Jackson will spend time in center field this spring, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
As a Rule 5 pick, Jackson will have to find a way to be useful or else he'll need to be offered back to the Dodgers. The Orioles have another Rule 5 shortstop in camp in Richie Martin, so Jackson could be facing an uphill battle. A player who can competently cover the middle infield and center field is a useful option on the bench, though, so if Jackson looks good in center, his odds of sticking with the team would certainly improve.
The Phillies traded Jackson to Baltimore on Thursday in exchange for international bonus pool money, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
Prior to be acquired by the Orioles, Jackson was selected with the 11th pick in Thursday's Rule 5 draft by Philadelphia. He spent the past year within the Dodgers' system at the Double-A level, hitting .251 with an .803 OPS, in addition to 15 home runs, 46 RBI and 22 stolen bases. He will provide a little extra middle infield depth for the Orioles, which the club desperately needs, so it shouldn't come as a significant surprise if the 25-year-old found his way on the Opening Day roster.
Jackson has been on the dynasty-league radar for several years due to his plus speed, but it has become apparent in recent years that his hit tool is lacking. He hit .251/.356/.447 with 15 home runs and 22 in steals in 410 plate appearances with the Dodgers' Double-A affiliate, but was in his age-24/25 season, so those numbers don't carry much weight. It will be a challenge for Jackson to make the Phillies' roster out of camp, so he may be returned to the Dodgers.
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