While Jackson was a very successful 24-for-28 in stolen-base attempts in 2009, he was even better in the first half. Jackson stole on his first 14 tries, not getting caught for the first time until July 7. He was better with the bat in the first half as well, hitting .324/.389/.452 before the break, .260/.296/.328 in the second half.
Scouting report: Jackson is a top-notch athlete who was signed away from a basketball scholarship by the Yankees. He's got very good speed that he uses on both sides of the ball. Depending on whom you ask, Jackson will either grow into more power or won't hit for much pop. To be a top-of-the-order type, he'll have to cut down on the strikeouts and be more selective. He's very good defensively in center.
Upside potential: The world will get to see just what Jackson can bring to the table this season in Detroit. He has the tools that could make for a good leadoff hitter in the future.
They said it: "There's one thing I know about Jackson: I know he's a Major League center fielder. The question with him is, 'How soon does he progress at the plate to become a good Major League hitter?'" -- Tigers manager, Jim Leyland
He said it: "It's exciting getting a chance to get your foot in the door, and get in at the Major League level." -- After being traded to Detroit