1.) Alex Jackson – OF
Date of Birth: 12/25/95
Height/Weight: 6’2/215 pounds
Acquired: Drafted 1st round (6th overall) in 2014
It’s still early, but so far Alex Jackson hasn’t exactly met expectations in his first two years as a pro. His first year, he got hurt but hit a respectable .280/.344/.476 with 2 home runs and 16 RBI in 24 games. 2015 was nightmarish though for Jackson. In Short Season A he hit only .239 but did have a solid .365 OBP with eight home runs. He moved to Class A after the Short Season ended and was horrid. Jackson slashed a poor .157/.240/.213 with 0 home runs in 28 games.
Realistically though, the Mariners shouldn’t be worrying too much. Jackson still has a tremendous skill set, and should very well end up as a solid MLB player. His bat speed is fantastic as his power from the right side of the plate. His fielding isn’t anything to go crazy about, but it’s also not a vital weakness either although he does have a great arm from the outfield. Despite the early struggles, Jackson should be just fine. He’s still young and with another full year of pro ball under his belt, will likely start to make steps in the right direction of what the Mariners want.