Austin Jackson

Austin Jackson

Austin Jackson
Detroit Tigers – No. 14
Center fielder
Born: (1987-02-01) February 1, 1987 (age 27)
Denton, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 5, 2010 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .278
Home runs 42
Runs batted in 201
Runs 395
Stolen Bases 69

Career highlights and awards

  • 2× AL Triples Leader (2011, 2012)
  • Fielding Bible Award (2011)
  • Player of the Week (2011)

Austin Jarrell Jackson (born February 1, 1987) is an American professional baseball outfielder with the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. In 2010, Jackson made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers, finishing second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.

Early years

In 1999, Baseball America named Jackson the best 12-year-old baseball player in the nation, and the best 15-year-old baseball player three years later.[1]

Jackson attended Billy Ryan High School in Denton, Texas.[2]

In basketball, he was listed as the #10-ranked high school point guard in the country by Athlon Sports after he averaged 22.5 points, five rebounds and three assists per game his junior year in high school. In baseball he hit .423 with five homers and 34 RBI for his class AAAA Texas State runner-up baseball team and was rated the No. 14 draft prospect among high school players in the nation by Baseball America.[3]

Professional career

Minor leagues

Though Jackson committed to play both baseball and basketball for Georgia Tech, the New York Yankees drafted Jackson in the eighth round (259th overall) in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. To convince him to sign instead of attending Georgia Tech, the Yankees offered Jackson $800,000, a record signing bonus for an eighth round pick.[1]

From 2005 to 2009 Jackson rose up the Yankees organization and after a slow start, he became a top prospect for the Yankees.[4] For the 2009 season he was the Yankees top prospect according to Baseball America.[5]

After the 2009 season, Jackson was added to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.[6]

Detroit Tigers (2010-present)


On December 9, 2009 Jackson was traded to the Detroit Tigers as part of a three-team trade that brought Curtis Granderson to the Yankees.[7]

Jackson entered the 2010 season as the Tigers third-best prospect, according to Baseball America.[8]

He made his major league debut on April 5, 2010 against the Kansas City Royals, going one for five. He hit his first major league home run on April 25, 2010, off of Colby Lewis of the Texas Rangers.[9] Through the first month of the season Jackson led the majors in hits with 36, and was named the AL Rookie of the Month.[10]

On June 2, 2010, against the Cleveland Indians, Jackson made a catch in the ninth inning of Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game. The perfect game eventually ended with two outs in the ninth after a blown call by umpire Jim Joyce.[11]

He was named an outfielder on Baseball America's 2010 All-Rookie Team.[12] He was also named an outfielder on the 2010 Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.[13]

On November 15, 2010, Jackson came in second in the 2010 American League Rookie of the Year voting, behind Rangers closer Neftalí Feliz.[14][15] Jackson finished his rookie season by playing 151 games with a .293 batting average, 10 triples, 4 home runs, 41 RBI, and an AL-leading 170 strikeouts.


Jackson was named the American League Player of the Week for the week of August 29 to September 4, 2011. In receiving the award for the first time, Jackson had a .529 batting average (18 for 34) during the week with three doubles, three triples, two home runs, five runs batted in, and 13 runs scored. The Tigers went 5–2 that week to increase their lead in the American League Central Division.[16] He won a Fielding Bible Award in 2011 as the best fielding center fielder in MLB.[17] Jackson played 153 games in 2011 batting .249 with 10 home runs, 45 RBI, an AL-leading 11 triples, and 181 strikeouts. In Game 6 of the 2011 ALCS, Jackson hit his first career postseason home run. The Tigers would however lose the game and the series to the Texas Rangers.


On April 5, 2012, Jackson was the leadoff hitter and played center field on Opening Day for the Tigers, where he went 3-5 with an RBI and a run. Jackson hit a walk-off, bases-loaded single down the third base line to give the Tigers the win over the Red Sox, 3-2.[18] Jackson played 137 games in 2012 batting .300 with an AL-leading 10 triples, 16 home runs, and 66 RBI. Jackson took the Tigers to the postseason for a second straight season, and he hit a home run in the series-clinching Game 4 against the New York Yankees in the ALCS. But the Tigers eventually got swept in 4 games by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.


Injuries limited Jackson to 129 games in 2013. Serving as the Tigers leadoff hitter again, he batted .272 with 12 home runs, 49 RBIs, and a career-low 8 stolen bases.


External links

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  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
Preceded by
Adrian Gonzalez
MLB Player of the Week Award
(American League)

August 29 – September 4, 2011
Succeeded by
C. J. Wilson