Austin Jackson and Scott Sizemore may not be Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco—yet—but the pair may make us forget about the former Tiger All-Stars at times.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved Curtis Granderson (still do), but at age 29 he’s probably at (or very near) his baseball ceiling. He’ll probably always struggle with strikeouts and with hitting lefties, and while he’s speedy, he’ll probably never become an elite base stealer.
Austin Jackson, on the other hand, doesn’t have a defined ceiling. He’s only 23 years old and has yet to step into a Major League batter’s box. And while that’s a scary proposition, it’s a very intriguing one. Austin has shown all the signs in spring training that he’s ready to break out.
He’s done all the right things on the field. From all reports, the defense has been spectacular, he has seven extra base hits (he leads the team in total bases this spring), but best of all is his stunning .413 on-base percentage.
Scott Sizemore certainly won’t be as steady as Placido Polanco has been at the plate, but the rookie second baseman has all the tools to quickly replace Polanco’s offensive production. He’ll likely hit seventh or eighth most of the year so less will be expected of him (in terms of OBP), but he should see some opportunities to drive in the likes of Cabrera, Guillen and Inge.