Chicago Cubs' Brett Jackson Showing Real Fantasy Baseball Potential

By Adam McGill

Chicago Cubs rookie outfielder, Brett Jackson, severely struggled over his first couple weeks in the MLB.  Jackson had only 9 hits in his first 16 games and seemed lost in the batter’s box.  He was swinging at every pitch that came near the zone and struck out an unflattering 20 times in his first 10 games.

However, Jackson has looked much more confident over the last two weeks.  The 24-year old is now swinging a more level bat and he has really started to figure things out at the plate.  Jackson has hit an amazing 3 homers in his last six games and Chicago’s number one prospect is finally living up to his title.

Jackson also has above-average speed on the bases, even if he has yet to show it.  He is 0-1 on steal attempts in his first 21 games, but the youngster is still getting a feel for the major league game, so that number will certainly go up.

The center-fielder stole 27 bases in the minors in 2012 before his late-July call up, so he obviously has speed in his young legs.  He may not finish 2012 with anything close to 30 steals, but he certainly has the speed to reach 30 stolen bases within the next year or two.

Jackson is still relatively unknown among many smaller fantasy baseball circles, so the 24-year old could be a great player to steal off the waiver wire in dynasty leagues.  He has 30 HR-30 SB potential and MLB scouts have been raving over his unique skill set for years now.

He may be worth a final outfield spot in deeper fantasy baseball leagues, and Jackson is certainly worth stashing in any kind of keeper league, as his value will be much higher next season.

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