In 2012, Austin Jackson made great strides to becoming a legitimate lead-off hitter by hitting .300 and scoring 103 runs. This year, he hopes to continue his improvements and become an All-Star for the first time in his career.
One of the biggest down falls of Jackson’s is his strikeouts. In 2011, he had a career high 181, but cut them down greatly last year to 134. He still needs to cut them down even more, but it’s great to see the work that’s being put in. It’s good to see that he’s only struck out two times so far this year.
Today, Jackson went 3-5 with three runs scored in the 8-4 win for the Detroit Tigers over the New York Yankees. So far this season, it seems as if no one can get him out. With nine hits already in five games, he is well on his way to hitting over .300 for the second straight season. Along with the nine hits, he’s scored seven times, a great percentage for sure.
I think that Jackson could have a career year in most of his categories, including steals in 2013. This has been a big issue over the last couple years considering his outstanding speed in the outfield. Over the last two years, Jackson has only stole 34 bases and only 12 this last year. What most people don’t know is that just because you’re fast, that doesn’t mean that you can steal a base. This year though, Detroit will be focused on doing more on the base paths.
If he can do what he did in 2012 along with stealing more bases, I’m confident that he will be named to the All-Star team. The future is bright for the centerfielder in Detroit, and I can’t wait to see him grow into one of the best outfielders in Major League Baseball.