Thursday, March 20, 2008

Most Underrated Prospects

Alex Eisenberg of Baseball Intellect ranked the top four prospects who he believes are the most underrated in minor league baseball. Henry Sosa of the Giants, Jed Lowrie of the Red Sox, Chase Headley of the Padres, and Jair Jurrjens of the Braves were tops with two other youngsters filed under the "Players to Watch" category. The first was:
Austin Jackson, Age - 21, CF, New York Yankees (A/A+)

Jackson had an unusual transition from low-A Charleston to A+ Tampa. He struggled at a lower level of competition in a park that was tougher for pitchers before exploding against better competition in a park that was better for pitchers

Jackson was just 20 y/o last year, and has a projectable body. His success at Tampa carried over into fall ball in the Hawaii Baseball League. Jackson is also a plus defender in CF. If he can continue his success next year at AA, he has the potential to be a top-10 prospect next year.
Not sure how underrated A-Jax is anymore, but I agree with his last sentence whole-heartedly.

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