Cal's Brett Jackson is Cubs First Pick

The Chicago Cubs tonight selected outfielder Brett Jackson out of the University of California Berkeley with the 31st overall pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Jackson, 20, was ranked by Baseball America as the second-best overall athlete among all available college players in the 2009 draft class. The six-foot-two, 210-pounder was named to the All-Pac 10 team after a stellar junior season during which he batted .321 (70-for-218) with 42 runs scored, 17 doubles, six triples, eight home runs and 41 RBI in 53 games for the Bears. Jackson, who bats left-handed and throws right-handed, was named a 2009 first-team preseason All-American by Baseball America and was on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List.

In 2009, Jackson began the campaign with a career-high 18-game hitting streak, batting .408 with eight doubles, a triple, four home runs and 14 RBI during the tear. He turned in a career-best effort May 12 vs. Sacramento State when he went 4-for-6 with a grand slam, three-run triple and RBI single to tally a career-high eight RBI. Overall last season, the centerfielder's 17 doubles tied for sixth in the Pac-10, his six triples ranked second his 123 total bases ranked seventh in the Pac-10 and his 70 hits ranked eighth.

In three seasons at the University of California Berkeley, Jackson batted .303 (146-for-481) with 91 runs scored, 25 doubles, 11 triples, 12 home runs and 85 RBI in 152 games. He is a 2005 graduate of Miramonte High School in Orinda, California.

Jackson was recommended by area scout John Bartsch.

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