Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Rays 5th Round Pick - 182nd Overall - OF Bralin Jackson

BaseballAmerica (rated #202 overall):

Scouts generally aren't enamored with position players who throw lefthanded and bat righthanded, but they made an exception for Jackson, who has a nice array of tools. His most impressive is his bat speed, which gives him plus power potential. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder also has solid speed and arm strength, and a chance to play center field if he improves his routes. Jackson's athleticism stands out more than his instincts and he's raw at the plate. Most scouts see him as a player who will need two years in Rookie ball, which could drop him far enough in the draft to drive him to the University of Missouri.

A wirey strong outfielder out of Missouri, Jackson has four solid tools. He looks to hit for average with a level swing and a very balanced approach at the plate. He has tremendous speed and can get his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame flying around the base paths. In the outfield, he has a very strong arm with a whip-like left-handed release that darts out of his hand. He took good reads off the ball at the 2011 Area Code Games in the corner outfield.
He is currently committed to the University of Missouri but can drastically improve his draft stock with a solid senior campaign at Raytown High.

*** SIGNED JUNE 12th. ***

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  1. 5 (182) JACKSON, Bralin – OF School: Raytown South (Mo.) High School
    Born: 12/2/1993
    B/T: R/L
    HT/WT: 6-2/190
     Ranked the No. 1 high school player in the state of Missouri by ESPN.com, and the No. 85 high school player nationally.
     Is an alumni of Major League Baseball’s RBI program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and played for national RBI team at the 2011 Team USA Tournament of Stars, which showcases the top 16- to 18-year-old players from across the country.
     Committed to play at the University of Missouri next season where he planned to study environmental design and architecture.
     Played with the Chicago White Sox at the 2011 Area Code Games, the same team B.J. Upton played for in 2001.
     His high school teammate, first baseman Justin Chigbogu, was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth round this year.