The Brett Jackson Watch has begun and the Cubs’ top position prospect is tearing up the Southern League.
Brett Jackson entered play Thursday with a .419/.544/.721/1.265 slash line. In 13 games Jackson was 18-for-43 with three doubles, two triples, two home runs, 12 walks, 10 strikeouts and six stolen bases.
Jackson followed up an excellent performance Wednesday (a single short of the cycle) with a 2-for-4 effort Thursday that included his second home run in as many games. Jackson also reached on a two-out double in the third and scored the Smokies first run of the game. Brett Jackson raised his ridiculous slash line to .426/.541/.787/1.328 in 14 games. Jackson has 37 total bases with more walks (12) than strikeouts (11). Mick Gillispie, the radio voice of the Smokies, mentioned during Thursday’s broadcast that Jackson’s most impressive at bat from the night before resulted in a strikeout. Jackson led off the game with a long at bat that in the end benefited his team.
Jackson’s 10-game hitting streak recently came to an end but the speedy centerfielder has hit safely in 12 of the 14 games he’s played … and he’s reached base safely in all 14 games this season.
The 22-year old centerfielder enjoys hitting leadoff for the Smokies. Jackson recently said he’s hoping the experience he’s getting at the top of the lineup will not only benefit him and his team now but in the future as well. Jackson realizes the Cubs do not have a true leadoff hitter and that could end up being his role with the big league club.
Stay tuned …