Thu, Apr 23rd 2:23am EDT
By Nathaniel Reeves
Seattle Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson went 1-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.
Fantasy Impact: Jackson showed what he can do if he gets on base, as he can grab a few steals and should have an opportunity to score a lot of runs. Unfortunatley, he's had a tough time doing so during his tenure in Seattle and his inability to hit for power limits his fantasy value. Only owners in deep leagues who really need help in the outfield should take a look.
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Sat, Apr 11th 2:07pm EDT
By Jordan Coover
Austin Jackson was the lone bright spot Wednesday for the Mariners, who managed just three hits on the night. Jackson had two of those hits and he also added a walk to his stat line.
Fantasy Impact: Jackson is batting a healthy .313 average this season over his first four games. Last year Jackson struggled down the stretch for the Mariners, but has look good to start the year. He should have plenty of scoring opportunities at the top of the revamped Mariners lineup, as long as he can continue to get on base consistently.
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Both Austin Jackson and manager Lloyd McClendon (Jackson's hitting coach in Detroit previously) know the center fielder has more to offer than what was shown following a trade deadline deal. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners who projected Jackson, age 27 last season, to take a step towards a possible 20 HR/20 SB season last year, were disappointed by Jackson's efforts. The center fielder reached the 20 stolen base mark, but with only 4 home runs and a .256 batting average. Perhaps expecting further growth in the power department was an incorrect assumption considering Jackson has always shown league average power (career .128 ISO). Jackson's speed is legitimate however. While the Mariners as a team do not run wild, McClendon has shown he will allow his top of the order guys to run freely. James Jones swiped 27 bases last season and following the trade to Seattle, Jackson stole 11 bags in 54 games with two caught stealing. While the power might not reach 2012 levels, when Jackson hit 16 home runs, Jackson will provide plenty of value in both the stolen base and runs scored categories. With the Mariners continuing to add offensive weapons in the heart of the order, a return to 100 runs scored is not out of the question. Jackson should also be a slight asset in batting average, hitting somewhere in the neighborhood of .270, which in this day and age of baseball is a positive. Fantasy owners may be scared off by Jackson's disappointing 2014 season which will create an opportunity to invest. As a fourth or fifth outfielder in mixed leagues, Jackson appears to represent a value.