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Padres #2 Top Prospect Jackson Merrill Ends Spring Games With An 8-Game Hitting Streak

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The San Diego Padres selected Jackson Merrill in the 1st round (27th overall) of the 2021 June MLB draft out of Severna Park High School in Severna Park, MD.

Merrill appeared in seven spring games in 2022 and 16 in 2023 and combined he recorded 13 hits in 48 at bats.  This spring the Top Prospect is 13 for 37, batting .351, with three doubles, two home runs and six RBIs. He is also in the Top 10 in spring stats in batting average, hits, and at bats (37).

Overall in his three seasons in the minors thus far, he has 45 doubles, 10 triples,  21 home runs and 114 RBIs, a career .295 batting average through 200 games dating back to 2021.

He started this spring off by going 0-4 in two games, then had a breakout third game after finishing 2 for 2, with a run score, a double and two RBIs. Then he went 0 for 5 in his next two games before the streak started.

As the month turned from February to March, did Merrill started to get hot. On March 1st, he went 1 for 4, and the next game he played in, he was 2 for 4, with two runs scored.

The hits kept coming, as he was 1 for 3 on March 4th, 6th and 9th, and on March 11th, combined all those games into one as he went 3 for 4, with three runs scored, a double, hit his first spring home run and drove in two runs. The next day he hit his second home run in the spring on a two run shot and then added to his hit total on March 13th, with a single to extend his hitting streak to 8 games to end his spring training.

Merrill’s strong finish this spring has earned him the opportunity to travel with the Padres to Seoul, Korea as they will play an exhibition game against South Korea on Sunday March 17th as their last warm up before the regular season opens up in the South Korea Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 20th and 21st.

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