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#1 Rated Rookie

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:46 AM

That's right, the other Jackson. Once our top pitching prospect, and for a while he was going strong, and then fell on his face. It seems that 2 years ago, he was cruising through AA and AAA, and then they decided to experiment with him in the pen, where he struggled. He was quickly put back in the rotation, but hasn't been the same since.

Flash to 2012. After another rough one last night, his ERA's at 6.53 and a WHIP of 1.706. He's still striking guys out, but also walking a lot of them. Time to stick a for in him and move on? Not so fast.

It seems that as bad as he's been as a starter this year, he's been great out of the pen. So why to they keep moving him back and forth? It seems as though it's been done 4-5 times this season alone. The Jay Jackson as a starter ship appears to have sailed, crashed into an iceberg and sunk. So why not use him exclusively as a reliever from here on out and attempt to salvage him? It's not like we're stocked with relievers at the big lehue level, although we do have some intriguing ones all throughout the system. Rather than scraping up every reliever in his late 30's who might have had a good season 3-5 years ago, keep Jackson in the pen, and hopefully add Rhoderick and Cabrera in place of the junk ballers.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 12:04 AM

So, he's had 5 games out of the pen this year. Let's let the sample size increase dramatically before we start using the words "great" . He's a guy who has lost a significant amount of stuff and his control has worsened too. He wasn't moved to the pen until his stuff started diminishing and they did it to see if there would be an uptick in his stuff, which is common with the transition to the pen.

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 07:32 AM

Really, my point isn't so much that he'll be a shut down reliever but that the boat on him as a starter seems to have sailed far away.

Seeing as he once was our top pitching prospect, rather than sticking a fork in him all together, we should keep him exclusively in the pen and see how it works out rather than kicking him back and forth or using him as an organizational 7th or 8th starter.

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 07:39 AM

Really, my point isn't so much that he'll be a shut down reliever but that the boat on him as a starter seems to have sailed far away.

Seeing as he once was our top pitching prospect, rather than sticking a fork in him all together, we should keep him exclusively in the pen and see how it works out rather than kicking him back and forth or using him as an organizational 7th or 8th starter.


I agree with this Rated, and I would imagine the FO will think this soon too. But they were probably just hoping/praying he could make it as a starter, since we have so few impact arms in the system.




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