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16 Austin Jackson CF
Height/Weight: 6-1/203 | Birthdate: 2/1/1987 | Birthplace: Denton, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $3,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 49/26 | Average Draft Position: 237.65
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Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson out of the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson will get the day off Monday, as Seattle will move Dustin Ackley to center and bat him lead off, the team announced.

Jackson started the first six games of the season in center for Seattle and hit .231 with a double in 28 plate appearances. Ackley is hitting .235 with 12 home runs in 484 plate appearances while batting lead off in his career.

The Dodgers are currently the favorites (-123) over the Mariners Monday.


Mariners' Austin Jackson knows importance of lead-off role


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson knows how important it is for him to reach base in the lead-off role, reports MLB.com.

"The main focus for me at the top of the order obviously is to get on base for those guys," said the 28-year-old. "You have guys capable of changing the game with one swing, so anything I can do to get on base is just going to be a plus."

Jackson hit .256 last season with 47 RBI and 20 stolen bases in stints between Seattle and Detroit.

"It's just about being comfortable and really just being fearless with it. That's the mindset," said Jackson. "You can't worry about getting thrown out or anything that's going to cause you to not get the best jump. It's them putting it in my head that if you think you can get it, try. You're never going to steal a base if you don't try."


Mariners experimenting with Rickie Weeks in leadoff spot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Mariners outfielder Rickie Weeks is leading off for the team Wednesday, with regular leadoff man Austin Jackson sliding to the No. 2 spot, and manager Lloyd McClendon could use Weeks atop the lineup at times this season, MLB.com reports.

"I like Rickie as a leadoff hitter, too," McClendon said Wednesday. "Austin led off yesterday, Rickie is leading off today. I’m just playing with things. That’s all."

McClendon indicated that both players have different strengths that could be a fit atop the lineup.

"Every player is different. They all have their strengths and weaknesses," McClendon said. "Rickie has close to 3,000 at-bats in the leadoff spot and 100 home runs. There’s a lot to like about him there. Austin is a speed guy that hits a lot of triples and doubles. They both bring a lot to the table."

Weeks is expected to split time in left field with Dustin Ackley this season.


Mariners' McClendon: Fewer games for Austin Jackson in 2015


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Don't expect for Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson to play 154 games in 2015. 

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is hoping to keep Jackson fresh for the entire season and doesn't want to burn him out. After only sitting out eight games a year ago with both the Tigers and the Mariners, McClendon is expecting for Jackson to play in fewer games during the upcoming season. 

"He played 154 games last year; that's too many for a center fielder with his frame," McClendon said, per MLB.com. "It wears you down. We're going to do our best to knock that number down a bit."

In his five-year career, Jackson has hit .274. Jackson played 100 games for the Tigers in 2014 before being dealt to the Mariners, in the middle of a game against the White Sox, just before the MLB trade deadline. 


Mariners to give Austin Jackson regular rest in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon expects to rest outfielder Austin Jackson "at least once a week" during the 2015 season, MLB.com reports.

The Mariners started Jackson in every game in August and September after being acquired in a three-team deal at the trading deadline, and he hit just .229/.267/.260 in 223 at-bats with his new team after posting a .730 OPS with the Tigers before the trade.

"He didn't play as well as he could have when he came over from an offensive standpoint, but I think he won a lot of games with his defense," McClendon said. "He's a better player from the offensive side of the ball than he showed in September. We probably played him a little bit more than we should have down the stretch, because I just had so much confidence in his defense. I think he's the type of player that probably needs a game off to stay strong throughout the year. You look at his frame and he's such a greyhound. The grind can get to him a little at times. So I would suspect that we'd rest him at least once a week."

Jackson's struggles with the Mariners led to the worst offensive numbers of his career. He believes making adjustmets to his approach at Safeco Field will boost his production at the plate.

"Any field you play on, you've got to make adjustments with how you're hitting," Jackson said. "The best thing there is trying to stay out of the air. A lot of balls get run down. You want to hit line drives and put it on the ground as much as possible."

Already a valuable asset for his defense, Jackson has hit .274/.336/.402 during his five-year career.


Mariners' Austin Jackson looking to bounce back in 2015


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) After being acquired by the Mariners at the trade deadline last season, outfielder Austin Jackson struggled to produce for the Mariners. In 54 games, Jackson hit .229 and Jackson said the trade affected his playing ability, reports The News Tribune.

