Early in his Minor League career, Alex Jackson and the first month of the season have not mixed well.But through 16 games this year, the No. 23 Braves prospect is changing that narrative.Jackson fell a triple shy of the cycle and hit his Florida State League-leading sixth homer to help
Early in his Minor League career, Alex Jackson and the first month of the season have not mixed well.
But through 16 games this year, the No. 23 Braves prospect is changing that narrative.
Jackson fell a triple shy of the cycle and hit his Florida State League-leading sixth homer to help lift Class A Advanced Florida to a 4-3 win over Clearwater in 11 innings on Saturday at Spectrum Field.
After grounding out to first base to start the second inning, the 2014 first-round pick led off the fourth and smacked the first pitch from Threshers starter Alberto Tirado to center for his fourth double of the season.
With one out and the score tied at 1-1 in the sixth, Jackson deposited the third offering from Tirado over the right-field wall for an opposite-field homer.
In 92 games in 2016, the 21-year-old had a career-high 11 homers. Through 65 at-bats this season, Jackson is more than halfway to that total.
The California native recorded his third hit in the eighth when he ripped an offering from Jacob Waguespack into right field for a single. Jackson struck out in the 10th against Tyler Gilbert.
He has four multi-hit efforts over his last five games, and is 10-for-23 with three homers and seven RBIs in that span.
Acquired by the Braves in an offseason trade that sent right-handers Max Povse and Rob Whalen to Seattle, the catcher/outfielder has produced a slash line of .338/.358/.677 with his new organization. Jackson has also reached base in 15 consecutive games after going hitless on Opening Day.
Those numbers are a sharp contrast to the slow starts he had each of the last two seasons. In 2015 while with Class A Clinton, Jackson batted .135 with no homers, nine RBIs and 23 strikeouts in 19 games in April.
Last season, he didn't debut with the Lumber Kings until May and batted .105 with three homers, six RBIs and 15 strikeouts in 11 games.
Carlos Castro broke a 3-3 tie in the 11th with his first homer of the season off Gilbert.
Braxton Davidson had two hits and two RBIs and starter Tyler Pike struck out a season-high 11 in 5 2/3 innings for the Fire Frogs.
Corbin Clouse (1-0) earned the win after allowing two hits and a walk with three strikeouts in two innings.
Andrew Battifarano is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @AndrewAtBatt.