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Justin Jackson

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Justin Jackson
Name: Justin Charles Jackson
Born: Dec 11, 1988 in Asheville, N.C. USA
High School: Roberson HS, Asheville, N.C.
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 190 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
 IPERAWHIPBB/9SO/9
Career170.13.651.524.706.92
Drafted in the supplemental 1st round (45th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2007 (signed for $675,000)
Cameron Maybin was the most recent former Asheville Tourists batboy to make a splash in the draft, and the scrawny kid that was tagging along back then has developed into a fine prospect himself. Jackson was the starting shortstop for USA Baseball's junior national team last fall, but after he spent most of last summer near the top of follow lists, his bat speed has come into question this spring. He was hitting best as the season was ending, and homered on his final high school swing in a playoff loss. He's a long-armed, wiry athlete with lots of holes in his swing, but shows a good feel for hitting as well as strike-zone discipline. If Jackson gets stronger and fills out, he could hit for above-average power, but that's a projection not every scout will make. He's a strong defender with above-average arm strength. His flash in the infield turns some scouts off, but he fields the ball out front and has outstanding actions up the middle. He's not a great runner, but shows average speed under way. Jackson could sneak into the first round, but could slide to the second as well.
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