The Yankees’ AAA hitting coach, Butch Wynegar on Austin Jackson:
“He still is raw, still has a lot to learn, but he’s an intelligent
kid and a good athlete — and he wants to learn. I
basically told the Yankees at the end of the year, if they were
thinking about him being their center fielder this coming year (2010),
I didn’t know if he was ready yet. But I know he has a bright future. There are just some things he needs to iron out yet and incorporate to be successful.”
That quote follows a pretty extended analysis of Jackson’s swing by a couple of scouts.
I’m never sure what to believe when I hear from scouts. Like a lot of professionals, their specialized jargon tends to create the impression of much greater certainty of a given thing than may be warranted, even if it’s done so unwittingly.
But even if we don’t take everything in the article at face value, this has to be a bit disconcerting for Tigers fans, who are being
led by the team to believe that Jackson is going to step right in to fill the hole
left by the departure of Curtis Granderson.
The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.
With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.
Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.