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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

MLive.com: Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford recalls Detroit Tigers’ Austin Jackson’s youth baseball dominance

ALLEN PARK—Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson was on the radar of baseball scouts long before he was drafted in 2005 out Billy Ryan High School in Denton, Texas. In fact, the New York Yankees started keeping tabs on him after one of their scouts saw Jackson hit three home runs in a game at the age of 12.
Baseball America named Jackson the best 12-year-old player in the country that year. Three years later, the publication named him the nation’s best 15-year-old. It was between those years Jackson first crossed paths with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
“I played against him in baseball a bunch,” Stafford said. “He was awesome. He was a freak. He put a couple third basemen in the hospital. He was a dead pull hitter, just like he is now, but he was such a threat to bunt, because he was so fast, that people would play in on him and he’d rip it down third with a metal bat.”

Tripon Posted: June 13, 2012 at 09:45 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: June 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM (#4155467)
You couldn't ask for better underlying indicators in a breakout season than what Austin Jackson has done so far. He's making more contact, hitting for more power, putting fewer balls on the ground, and walking more.

I remember reading some stories about Jackson trying to learn more about hitting from Cabrera and Fielder. It would be a nice little comparison piece if Jackson managed to turn himself into a latter-day Mike Cameron in a way quite parallel to Cameron's learning how to hit from Edgar Martinez.

These are Jackson's career averages coming into the season, and his numbers this year:

26.1 K% -> 18.6 K%
7.7 BB% -> 11.6 BB%
6.8 XBH% -> 11.1 XBH%
0.93 GB/FB -> 0.74 GB/FB
   2. Cowboy Popup Posted: June 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM (#4155481)
He's managed to do all of this while still maintaining his typical high BABIP. If he can keep this up, he could enter legitimate superstar territory. He's already picked up a double and a HR since coming back three games ago.
   3. NJ in DC (Now with Wife and Fetus!) Posted: June 13, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4155493)
Looking more and more likely that the Yankees were the team that gave up the most value in that 3 way.
   4. RMc (full name TBA) Posted: June 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM (#4155544)
Now if we just get somebody else -- anybody else -- hitting for the Tigers. And another starting pitcher. And a decent bullpen. And play defense occasionally.
   5. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: June 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM (#4155567)

Don't forget a second baseman!
   6. McCoy Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM (#4155607)
Alfonso Soriano is available.
   7. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 13, 2012 at 03:09 PM (#4155849)
This would be great for Tigers fans if Jackson has legitimately turned a corner. Curtis Granderson was such a beloved member of the franchise during his tenure that him being dealt was a bitter pill for a lot of fans to consume. It certainly didn't temper matters when Granderson figured out how to hit lefties while Jackson spent long stretches looking like he would never make solid contact with the ball again.

   8. madvillain Posted: June 13, 2012 at 06:07 PM (#4156027)
Stafford should know something about being a phenom, if you watch his HS film it's almost uncanny how much his big arm back then looks like his big arm throws to Calvin Johnson now. Not to get all off topic, but as a Lions fan, Matthew Stafford and CJ are a tremendous joy. Both guys are upstanding citizens, and even better players.
   9. RMc (full name TBA) Posted: June 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM (#4156717)
as a Lions fan, Matthew Stafford and CJ are a tremendous joy.

Amen, brother.

I long to say to my peers the same words Drew Carey said when the Indians made the WS in '95: "Now, it's your team that sucks...!"
   10. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM (#4156740)
Austin Jackson....Melky Cabrera....Jesus Montero....

(sigh)

There ain't no justice.
   11. RMc (full name TBA) Posted: June 14, 2012 at 12:35 PM (#4156761)
Austin Jackson....Melky Cabrera....Jesus Montero....

(sigh)

There ain't no justice.


How awful it must be to have to root for your bottom-feeding team year after year.

And you had Justice, remember?
   12. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 14, 2012 at 01:07 PM (#4156822)
How awful it must be to have to root for your bottom-feeding team year after year.

I wasn't talking about any injustice to the team. I was referring to the injustice of not being able to inherit Jeter's little black book.
   13. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: June 14, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4156840)
if you watch his HS film it's almost uncanny how much his big arm back then looks like his big arm throws to Calvin Johnson now.

I wouldn't be surprised if this were true for most big-time athletes.
I remember seeing HS footage of Joe Montana and thinking much the same thing: he moved the same, threw the same, you couldn't miss it.

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