Drew Jackson could get a long look from Oakland A’s
By David Hill
Drew Jackson is a player that has been in demand since he was selected by the Mariners in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB Draft. He has been a part of five organizations since, with the Oakland A’s as his newest home.
It is fair to wonder why Jackson has been so valued. He has just four major league plate appearances over three games, all of which came in 2019 when he was forced to remain on the Orioles roster due to his Rule V Draftee status. However, he was returned back to the Dodgers organization and has not been back to the majors since.
Oakland A’s could give Drew Jackson his chance
Jackson also has not exactly produced at the Triple-A level. He has a .229/.348/.368 batting line in 620 Triple-A plate appearances, with 15 homers and 21 doubles. However, he has stolen 33 bases while drawing 84 walks, showing something in the batter’s box.
But those numbers do not show Jackson’s true value. He is capable of playing virtually anywhere on the diamond, having done so in 2021. Jackson appeared everywhere but behind the plate, even making two appearances on the mound last season.
That versatility could lead to another chance for Jackson at the major league level. The A’s are going to need plenty of depth, especially as they are not going to be spending much in free agency at all. With the projected fire sale, having someone that can play seemingly anywhere on the diamond is an asset.
If nothing else, Jackson’s versatility should get him a long look in spring training. If the expected fire sale happens, and he can hit at an acceptable clip once those games actually begin, Jackson could get that long awaited second chance at the major league level.
The Oakland A’s value defensive versatility and will need that more than ever in 2022. Drew Jackson may have his ticket back to the majors.