Alex Jackson
Alex Jackson
24-Year-Old CatcherC
Atlanta Braves
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Jackson made his big-league debut in 2019 but is yet to record his first big-league hit, as he went 0-for-13 in his four-game audition. In a larger, 85-game sample with Triple-A Gwinnett, he posted a lopsided but productive .229/.313/.533 slash line. He showed considerable power, hitting 28 homers, but couldn't shake his swing-and-miss issues, striking out 34.2% of the time. Still, the combination of strengths and weaknesses should be enough to clear the low offensive bar at the catcher position. There remains the risk that Jackson's strikeout woes would tick up to an untenable level over a larger stretch in the big leagues, however, and a competitive team like the Braves may not want to take that risk with proven options in place ahead of him in Travis d'Arnaud and Tyler Flowers. If he winds up on team with starts available behind the plate, though, his power would make him worth a deep-league gamble. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a $4.2 million contract with the Mariners in June of 2014.
Sent down after twin bill
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
August 26, 2020
Jackson was optioned to the alternate training site after Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
ANALYSIS
Jackson joined the club as the 29th man for Wednesday's twin bill, but he didn't appear in either game. The 24-year-old is unlikely to see worthwhile opportunities with the Braves while Travis d'Arnaud and Tyler Flowers remain healthy.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+256%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+50%
OPS vs LHP
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .125 8 0 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000
Since 2018vs Right .445 14 0 0 0 0 .154 .214 .231
2020vs Left .000 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Right 1.000 5 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .600
2019vs Left .167 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000
2019vs Right .111 9 0 0 0 0 .000 .111 .000
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .000 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Since 2018Away .497 15 0 0 0 0 .154 .267 .231
2020Home .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020Away .714 7 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .429
2019Home .000 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019Away .250 8 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Alex Jackson compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. 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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
57.1%
 
BABIP
.667
 
ISO
.143
 
AVG
.286
 
OBP
.286
 
SLG
.429
 
OPS
.714
 
wOBA
.309
 
Exit Velocity
79.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.3%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Brought back for twin bill
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
August 26, 2020
The Braves recalled Jackson from their alternate training site Wednesday.
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Sent down Tuesday
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
August 25, 2020
Jackson was optioned to the Braves' alternate training site Tuesday.
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Rejoins big club
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
August 21, 2020
Jackson was recalled from Atlanta's alternate training site Friday.
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Sent to alternate site
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
August 6, 2020
The Braves optioned Jackson to their alternate training site Thursday.
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Moves up to big club
CAtlanta Braves  AAA
August 5, 2020
The Braves recalled Jackson from their alternate training site Wednesday.
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