Nice article on MLB.com today about Austin Jackson-where's he coming from, and where he hopes to finish.
Jackson already is being mentioned on talk radio and in the papers in New York, a fact that didn't escape him this season while he was playing some 60 miles south in Trenton. Jackson, however, was not interested in listening to radio or reading about himself and when he might land in the Major Leagues.
"I don't want to put any more pressure on myself than I already do," said Jackson, who was hitting .233 through 73 Arizona Fall League at-bats with the Peoria Javelinas. "I put all that other stuff aside. My main focus is just working and getting to the big leagues, and maybe someday I'll be fortunate enough to play center field in Yankee Stadium.
"I'd love to be in New York next year. It's something to work towards, but there is still some stuff in the Minor Leagues that I have to accomplish. I don't want to get called up and have any weaknesses exposed."
If Jackson has weaknesses, there aren't many. He admits that he strikes out just a bit too much. He fanned 113 times this year, averaging a whiff every 4.6 at-bats; he's averaging a strikeout every 4.05 at-bats with Peoria. It's a problem he's battled throughout his career but one that can be corrected over time.
Jackson also has averaged 6.5 homers in his four-year career, connecting for a career-high 13 in 2007. He believes he can consistently hit between 15-20 home runs, but to do so he needs to be more consistent in his approach at the plate. It's something he's continuing to work on in Arizona.