The Seattle Mariners took a look at the future on Thursday afternoon and found it promising indeed. With the sixth selection in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft the Seattle Mariners chose Alex Jackson.
Jackson, a talented 18 year old senior at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, California is currently a commit to the University of Oregon but is expected to bypass college to sign with Seattle. Brought up as a catcher Jackson might be moved to the outfield in order to get his potent right-handed bat to the big leagues that much faster. Blessed with good speed and some power Jackson can be expected to gain additional power as he fills out.
Scouts compare Jackson to Wil Myers, an outfielder that was fast-tracked to the big leagues by the Kansas City Royals when he was selected in the third round of the 2009 draft. Should he agree to a contract with the Mariners in the near future he can expect to be sent to the Mariners short-season Class A team in Everett, Washington, where he will be managed by former Mariners' catcher Dave Valle.
When contacted by MLB Network at his home in San Diego, Jackson said that he felt blessed to be selected by the Mariners He suggested that he had no preference in terms of defensive placement in the future.
The Mariners will make their next selection at Number 74 after the completion of the second round. The draft runs three days and is telecast wall to wall on MLB Network.