Cardinals Prospect Interview: Ryan Jackson

Continuing our 2009 draft interview series, Brian Walton talks with shortstop Ryan Jackson, currently assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League.

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop prospect Ryan Jackson comes from a top-tier program that has sourced a number of recent Cards draftees, the University of Miami. Notable Cardinals alums that hail from the "U" include reliever Chris Perez and outfielder Jon Jay.

Jackson was the first infielder taken by the Cardinals in this June's draft, in the fifth round. The veteran of international competition with Team USA is known for his sold glove work, but questions about his ability to hit consistently as a professional remain.

In his first professional assignment with the New York-Penn League's Batavia Muckdogs, the tall and slender (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) 20-year-old has yet to find his stroke. In 90 at-bats over 25 games, Jackson's line is just .200/.270/.211. The latter is no a typo as Jackson's 18 hits are made up of 17 singles and one double.

I spoke with Jackson recently about his transition from college to professional baseball and his future.


Previous interviews in our Cardinals 2009 Draft Interview Series:

Tyler Lavigne (50th Round)
Justin Edwards (41st Round)
Matt Adams (23rd Round)
Christian Beatty (26th Round)
Matt Carpenter (13th Round)
Scott Bittle (4th Round)
Scott Schneider (20th Round)
Alan Ahmady (11th Round)
Ross Smith (14th Round)
Nick McCully (7th Round)
Robert Stock (2nd Round)
Joe Kelly (3rd Round)

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