10/01/2004 3:32 PM ET
Jackson: First full season still going
Conor Jackson was selected in the first round of the 2003 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. A third baseman at Cal-Berkeley, Jackson moved to the outfield when he became a professional. In this, his first full season, the 22-year-old hit .345 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs, to go along with a .438 OBP and .562 SLG in 67 games with High-A Lancaster. He hit .301 with a .367 OBP and .456 SLG in 60 games after a promotion to Double-A El Paso. He's a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions for the Fall League season.
I'm Conor Jackson and I just finished my first full season in the Diamondbacks organization.
Last year, I played with short-season Yakima. This year, there were a lot of expectations. You have to prove you can play 143 games. That was the toughest thing for me, going into the month of August and realizing you've got another 30 games to go.
I began the year with Lancaster. That was a blast. It was a great hitter's park. We had a really good team with a lot of good prospects. Carlos Quentin and Jamie D'Antona from my draft class were there. We had a great manager in Wally Backman. He was on the 1986 Mets and boy, did he have quite a few stories for us. He's got a shot at a big league job in the future.
I played well in Lanacaster and got promoted with a few other guys -- including Carlos and Jamie -- halfway through the season. That's when you realize you have to pick your game up a few notches. Everything offspeed is a strike in Double-A. I got to El Paso and that was a blast, too. It was a little closer to the big leagues, so it was more challenging.
I also got to go to the Futures Game. That was too cool for words. You get a taste of what's to come in the future. It also shows how much confidence your team has in you. It was a big honor for me.
Now, I got invited to play in the Fall League. This is what it's all about. You hear about guys who have a good year here, then have a good spring and make the big league club. It's an honor to be playing here.
It's a great group of guys here on the Scottsdale Scorpions. I played with some of them for Team USA and there are a couple of guys here from my hometown.
The one thing people told me about playing here is that you rally can't worry about numbers here. A lot of people are going to be here every day to see you. I just want to make solid contact all the time and make adjustments. I'll get an idea what I need to work on -- I know I need to work on my outfield defense a lot -- at the end of this season. It's going to be challenging, but it's going to be fun.
It'll also be fun answering your emails. Whatever's on your mind, send it in and I'll answer a few questions ever week.
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