Jackson went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI for Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.
Monday's two-homer game marked the fourth time Jackson has accomplished the feat, and he now has a career-high 20 home runs this season, including eight over the past 12 games. The catcher recorded 20 RBI during those 12 games to bring his total to 47 at the Triple-A level in 2019. However, he's a bit of a one-trick pony, as he carries a slash line of .239/.325/.561 and a 17:73 B:KK through 58 games this year with Gwinnett. It's possible Jackson could get called up when rosters expand or if Brian McCann or Tyler Flowers goes down with an injury, but it's unlikely that he sees regular playing time at the major-league level in the immediate future
Jackson went 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs, three runs scored and six RBI for Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.
The 23-year-old now has 17 homers on the season for Gwinnett, leaving him two shy of tying his previous career high in the minors. Jackson's .229/.321/.526 slash line and 17:68 BB:K through 55 games mark him as a fairly one-dimensional player, though, and he might never be anything more than a depth catching option or utility bench player in the big leagues.
Jackson was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.
Jackson is no longer needed at the big-league level with Brian McCann (hamstring) back from the injured list, so he'll head back to the minors to continue his development. The 23-year-old backstop appeared in just three games during his brief stint in the majors, going 0-for-10 with a walk and a trio of strikeouts.
The Braves officially recalled Jackson from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Jackson will get his first big-league promotion after the Braves' top two catchers -- Brian McCann (hamstring) and Tyler Flowers (hand) -- both exited Saturday's game against the Marlins with injuries. McCann was subsequently placed on the 10-day injured list, while Flowers is listed as day-to-day after avoiding any structural damage to his hand when he was struck by a 98-mile-per-hour fastball. Flowers is still presumably dealing with some soreness, however, so Jackson will receive his first major-league start Sunday against the Marlins, according to 680 The Fan Atlanta.
Jackson will be called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
Brian McCann (hamstring) will be placed on the injured list Sunday and Tyler Flowers (hand) was hit by a pitch Saturday as Atlanta's catching depth took a major blow. Jackson could see plenty of action over the next few days if Flowers misses any time.
The Braves optioned Jackson to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday.
With six hits -- three for extra bases -- and only five strikeouts in 22 at-bats during Grapefruit League play, Jackson turned some heads this spring and might have cemented himself as the organization's No. 3 catcher behind big leaguers Brian McCann and Tyler Flowers. Jackson's defense remains more questionable than his bat, so he may need to show some improvement in the former area before the Braves consider keeping him in the big leagues for an extended stretch.
Jackson has made a strong impression on the Braves' coaching staff and could break camp on the 25-man roster, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
With a fairly light early schedule that features plenty of off days, Atlanta could carry an extra bench player instead of loading up its pitching staff, creating an opening for Jackson on the roster that would allow the club to use Tyler Flowers and Brian McCann as pinch hitters. Jackson's stay in the majors would likely be brief, but it's clear the 23-year-old still has a place in the organization's future plans despite his rough 2018 at the plate for Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett.
Jackson was added to the Braves' 40-man roster Tuesday.
Jackson and several other prospects had their contracts selected by Atlanta in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. While he has big-time pedigree (No. 6 overall pick in 2014 by Seattle) and plus power, Jackson has struggled to hit in the upper levels of the minors. He posted strikeout rates north of 30 percent at Double-A and Triple-A while hitting just .201 across those two stops in 2018. Look for him to spend the bulk of 2019 back at Triple-A working on improving his on-base skills.
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.
The Braves reassigned Jackson to their minor-league camp Tuesday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
After struggling at the plate while mostly serving as an outfielder in his first three professional seasons with the Mariners, the No. 6 overall pick of the 2014 first-year player draft has boosted his stock in dynasty settings since being dealt to the Braves in November 2016. In addition to moving back to catcher -- the position he played in high school -- Jackson displayed the premium power that had eluded him during his time with the Mariners, finishing his first season in the Atlanta system with an .808 OPS across two levels. That earned Jackson an invitation to major-league spring training, and he'll now look to apply the instruction he received to what will likely be a full-season assignment at Double-A Mississippi. If the 22-year-old displays further improvement defensively and reduces his strikeout rate this season, he could make a big climb up prospect lists.
Jackson has received a non-roster invite to spring training.
