The 2014 Draftbook is all finished, and everyone who has ordered the book should have a copy now. I wanted to give you a sneak peek of what you get in the book, so I took the Alex Jackson scouting report and am giving you that for free. If you want to see 49 more scouting reports like this, plus 100 “mini” reports, give the book a read for only $1.99. I think you’ll like it, but I am admittedly biased.
Rancho Bernardo HS (Calif.)
|Height/Weight||6-2 / 210|
Hit / On-base – Jackson has one of the better swings in the class, staying through the zone with good bat speed and has shown a willingness to hit the ball with authority the other way.
Power – Jackson has plus power to the pull side thanks to his ability to transfer his weight and strong wrists and – as stated above – he has shown the ability to hit the ball hard to right field, and could be a 25-35 homer guy as a big leaguer.
Speed – Similar to Gatewood, Jackson is not a burner but he’s not going to be a detriment on the base paths with his average speed.
Glove – Jackson has the ability to stick behind the plate, but most that I’ve talked to believe that his bat is going to be moved from behind the plate to a corner outfield position. He’s a good enough athlete to handle right field, and has a well-above average arm. If a team truly wants to maximize his value they may try him behind the plate, where he’s a decent receiver but would project as below-average.
Analysis: Jackson has long been considered the best high school player in the class, and I still think that’s the case, though the competition has caught up just a bit. I think the power and hit tool are the best of any right-handed hitter in this class, and there’s a chance that he does end up behind the plate. Even as a corner outfielder, I think Jackson is going to be a well above-average regular and will likely go in the top half of the first round.