The Chicago Cubs have some of the top prospects in the game: Third Baseman, Kris Bryant, Shortstop, Javier Baez, and Outfielders Albert Almora, and Jorge Soler. Now that spring training has started, Centerfielder, Brett Jackson, is on a mission to get back to being mentioned with that group.
The Cubs drafted Jackson in the first round of the Major League draft with the 31st pick in 2009 and heading into the 2011 season, Jackson was considered the Cubs’ second best prospect, and also ranked as one of the top 50 overall prospects by MLB.com. He was even called up to play for them in August of 2012, so former Manager, Dale Sveum, could figure out why he was striking out so much at an alarming rate. Sveum had been a successful hitting coach with the Milwaukee Brewers, so he knew about helping to correct bad habits.
But that move did not help because Jackson struck out in almost half of his 120 major league at-bats with 59 and he lost confidence. Cubs President, Theo Epstein, now says that was a bad move to call him up that soon. Then last year he fought through an assortment of injuries and ended up at Double-A Tennessee.
“I wasn’t having fun last year, Jackson said. “I was hurt and struggling, I rediscovered that fun a little bit this off-season.” That fun included working with little leaguers this winter, and remembering baseball is supposed to be fun, which he thinks has helped his confidence to go back where it was before. He also worked on getting his swing back that helped him be a top prospect.
All these changes Jackson has made hopefully will lead to success, and keep him on the north-side for years to come.