BRALIN JACKSON, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: December 2, 1993
Height: 6′ 2″
Drafted: 5th Round, 182nd Overall, 2012 (Rays)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
High School: Raytown (MO) South HS
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Rays drafted Jackson as an athletic outfielder with good speed and the bat speed to give him power potential. He was considered raw at the time. He’s also an example of the unusual combination of a right-handed hitter but left-handed thrower. Jackson mostly struggled for five years before the Rays released him. The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal after he spent a year in independent ball.
Jackson got off to a rough start, with significant swing-and-miss problems. The Rays played him mainly in center. Baseball America rated him the 27th best prospect in the Rays’ system after the season.
The Rays moved Jackson up only to advanced rookie ball, where he continued to struggle.
Jackson remained in short season ball, but this time made some progress. He still wasn’t showing much power and still struck out a lot.
Jackson finally got to full season ball and hit about the same as the previous year, although he did cut back on the strikeouts. For some reason, he had a lot more trouble in steal attempts.
The Rays moved Jackson up to high A and he struggled badly. He also missed two months late in the season with a lower body injury. Tampa released him after the season.
Jackson signed with Washington of the independent Frontier League. He started hitting for power for the first time and generally ht much better, with a lower K rate. He didn’t walk much, though.
Jackson opened 2018 in extended spring training. He joined Altoona after Bryan Reynolds had hamate surgery and played regularly through the beginning of August. At that point, he went on the disabled list with a quad strain. Jackson hit very little, struggling to make contact and showing little patience.
Jackson served as a fourth outfielder at Altoona, playing all three spots. He hit a little better than the previous year, but not well.
Jackson will become a free agent in the fall. There’s no particular reason for the Pirates to bring him back.
|2019: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $322,500
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2018
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 5, 2012: Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 5th round, 182nd overall pick; signed on June 12.
December 14, 2016: Released by the Tampa Bay Rays.
November 29, 2017: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a minor league free agent.