Scouting Report: Alex Jackson C/OF/3B
Players Name: Alex Jackson
Hometown: Escondido, Ca,
School/When draft Eligible: Rancho Bernardo HS/ 2014.
Bats/ Throws: R/R
Body: Has a stocky muscular frame with a broad chest, shoulders and thick very strong legs. His body is already pretty much matured, not much room to grow.
Swing: He has a slightly open stance with high hands. Jackson has a combination middle leg kick with a slight hand draw. He shows a shoulder rotation and excellent torque in his upper and lower halves. Jackson also shows plus bat speed and great lift which translates to plus power. He does have some adjustments to make with his swing path but he has a good chance to have an above average hit tool.
Base running: Jackson shows above average instincts on the bases. He has been documented at 6.82 in the 60 yards and that would place him at the low end of the above average range.
Defense: There is no doubt about Jackson’s arm, it is a plus and may be a plus plus grade. The question is if he can stay at the catcher position at the Major League level. He shows good lateral movement behind the plate and in the field. He also shows very good blocking ability and a good quick release on his throws. If you just look at this, you would say he could stick behind the plate, but is hands and receiving skills aren’t great. Does that mean he can’t stay behind the plate? No but it may take him a little longer than most. He is athletic enough to play the OF and he is quick enough to at least give him a shot at 3B.
Summary: If Jackson can’t stick at catcher does it drop his stock? Yes, but not much. He goes from a top 5 pick to a top 10 pick, if that tells you anything, it shows you how good his bat is. When the ball comes off the bat it sounds like it’s being shot out of cannon. It is so loud that you don’t even have to be watching to know he is taking BP, you can hear it. It really doesn’t matter where he plays his Bat will carry him to the MLB.
2014 Area Code Tryouts Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUGJ8qyADw0
2013 Area Code Tryouts Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2W-tOtPWRY
2013 Area Code Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDYULgFhM4o