The Miami Marlins made a notable move on Friday sending outfielder Adam Duvall across the division to the Atlanta Braves. In return, the Marlins received a player that will instantly be able to contribute in the major leagues from day one at a position of need in catcher Alex Jackson.
Get to know new Miami Marlins catcher Alex Jackson.
Jackson was one of the top high school prospects in the country out of Rancho Bernardo High School (CA) when he was selected in the first round (6th overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners. After impressing during his first professional action in 2014, Jackson entered the 2015 season ranked as the No. 28 overall prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.
After a strong showing to begin the 2015 season in Low-A, Jackson would progress to High-A, but however struggled to full get-going. After spending all of the 2016 season in High-A putting up strong numbers, Jackson was traded to the Atlanta Braves to begin the 2017 offseason.
Jackson began the 2017 season in High-A with the Braves, and wasted no time making his mark in a new organization slashing a combined .267/.328/.480 with 19 HR’s and 65 RBI’s across High-A and Double-A. Jackson would soon progress to Double-A and Triple-A during the 2018 season, but would struggle posting a combined .647 OPS.
On the verge of his first big league call-up, the Braves catching position seemingly became crowded leaving Jackson as arguably without a role on the major league roster during the 2019 season. While the then 23-year old later earned his first-ever big league call-up, Jackson’s stay in Atlanta was short-lived, but he certainly enjoyed a massive season in Triple-A Gwinnett slashing .229/.313/.533 with 28 HR’s and 65 RBI’s.
After receiving only seven at-bat’s during the 2020 season, Jackson has spent a majority of this season so far in Triple-A slashing .287/.366/.694 with 11 HR’s and 36 RBI’s across 30 games.
While the major league numbers so far for Jackson obviously don’t immediately catch your eye, the 25-year old catcher has only had 43 big league at-bat’s up to this point. Major league ready right now, Jackson should join the big league team right away, and has the potential to be a power-hitting impact catcher for the Marlins going forward.