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  1. Just say what the Yankee’s knew, Austin Jackson should be in AAA.

    … and you could have skipped writing this whole article.

    Comment by Tom B — April 27, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

  2. Having seen most of his at-bats this year, I must say he is definitely impressive. Yes, he is striking out too much (something Curtis Granderson was also familiar with), but he he is much more selective with this swings than that stat indicates. He has shown the patience of a rookie at times, which led to giving away some at-bats, but I have no doubt he will continue to improve, and that pop in his bat will continue to get louder as well…

    Comment by Capn — April 27, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

  3. As long as Leyland is manager and he is on the roster he’ll probably still bat leadoff no matter how many K’s he racks up. I believe Granderson led the team in K’s on the team every year he was with the Tigers yet Leyland always batted him leadoff. It took him a couple years to even move him down in the order when they were up against lefties despite the fact his numbers were terrible against them. It’s like as long as you’re fast he’ll put you there despite the fact Leyland doesn’t run much, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

    But we’ll see when his numbers go down if he’ll keep him here because unlike the years with Granderson he does have Damon on the team, another guy who fits the mold of what Leyland looks for in a leadoff hitter so maybe he’ll end up putting him there.

    Comment by Matt C — April 27, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

  4. Even if he drops to .250 with his defense in center field, he’s still an asset to the tigers and better than a lot of the other options the Tigers were looking at, or have in their system to be roaming the spacious center field at Comerica Park

    Comment by will — April 27, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

  5. I’m not quite sure the power will ever arrive for Jackson. He may end up posting decent power numbers eventually (10-15 HR) but he’ll never be the 30 HR 30 SB guy he was being touted as a couple of years ago. In the minors, his power numbers declined each time he moved up to a new level while the strikeouts remained static. That’s a concerning trend. I think he just has to realize that he’s never going to be much of a power guy and just try to make contact more. If he can get that strikeout rate down to an acceptable rate I think he can be a good player. I also think, despite his hot start, he should have been down in AAA to begin the season proving he can do just that.

    Comment by SteveP — April 27, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

  6. Also I think Comerica Park will benefit somebody like Jackson greatly. Since he’s not really a power hitter it won’t hurt him to play in a bigger park since he probably wouldn’t put much out anyway even if it was smaller but with the spacious outfield there will be bigger gaps and more room for outfielders to cover which will allow more of his hits to drop in, so his BABIP may stay relatively high throughout the year. Plus if he hits it in the gaps it almost would be a guaranteed triple with his speed, much like it was for Granderson. I think he’s tailored made for it.

    Comment by Matt C — April 27, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

  7. I think ideally they would’ve liked to have him start in the minors but I just don’t think they have any better options in the system to play CF. According to most scouts he is their best position prospect and they don’t really have anybody else on the big league roster that could play CF in spacious Comerica Park any better than he does. I guess Clete Thomas may have been alright out there since he did cover for Granderson to start the 08 season when Grandy was hurt but I don’t think he would do as well as Jackson is doing.

    Comment by Matt C — April 27, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

  8. Just because a guy isn’t ready to lead off doesn’t mean he’s not MLB ready. Give him time down in the lineup where he can learn to identify pitches better and draw a few walks.

    Comment by Chris — April 27, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

  9. His hitting normalize when the BABIP and strikeout rate come home to roost. But the defense looks to be something that won’t be normalizing. It’s damn good.

    Comment by Chief — April 28, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

  10. Whether he declines or not the Yanks traded a player who is better than what they got. Hopefully Granderson can K less than 160 times this year and bat over .250 for a change.

    Comment by Brian — April 28, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

  11. I’ve been saying all this on the Yahoo MLB site for three weeks plus… the yahooz go nuts at the truth… but don’t they always.

    It was all obvious before the season began. Nice to see somebody with common sense pick up on it.

    Comment by DJ — April 28, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

  12. Must start by saying that I absolutely loved Granderson here in Detroit BUT Jackson is playing just great and is better than Granderson was his first year. He already plays a better centerfield than Granderson because he sees the ball better, gets a MUCH faster jump and has a better arm than Curtis. Jackson doesn’t have the power that Curtis has but that may eventually come. That said, Jackson is already playing at a high level and no doubt the Tigers are pleased with their new center fielder. Although I like Granderson, he has reached his absolute peak, will NEVER hit left handers, never get a better jump on balls in the outfield and along with having to make spectacular catches due to his late jump will completely misplay many other balls during the season. Detroit has to absolutely love this deal.

    Comment by Pero — April 29, 2010 @ 8:23 am

  13. After striking out in his first 19 games as a big leaguer, and since this article was written, Jackson has now gone two games without a K.

    Two games doesn’t really mean anything, but maybe he’s settling down some?

    Comment by Matt Snyder — April 29, 2010 @ 9:16 am

  14. His K rate is already down to 30% and as Matt notes, he has not struck out for the last 2 games. You fail to point out that 17 of 32 K came in the 8 games against the Angels and Rangers. In the remaining 13 games he had 4 games with 2 K, 7 games with 1K, the last 2 games with 0 K. Instead of judging him on 8 bad games, during his first road trip that played 11 straight games 3 time zones from home, let’s see what his numbers look like at the end of May.

    Interesting choice of 175K as the cutoff in your example. If you went with 174K you could have included Curtis Granderson, who had 174K in only 679 PA his rookie year.

    Comment by Bob — April 29, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

  15. “That said, Jackson is already playing at a high level and no doubt the Tigers are pleased with their new center fielder.”

    I think we all acknowledged that, but he wont continue to hit at a high level once his K%, BABIP and LD% catch up with him. So in a month or two will Detriot “absolutely love this deal”? If he doesnt develop power and continue that K% will they love the deal then too?

    Comment by Zack — April 29, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

  16. Agreed… He looks better than Granderson did in CF already…

    Comment by JEFF — April 29, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

  17. they like to do that here when its not an article about the Sox, Rays or M’s

    Comment by JEFF — April 29, 2010 @ 6:48 pm

  18. 5 for 5 in your face Pawlikowski!

    Comment by Ozzie Guillen — May 1, 2010 @ 11:46 am

  19. Did Jackson read this?! After striking out in each of the 19 games prior to this post, he’s only struck out twice in the 37 plate appearances since while actually raising his already astronomical BABIP. In fact, he went the first 19 of those plate appearances without striking out once, more than tripling his previous best stretch of 6. His previous low in any 19 PA stretch was 4. His previous low in any 37 PA stretch was 9.

    Eerie timing…

    Comment by John K. — May 5, 2010 @ 12:35 am

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