Jackson tops himself in three-homer game

Fifth-ranked Angels prospect plates career-high five for Owlz

Orem's Jeremiah Jackson leads the Pioneer League with 20 homers and 50 RBIs. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

By Duane Cross / MiLB.com | August 16, 2019 1:21 AM

Jeremiah Jackson is letting everything flow -- and it shows.

The fifth-ranked Angels prospect hit three long balls -- his second multi-homer game in the past four contests -- and drove in a career-high five runs as Rookie Advanced Orem downed Idaho Falls, 7-4, on Thursday night at Home of the OWLZ.

Video: Jackson crushes three homers for Orem

Jackson leads the Pioneer League with 20 roundtrippers and 50 RBIs and is batting .385 over the last 10 games.

"I feel good, my swing is good and everything is coming together," he said. "The hitting coaches are doing a great job, keeping me focused to help do what I do. It's just day to day."

Gameday box score

The 2018 second-round pick led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo shot to right-center field against Kansas City No. 20 prospect Alec Marsh. He added a one-out dinger to right off the right-hander in the third.

Two at-bats, two taters -- you'd think Jackson might consider consciously trying to add at least one more before the game ended.

"I didn't really think about it," he admitted. "Especially that early in the game, I didn't want to think about it. I didn't want to get my swing out of whack. Really, it was about making good decisions at the plate and carrying that through the game."

2019 Minor League milestones

In the sixth, the 19-year-old shortstop capped the Owlz's four-run frame by driving in three with a long ball to center off left-hander Austin Manning. It marked Jackson's sixth multi-homer effort this season.

"All three were fastballs," he said. "I just tried to keep a level head. It's part of baseball and I can't take at-bats to the field. I had to stay focused, especially at shortstop. Three home runs or three outs, a lot can go wrong if I'm not locked in in the field."

The Mobile, Alabama, native is batting .276/.348/.650 through 52 games and contends his approach begins before the gates open and the lights go on.

"The batting cage is like a body shop," Jackson said. "If I'm struggling, I go in and work on it. I just keep doing what I'm doing, hit the ball hard and let everything flow."

2019 MiLB include

Brandon White added three hits and scored once for Orem.

Seth Ballew (2-2) allowed two hits and struck out four in two innings for the win. Jacob Voss earned his first save with a 1-2-3 ninth that included two punchouts.

Idaho Falls' Michael Emodi collected three hits, including his 11th homer, and drove in two runs.

It was the second time in six games that the Chukars yielded a three-homer game. On Saturday night, Ogden's Brandon Lewis smacked three dingers and drove in a career-high six in a 9-8 loss to Idaho Falls.

Duane Cross is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DuaneCrossMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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