Luke Jackson
Luke Jackson
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Luke Jackson in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Braves in June of 2018.
Back with Atlanta
PAtlanta Braves
June 17, 2018
Jackson signed a major-league contract with the Braves on Sunday.
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Jackson was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett just two days earlier after being designated for assignment June 13, but he'll be back in the Atlanta bullpen in time for the series finale. The right-hander will take the place of long man Luiz Gohara, who has struggled of late and was optioned to Gwinnett in a corresponding move.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-36%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-33%
BAA vs LHP
2016
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .248 195 30 27 40 12 0 2
Since 2016vs Right .318 262 50 20 75 12 2 9
2018vs Left .192 68 18 12 10 3 0 0
2018vs Right .298 103 26 8 28 5 1 3
2017vs Left .217 97 11 11 18 5 0 0
2017vs Right .322 127 22 8 37 7 1 4
2016vs Left .462 30 1 4 12 4 0 2
2016vs Right .370 32 2 4 10 0 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-41%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-2%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-37%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-72%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 4.02 1.38 53.2 3 1 0 6.7 3.5 0.7
Since 2016Away 6.80 1.90 46.1 0 0 1 7.8 5.1 1.4
2018Home 4.50 1.32 22.0 1 1 0 9.0 3.7 0.8
2018Away 4.60 1.85 15.2 0 0 1 12.6 6.3 0.6
2017Home 3.62 1.32 27.1 2 0 0 5.6 3.3 0.3
2017Away 5.79 1.63 23.1 0 0 0 6.2 3.5 1.2
2016Home 4.15 2.08 4.1 0 0 0 2.1 4.2 2.1
2016Away 14.73 2.86 7.1 0 0 0 2.5 7.4 3.7
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Stat Review
How does Luke Jackson compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
2.10
 
K/9
10.0
 
BB/9
4.8
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
94.3 mph
 
ERA
4.31
 
WHIP
1.51
 
BABIP
.347
 
GB/FB
2.16
 
Strand %
71.9%
 
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Jackson was expected to compete for a spot in the Rangers bullpen out of spring training, but some recurring back problems held him out for the bulk of the spring slate, leaving the Rangers brass no choice but to send him back to the minors. He performed well during his time at Triple-A Round Rock, piecing together a 2.45 ERA and 11.1 K/9 in 22 innings out of the bullpen. This helped him garner a couple of brief cups of coffee in Arlington, although he pitched horrifically against major league hitters. In 11.2 innings, the electric 25-year-old was shelled for 14 runs on 22 hits (four home runs) while compiling a dreary 3:8 K:BB, leading to a demotion all the way to Double-A Frisco. Jackson has a lot of life on his mid-90s fastball, but his below-average command and control have limited his ability to compete for a high-leverage role thus far. The Braves saw an opportunity to swap declining assets with Texas this offseason, acquiring Jackson in a deal that sent another failed prospect, Tyrell Jenkins, to the Rangers. The trade should offer Jackson a better chance to break camp in the majors, given the Braves' lack of quality bullpen depth.
Jackson began the year at Triple-A, where he posted a decent performance that was a big improvement from his disastrous debut at Round Rock in 2014, where he was converted to relief after five poor starts to the season. Jackson's plus fastball and shaky command seemed to always hint at a reliever role, and it appears that Texas has elected to go that route. He made seven appearances out of the Texas bullpen in 2015, and it will be difficult for him to carve out an Opening Day roster spot in a bullpen that already features Shawn Tolleson, Sam Dyson, Keone Kela and the newly-acquired Tom Wilhelmsen from the right-side.
The 6-foot-2 righty enjoyed a 3.02 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with a 83:24 K:BB ratio in 83.1 innings at Double-A Frisco, but that excitement was short lived, as Jackson gave up 46 earned runs in 40 innings (10.35 ERA) following his promotion to Triple-A Round Rock. His HR/9 rate quadrupled and his BABIP ballooned to almost .400, so there was some bad luck involved with his disastrous turn at Round Rock, but posting a career-high 13.9% walk rate did not help matters. The stretch at Frisco was the best run of Jackson’s career, and it’s likely that his performance at Round Rock simply qualifies as a minor setback. A strong start to 2015 at Triple-A could place him in the Rangers’ rotation this summer. Entering his age-23 season, Jackson still possesses a fastball that borders on double-plus, with a curveball and changeup that also have plus potential, so the worst-case scenario here is that he ends up pitching the eighth or ninth inning in Arlington.
Jackson began the year repeating a stint at High-A, but ended the year with 27 innings at Double-A Frisco. There are questions about the repeatable nature of his high-effort delivery, and some related questions about the consistency of his breaking pitches as a result, which could limit his future to a late-inning option out of the bullpen. It's a role that he might eventually pitch his way into, but he'll be given every opportunity to succeed in the rotation first. He's expected to begin the year in the rotation at Double-A Frisco.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
PAtlanta Braves
June 15, 2018
The Braves outrighted Jackson to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.
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Removed from roster
PAtlanta Braves
June 13, 2018
The Braves designated Jackson for assignment Wednesday.
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Nabs three-inning save Tuesday
PAtlanta Braves
June 6, 2018
Jackson allowed one run on one hit and two walks over three innings Tuesday while striking out five to record his first career save in a 14-1 rout of the Padres.
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Contract purchased from minors
PAtlanta Braves
June 5, 2018
Jackson had his contract purchased from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
PAtlanta Braves
May 8, 2018
Jackson was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday.
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