Austin Jackson, Center Field, Cleveland Indians, #26
Date of Birth: 2/1/1987
Birthplace: Denton, Texas
Current Salary: $1,500,000
Austin Jackson, center fielder for the Cleveland Indians, was first drafted by the New York Yankees in 2005. He played in the Yankees' minor league system from 2005 through 2009. In December, 2009, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers.
In 2010, his first season with the Tigers, Jackson batted .293 with career highs in hits (181), doubles (34), and stolen bases (27). He played in 151 games that season. The next year, he led the American League in triples with 11. He did the same in 2012, when he had 10 triples. That year, he batted a career high .300.
In 2013, Jackson suffered from injuries that limited his playing time to 129 games. He batted .272 with 150 hits and 30 doubles. As a center fielder, he made 300 putouts and 2 errors with a .993 fielding percentage.
In January, 2014, Jackson signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Tigers. On July 31, 2014, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners. He finished the 2014 season with 153 hits, 30 doubles, 20 stolen bases, and a .256 batting average in 100 games with the Tigers and 54 games with the Mariners.
Jackson was traded to the Chicago Cubs on August 31, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with 131 hits, 25 doubles, 17 stolen bases, 48 RBIs, and a .267 batting average in 107 games with the Mariners and 29 games with the Cubs. As a center fielder in 115 games, he made 279 putouts and 3 errors. He had no hits and 5 strikeouts in 5 postseason games.
Jackson signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Chicago White Sox on March 5, 2016. He missed most of the 2016 season with knee surgery, playing in just 54 games with the White Sox.
Jackson became a free agent on November 3, 2016. He signed a minor league contract with the Indians on January 25, 2017.
Statistics for Jackson in seven seasons (2010-2016) in the major leagues include:
- 4 seasons with 150 or more hits, with a high of 181 in 2010
- 3 seasons with 30 or more doubles, with a high of 34 in 2010
- 3 seasons with 10 or more triples, with a high of 11 in 2011
- 3 seasons with 20 or more stolen bases, with a high of 27 in 2010
Career batting statistics for Jackson through 2016 include:
- 914 games played
- 971 hits
- 182 doubles
- 108 stolen bases
- 314 RBIs
- 923 strikeouts to 315 walks
- .272 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Jackson as a center fielder through 2016 include:
- 890 games played
- 2,176 putouts
- 23 errors
- .990 fielding percentage