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Justin Jackson (Aflac)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Justin Jackson
School:TC Roberson HS, Asheville, NC
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:175 lbs.
Report Date(s):2/26/07, 03/03/07
Game(s):Pisgah, A.C. Reynolds
Scouting Video:

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:On one day, Jackson struggled, not hitting a ball out of the infield. He showed a swing that was long and loopy at times. Against Sam Runion and Reynolds, with the scouts pouring in, Jackson looked more like the top-flight prep prospect, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.
Power:Jackson has good bat speed. He may never hit for big-time power, but there is some room to get stronger and could be a 15-20 homer guy down the line.
Running Speed:He's run good 60 times in the past, but his times from home to first have been average on the whole. He's a slow starter, but a fast finisher.
Base Running:Without a quick start, Jackson doesn't profile as a great base-stealer. But he runs well underway and can go first-to-third well.
Arm Strength:His best tool. Jackson dabbles with pitching in relief and was clocked at 93 mph.
Arm Accuracy:With plus arm strength, Jackson makes on-line throws to first consistently..
Fielding:Jackson has a good reputation as a defender, but on his "off-night," it was questioned whether he'd stay at short.
Range:Because of that lack of quick first step, his range isn't what some expected.
Physical Description:Jackson isn't a real physical player and will have to get stronger for his offensive potential to be reached..
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Arm strength and bat speed.
Weaknesses:A lack of a quick first step and a swing that can get long.
Summary:Jackson has been on the radar screen for a long time, with scouts seeing him many times over the years as they came to TC Roberson High School to see Cameron Maybin. It's possible that off-night was just that, a one-game bad performance. Since, he's been hitting at a pretty good clip and will undoubtedly continue to draw scouts.