Sept. 4, 2007
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Baseball America's John Manuel has rated Furman right-handed pitcher Jay Jackson No. 2 among the 2007 Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League's Top 10 prospects, the magazine has announced.
Jackson, a rising junior from Greenville, went 5-0 on the mound with a 1.96 earned run average while leading the Delaware Cows to a 25-14 record and second place league finish this summer. In 36 2/3 innings of work, the former Christ Church Episcopal School star surrendered just 26 hits, eight earned runs, and six walks while striking out 38. Opponents hit only .200 against him.
Manuel rated Jackson the league's "top-athlete" and though he hit just .196 as an outfielder "has a future on the mound despite being a shorter (6-foot-1) righty," according to Manuel. "His loose arm allows for some projection and lends movement to all his stuff, and his athleticism allows him to repeat his delivery well. His fastball regularly sat around 90 mph and touched 93, and his solid command allowed him to throw not just strikes, but consistent quality strikes. He showed his athleticism by running a 6.6-second 60-yard dash on scout day."
Jackson made 13 starts for Furman this past spring and posted a 1-4 record with a 4.59 ERA. As an outfielder he hit .289 with six home runs and 31 RBI.