I wouldn’t be surprised if that look has been on the face of Austin Jackson ever since finding out he’s been dealt to the Detroit Tigers. And for some Yankees fans, they probably feel the same way.
After all, Curtis Granderson has had three straight 20 home run seasons, and hit a career high 30 last season. They also got something in return for Phil Coke, whose departure gives Mike Dunn a very, very real opportunity to make the big league roster out of camp next year and Ian Kennedy, whose status has seemed to drop ever since he cracked the big leagues.
But having covered Austin Jackson for an entire season, what’s to say that Jackson couldn’t have become Curtis Granderson? The comparisons that we heard a lot in Trenton were that Jackson was a newer version of Devon White.
But if he could have developed his power a little more, it’s possible he could have become Granderson 2.0; an exciting above average defensive outfielder with a good bat, decent pop and decent speed. He would have been a cheap, in-house option instead of having to give up tomorrow for today yet again, something the Yankees have said time and time again they wouldn’t do.
Only time will tell if Austin Jackson can have a big league career comparable to what Granderson has had so far. I believe he can (although I doubt he reaches Granderson’s power numbers), and it seems he’ll get every opportunity to do that in the big leagues in 2010 with Detroit. It’s just hard to fathom that after all the deals that got nixed because Jackson was asked for, this was the one they eventually shipped him away in.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com