic Jackson was two different players. He got off to a hot start in April and May, but cooled after that, hitting .260/.296/.328 in the second half. Home-run power has yet to manifest itself, and his plate judgment took a pigeon-hop backwards. That he still managed to hit .300 for the season is a superficially reassuring accomplishment, but when you start knocking bits off of his performance to make a major-league translation, you're not left with a whole lot to hang a projection of stardom upon. You have to have faith that Jackson's youth and athleticism will allow for development of skills we don't yet see, like authoritative hitting or top-flight defense. As a putative center fielder, he'll get a bit some extra wiggle room for that evolution to take place, but with the Curtis Granderson trade, he'll be doing it in the central pasture at Comerica Stadium. The comparisons to Granderson will be unflattering at first, and may stay that way.
2009 Jackson's Double-A performance was a comedown from his 2007 High-A breakthrough, but was hurt by Trenton's Waterfront Park; he hit .311/.388/.496 on the road. He's still a work in progress, somewhat patient but not so much you'd be confident of his OBP in the majors, hits for decent averages but is streaky, and has some power but isn't a slugger. He has the speed to play center and run the bases but isn't a prolific basestealer and may slow enough with age that he'll be better suited for a corner, where his bat won't play nearly as well. In short, the Yankees may have a starting center fielder or a very solid fourth outfielder. That said, Jackson's also the only player in the system's upper levels close to being ready, and the two players in front of him are limited, so he'll get his chances.
2008 Jackson was just plodding along last year in his third professional season when Charleston hitting coach Greg Colbrunn completely overhauled his swing. Colbrunn helped Jackson adopt a more open stance, so he wasn't a one-eye hitter, as well as shorten his swing so his bat had a quicker trip through the zone. Promoted to High-A Tampa after the fix, Austin became Action Jackson, the hard work paying off in a dominating half-season in which he hit more home runs at Tampa than he had in his previous 918 professional at-bats. Jackson will have to show that his great leap forward was something more than a fluke, but the boost in power suggests that what he showed after his promotion was the result of more than a few extra singles falling in (a suggestion supported by his Hawaiian Winter Baseball ISO of .218). If he can keep this up at higher levels, questions about whether his bat will play in a corner should he fail to master center field will become moot.
2007 Austin Jackson was all about basketball until the Yankees used an above-slot bonus to banish thoughts of hoops and baggy shorts from his mind. As such, he`s still very raw, even for his age, but his willingness to take a walk is a good sign. Watch his speed, because, if he ends up in left rather than center, he might not hit enough.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)For a team with limited financial resources, haven't the White Sox had a good offseason? They had stars and gaping holes, and they have successfully filled their gaping holes (2B, 3B, OF Defense) fairly cheaply. If Jimmy Rollins hits much, SS is also solved. What is your take?
(Q-Ball from Chicago)
I'm not as psyched as Craig Goldstein, but sure, I'm buying. The big problem on this team is that they're relying on a lot of folks who had down years last year ... they've bought low on a bunch of guys. I like the moves in aggregate, and I feel like it pays to be aggressive in the AL Central, but the roster reads like a litany of late-'15 disappointments. With Austin Jackson, I now like them over the Twins in the division, don't know about the rest. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looks like the Tribe is going to roll with an initial OF of Cowgill-Davis-Chisenhall. Yeesh. Why weren't they willing to outbid the White Sox for Austin Jackson? Are they that optimistic on Brantley's return? I fear the Tribe are going to waste some really good pitching.....
(Chief Wahoo from Cleveland)
That is horrible. Just horrible. I wrote the Indians comments for the BP Annual this year (the editorial staff greatly improved them), and I was feeling pretty good. This, however? This is not good. Davis should not be a regular center fielder, and I think the team may be better served with Naquin there. They should have gotten Jackson, or traded for Khris Davis, or signed Rymer Liriano, or re-signed Ryan Raburn, or any of a dozen other things. The only saving grace is that I do think they think that Brantley will be back sooner rather than later. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)I have the option to pick up Austin Jackson or Pedro Alvarez with my top waiver claim in an AL only 5 x 5. Which one please?
(Chris from Baltimore)
I just put the same bid on both of them in my non-published update. Jackson is the steadier choice and Alvarez has more upside. Depends on your needs. I prefer Jackson but they're close. (Mike Gianella)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who's in center for the Cubs opening day? Bryant? Fowler? Hetward? Almost at some point?
