Alex Jackson
22-Year-Old CatcherC
Atlanta Braves AAA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
He has only logged 30 games at Double-A and another 20 games in the Arizona Fall League, but Jackson's bat already projects to be at least average for his position. That position is now catcher, as he was moved back to his high school position after Seattle gave up on him as an outfielder and traded him to Atlanta after the 2016 season. The sixth overall pick in 2014, Jackson still possesses the plus raw power that led to his lofty draft slot. There is plenty of swing-and-miss in his game (26.7 percent strikeout rate at Double-A), and that might preclude him from profiling as a regular if he still played the outfield. However, he could hit .250, blast 20-plus home runs and strike out 30 percent of the time and finish the year as a top-10 offensive catcher. His defense is a work in progress, but as that's the only place his bat will play, he will be given a long leash to improve behind the dish. He could reach the majors in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed with Mariners for a $4.2 million signing bonus in June 2014.
Promoted to Triple-A
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
July 16, 2018
Jackson was promoted from Double-A Mississippi to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
After struggling in his first three seasons of professional ball with the Mariners, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 first-year player draft revived his flagging stock after being dealt to Atlanta prior to the 2017 campaign. Jackson posted an .808 OPS across two stops last season, but hasn't been nearly as productive at the plate in 2018 at Mississippi, slashing a meager .200/.282/.329. The Braves were evidently pleased by the strides Jackson made defensively, so he'll move up a rung on the minor-league ladder and share time with Jonathan Morales and Chris Sewart behind the dish.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Jackson's standing in the Mariners organization crumbled in just over 30 months as he failed to endear himself to GM Jerry Dipoto (who took over in 2015). Drafted sixth overall in 2014 -- ahead of the likes of Trea Turner, Michael Conforto and Aaron Nola -- Jackson was held back in extended spring training in his third professional season. After being turned loose in late May, Jackson mostly underwhelmed with Low-A Clinton with a 27 percent strikeout rate overshadowing the few positives. He's still just 21 but the M's lost patience and flipped Jackson to the Braves in November. The Braves asked Jackson if he'd consider a return to catcher, his primary position in high school, but there has been no clarification on that front as of press time. Of course, a return behind the plate would change a multitude of factors, but right now, it's hard to make a case for Jackson as a worthwhile stash.
The sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft was believed to have the most offensive upside of any hitter in that class, but he has been unable to gain much momentum in the lower levels of the minor leagues. Last season, Jackson dealt with injuries to his shoulder and hand and was subsequently going back-and-forth all year between Low-A Clinton, short-season Everett and extended spring training. When he was in the Midwest League the results were not pretty, though the results were a bit more encouraging in the Northwest Leagues with Everett. While Jackson still has plenty of power and batting average upside, he is forever away from the big leagues and carries as much risk as any hitter who will be ranked as a top-200 prospect for dynasty leagues.
Drafted sixth overall by the Mariners in June, Jackson was considered to be the top prep bat in the 2014 draft class. He projects to have plus right-handed power, and he has a plus arm that the Mariners hope to utilize in right field down the road. Jackson has good bat speed and strength at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, which should only improve as he develops and fills out. Jackson fractured a cheek bone trying to make a catch last summer in rookie ball, but he returned to finish his pro debut with an .820 OPS. He is at least a couple years away, but keeper leagues should make the investment now, if they haven't already.
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Sent back to minors camp
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
March 14, 2018
The Braves reassigned Jackson to their minor-league camp Tuesday, Mark Bowman of reports.
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Invited to spring training
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
February 11, 2018
Jackson has received a non-roster invite to spring training.
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Will play in AFL
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
August 30, 2017
Jackson will be one of eight Braves prospects to take part in the Arizona Fall League this year, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Earns promotion to Double-A
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
July 30, 2017
Jackson was promoted from High-A Florida to Double-A Mississippi on Sunday.
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Back in action in Florida
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
June 22, 2017
Jackson has gone 0-for-9 with a walk and a pair of strikeouts in three games since returning from the 7-day DL.
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