"Not making excuses, but I think getting traded and trying to get used to the travel and the sleep - those things affect your play on the field," Jackson said.

By starting the season in Seattle, Jackson said he hopes to avoid the distractions from last season and he's looking to return to his old form.

"Hopefully, getting started here and staying here, those distractions won't be there," Jackson said.


Report: Mariners, Austin Jackson agree to $7.7-million deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Mariners have avoided arbitration with outfielder Austin Jackson by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $7.7 million, the Seattle Times reports.

The team was able to avoid arbitration with five players in all Friday by agreeing to the terms of one-year contracts for each player. First basman Logan Morrison is scheduled to make $2.725 million with incentives for reaching 500 and 600 plate appearances. Outfielder Dustin Ackley will take in $2.6 million as well as another $50,000 bonus for reaching 500 plate appearances.

Outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who was acquired from the Cubs earlier this offseason, will make $2.5 million and can earn another $20,000 if he reaches 375 plate appearances. Pitcher Charlie Furbush will earn $1.3 million.


Mariners avoid arbitration with five players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Mariners reached agreements with five players Friday, avoiding arbitration with reliever Charlie Furbush, first baseman Logan Morrison and outfielders Dustin Ackley, Austin Jackson and Justin Ruggiano, according to The New Tribune.

Mariners tender six arbitration-eligible players before deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Mariners tendered contracts to six arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Those players include: first baseman Logan Morrison, outfielders Dustin Ackley, Austin Jackson and Michael Saunders, and relievers Charlie Furbush and Tom Wilhelmsen.

Mariners' McClendon has confidence Jackson will bounce back in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson didn't quite make the impact Seattle was looking for following his acquisition from Detroit at the trade deadline in July. Jackson had just a .229/.260/.527 slash line in 54 games, which was a far cry from his production in about 4 1/2 seasons with Detroit (.277/.413/.755).

Despite his struggles, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has confidence Jackson can get back on track. McClendon was the Tigers' hitting coach in Jackson's first four seasons before taking over as the Mariners manager last season.

"From what I saw with Austin -- and I probably know Austin better than anybody -- I think he's going to be just fine," McClendon said, per MLB.com. "We didn't see the best of Austin Jackson, for a number of different reasons.

"One, he was a little beaten down physically. He needs to get himself stronger this offseason. He has to find a way to keep the weight on. And there's some things from a mechanical standpoint we need to shore up. But this guy is a good player. He's an above-average center fielder defensively and an above-average offensive player when he's going like he can go."


Austin Jackson uses his wheels to keep M's alive


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) It may not have been pretty, but Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson used his wheels to lead his team past the Angels in extras on Saturday.

With two outs and runners on the corners, Jackson grounded out to second and was able to beat out a relay throw to first base for the double play. Brad Miller scored to give the Mariners a 2-1 victory in 11 innings. Jackson went 0 for 5 with a walk and an RBI, lowering his batting average to .255 on the year. With the win, the Mariners stay alive and remain one game back of the A's heading into the final day of the regular season.


Austin Jackson provides all of the offense for Seattle


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson had a big day at the plate, providing all of the offense in his team's 4-2 victory over the White Sox.

Jackson ripped a bases-clearing double in the second and singled in a run in the seventh. He added another single and finished 3 for 4 with four RBI. He owns a .273/.332/.390 slash line with four homers and 38 RBI in 410 at-bats.


Austin Jackson set to lead off for Seattle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Lloyd McLendon has announced that newly acquired outfielder Austin Jackson will be placed in the leadoff spot for the Mariners, the Seattle Times has reported.

Jackson began this season batting lower in the lineup for Detroit, but moved back to his familiar top spot in the order in July. He is batting .327 leading off with a better on-base percentage and slugging percentage at that spot than any other.


Mariners acquire Austin Jackson; Rays get Nick Franklin in three-team deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Mariners butted their way into the David Price sweepstakes and came away with outfielder Austin Jackson from the Tigers, in exchange for infielder Nick Franklin, who was then sent to the Rays.

Jackson is hitting .270/.330/.397 in 370 at-bats for the Tigers, who removed him from Thursday's game just before the trade was announced.

Franklin has struggled in his second major-league season, though he also hasn't had many chances prior to this. He has yet to homer in 52 at-bats, and has just nine in 279 at-bats at Triple-A Tacoma. 


