Seattle Mariners news about top prospect Alex Jackson is again disappointing. Another Jackson injury took place Friday (July 31), landing the outfielder on the disabled list again. A report from MLB.com states that he will be sidelined with a left hand injury for the next one or two weeks. In order to deal with the roster move, the Mariners transferred him to Class A Clinton. This will allow space on the Class A Short Everett roster to add pitcher Jake Brentz.
Brent and Nick Wells were acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Mark Lowe at the 2015 MLB trade deadline. The pitchers should see a lot of work in Everett to finish out the Minor League season. What hasn’t been made clear by the organization yet is what the roster will look like when Jackson returns from the disabled list. Once he is healthy again, the expectation is that he will get added to the 35-man roster of the Everett Aquasox again.
Now much Seattle Mariners news has been pleasant for fans lately, as on Saturday night (August 1), Carson Smith blew a save in the ninth inning. The slim hopes of still making it to the postseason are starting to really slide away, even after the front office dealt away Mark Lowe and J.A. Happ at the deadline. Keeping the core of the roster intact, the Mariners could still make a run at the 2015 MLB Playoffs if the team can simply find some momentum.
On the season, Alex Jackson has put up unimpressive numbers in his time with the Clinton LumberKings and Everett Aquasox. He has played 51 games, posting a .201 batting average (38-for-189) with 16 extra base hits, 24 RBIs, and 26 runs scored. The stats are well below where the No. 6 overall selection of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft were expected to sit. He has been doing much better in Everett than in Clinton, posting a .259 batting average and .799 OPS since being reassigned there. It does give hope that he is figuring things out.
While this Seattle Mariners news about another Alex Jackson injury is certainly disheartening, he is still just 19-years-old. The first-round pick has a lot of time to really find his swing in the Minor League system and might just need two more years of grooming before making a 2018 MLB debut with the Mariners. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, it’s still possible that the Seattle Mariners acquire more teammates for him before the August 31 trade deadline.
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