Here are Austin Jackson’s Triple-A stats this season, broken down by month:
MONTH AVG G AB 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OBP SLG April .371 16 62 2 2 0 10 8 17 .444 .468 May .339 30 109 7 1 0 13 12 30 .419 .422 June .269 26 104 8 1 3 6 5 27 .309 .452 July .258 25 89 3 1 1 11 10 18 .324 .348 August .278 5 18 0 1 0 4 0 3 .316 .389
As you can see, since a hot start, Jackson has been a .265 hitter since June 1st. Is he just tired? Or, did the league catch up to him?
What’s most concerning about Jackson, to me, are his BB/SO and AB/SO ratios. His low BB/SO ratio tells me that he’s yet to master the strike zone. And, his AB/SO ratio tells me that he whiffs a lot – which you could tolerate if he hit for power and/or drew walks. (At least, that’s what the fans of Nick Swisher tell me.) But, Jackson doesn’t walk much and has not shown homerun power (to date). What I fear the most is that his high SO rate suggests that he has some holes in his swing – and, if true, major league pitchers will have a field day taking advantage of those holes. (Think: Bernard Gilkey .)
Granted, Austin Jackson is just 22-years old. If he had elected to stay in school, he would be a senior in college right now instead of playing in Triple-A. So, you have to factor that in as well…and maybe he needs another two seasons at Triple-A before we see what he can really do?
In any event, what do you think of Austin Jackson? Is he a true blue-chip prospect as the Yankees say, or, is he just a good athlete who will never be a solid, everyday, major league player?