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Brett Elliott Jackson

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Brett Jackson was a first-round pick in the 2009 amateur draft.

Jackson hit .385 as a high school senior. He only batted .230/~.356/.279 as a college freshman, with 20 strikeouts in 61 AB. Jackson improved to .307/~.381/.441 as a sophomore. That summer, he batted .238/.347/.361 for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League with 29 runs, 4th in the league. Baseball America rated him the #8 prospect in the circuit.

Jackson hit .321/~.401/.564 as a junior, finishing second in the Pacific-10 Conference with 6 triples and 6th with 17 doubles. He made All-Conference. Jackson was taken 31st overall in the 2009 amateur draft, chosen by the Chicago Cubs. He was signed by scout John Bartsch and made his pro debut that year with the AZL Cubs, going 5 for 11 with 3 walks, a triple, 6 runs and 4 RBI in 3 games and he was quickly promoted to the Boise Hawks. He hit .330/.443/.398 in 24 games there, then got another promotion, finishing up with the Peoria Chiefs, where he batted .295/.383/.545 with 7 homers, 11 steals and 30 runs in 26 games. Baseball America rated him as the #3 Northwest League prospect behind Hak-ju Lee and Edinson Rincon.

Jackson began 2010 with the Daytona Cubs and hit .316/.420/.517 with eight triples and 56 runs in 67 games. He was then promoted to AA. He also made the US team for the 2010 Futures Game. He started in center field for the US and hit 7th. He struck out against Simon Castro in the first inning. He moved from CF to RF to open the second when Mike Trout stayed in place of the injured Domonic Brown. Jackson opened the 4th with a walk from Julio Teheran, but was picked off by World catcher Wilin Rosario. In the fifth, he was replaced by pinch-hitter Ben Revere.

Brett made his major league debut with the Cubs on August 5, 2012 starting in centerfield and batting second in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 2 for 4 with a run and a walk, getting his first hit off Joe Blanton in the 5th inning. Another Cubs top draft pick, Josh Vitters, made his major league debut as a pinch-hitter during the same game.

Brett's brother, Drew Jackson, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 37th round of the 2012 amateur draft. He went on to Stanford University.

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