Right-handed pitcher Andre Jackson has been improving as a pitcher in his second go-around with the low-A Great Lakes Loons. Jackson, who performed primarily as an outfielder in college, feels he is finally a pitcher first.
“I feel like I’m a pitcher now,” said Jackson. “Sometimes I want to go out there and play in the field, but I definitely have a pitcher’s mentality now.”
His numbers reflect that in 2019, as he is maintaining a 1.29 WHIP, an opponent batting average of .198, and a K/9 ratio of 9.5 after 30.1 innings of work; it’s a good indicator of the work he has put in to his craft.
One area he has worked on is his repertoire. Using a fastball, changeup, and slider in 2018, Jackson has fine-tuned his repertoire to feature a fastball, changeup, cutter, and curveball in 2019.
Seeing some advancements with his two new pitches, Jackson talks about their development this season.
“They’re coming along pretty good,” explained Jackson. “Curveball is going good, and I’m going to keep trying to get it better. My cutter is a work in progress right now.”
Another area that is helping Jackson’s numbers in 2019 is the fact that he is cutting down on his walks. After allowing 45 free passes in 68 innings in 2018, Jackson has only allowed 17 walks in 30.1 innings this season.
Jackson wants to continue lowering that number moving forward, and he thinks that can be achieved by attacking hitters more with his pitches early in the count.
“I need to attack the hitters more and not be too fine,” stated Jackson. “Sometimes I try to paint the edges of the plate too much, instead of attacking the hitters more with my pitches.”
Be sure to follow Andre Jackson’s progress this season in Great Lakes, as he continues to work hard towards a promotion in 2019 with his increased repertoire and sharper mentality on the mound.