Now that Rizzo is with the big league team, how long until Jackson gets called up? Does it make it easier if Alfonso Soriano is traded?
– Matthew W., St. Peters, Mo.
Jackson’s promotion has nothing to do with Soriano, but depends on whether Jackson can show he’s earned a spot on the big league team. In 75 games, he’s hitting .254 with 11 homers, 16 doubles and nine triples. Jackson has an OPS of .822, but has also struck out 111 times. In a three-game stretch from June 22-24, Jackson was 4-for-12, scored four runs, hit three homers, walked three times and struck out six times. Cubs manager Dale Sveum has been keeping tabs on Jackson’s at-bats and likes the outfielder’s bat speed, quickness and athleticism. But the strikeouts are a problem.”It’s very alarming,” Sveum said. “It’s almost a strange occurrence how many there are. Even if he’s 3-for-5, the outs are strikeouts. … He’s on pace to strike out 200 times in a Minor League season, which is not easy to do.”
So to recap, Jackson has an “alarming” strikeout rate and is nowhere near ready face major league pitching, yet fans want to know when he’s coming up because they’re already bored with Rizzo.