Arizona Diamondbacks acquire former first round pick

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Brett Jackson from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league pitcher Blake Cooper.

Jackson was the Cub’s first round pick in the 2009 draft. Entering the 2012 season he was a top 40 prospect. Injuries have slowed his progression and he hasn’t played a full season since 2011.

The University of California Berkeley graduate has shown signs of promise in the past. When healthy he has a career OPS of .806 which is pretty good. The problem is, those numbers are skewed by his extremely impressive offensive numbers in his early years. His numbers have dropped in every offensive category over the past three years and he is hitting only .210 in 81 games in Triple A this season.

The Cubs traded Jackson to clear a spot on their 40 man roster. General manager Jed Hoyer said they had a “roster crunch” coming up soon and the move needed to be made.

In return the Cubs get Cooper, a minor leaguer with a 3.27 career ERA and 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings. He is a 26-year-old relief pitcher who dominated Double A in 2014 with an ERA under 2. However he has struggled in 24 innings in Triple A this season posting an ERA of 6.

 

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