(BC from Urbandale)
I really don’t know. That’ll be interesting. I think they’ll keep their options wide open for as long as possible, looking for a reliable (because they need production out there in order to come back next season near this level) but short-term solution. I don’t think they want anyone totally blocking the way of Almora, Happ, or Eddy Julio Martinez, whoever ends up developing most smoothly. Cameron Maybin could be a trade target. Austin Jackson could come back on a one-year deal. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of FA contract do you project for Austin Jackson? What kind of performance would you expect from him?
(Zonk from Chi Town)
One year, $5-8 million? Maybe someone goes 2/$16 or something? I think he's a 1-2 win center fielder. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the CF options this offseason either by FA or trade?
(T.J. from Chicago, IL)
For the Cubs or in general? Trades are hard to guess since I didn't expect Dexter Fowler - for example - to get moved this winter but he did. Austin Jackson and Denard Span are the other decent CF options out there this winter; if I had to rank them it's close. I lean a healthy Span over Fowler and then Jackson. But none of these guys is elite. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)If you were the M's GM, and you were more concerned with the long-term success of the organization (instead of your tenuous job standing), what moves would you make before the deadline?
(Kim from 206)
I'd try to trade Trumbo, Austin Jackson, and maybe Iwakuma. I'd sell but in a moderate way as opposed to aggressively. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)Who am I dropping? Fowler, Austin Jackson, or Carl Crawford?
(Iain from Cincy)
Crawford. (Mike Gianella)
2014-12-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Austin Jackson will ever have his breakout season, or is he just a slightly above average player?
(Jay from Seattle)
Didn't he already have that breakout a few years ago? He's just regressed as he headed towards his prime. I think this just may be what he is, the power has progressively disappeared, doubt going to Seattle will help that very much. (Sahadev Sharma)
2014-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Austin Jackson ever going to have the breakout year we've been waiting for?
(Michael from Jordan)
odds are tilting against him. Maybe he's a late bloomer, a really late bloomer. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)Do people understand that, weighed against the gain of Price over Porcello, that there is the cost of the downgrade from Austin Jackson to ?????? AJ is no star, but he is a competent CF with an average bat. Also, the Tigers have lost a guy in Smyly who could be a terrific LOOGY in the playoffs.
(Spencer Steel from Detroit, MI)
Price could be a great LOOGY in the playoffs, too. (Ben Carsley)
2014-06-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)This season has been a tale of two Tigers teams: the one with the dominant rotation and dynamic lineup that got off to a 27-12 start and the mediocre one we've seen the last two weeks. What should we expect from here on out?
(mofab from Bellingham WA)
Something in between. By OPS+ the Tigers have three above average hitters on their team (Kinsler, Cabrera, and Victor Martinez). The good news is they can likely upgrade the bullpen with the addition of most relievers available at or near the deadline so improvement there is possible. The lineup might be a bit better than this, but it might not. Austin Jackson can improve, and I guess Torii Hunter could as well though the age is what the age is. In the end though this team needs their rotation to push them to the post season. I'm not optimistic about them in two years, but this season they should make the playoffs. (Matthew Kory)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Re. my Sizemore/Bourn question you answered earlier. I've also got Pagan and Austin Jackson. One of this lot will have to go.
(gavstone from England)
Despite his hot start, I would drop Pagan. (Ben Carsley)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Could you please rank the following on value in a 5 x 5 for the next 4-5 years in total? Desmond Jennings, Austin Jackson, Brandon Belt, Brett Lawrie
(Vic from Baltimore)
Jennings, Jackson, Lawrie, Belt. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Vanilla 5x5 league (no keepers), just dealt Prado and Votto for Harper and Austin Jackson. My new 3B is Pedro Alvarez. Did I do ok?
(M from NY)
Seems like a pretty even trade to me. Harper is a small downgrade from Votto and A-Jax is a small upgrade from Prado. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)Keep six in a head to head points league with three OFs that are LF, CF, RF. Keeper round stays the same throughout a player's career: Beltre (1), Felix H (7th rd), J Upton (10), Harper (15), Price (16), Matt Moore (20), Austin Jackson (20), Jurickson Profar (20).
(Alan from Jacksonville)
Tough, I'm thinking pass on Beltre, Felix. (Paul Singman)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)It seems like Austin Jackson is flying under radar. Do you think he can build on last year's breakout season?
(Fred L from Houston)
Yes. I think Jackson took some real steps forward last year. The BB%/K% both improved and the ISO has jumped every year since his rookie campaign. Jackson reminds me a bit of someone like Adam Jones: a player who might never be a superstar but could be the next notch right below. A $30 season at Jackson's peak wouldn't surprise me. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)In an OBP league where we keep 8, would you rather have a $7 Hill or $4 Austin Jackson? I also have Kipnis. I have JUpton and Harper. I guess it boils down to whether you'd rather look for a MI in auction or find an OF.
