Why Austin Jackson is the Detroit Tigers most underrated player
|Austin Jackson: Perfect combination of youth, experience|
Only two MLB position players born before the 27-year-old Austin Jackson have accumulated a better career WAR: Mike Trout and Jason Heyward.
Jackson's OPS two years ago was .856. It's .857 this season. It's the definition of a bounce back season.
The most impressive aspect of Jackson is his ability to adjust. After his outstanding rookie season, he struggled to start 2011, but fought through it. He then got rid of his high leg kick as a hitter, and had a big year. Last season didn't go well, but he did some hits in the ALCS after a tough ALDS.
This season, he has been very solid after moving down the order. The big adjustment: Cutting back on strikeouts. Jackson's strikeouts per walks ratio had been a disaster area, always well more than two K's per walk. This season, he's struck out 16 times and walked 14.
There are a lot of reasons the Tigers are winning right now. They've been getting good production up and down the lineup. As usual, Austin Jackson is getting a bit overlooked.
He shouldn't be.
My column. Unpopular trade of Doug Fister working back Dave Dombrowski's way: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20140504/trade-of-doug-fister-by-detroit-tigers-turning-back-general-manager-dave-dombrowskis-way-pat-caputo-writes
My column. Detroit Lions must learn from their past mistakes and not repeat these NFL Draft mistakes: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20140503/detroit-lions-must-not-repeat-these-obvious-nfl-draft-mistakes-from-their-past-pat-caputo-says
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