Over the last 23 years, Memorial Stadium (Chicago Cubs short-season class A) has seen its share of championship teams and losing teams, superstars and washouts.
In 2010, however, one Boise Hawks prospect may have the potential to be one of the best outfielders to suit up in the coveted green and orange, or even red and blue for that matter.
Jackson, who played three years for the California Golden Bears, could add the needed spark for the Hawks to spring back from a dismal season in 2009 (34-42) and once again reclaim the Northwest League title.
With a 6’2”, 210-pound frame, Jackson clearly has the build to be successful in the big leagues, but many wonder if the 22-year-old left-hander will have the statistics to back his appearance.
While at Cal, Jackson averaged .303 from the plate and totaled 146 hits with 85 RBI during his 152 games played.
One daunting stat for Hawks fans may be Jackson’s high strikeout total with 117, though his above average speed (27 steals) may overshadow this blemish.
Once Cal’s leadoff specialist, Jackson will most likely be asked to step in later in the Boise’s batting order, possible in the five or six slot, as scouts fear he may need to fine-tune his raw power.
Jackson may eventually move to one of the corner spots in the outfield, barring his size and stability, something that would most certainly be sorted out in Boise.
In a few years, Jackson could develop into a great prospect for the rebuilding Cubs, who recently dealt Reed Johnson to the Dodgers. One thing is certain, though: Jackson will give Hawks fans something to cheer about once again.