Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Jackson Report: 5/19/09

The heroics of Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner have been throughly enjoyable, but I think most (informed) Yankee fans are hoping that they are just stop-gaps. This is of course due to the presence of Austin Jackson at AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre. It's been a while since we checked in on the prized farmhand, so shall we?

Late last week he was moved up in the batting order from sixth to second. He was originally placed further down in the order to acclimate him to the AAA environment, but he has shown a consistent ability to get on base, although he hasn't shown the power he displayed at times in High-A and AA. He recently told Chad Jennings that he was working on trying to get base hits and avoid striking out, which begins to explain why he still hasn't gone yard in AAA. AJax seems to be succeding in one of those pursuits at least. 

Don't be surprised if the power comes around this summer.

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