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The Fallen: Brett Jackson Edition

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In some ways, Brett Jackson is the most disappointing prospect of the four in this series. He never had quite Josh Vitters’ pedigree, as Jackson was a very late first round pick (31st overall). It just seemed like he was so darn close to at least being an average MLB regular, providing speed, a solid on base percentage, 15 to 20 home run power, and above average defense in center field, and it came crashing down so quickly. Can Jackson approach his promise again?

The Heights: After speeding through the minors in his first 24 months as a professional baseball player, Jackson put up a fantastic, even for the Pacific Coast League .297/.388/.551 in his first 48 Triple A games, despite striking out in 29.8% of his plate appearances.

The Depths: Jackson’s return to Triple A for the 2012 season resulted in a solid, but unspectacular .256/.338/.479, although the strikeouts only got worse, increasing to 33.8%. The wheels really came off with a call up to the Cubs in early August 2012, when he struck out in more than 40% of his plate appearances and batted just .175. No amount of walking can make up for a batting average and strikeout rate like that. The Cubs tried reworking Jackson’s swing, and it did not take, at least for 2013. Jackson was terrible in both Double A and Triple A, when he was not struggling through injuries.

Best Case Scenario: Jackson somehow is able to get the strikeout rate below 25%, and is able to tap into the power enough to become a rich man’s David DeJesus. Odds are he is a player you’d rather not start regularly against left handed pitching, but he could be one of the better platoon players in baseball, and a starter on a second tier team.

Worst Case Scenario: Jackson keeps striking out in 30% percent of his plate appearances and never sniffs the Majors again. Or, ever worse, he never sniffs the Majors again for the Cubs, gets DFA’d, the Cardinals pick him up, and then they magically fix him with that human sacrifice altar they have under Busch Stadium. Oh yes Cardinals fans, we have discovered your secret.

  • Doc Raker

    Brett Jackson, a Lizzie heart throb. No chance for vagaries of BABIP if you are always striking out.

    • A sure sign he’s fallen … I can’t remember what he looks like.

  • Doc Raker

    Brett Jackson, a Lizzie heart throb. No chance for vagaries of BABIP if you are always striking out.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    The real question is what was Noah doing under Busch stadium?

    • PLCB3

      Trying to work the same evil as that guy who put a David Ortiz jersey into one of the concrete pours during construction of New Yankee Stadium?

    • Eddie Von White

      I think he was being sacrificed.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        good thing he escaped, I hope he took out a few of those cardinals fans in the process.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    The real question is what was Noah doing under Busch stadium?

    • AC0000000

      Trying to work the same evil as that guy who put a David Ortiz jersey into one of the concrete pours during construction of New Yankee Stadium?

    • Eddie Von White

      I think he was being sacrificed.

  • Likely scenario: Jackson tears up Japanese pitching and Cubs fans bicker about giving up too soon.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Will this mean that he will replace Brian LaHair on our favorite Japanese sitcom? I am still in mourning at the loss of Brian from the sitcom.

      • Doc Raker

        LaHair was not replaced, he became the schoeffer which allowed the producers to bring in heart throb Brett Jackson who will be the Sam Malone of Japanese baseball. LaHair and Murton will now be the Cliff Clavin and Norm Peterson of Japanese baseball. This combo is expected to have a good run on the networks and run forever on the rerun market making billions of Yen for all involved.

  • Bill Fell

    This will happen: He gets sent to Japan and breaks Matt Murton’s hitting record. This speculation is fullproof!

  • At Bat ’14 purchased…streaming Cubs in 1.5 hrs. Things are looking up.

    • Seymour Butts

      Baseball Today!

    • Seymour Butts

      Baseball Today!

  • Seymour Butts

    Apparently Darwin Barney subscribes to the CAPS school of things he has no use for:

    “It’s the same dimensions as Wrigley [Field], but it’s bigger, so that should play to Arizona a little better,” Barney said.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      It’s a good thing he became a baseball player, instead of a dentist.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      It’s a good thing he became a baseball player, instead of a dentist.