Jackson ranked 2nd best outfield prospect in the IL


Baseball America finished their league top 20 series today, wrapping up with the Triple-A International League. Austin Jackson was the only Yankee prospect to make the list, ranking 7th overall. Only Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates placed higher among outfielders. The subscriber only scouting report called Jackson “most exciting player to spend the full season in the IL,” noting that he drew comparisons to Torii Hunter, albeit with less power. I’d take that in a heartbeat.

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  1. Tom Zig says:

    twice on sundays!

  2. SamVa says:

    “noting that he drew comparisons to Torii Hunter, albeit with less power. I’d take that in a heartbeat.”

    As would I as long as the comparison isn’t “Torii and Austin look alike” or “they both play baseball.”

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Well, they’re both black centerfielders.

      If Jackson could even come close to approximating Hunter’s career, that’d be tremendous.

  3. JSquared says:


  4. Mike HC says:

    Other than Hunter’s defense, all of Hunter’s offensive value lies with his power. So Torii Hunter without power is um, Melky Cabrera?

    • They didn’t say he’s Hunter with NO power, they said he’s Hunter with LESS power. Presumably, Hunter with less power is still more power than Melky Cabrera.

      • Mike HC says:

        Cabrera had 13 homers and 28 doubles. I didn’t mean to say “no” power. But Hunter with “less” power, is still just about Melky.

    • The Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

      His defense is significantly better than melky though. and his base-stealing ability in his younger years.

      • Mike HC says:

        Right. I just meant offensively. But you are right. I think Jackson is projected to be a better defender and base runner than Melky. I’m not so sure what the difference will be offensively though. Melky is also still improving.

      • Agreed.

        Torii Hunter with less power is only one of the many advantage AJax has over Melky.

        • Joseph M says:

          You can’t be serious. At this stage of his career Austin Jackson can’t tie Melky’s spikes. Melky at 22 (same age as Austin is now) hit 8 homers drove in 73 runs and hit .273 in the major leagues! Austin did more or less the same thing in AAA ball. Big difference.

          • Jake already rebutted your argument below, so I’ll direct you to him:


            • Joseph M says:

              Jack rebutted nothing. Jack is engaging in speculation, I could speculate just as easily that Austin is on a similar track to a Yankee farm hand in the 70′s named Terry Whitfield. Whitfield made it to the majors saw some at bats but he was a journeyman outfielder. What I stated was fact. Right now Austin has done nothing in the majors and he will turn 23 before spring training. Just because Hunter developed slowly doesn’t mean Austin will be another Hunter. When he gets to the majors and he accomplishes something then we can have this debate until then it’s wishin and hopin on your part.

  5. Twist says:

    Brett Gardner (2008) AAA: .296/.414/.422
    Austin Jackson (2009) AAA: .300/.354/.405

    Why would Jackson be any better than Gardner at the major league level?

  6. pat says:

    Hey Mike, Desmond Jennings or Ajax?. I’d go with Jennings. I hate the Rays.

  7. Drew says:

    Not only does he draw comparisons to Hunter, he may be John Mayberry Sr.


  8. Charlie says:

    i love ajax. everyone seemed kinda down on him this year, but i think (and hope) he’ll be in the bigs early next year

  9. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Just think, AJax had never even seen a baseball before the Yankees drafted him. He played nothing but basketball his entire life until the Yankees came along and picked him.


    • He’s a natural athlete. He can play anything, except for quarterback, just by picking up a bat or a ball.


      • Ferb says:

        Yeah, Rush not being allowed to be a partial owner in a football team due to some controversial things he said is- of course- a valid reason to deny him.

        I am still waiting tsjc for you to make some witty humor against some liberal figures. Although, that would take real comedic talent unlike hurling shots at conservatives- which any idiot, like yourself, can do.

  10. Alan says:

    Man, the Rays are going to be scary good for a long time. They’ve got a ton of high quality talent ready to break into the team. If only they had some money to bankroll the team, watch out.

  11. Reggie C. says:

    I’m rooting for Austin Jackson to make a leap in his offensive game and displace Gardbrera sometime in 2010. This team can use another brotha who’s not a pinch runner.

  12. kevin says:

    would you guys trade jackson in a package for upton? Would the Rays even take it? Who else do you think would be involved?

  13. Jake H says:

    Hunters power developed late. At age 22 same age as Jackson, Hunter’s triple slash line from AA and AA

    .295/.333/.463. 20 walks 77 k’s in 435 at bats. 1 k for every 5.649 at bats. 31 doubles, 3 triples, 10 hrs


    .300/.354/.405 40 walks 123 k’s 1 k for every 4.52 at bay.
    23 doubles, 9 triples, 4 hr.

    Now some of Hunter’s #’s were at a lower level then Jackson but those are their seasons at 22.

    Hunter didn’t hit 20 hrs until he was 26.

  14. Larryf says:

    I think AJ over a full season will make us forget about Leche. Huge upside and would not trade him until we see him for a full year in the bigs. Biggest reason to keep melky is he is Cano’s buddy but Robbie will get over it.

  15. Joseph M says:

    The good news, Jackson is still 22 years old and still developing. The bad news, Jackson strikes out way too much and based on his power numbers that’s something we can’t justify. He’s not ready for the majors (that’s for sure), we’ll see how it goes in 2010. If someone offers something that we need and are willing to take Jackson I say do it.

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