Cardinals AFL Interview Series: Ryan Jackson

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop prospect Ryan Jackson speaks from the Arizona Fall League in this exclusive interview.

Coming out of the University of Miami in 2009, now-23-year-old shortstop Ryan Jackson was initially known as a strong defensive player, but improved his offensive contributions with Springfield this season. The two-time Texas League all-star in 2011 then joined the Arizona Fall League's Peoria Javelinas representing the St. Louis Cardinals. Javelinas pitching coach Ace Adams from the Cardinals system is a Jackson backer.

"I love how he plays shortstop and he swings the bat well," Adams said. "He has big leaguer written all over him... I just like all the attributes he has – comes to play, makes the routine play, turns the double play, makes the third out every time the ball is hit to him. I like this kid a lot."

Defensively, Jackson is increasing his versatility in Arizona.

"He has played a little bit of third," Adams noted. "He can play second. He could even play centerfield for me. I just like how he plays the game… He is a baseball player. That is what I like the most about him."

In this exclusive audio interview, Jackson talks about how he reacted to his good start to the season and slump afterward, his overall improvement in 2011 that began late last season, his referencing of statistics to improve his situational performance as well as his watching of the Cardinals in the World Series.


For daily stats on Jackson and all the Cardinals participating in the Arizona Fall League as well as players competing all over the world, be sure to check out our Cardinals Winter League Notebooks, exclusively here at The Cardinal Nation.

Other interviews in this series:
Tyler Lyons
Matt Adams
Coming: Keith Butler, Justin Wright, David Kopp, Oscar Taveras and pitching coach Ace Adams.

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