Reggie hearts A-Jax. Via Steve Kornacki -
New York Yankees Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson sees big things ahead for Detroit Tigers rookie center fielder Austin Jackson, whom he began mentoring after the Yankees drafted him in 2005.
“Austin will hit .300 with 25 homers, drive in 100 runs and have a chance to win a Gold Glove,” said Jackson, a special adviser to the Yankees. “He’ll steal 25 bases, get caught four or five timesand be mad about that.”
He smiled, noting that Jackson, 23, is a perfectionist.
“I love him, love him,” Reggie Jackson said. “He is confident with what he has in his tool box, and he has a whole lot of tools. I have nothing but the highest regard for his aptitude, coachability and his ability to fit into a new team.”
Reggie Jackson said Austin Jackson will hit better than the .288 average he had in the minors and play better in the majors.
“He’ll play even better at this level,” Jackson said. “Why? For the same reason some guys are just good in a pickup basketball game but are great with 14,000 in the seats and the bright lights on. Austin is that kind of player.”
And Reggie Jackson had one last prediction for his protégé: “Austin Jackson is going to be an all-star.”
Yeah, but, can he stir a drink? And, if he does, will he only stir it bad?