In his third year in the Major Leagues, Austin Jackson has cemented himself as a legitimate star, showing brilliance that can be expected to continue for years to come.
Jackson was an eighth-round pick of the New York Yankees in 2005, and was acquired by the Detroit Tigers in 2009 as part of a three-team, seven-player trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the Bronx in exchange for the Yankees' center-field prospect.
Jackson's acquisition came as a shock to most Tigers fans, because he was asked to fill the shoes of the beloved Granderson, who roamed center field at Comerica Park for six seasons and was a class act and fan favorite.
The Tigers dealt one of their rising stars because they believed they had an even bigger star, yet to make his Major League debut, who was waiting to show his potential to the world.
Jackson is beginning to realize that potential and is putting together an All-Star caliber season. Here are five reasons he has officially arrived as a star in the Major Leagues: