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Alex Jackson

Born: 12/25/1995 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 215
Primary Position: RF
Thick, stocky frame, well-developed lower half, limited flexibility in hips, strength in forearms and shoulders; no physical projection remaining, will have to stay on top of his conditioning to remain in the outfield
Evaluator James Fisher
Report Date 08/30/2016
Dates Seen 8/22-8/24/16
Affiliate Clinton LumberKings (Low A, Mariners)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2019 Medium 45 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 30 Slightly open stance, hands at his ear; hands drift down pre-pitch, small stride, torso tends to drift forward, limited outer-third coverage; quick hands, above-average bat speed, uppercut swing plane, bat enters and leaves the zone quickly; vulnerable to rudimentary sequencing at present, struggles with hard-in, soft-away; signs of some approach development in the second half, more willing to take walks when worked around
Power 50 Plus raw to all fields in BP; ball really carries off his bat, quick hands, strength, uppercut swing can make parks look small; swing-and-miss will limit in-game utility
Baserunning/Speed 30 4.5 average on three clocks, heavy feet with no chance they get quicker; choppy strides, not built for speed
Glove 40 Well below-average reads and routes in outfield; tentative and indecisive, slow first step; has seen time in both corners, arm to stay in right long-term
Arm 60 Proper throwing mechanics, long stroke that works fine in right; likes to show the arm off; carry through the bag with slight tail, usually on target

A former sixth-overall pick, Jackson's value is tied almost entirely to his bat. While he shows above-average bat speed and plus raw power, there are coverage and approach issues that lead to plenty of swing-and-miss. His uppercut swing plane allows him to crush grooved fastballs, but his inability to recognize breaking balls and cover the outer half will limit his hit tool and diminish his ability to reach the raw power consistently in games. The arm is plus, and he likes to throw behind runners taking a long turn at first. But he is not a natural defender; he struggles with a slow first step, takes rough routes, and lacks closing speed. Jackson projects best as a power bat off the bench.

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