2010-07-12

Justin Jackson Interview

















Your Toronto Blue Jays selected Justin Jackson in the 1st round, 45 overall, of the 2007 Amateur Draft.  He was given a $675,000 signing bonus to forget about college and start his pro career as a shortstop. 

A second generation baseball player, his father Chuck was a seventh-round pick of the Houston Astros and played 82 games in the majors, Justin is an athletic defender with a great eye at the plate and above average speed. 

Still just 21 years old, injuries have slowed him down a bit this season.  He was sent to Lansing to get some playing time, specifically at bats, and experience at 2nd and 3rd base. 

Here is a look at his pro stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS





2007 18 Blue Jays GULF Rk TOR 42 188 166 20 31 1 1 2 13 7 4 20 44 .187 .274 .241 .515





2008 19 Lansing MIDW A TOR 121 528 454 74 108 26 6 7 47 17 8 62 154 .238 .340 .368 .708





2009 20 Dunedin FLOR A+ TOR 78 294 249 44 53 12 1 0 17 17 4 39 87 .213 .321 .269 .590





2010 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ TOR 26 100 90 9 22 2 0 0 5 6 2 10 31 .244 .320 .267 .587





2010 21 Lansing MIDW A TOR 21 85 77 7 18 1 0 0 5 6 2 8 27 .234 .306 .247 .553





2010 21 Dunedin FLOR A+ TOR 5 15 13 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 .308 .400 .385 .785





4 Seasons 267 1110 959 147 214 41 8 9 82 47 18 131 316 .223 .322 .311 .633





A (2 seasons) 142 613 531 81 126 27 6 7 52 23 10 70 181 .237 .335 .350 .685





A+ (2 seasons) 83 309 262 46 57 13 1 0 17 17 4 41 91 .218 .325 .275 .599





Rk (1 season) 42 188 166 20 31 1 1 2 13 7 4 20 44 .187 .274 .241 .515






Our boy Jesse caught up with him last week for an interview.  Check it:

  

5 comments:

  1. 1BlueJaysWay, you guys make my Louisville Slugger tingle!

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  2. $675 000 to skip college? I skipped it for free. I need an agent I guess...

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  3. "Justin is an athletic defender with a great eye at the plate and above average speed."
    Great Eye at plate? In his minor league at bats, he's had 2.4 strikeouts for each base on balls. Some eye!

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  4. Heyo!
    Thanks for stopping by Mamboon. I see you have some spunk. I got my info from these idiots over at the Baseball Cube:

    http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/J/Justin-Jackson-3.shtml

    Didn't really see the point in mentioning he swings and misses a lot. The data clearly shows that.
    But it also shows that he managed to somehow have an OBP of .322 while only hitting .223
    What say you?

    Mattt,
    Yeah no shit eh?

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