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Mariners sign 6th overall draft pick, Alex Jackson

Jackson was rated by Baseball America as the top position player heading into the draft.

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Seattle Mariners have signed Alex Jackson from Rancho Bernardo (CA) High School, the club’s first selection (6th overall pick) in the 2014 June Amateur Draft, Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara announced today.

Jackson will take batting practice with the Mariners today at Safeco Field (4:50-5:30 pm) and hold a news conference immediately following in the main interview room.

Jackson, 18, hit .400 (40x100) with a 1.459 OPS and 45 runs scored, 7 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs, 31 RBI in 35 games during his senior season at Rancho Bernardo High School. Jackson helped lead Broncos to a 30-4 record and a No. 1 ranking heading in the playoffs this year, but were eliminated in the semifinals by La Costa Canyon Tuesday night. The Bronocs were rated as the 6th-best team in the nation by Baseball America in 2014. Other notable high draft picks out of Rancho Bernardo include Cole Hammels (17th overall in 2002) and Hank Blalock (3rd round in 1999).

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder was primarily a catcher in high school and was rated by Baseball America as the top position player in the draft (4th overall prospect). Jackson was also named to the 2014 Perfect Game First Team All-American and California All-Region First Team after his senior season. 

In four seasons with Rancho Bernardo, Jackson batted .375 (150x400) with 156 runs scored, 35 doubles, 6 triples, 47 home runs and 127 RBI in 135 games with the Broncos. His 47 prep career home runs tied him with former Indians prospect Johnny Drennen (2002-05) for the all-time San Diego section record. Jackson had 5 homers as a freshman, 17 as a sophomore, 14 as a junior and 11 during his senior season. Jackson's team played for California's San Diego section championship in all four of his high school seasons, including winning the championship during his freshman and junior seasons. 

Jackson will report to the rookie-level Arizona League Mariners in Peoria, AZ tomorrow.

The Alex Jackson File:

Full Name: Alexander J. Jackson                          High School:Rancho Bernardo High School

Born: December 25, 1995                                      Resides: Escondido, CA               Age: 18

Height:6-2                 Weight:215                          Bats:Right                                       Throws:Right

Career Highlights:

·         2014 Perfect Game First Team All-American and California All-Region First Team

·         2014 First Team San Diego County

·         Listed by Baseball America as the No. 1 high school position player prospect (No. 4 overall prospect)

·         Committed to play college baseball at the University of Oregon

 

Here’s a look at the Mariners’ first picks in the June draft through the years:

 

 

Year

Player (overall pick)

Year

Player (overall pick)

Year

Player (overall pick)

1977

Dave Henderson, of (26th)

1990

Marc Newfield, 1b (6th)

2003

Adam Jones, ss (37th)

1978

Tito Nanni, of (6th)

1991

Shawn Estes, lhp (11th)

2004

Matt Tuiasosopo, ss (93rd)

1979

Al Chambers, of (1st)

1992

Ron Villone, lhp (14th)

2005

Jeff Clement, c (3rd)

1980

Darnell Coles, ss (6th)

1993

Alex Rodriguez, ss (1st)

2006

Brandon Morrow, rhp (5th)

1981

Mike Moore, rhp (1st)

1994

Jason Varitek, c (14th)

2007

Phillippe Aumont, rhp (11th)

1982

Spike Owen, ss (6th)

1995

Jose Cruz Jr., of (3rd)

2008

Josh Fields, rhp (20th)

1983

Darrel Akerfelds, rhp (2nd)

1996

Gil Meche, rhp (22nd)

2009

Dustin Ackley, inf (2nd)

1984

Bill Swift, rhp (2nd)

1997

Ryan Anderson, lhp (19th)

2010

Taijuan Walker, rhp (43rd)

1985

Mike Campbell, rhp (7th)

1998

Matt Thornton, lhp (22nd)

2011

Danny Hultzen, lhp (2nd)

1986

Patrick Lennon, ss (8th)

1999

Ryan Christianson, c (11th)

2012

Mike Zunino, c (3rd)

1987

Ken Griffey Jr., of (1st)

2000

Sam Hays, lhp (116th)

2013

D.J. Peterson, 3b (12th)

1988

Tino Martinez, 1b (14th)

2001

Michael Garciaparra, ss (36th)

2014

Alex Jackson, of (6th)

1989

Roger Salkeld, rhp (3rd)

2002

John Mayberry, of (28th)

 

 

 

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