(Willie Norwood from Bloomington)
I'd rather take Aaron Hill (Jason Collette)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Over the next 4 years, please rank Austin Jackson, Middlebrooks, Headley and C. Santana for general overall production. Thanks.
(Adam from Rochester, NY)
Santana, AJax, Headley, and Middlebrooks. I'm really close on Headley & AJax, I just want to see another year of at least 2012-esque production from Headley, specifically the power. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jealous that a guy in my dynasty points league just got Craig, Austin Jackson and Matt Harvey for Stanton and JR Graham. Tell me who won that, so I can cover my sour grapes with taunts for the loser.
(captnamerca from FL)
I'd still take the Craig side and not just because of my known love of his game. It's a fair trade so I'm not sure you can crush anyone. The guy getting Stanton paid the premium that a stud like that costs in a league where you get to keep him forever. (Paul Sporer)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Austin Jackson: have we seen his best season or is he going to improve?
(Jonathan from LA)
Austin Jackson is undoubtedly going to improve. He still may never have a better season than he did last year. It's not just luck in the sense that balls were finding holes, but it's luck in the sense that he outperformed his true talent level. I don't think he's as good a hitter or as good a defender as he showed. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)RE: Austin Jackson. I understand saying he might have played "beyond his talent level" at the plate.......ya know, hr got some luck. But defensively? How does one play above their talent level defensively? Did the other team hit some lucky gappers that happened to be JUST in his reach?
(singledigit from San Diego, Ca)
There is performance variation in all aspects of life. Good days, bad days, good years, bad years. We're trained to understand that with baseball hitters, batting averages will fluctuate. It works the same in every facet of the game. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I ain't letting go........lol. .384 BABIP at AAA in 2009, a .396 BABIP last year, and has a .412 BABIP so far in spring training. I see a trend. At what point for Austin Jackson does it stop being "luck"?
(singledigit from San Diego, Ca)
I think Jackson's BABIP talent level may well be above .360. My opinions of him were partially formed before he reached the Majors, and that's the main reason that I think he's playing above his head and has overperformed. It doesn't have as much to do with his high BABIP. He's a fast line-drive hitter who should have a high BABIP. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Austin Jackson in '11....big regression, more of the same, or show some progression w/a bit more power?
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
I think he loses a lot of the BABIP-infused line, but DOES develop a bit more power. He hit .293/.345/.400 in 2010. I'll go with .276/.328/.430 in 2011. (Eric Seidman)
2010-08-17 14:45:00 (link to chat)Top 5 CFs in baseball for the next 5 years: CarGo, Rasmus, Austin Jackson, Adam Jones, Bourjos.
(Joe Jackson from Foot Locker)
The first two for sure -- the latter three, I'm not even in the vicinity of sold yet. (Eric Seidman)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay- so the Yankees have a history of playing up their prospects/youngsters only to trade them. Do you think this is intentional do increase their trade value? I can see that work with the media, but why would that work with these other clubs who have their own scouts?
(DanDaMan from Sea Cliff)
I think they tend to hype them a bit, yes, though maybe less so than in the past. But I also think it's true that there's been more to their prospects, particularly the hitters, than what we've seen on the page, numbers-wise. Robbie Cano's minor league translations certainly didn't portend this kind of success, and likewise thus far with Brett Gardner and Austin Jackson.

I do think we in the stathead community have gotten a bit too comfortable with the idea that you can devalue scouting information in favor of translations or whatever. It's clear that that's generally a bad idea, and that you'll get a much better picture of a prospect if you can combine reliable scouting information with good stats and projection systems. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the addition of Kearns the Granderson trade is now complete. How Bad a deal was it?