Jackson spent 2017 at Double-A Mississippi, where he slashed .255/.317/.427. The 22-year-old catcher has shown steady improvement throughout his first four seasons in the minors, especially at the plate. He'll need to focus his attention on improving defensively behind the dish if he wants to make it to the major leagues.
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.
The team's 19-year-old phenom, Ronald Acuna, headlines the group, but Jackson -- the Braves' No. 13 fantasy prospect -- has had a solid season in his own right, slashing .272/.333/.502 with 14 homers in 66 games at High-A before taking a step back with a .241/.305/.379 line in 23 games for Double-A Mississippi. His defense in his first season back behind the plate has been erratic at best, but the organization will be patient with the 21-year-old given the offensive potential in his bat if he can stick at catcher.
Jackson was promoted from High-A Florida to Double-A Mississippi on Sunday.
After disappointing in his first three professional seasons with the Mariners, Jackson is starting to make good on the potential that made him the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 first-year player draft, though it took an offseason trade to the Braves in order for it to happen. The 21-year-old's plate discipline (13:74 BB:K in 282 plate appearances this season) still leaves something to be desired, but his resurgent power (31 extra-base hits, .502 slugging percentage) earned him a promotion to the Southern League. Jackson's outlook in dynasty leagues has also improved thanks to a move from outfield to catcher, though it remains uncertain that he'll be able to stick behind the plate at the big-league level.
Jackson has gone 0-for-9 with a walk and a pair of strikeouts in three games since returning from the 7-day DL.
While he's hitless in his first three games back following a month-long absence due to injury, Jackson is still slashing .284/.348/.543 on the season. He has 10 home runs in 178 at-bats (fifth most in the Florida State League), which is just one fewer than he managed in 381 at-bats at Low-A in the Mariners' organization last year. Now that Jackson's catching (as opposed to playing the corner outfield) and beginning to find himself at the plate, the former No. 6 overall pick's stock in dynasty leagues is trending back up.
Jackson is on the 7-day DL at High-A Florida with an undisclosed injury.
He made 17 starts at catcher, 22 starts at DH and zero starts in the outfield prior to the injury, as the move behind the dish appears to be complete. Jackson was hitting .297/.355/.568 with 10 home runs and a 27.2 percent strikeout rate in 169 plate appearances.
Jackson is hitting .338/.358/.677 with six home runs for High-A Florida.
Jackson has moved back behind the plate as he's played seven games at catcher and nine at DH. The former first-round pick has been a disappointment in his minor-league career so far with just a career .753 OPS. However, it looks like a switch of organizations and positions my revitalize his career.
Jackson will be given a try at catcher this season, Braves general manager John Coppolella said during a Twitter question and answer session.
Coppolella previously has admitted that catcher is a significant area of need for the future, and Jackson's bat hasn't lived up to an outfielder billing. Still, the Mariners' 2014 first-round pick could find new life at the position that made him a strong high school prospect. He'll restart that trek in 2017, likely with Atlanta's High-A Brevard County, and is worth watching or stashing in fantasy dynasty leagues.
The Braves have asked Jackson if he'd consider a move back to catcher, FOXSports.com reports.
Apparently, the talk of a possible positional change is "an ongoing conversation." General manager John Coppolella said this week that while the organization doesn't want to put too much pressure on Jackson, catcher "is a big area of need for us in the future." Jackson was regarded as a fairly strong defensive catcher coming out of high school and his bat certainly hasn't played well in the corner outfield so far at the lower levels, so a move would make sense. Jackson, the sixth overall pick by the Mariners in 2014, turns 21 later this month.
Jackson was traded to the Braves on Monday, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports.
Jackson hit .243 and recorded 11 home runs to go along with 55 RBI through 92 games with the Mariners single-A minor league affiliate in 2016. The Mariners get Rob Whalen and Max Povse in return. The 20-year-old Jackson was considered one of the Mariners higher prospects at the time of the trade.
Jackson is hitting .234/.325/.410 with eight home runs and a 64:20 K:BB in 205 at-bats with Low-A Clinton this year.
The sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft looked like a prime bounce-back candidate heading into the season, but that has not materialized. He has not hit better than .239 outside of rookie ball, and he has never hit double-digit homers in any season of his career. His pedigree should afford him another year of patience in deeper dynasty leagues, but his stock is as low as it has ever been.
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