Hitters to start in Week 18


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/27/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 18 (July 28-Aug. 3)? You won't find one much better than Austin Jackson. Of course, he's not the only "start" for the week. Stephen Vogt, Mike Napoli, Emilio Bonifacio, Chase Headley and Jed Lowrie also fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Austin Jackson slugs fourth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson went 2 for 5 with a double and a solo home run in his team's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks Monday.

Jackson has recorded multiple hits in four straight outings and eight of his last 10 games. His current four-game streak includes at least one extra-base hit in each game. Jackson has started to catch fire in July and now owns a .266/.328/.400 line with four home runs, 28 RBI and nine stolen bases in 335 at-bats.


Austin Jackson back to being a catalyst


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/21/2014) Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson has been back in the leadoff spot for 16 games, and he's getting very comfortable, reports the Detroit News. After going 0 for 9 in his first two games at leadoff, Jackson has hit .386 (22 of 57) with a .429 on-base percentage over his last 14 games.

He went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk in Sunday's 5-1 win. 

"It really wasn’t something that was hard for me to do, just because I’ve been in that position before and it’s something about getting the offense started," Jackson told the paper. "You have a different mindset and you’re more aggressive. It’s a mental thing that I really enjoy."


Austin Jackson's home run drought at 45 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson is having his best month offensively since April. Through 12 July games, Jackson is batting .333 (17 for 51) with a .471 slugging percentage, .834 OPS, one triple, five doubles and two RBI.

Jackson had just a .200/.295/.534 slash line in May and a .235/.282/.595 line in June after he posted a .307/.520/.911 slash line in April. Though, Jackson remains in a serious home run drought, as he hasn't hit a homer in 45 games.


Hitters to sit in Week 15


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/6/2014) Thinking about starting Derek Norris, Steve Pearce, Josh Harrison, Nick Castellanos, Jed Lowrie or Austin Jackson in Fantasy Week 15 (July 7-13)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Austin Jackson emerges from slump against Oakland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson broke a slump in style Wednesday against the Athletics. His three hits were his first since June 26. Included was a double, as well as an RBI single in the fourth inning.

Jackson had been in a 0-for-15 slide before the fine performance at the plate.


Austin Jackson dropped to ninth in batting order


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) A day after batting leadoff for the first time this season, the Tigers dropped outfielder Austin Jackson to ninth in the lineup Monday against the A's. It's just the second time in his career he has hit ninth, with the first time coming May 1, 2011.

Manager Brad Ausmus said he was going to hit Jackson in the leadoff spot again Monday, but Rajai Davis' numbers against Scott Kazmir led him to make a lineup change.

Jackson is batting .244 in 24 June games and .244 for the season. He hasn't homered in 32 games and has just three home runs through 73 games.


Tigers manager trying to get Austin Jackson back on track


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson began a game in the leadoff spot for the first time this season Sunday against the Astros. Manager Brad Ausmus said he would consider leaving Jackson, who has a career .277 average batting leadoff in 549 games, in the top spot in the lineup, if the results are positive.

"Well, he's done it before," Ausmus said, per MLB.com. "I hope he goes 3 for 4 and I have to end up leaving him in there and he keeps hitting."

Ausmus said returning Jackson to the leadoff spot is an attempt to get his bat going. He is hitting .249 in 72 games.

"He's still having good at bats, but the hits aren't always falling," Ausmus said. "Hopefully we change his luck."


Austin Jackson a no-go for game against Kansas City


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson has not hit well against Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie in the past and he won't get a chance to hit against him Wednesday afternoon unless used as a sub. He is out of the lineup.

Jackson is 5 for 27 lifetime against Guthrie. He also has just four hits in his last 25 at-bats.


Austin Jackson reaches for times in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson is in the midst of one of his best stretches of the season, as he put together his second multi-hit effort in three days in an 8-6 win over the Red Sox Saturday.

Jackson, who had gone 10 games without a multi-hit game before he went 2 for 3 Thursday, had just one game between them this time around. He went 3 for 3 in the game and added a walk, though he scored just once while also being caught stealing for second time all season.

Jackson has raised his average from .233 to .253 by going 6 for 9 over the last three games. 


Austin Jackson getting night of rest against Astros


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is getting Wednesday night off for the clash against Houston. Don Kelly is starting in his place and will bat fifth.

Jackson has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, but has just one multi-hit game since April 19. He has remained steady, however, and boasts a strong stat line of .289/.371/.464.