(Frank Leja from Washington, DC)
Kearns doesn't really help... He's one of those rare righties that can't hit lefties. The theory, I guess, is that he will be better than Granderson, who is mostly helpless, but since April he's hit .225/.303/.338 against them. In a world in which most every right-handed hitter is at an advantage against lefties, the Yankees found the one guy who can't, but I suppose when you narrow the choices to "right-hand-hitting outfielders who are also decent gloves" the list gets fairly short -- otherwise they could have just stuck with Marcus Thames. As for the deal, Austin Jackson has had a good year, but a weird one. His BABIP is well over .400. His line-drive rate supports that, I guess, but it's hard to believe he won't see some regression. If/when that happens, his peripherals don't support real production. This is a long-winded way of saying I think it's premature to judge the deal--we're looking at Jackson at his unrealistic best and Granderson at his unrealistic worst. Perhaps spared from striking out against lefties every few games, the latter will find some consistency. (Steven Goldman)
2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steve, who are your best bets for ROY in each league? Seems kind of wide open. Thanks, Dan
(DanDaMan from Sea Cliff)
Sorry for the slight delay there, but Alex Rodriguez finally, finally hit #600. Not that I care that much, but maybe the Yankees can go back to winning now that one of their key players isn't constipated. Of course, it's already been one at-bat and he hasn't hit #601. Annnnyway, before he got blowed up yesterday, I would have said Jaime Garcia in the NL. I guess I'll stick with him, though (how do the Astros keep winning with that lineup? There has got to be a correction coming, right?). In the AL... the aforementioned Austin Jackson? The NL has a million candidates this year, the AL not so much. My pal Cliff Corcoran tracks the major award races in a weekly column at SI.com, so check that out for more. (Steven Goldman)
2010-06-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have for the next five years: Austin Jackson or Brennan Boesch?
(Oden from Motown)
Jackson -- even when the BABIP gods smite him, he still has speed and looks to have solid range in CF. Boesch has never been a high OBP guy and even this year's mark is infused by the .340+ BA. I'd love to have both in some capacity but Jackson was rated higher for specific reasons. (Eric Seidman)
2010-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)ETA of Austin Jackson coming back to earth? K'ing in 35% of your ABs, with a .500 BABIP is a recipe for regression. How does he end up the season? .270/.340/.410?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Hey Diana. I think the correction has already begun, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him end up with a batting average maybe 10-20 points higher, with the other two rates about right (remember, he's not walking all that much. Let's say .285/.340/.410. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)True or false: By season's end, Mark Teixeira will have a higher batting average than Austin Jackson? (small sample alert question of the moment)
(dianagramr from NYC)
Actually a pretty good question. I have much more faith in Jackson keeping his batting average around .290-.300 than I do his power sustaining itself (at least in 2010). I'll say Teix gets it back up, just because I know if I don't he'll hit .370 in the second half instead of .330. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will the Yanks regret dealing Austin Jackson? If not this year, then ever?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Hey, Diana! A lot of it depends upon how well Curtis Granderson takes to New York. Do the contact lenses help? Can he restore his ability against lefties? Can the Yankees keep one of the two playoff spots that will inevitably come out of the AL East? If the answers to those are yes, not just this year but over the next few ones, I suspect they'll sleep OK no matter how Jackson does in Detroit. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-23 16:30:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 10 team, 5x5 mixed league roto, no keepers. I currently have Colby Rasmus, Austin Jackson, and Chris Young on my team as possibles for my 5th outfield spot. Steals are my weakest point offensively (project to finish in the bottom 3), so I'm also looking at Lastings Milledge and Scott Podsednik on the waiver wire. Who should I be starting to begin the season, and should I drop one of my OFs to pick up Milledge or Podsednik?
(Matt from California)
I'm not a fantasy baseball player actually, so it's tough to answer a question like this. I'll comment on the players rather than on their fantasy value. I will point out, though, that the question is not whether you are in bottom three in steals, but where the MARGINAL gains are. Are you particularly close to the 4th and 5th worst? Or are you in better striking distance of the better HR teams? As for Rasmus, I'm pretty bullish on his BABIP. He hits the ball hard and well. I'll have that up later this week. Similarly, I'm down on Chris Young's BABIP. I'm not sure he'll match his PECOTA projection unless he stops popping up so much. Milledge is always a question mark, and may not start. I see Podsednik being more likely to keep getting chances to steal. If Milledge stinks, the Pirates might not play him. (Matt Swartz)
2010-02-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the most surprising comment you've heard about a prospect this year?
(Joel from San Francisco)
Hmmm….good question. Maybe that Aroldis Chapman has a chance to break camp with the Reds? I don’t see it happening, but the speculation is out there. I’m surprised that Jim Leyland is talking about hitting Austin Jackson in the lead-off spot. My incliclation would be to let the kid ease in a little more slowly, perhaps as “the second lead-off hitter” in the nine hole.

And while it isn’t a comment, per se, I’m intrigued by a conversation I had recently with Alex Hassan, a 2009 Red Sox draft pick out of Duke. Hassan was a two-way player in college and the Red Sox drafted him as a pitcher. Rather than sign right away, Hassan opted for the Cape Cod League where he continued to both pitch and play the outfield. He hit the hell out of the ball, so the Red Sox came back to him with a better offer -- to sign as an outfielder, which he did. What interests me is the fact that scouts -- for the same team -- either disagreed or changed their mind based on this. Hassan isn’t a Casey Kelly-level prospect, certainly, but he has tools. (David Laurila)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could you give a quick snapshot of your thoughts on the near future performances of Curtis Granderson, Austin Jackson, and Johnny Damon? Thanks.
