Austin Jackson more than held his own in Double-A during 2008 playing in a home park that somewhat favors pitchers. However, this off-season, in the AFL, he posted a BA/OBA/SLG line of .246/.298/.377 in 114 AB.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman called Jackson one of two positional prospects in his system closest to helping the big league team. Given New York’s need in CF for 2009, Jackson could make the leap from AA with a strong spring – assuming the Yankees do not acquire a CF in the off-season. However, if that recent Jackson AFL experience suggests that we should not expect this prospect to make that leap…at least yet.