Catcher Alex Jackson, who has been called one of the best high school prospects in the country, leads a handful of San Diego Show players who have been recently selected to Baseball America’s Preseason All-America teams. Baseball America called the 1st top pure hitter in the class, offering plus bat speed, plus power potential and feel for the barrel. The strongly built member of (The) San Diego Show has a plus arm and is a good athlete with positional versatility.” Jackson learned of his selection through Twitter. He was on the social media feed when he stumbled upon a post about his selection. He recounted his initial reaction. “Oh! That’s cool,” he said.
“It’s definitely an honor to be selected to that list with all those great players,” said Jackson. “But it’s one of those things where you have to embrace it, but at the same time you can’t let it get to your head and get too far ahead of yourself.” Jackson hit 36 home runs in his first three seasons at RB, which thanks in part to the senior, is off to an 8-2 start. Jackson has already hit four homers, leaving him 7 shy of matching the San Diego Section record of 47. During his high school career, the catcher has thrown out nearly half of all base runners; he currently has a .714 caught-stealing percentage. According to Perfect Game, Jackson’s home-to-second throw is a mere 1.73 seconds. That’s better than the major league average, which is in the 1.80-1.98
range. In June, the highly touted draft prospect will have to choose between playing for the Division I Oregon Ducks or accepting an expected offer to play professionally out of high school. While the Major League draft is only a couple of months away, Jackson said he’s more focused right now on helping the Broncos defend their San Diego Section Open Division title.
“I’m still in high school,” Jackson said. “I’m trying to finish my high school season. I’m worried about my high school team and winning another championship. (The draft) is the last thing on my mind right now.”
Joining the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Jackson are fellow Show members and Cathedral Catholic teammates Brady Aiken and Sean Bouchard.
Aiken, a 6-4, 205-pound left-handed pitcher, was selected to Baseball America’s Preseason All-America 1st Team. He was a Perfect Game 1st
Aiken was instrumental in leading Team USA to the World Junior Championship last summer. He’s been in the conversation of late as possibly the best prep pitcher in the draft. Bouchard, a 6-3, 195-pound third baseman, was selected to the 2nd California All-Region 1st Show part-timers Jacob Gatewood and Louis Ortiz were also selected to BA’s Preseason All-America teams. Gatewood, who attends Clovis (Calif.) High School, was a 1st vote shy of being a unanimous selection. Baseball America described the shortstop, who has committed to USC, as having the “most raw power in the class.” Ortiz, from Sanger (Calif.), is a right-handed pitcher. The 2nd Team pick, who has a mid-90s fastball, is committed to Fresno State. Team selection and Rancho Bernardo High School senior “arguably the Team All-American and California All-Region 1st Team. He was also a Perfect Game 2nd Team All-American and team pick. Aiken and Bouchard have committed to NCAA champion UCLA. Team selection and finished one vote shy of being a unanimous selection. Baseball America described the shortstop, who has committed to USC, as having the “most raw power in the class.” Ortiz, from Sanger (Calif.), is a right-handed pitcher. The 2nd Team pick, who has a mid-90s fastball, is committed to Fresno State.