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
If there was an offer from the White Sox, Johnny should have taken it, because he had a much better chance of continuing his park-generated power surge in Chicago than at Comerica, which really castrated left-handers last year. Granderson should benefit from making the opposite change of environment, though I don't expect him to be a 40-HR guy suddenly. Let's say consistency plus five to ten percent. Finally, I'm skeptical on Austin, who hasn't yet shown any power and who really slid off in the second half last year. He's interesting, but as we said in the book there's no evidence of his being an impact player right now. (Steven Goldman)
2010-01-19 15:30:00 (link to chat)Trade Stephen Drew, Austin Jackson and Budd Norris for David Freese, Scott Downs and CJ Wilson? In a dynasty league and have no relief pitching
(Jquinton82 from NY)
I don't usually answer fantasy questions, but you do know that the Rangers are going to try Wilson in the rotation this spring, right? Even if he does go back to the pen, seems to me you're overpaying. (Steven Goldman)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who will be the top 5 NL players who will make their major league debut in 2010?
(chaneyhey from stlouis)
Hmm, that's a toughie because it involves two variables that discount a player's expected value: likelihood of getting to the majors and expected production. We'll go with Heyward, Austin Jackson, Buster Posey, Jason Castro, and Madison Bumgarner. But that's basically an educated guess. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)And Austin Jackson isn't in the NL
(Adam from Seaside)
Okay, no more lists. Pedro Alvarez (Tommy Bennett)
2010-01-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Would the Tigers be crazy to start the season with Austin Jackson in CF, or can they get better production right now from an in house option?
(Kevin from MI)
Am I the only guy left who kinda likes Austin Jackson? Not in some impact way, but definitely in a solid every day guy kind of way. He should start opening day. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the depth of OF, esp. in CF Heathcott, Duran, Sosa, etc. made A.Jackson expendable? Or was the bigger factor that he wouldn't be ready this year? What is your view of Granderson vs. Jackson?
(jbk from ny)
The fact that the Yankees could get Curtis Granderson made Austin Jackson expendable. Jackson is ready right now, and will likely start for Detroit. I think Granderson is a better overall player, but not by a ton. At the same time, I also think Granderson is the perfect fit for the Yankees. That was a strange trade where I think both the Yankees and Tigers did great -- the D-Backs . . . not so much. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Since Austin Jackson was traded in the time between top 11s, is there any chance that we could get the report that was going to appear on the Yankees' list? Thanks Kevin.
(Jeff from Pittsburgh)
I'll address it briefly in the end section for you. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe Sheehan, in his article and chat earlier this week, pretty confidently stated that Austin Jackson cannot be an average big league CF defensively, the only stated evidence being that he put in some time at corner OF in AAA last year. He sort of poo-pooed the trade (from a detroit perspective) based on his opinion that Jackson in a corner is 4th OF. Are you at all concerned that Jackson wont' stick in center throughout his 20s at least?
(don from lansing, MI)
I think Jackson will be just fine in center. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-12-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Granderson really that much of a better option than Mike Cameron for a year plus Austin Jackson's pre-arb years?
(wgobetz from jersey city, nj)
Austin Jackson isn't that good. Not enough glove to play CF, not enough bat to play a corner. Melky without the defense, if you prefer. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Steve, what do you think the Yankees should do for DH next year? Lots of folks are saying they need to keep it open as a revolving door for the older players (specifically Posada), but isn't that a dangerous thing to do? Don't they need to acquire an actual hitter for that spot? If those older players are really going to play so much DH, that means lots of plate appearances will go to inferior bench players. I don't like that at all. Maybe a trade for Adam Dunn makes sense? If not, how about Matsui or Thome on a one-year deal?
