Brett S. Jacobson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 6", Weight 205 lb.
- School Vanderbilt University
- High School Cactus Shadows High School
Pitcher Brett Jacobson has played five seasons in the minors (through 2012), reaching the AA level.
Jacobson was 10-1 with a 1.10 ERA as a high school senior, with 100 K in 74 1/3 IP; he also hit .427 with 8 home runs. He was named Gatorade's High School Player of the Year for Arizona., Baseball America named him the 12th-best pro prospect in the nation. Due to a strong college commitment, he fell to the 11th round of the 2005 amateur draft before being picked by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
As a freshman at Vanderbilt, he had a 2-0, 4.20 record in limited time. His sophomore season, he improved to 6-3, 3.15 as the #3 starter behind David Price and Mike Minor. With the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League, he went 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA and 52 K in 43 1/3 IP. He tied for fifth in the league in whiffs. Moving to the bullpen as a junior, he was 2-4 with four saves and a 5.09 ERA.
He was then taken by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round of the 2008 amateur draft (the fourth straight hurler they took). He was signed by scout Harold Zonder for $230,000 and made his pro debut that summer with the West Michigan Whitecaps, going 2-2 with a 1.52 ERA in 21 games. He started well in 2009 with the Lakeland Flying Tigers (1-3, 6 Sv, 3.74 in 35 G) then was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Aubrey Huff. In 7 late-season outings for the Frederick Keys, he walked 9 in 10 innings and went 1-2 with a 6.30 ERA.
After going 8-1 with a save and a 2.79 ERA in 34 appearances for the Frederick Keys in 2010, he was sent to the Minnesota Twins with Jim Hoey for J.J. Hardy, Brendan Harris and cash. He had a 1.54 ERA and three saves in seven games for the Perth Heat in the 2010-2011 Australian Baseball League. In 2011, Brett was 5-6 with a save and a 4.56 ERA for the New Britain Rock Cats, with 58 walks and 14 wild pitches in 100 2/3 IP. He tied Ethan Martin for fifth in the Eastern League in walks and tied Steven Wright for fourth in wild pitches. He was 1-2 with a 6.94 ERA for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.
He began 2012 poorly with New Britain (0-4, 7.50, 45 BB, 14 WP in 42 IP) and was released by the Twins; Jacobson signed with the Colorado Rockies organization a month later and allowed five runs and seven walks in 4 2/3 IP for the Tulsa Drillers the remainder of the year. Despite his very limited workload, he still finished second in the 2012 EL in wild pitches.