Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ones that Got Away: Austin Jackson

Previous Segments: Jose Tabata Ian Kennedy
In these segments I will detail former Yankee prospects who were traded and have since become successful players for other teams.  The third in this series will be Austin Jackson

Three team trade with the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks:
Yankees get:Curtis Granderson
Yankees give up: Jackson, Ian Kennedy, and Phil Coke

Background: Austin Jackson was drafted out of high school in the 8th round by the New York Yankees in 2005.  By 2008 he had made it to the Yankee's AA team, the Trenton Thunder, and was rated by Baseball America as the #2 prospect in the Yankees farm system behind only Joba Chamberlain.  He never made it the the Bronx.  His last season in the Yankees system, 2009, he was at AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre.  There he carried a .300 average for the season.  However, in hopes to upgrade the offense he was traded for a MLB ready outfielder in Curtis Granderson.  

Since being trade: Once he arrived in Detroit he was immediately brought up to the Majors and made the starting center fielder.  He had a great rookie season.  He finished with a .293 average with 181 hits 103 runs scored and 27 stolen bases.  This was good enough for him to finish 2nd in the AL Rookie of the Year voting behind Neftali Feliz.  However, this year he has struggled.  Through 50 games played, he is hitting only .228 with 21 runs.  

Comments on Trade: In the Kennedy segment I gave the position that I thought Cashman gave up to much in this trade.  While I still think this, the outfielder part of this trade looks like a definite upgrade for the Yankees.  Curtis Granderson has turned his career around and is looking like a potential superstar while Jackson is struggling in this second season.  The truth is that this trade can not truly be broken down until these players careers are over and we see their entire body of work.  But looking from right now Granderson is an upgrade in CF.

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