(Ralphus from Connecticut)
Keeping it open for Posada would be a swell idea if they had an equivalent bat to put behind the plate. If you're just opening up a spot for someone like Cervelli to be a regular, you're just hurting yourself. Now, say the Yankees traded for a youngish catcher with pop, someone like Chris Ianetta (alright, Ianetta hit .166 on the road this year, but bear with me) who, IIRC, will be arb-eligible this year. Then it makes sense to do that with Jorge, along the lines of the Yankees pushing Yogi Berra to LF from time to time to make room for Ellie Howard. I'd love to see Dunn as a Yankee, but don't think it will happen. In any case, my preference would be a solution along the lines I just suggested -- a DH rotation is fine provided you're not using it as a way to get an inferior bat in the lineup. If it gets a kid catcher in (one who will develop offensively) great. If it gets Austin Jackson in the lineup and Austin can contribute more than his translations suggest, great. If it gives Montero a place to play, great. Those things would all be better than giving another contract to a 35-40 year-old. (Steven Goldman)
2009-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were Brian Cashman, what would you offer Johnny Damon to re-sign? 2 years for ?? million?
(Pete from Bronx)
It seems like the assumption now is that Damon should be brought back. Given that the Yankees don't have great alternatives (Austin Jackson's MLE doesn't inspire confidence)and the free agent class is not bursting with possibilities, maybe it's a reasonable assumption. I do worry about Damon being a product of Friendly YS II (or III, really), with only .273/.346/.459 rates on the road and declining defense. Two years would be my upper limit... I really wonder if Damon is going to last long enough to get 3,000 hits and wind up as a totally unexpected HOFer. It could happen. (Steven Goldman)
2009-07-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jerry Hairston? Did they miss Angel Berrora??
(Eli from Brooklyn)
Actually, he's a very good bench player, a nice addition for a team that usually has lousy benches.

Since we're here, it's interesting to note that what we start with isn't always what we end up with, which is why I wait for final confirmation before discussing these deals. The Hairston deal was first reported as Austin Jackson for him. Yonder Alonso was initially mentioned in the Rolen deal--he's not.

I really, truly hate analyzing rumors. It's a half-step up, maybe not that, from writing fiction. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-07-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)You're the Cleveland GM. I offer you Austin Jackson, Wilkin de la Rosa, David Robertson, and Edwar Ramirez for Cliff Lee. You take it?
(Robert O from NY)
I think I can do better. Just two prospects there. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Austin Jackson, is he the type of player that we can count on to make an appearance this season?
(Mike from NJ)
He's played well enough that he should be on the short list as soon as there's another injury to an outfield. Actually, there is no short list. He IS the list. It would be nice if he hit a HR or two, but he hasn't done anything to hurt his cause that I can see. (Steven Goldman)
2009-03-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for chatting Steve. Any chance Austin Jackson gets a chance in CF this year for the Yanks if, A) he's showing progress and having a good year in AAA and B)Gardner and Melky dont pan out?
(Norm from Cheers)
Lots of Yankees questions today, stands to reason with me here... Given the situation that you posit, it would seem logical, though the Yankees being the Yankees, I'd expect them to pursue a veteran solution first... Keep in mind, re Jackson, to expect solid, not spectacular. There isn't really the suggestion of coming star in what he's done so far. (Steven Goldman)
2009-02-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think the odds are that Austin Jackson could, in a mid-season callup, out-perform Brett Melkner? ;) Also, do you think such a callup would be bad for his development?
(Rob from CT)
I think he'll easily be better than either Gardner or Melky. As far as being bad for his development, that would depend on how things are going at the time, but I'd generally say it'd be fine. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Now that the Yankees have Tex, what do you think of their offeason? It seems pretty good, albeit insanely expensive. What would their ideal lineup be, with the Matsui/Damon/Melky/Swisher/Nady outfield mess?
(Eli from Brooklyn)
I like it, and I like that mess--Nady gets used as a platoon player, as he should be, Damon and Matsui DH a lot, and you mark time in center until Austin Jackson's ready. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Steve; Will Phil Coke be a starter or reliever in NY or Scranton? Will Brett Gardner really be the opening day starting centerfielder?
(Eric from Manorville)
My own sense of Coke's development is that the bullpen would be a better fit, but the Yankees seem to be ambivalent at this point. I don't see the harm of giving him a year in the pen and putting off the decision for awhile (it worked for Kenny Rogers, sort of) either way. As for Gardner, my sense is they're looking for alternatives. It's actually a difficult choice, as success or failure on Gardner's part is a question of ten singles falling in or getting caught. I don't think he's an impact player either way, but he could certainly hold down the position for a bridge year or half a year until Austin Jackson shows he can be more of a producer in center. (Steven Goldman)
2008-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the Yankees don't end up with Teixeira, and Swisher ends up at first, doesn't signing Jim Edmonds make sense as a placeholder until Austin Jackson can come up?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Is it Edmonds in San Diego or Chicago? And would someone please tell me what changed when he switched teams?
