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Game Of The Week: Mariner’s Top Prospect Delayed By Injury

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The Seattle Mariners top prospect Alex Jackson seems to be dealing with another injury this season, something that shortened his first season of professional ball in 2014.

Jackson, a nineteen year old outfielder was drafted in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft (sixth overall) while playing at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, California, originally as a catcher, but then moved to the outfield after being drafted.

His tools as an outfielder, along with his impressive arm and his heavy hitting is what caught the attention of Seattle’s scouting staff as well as the MLB to lead him to being ranked twenty-ninth overall on the 100 Top Prospect List.

After signing with the Mariners shorty after the draft, Jackson was assigned to the Arizona Rookie League where he played with the AZL Mariners where he appeared in just twenty-three games, because of of a broken jaw that was injured by a line drive to the face.

After Spring Training Jackson’s natural talent led the organization to assign him to the Class- A (Advanced) Clinton LumberKings.  So far this season though Jackson has been struggling and as it finally came to light  that he had been struggling with a shoulder injury since camp.  So, the Mariners decided this past week that it would be better  if Alex Jackson went and spent some time in Extended Spring Training. Not only to work on his mechanics bit also to get that shoulder in tip top shape.

Jackson’s stats so far in 2015 in twenty eight games of play include thirteen RBIs, six doubles and a batting average of just .157.

While many saw Jackson as being not competitive at the Single-A level, it seems that a plaguing injury may have been the source of the problem, and hopefully once this gets  itself worked out, Jackson will be back playing at elite level that he is known for.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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