The Cubs' No. 2 prospect belted a two-run homer in the seventh inning as Chicago defeated a split Texas squad, 11-4, in Cactus League action.
Jackson, who tallied one of four Cubs homers on the day, is hitting .276 with two longballs and seven RBIs in 15 Spring Training games. He has shown both patience and a propensity to strike out, drawing six walks while whiffing on 10 occasions.
Selected with the 31st overall pick in the 2009 Draft, Jackson is taking part in his third big league camp, but truly competing for a roster spot for the first time. The 23-year-old center fielder batted .256 with 10 homers and an .816 OPS in 67 games for Double-A Tennessee last year, then took off after a promotion to Triple-A. In 48 contests for Iowa, he hit .297 with 10 roundtrippers and a .939 OPS.
Those numbers put Jackson in the conversation for the Cubs' starting center field job, though Marlon Byrd is still the favorite to win the position. The big league veteran is batting .278 with one homer and three RBIs in 13 Spring Training games, after playing in 271 contests for the Cubs over the past two seasons.
No. 8 Cubs prospect Rafael Dolis also continued his strong spring showing Thursday. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out one in a perfect ninth to keep his ERA flawless through six Cactus League innings. Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2004, Dolis posted a 3.22 ERA with 48 punchouts in 72 2/3 innings while racking up 17 saves at Double-A last year.