The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 23-year-old outfielder Bralin Jackson to a minor league contract. He was a fifth round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012 and most recently played for the Washington (PA.) WildThings of the Frontier League.
Jackson was drafted out of high school as a raw center fielder with above average speed, a strong arm and a quick bat. He struggled at the plate during his first two seasons, then put up solid numbers in the NYPL in 2014, when he hit .279/.349/.384 with 17 stolen bases in 21 attempts at the age of 20. The next year in Low-A, his slash line stats were down slightly, but surprisingly, he went just 14-for-30 in stolen bases.
Jackson then played winter ball in Australia and had a .718 OPS in 46 games. He was moved up to High-A in 2016 and betwe...
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