AFL Dish: Jackson Snaps Hitless Streak

Prospect of the Day

Austin Jackson can do it all.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound outfielder in the Yankees organization ranked as their second-best prospect in the 2008 handbook. Jackson was the Yankees’ eighth-round pick in 2005 and turned down a Georgia Tech basketball scholarship to play baseball. While none of Jackson’s tools are outstanding, he can do a little bit of everything—hit for average, has some power, he can field, he can run and he has an above-average arm.

The tools were on display yesterday in the Arizona Fall League, where Jackson was playing left field for the Peoria Javelinas.

Jackson’s bat came alive as he snapped an 0-for-13 streak to go 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and a stolen base, helping the Javelinas defeat the Mesa Solar Sox, 6-4.

He’s in Arizona after spending the entire year with Double-A Trenton, where he hit .285/.354/.419 with 33 doubles, five triples and nine home runs. He stole 19 bases in 25 attempts, walked 56 times and struck out 113 times.

Other Notable Performances
Peoria Saguaros lefthander Aaron Poreda (White Sox) came into the game in the top of the sixth inning yesterday with his team trailing, 2-1. Poreda gave up a single, threw a wild pitch and then walked a batter. So, there were runners on first and second with nobody out. But Poreda got himself out of the jam by striking out the next three Desert Dogs hitters to end the inning. . . Mesa first baseman Jeff Larish was the Tigers’ fifth-round draft pick out of Arizona State in 2005. This season, Larish hit .250/.341/.477 for Triple-A Toledo before getting called up to the big club for his major league debut at the end of May. He got 104 at-bats with the Tigers and hit .260/.306/.375 with two home runs. Yesterday, Larish went 2-for-4 with a double, his first extra-base hit of the fall. . . Surprise right fielder Andrew Lambo (Dodgers) went 3-for-5 yesterday, but his Rafters fell to the Scottsdale Scorpions, 6-2. Lambo had a solid season, spending most of the year in class Low A Great Lakes, where he hit .288/.346/.462. Lambo ended the season with Double-A Jacksonville, where he hit .389/.421/.750 over 36 at-bats, earning Southern League Player of the Week honors to end the regular season.