To answer the question, no, I don't think so. (Will Carroll)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)OK, same question I ask everyone at these chats: who mans CF for the Yanks next year? Another year of Melky, hoping he pans out? Hope Damon holds down the fort for a year, and pray that Austin Jackson is the answer? Someone else? Can Milton Bradley play center anymore?
(shamah from NYC)
I think the question describes how far standards for center-field play have fallen in New York, thanks to the downslope of Bernie Williams' career. Bradley? No. Damon? No. Melky... if this wasn't a win-now kind of club, sure, but the Yankees have their ambitions, and the clock's ticking on how much longer you can contend with the Jeter/A-Rod combo. In the absence of great options on the market, and in light of Jeter's problems afield, I'd suggest they move the Captain to center now, while anticipating that eventually Jackson's the answer. Then, decide if you want to put A-Rod at short is still feasible, or dip into a market that has some veteran shortstops who can play or do the Pirates a favor and take on Jack Wilson's contract.

I know, it isn't going to happen, but you'd think that if the Captain would agree to play somewhere else--and have some value as a hitter--a marquee position like center would work for him. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think John might have mixed up Little Big League for Rookie of the Year, which Stern actually directed. And no Daniel Stern list is complete without that great piece of cinematic glory, "Celtic Pride." Any thoughts on the Yanks CF situation? Are you in the camp that thinks they need to go outside of the organization to fill that need?
(Tim from Sonoma, CA)
It depends on how soon Austin Jackson will be coming along. I have a lot of questions about Austin here, about whether he should be playing right now or not. I believe he has some minor physical problems, so I guess not. Also, as bad as Brett Gardner has been, and he's been mighty bad - -7.8 VORP in 99 plate appearances is special - it's almost as bad as what Jose Molina has been able to do in a whole season...

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Trenton is a tough place to hit, and Jackson batted .311/.388/.496 on the road, so he's a bit further along than he looked. Say the physical problems resolve and he plays some good lookin' winter ball (can't recall if he's slated or not), or even if he just comes to spring training and looks good, he could be ready right quickly. I think the Yankees can kite along with Gardner and a fourth outfielder type to be signed later (heck, maybe that's Melky, who can at least field) until Jackson earns his chance. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Yankees decide to sign Pettitte to a 1-year deal during the offseason considering how he has pitched of late, or do they just try to sign Moose to a 1-year? The Yankees have to try to sign one of them to help with stability in the rotation... As for Austin Jackson, he does have a slight back problem (he's in New York for an MRI) and will be playing in the AFL...
(Steph from California)
Hi there, Steph. I'm kind of ambivalent about Pettitte. My sense is that it's time to move on, but I don't want to overreact to what could just be a kind of slump and some bad defensive play behind him. I also feel like the Yankees should not be overly discouraged by Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, et al and should keep some slots open for the young, because they have to get younger. I know they're going to turn their back on them for every Tom, Dick, and Pavano out there, but that's my feeling... If Jackson is healthy, I think he'll put up very good numbers in the AFL. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of DeJesus going to the Yankees? He's probably relatively cheap, they can play Nady in RF, Damon in LF, Matsui at DH, and let Austin Jackson spend more time in the minors. Seems like a great stopgap solution to me.
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Just judging from the number of calls to draft/steal/acquire David DeJesus, there seems to be a lot of sentiment in favor of getting him in this chat room, but I guess like you I wonder if this doesn't just reproduce the problem with getting Damon in the first place--if the guy can't really help you as a center fielder, he's going to have to do some extraordinary hitting to help you otherwise. The talk of moving Damon to first is interesting, however... with DeJesus, sure, it would be a patch, but I think Jackson's the eventual answer, and if they stick with Melky and Brett Turner in the meantime, that beats doing something like repeating the exercise of giving Terrence Long a last stop. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)So who should the Yanks start as CF next season? Does Melky get another chance? Just stick Damon out there to keep it warm for Austin Jackson for antoher season? What's Plan C: Brett Gardner?
(shamah from NYC)
It can't be Damon. It just can't. I'd run Cabrera, who's still just 24 next year, out there one more time, and if it failed, go outside the organization in-season. That said, I have no credibility when it comes to Cabrera. I don't see an obvious external answer on the FA market. There are some contracts you might be able to buy--Wells, perhaps. Rowand? Matthews is terrible. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do the Yankees do with Melky in the offseason? This season was a disaster! Do they keep Damon there next year to keep it warm for Austin Jackson? Give Melky anoter chance?
(shamah from NYC)
I suspect Melky gets another chance. Damon already talks about how much he'd like to remain a DH, and his play in center seems to bear that out. (Derek Jacques)
2008-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Austin Jackson hasn't done much in the past few weeks/months. Was last seasons breakout for real? I don't think this kid is going to be as good as a lot of people think..
