- Position: C/OF
- School: Rancho Bernardo High School (San Diego, CA), Senior
- Bats: R, Throws: R
- DOB: Dec. 25, 1995, Height: 6-foot-2, Weight: 215
Scouting Grades from MLB.com – Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Run: 45 | Arm: 55 | Field: 45 | Overall: 60
MLB.com uses the 20-80 scale for future tools: 20-30 – well below average | 40 – below average | 50 – average | 60 – above average | 70-80 – well above average.
Alex Jackson is considered the best position player available in the upcoming draft. Scouts have liked what they’ve seen from Jackson behind the plate but are quick to point out that if he is not able to stay a catcher as he matures and his body changes, he is athletic enough to play a corner outfield spot, most likely right field due to his arm strength. Jackson has also seen time at third base.
Alex Jackson has huge power and is considered a very good defensive catcher. Reports have indicated he also plays the outfield well. Scouts have liked what they’ve seen of Jackson from behind the plate mainly due to his strong arm, which MLB.com indicated gives Jackson a third future plus tool. Jackson moves well behind the plate and will need to work on his receiving skills once he enters pro ball in order to remain a catcher.
Offensively, Jackson projects to hit in the .260-.280 range in the majors with a lot of power (some reports indicate a 30-plus homer bat in the majors). Jackson has plus-bat speed and plus-raw power from the right side with great lift and a feel of how to put the barrel of the bat on the baseball. Jackson hits with a slightly open stance, high hands and his swing can get long at times. One report mentioned that Jackson has some “mechanical issues” with “a lot of movement prior to his swing” (middle leg kick with a slight hand draw) that will have to be quieted down in order to have success in the majors.
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In 23 games this season, Jackson hit .415 with four doubles, two triples and 10 home runs.
Alex Jackson has committed to Oregon.