Alex Jackson’s First Spring Home Run

Alex Jackson chats during his news conference after being signed in 2014.

Alex Jackson chats during his news conference after being signed in 2014.

The Mariners drafted a high school kid out of the San Diego area with the 6th overall pick in 2014. If you don’t remember much about him, here’s a little refresher on Alex Jackson from Draft Day.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder was primarily a catcher in high school and was rated by Baseball America as the top position player in the draft (4th overall prospect). Jackson was also named to the 2014 Perfect Game First Team All-American and California All-Region First Team after his senior season.

In four seasons with Rancho Bernardo, Jackson batted .375 (150×400) with 156 runs scored, 35 doubles, 6 triples, 47 home runs and 127 RBI in 135 games with the Broncos. His 47 prep career home runs tied him with former Indians prospect Johnny Drennen (2002-05) for the all-time San Diego section record. Jackson had 5 homers as a freshman, 17 as a sophomore, 14 as a junior and 11 during his senior season. Jackson’s team played for California’s San Diego section championship in all four of his high school seasons, including winning the championship during his freshman and junior seasons.

Now, fast forward to yesterday afternoon. After entering the game as a defensive replacement in left field against the Rangers, he scored two runs, including a very impressive towering home run to right-center field.

As Jackson told the Mariners press corps, including Mariners.com’s Greg Johns, “I hit it and it felt good off the bat, but I just put my head down and started running,” he said. “You never know. Sometimes it feels good off the bat and hits the wall, so I just put my head down and started running. And once I started hearing everyone cheering, I was like, ‘OK, we can slow down this sprint a little bit.'”

Even though the game was not being televised, we were able to track down some video of the blast thanks to Mariners Video Coordinator Jimmy Hartley who records every at-bat for scouting and teaching purposes.

Thanks to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish, here is video of Jackson’s post-game interview about his home run and his experiences thus far during Spring Training.

What did Manager Lloyd McClendon have to say about the young man? As usual, he was quick and to the point.

“Pretty impressive,” said the skipper. “That’s a lot of power to right-center.”

A lot of power indeed.

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