(Joe Lefko from NJ)
I think he's going to be plenty good, solid starting CF, occasional all-star possibilities. That might not be a total stud, but that's still awfully good. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the Yanks are smart, and I think Cashman is, and I think (hope) he stays - isn't the wiser move to forget 2009 and prepare for 2010, or even 2011? You don't have to say it - they never would - and its not like attendance will fall, what with the Stadium v2.0 opening . . . Doing this doesn't preclude signing CC or Tex (or both), just being realistic, even if only internally
(Shaun P. from Medway, MA)
Maybe you're right, but I don't know if it will get better by then, because the position guys under contract will be going soft and moldy by then, and who are the position players in the system coming up behind Austin Jackson to replace them? Not that Austin Jackson looks like Mickey Mantle either. Jesus Montero might not be ready by then. There is very little to look forward to in that regard. The Yankees have obviously had some success drafting pitching, but the Yankees couldn't find a position player prospect even if the player had I HAVE BEEN POSSESSED BY LOU GEHRIG'S RESTLESS SOUL floating in fiery letters above his head. I could see Hughes or Kennedy or both suddenly clicking in next year and making things look a lot better, but on the whole I'm not real optimistic about the Decaying Derek Jeter Era. (Steven Goldman)
2008-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)okay given the yanks want Austin Jackson as the future CF but he's not ready, and you need someone for the (improbable / impossible) stretch race to the playoffs, what do you do then?
(DanLong from WFC)
You play Gardner for now. That said, we have the Yankees with a 2.4% of making the playoffs. That's a 42-1 longshot. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)Padres trade: Adrian Gonzalez, Greg Maddux, Heath Bell Yankees send: Austin Jackson, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Melky Cabrera, Cano and a throw-in of Kei Igawa
(dcoonce from bloomington, indiana)
You've been at Nick's early, haven't you? (Will Carroll)
2008-07-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance Girardi and Co. listen to Goldman and Brett Gardner steals Melky's job in CF?
(Michael from Toronto)
Sure; but both are probably placeholders for Austin Jackson eventually. (Jeff Erickson)
2008-07-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Austin Jackson over Jose Tabata? And when will we see them playing for the yankees? Could we see Jackson as a September call-up? What is Melky Cabrera's future?
(Mike from NY)
Melky's future: 4th outfielder. Jackson looks a lot closer to being ready than Tabata, who has really regressed this season. Jackson could be an August callup, even, if Melky and/or Gardner don't produce soon. (Jeff Erickson)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wouldn't trading Melky Cabrera eliminate an appealling stopgap replacement for Abreu in RF next season? Especially if they sign Teixeira and can afford to carry a Gardner/Cabrera/debuting Austin Jackson/Betemit/Duncan platoon in CF and RF?
(Tony from Brooklyn, NY)
I have long been on record as not believing in "carrying" a bat... And what would be the point of signing a Teixeira if it just took a problem and shifted it elsewhere. The whole point is to get better, not tread water. Cabrera would be below replacement in RF. What's the average RF hitting just now (checking)? Let's say about .272/.340/.440. I don't think you get that from Melky.

Dad put Mom on the phone. Definitely can't hang up on Mom, but I'm done now. What a day. (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)Wang's down, and the bullpen needs help. The Astros are now under .500. How about Valverde and Oswalt for Phil Hughes and Austin Jackson?
(wilk75 from Houston)
No freakin' way. Oswalt hasn't pitched well this year while dealing with hip and/or groin problems, and while he's a very, very good pitcher at his best, and Valverde is pretty decent, it's tough to justify trading two guys who are nowhere near their arbitration eligibility for that combo. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm not sure I get the sudden love for Austin Jackson. How does one outstanding half season transform an chronic underachiever into a top prospect? Don't you need to see more?
(Tom from Palm Bay, Fl)
You need to see more, yes. But the thing is, and this is where the scouting aspect becomes very important, is that Jackson has the tools and athleticism to justify such a breakout. I don't think it's a fluke as much as him finally playing to his tools. (Kevin Goldstein)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableAustin Jackson with his first MLB hit in the inning BTW. (David Laurila)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Lg Framing Chances CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2006 afx 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 afx 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 afa 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 aaa 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 aax 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 aaa 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 mlb 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 mlb 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 mlb 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 aaa 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 aaa 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 mlb 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 mlb 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2015 mlb 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2015 aaa 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 mlb 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0

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PITCHf/x Hitter Profile

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