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After being called up last August Brett Jackson showed flashes of being ready for the big time. However, he also showed how outclassed he was by MLB pitching.
Everyone remembers Brett Jackson in center field darting to his right, tracking down a long fly ball hit by Andrew McCutchen, then sacrificing himself by leaping to make the catch and crashing face first—while still in the air—into the fencing in front of the Cubs’ and Pirates’ bullpens.
That play alone cemented Jackson into Cubs lore alongside the “Homer in the Gloamin’” and the black cat in 1969.
His defensive capabilities have never been in question, nor has his ability to get on base—earning 22 walks in 142 total MLB plate appearances last season. But his ability to make contact—highlighted by him striking out 59 times in 120 official AB with Chicago—was his most glaring fault.
So this offseason Brett Jackson met up with manager Dale Sveum, hitting coach James Rowson and assistant hitting coach Rob Deer to work on his swing. And by all accounts, the work has paid off.
“Jackson hit two triples…in the Cubs' Cactus League opener against the Angels. He had three hits in Friday's (2-22-13) intra-squad game.”
Well, the work has somewhat paid off, as his strikeout woes continue.
Brett has struck out four times in 11 Cactus League AB. And while he has earned four walks to go along with the aforementioned three hits, he will need to continue to work on keeping his strikeout totals down if he wants any real shot at breaking camp with the big league squad.