Cyclones' Jacobs adjusting to 'small-ball'

The Mets took Georgia catcher Jason Jacobs in the 20th round of the 2006 amateur draft and the results for the right-handed hitter out of West Palm Beach, Florida have been quite impressive so far. After the Bulldogs were eliminated out of the College World Series, the Mets quickly signed Jacobs and assigned him to Brooklyn.

Jacobs immediately made an impression, hitting safely in each of his first three games. But that shouldn't come as a surprise for those who have tracked Jacobs throughout his career with the Bulldogs.

He increased his home run total with Georgia every year in his four year career at the school and consistently had an on-base percentage over .360 at Georgia. Jacobs' year with the Bulldogs was extremely impressive, batting .331 with seven homers and 48 RBIs.

"It is a different game with the wood bat," said Jacobs. [But] it's the same game...it's a little different with the style of play. There are not as many high scoring games. There are little, tiny differences, but the basic of the game is the same."

The biggest change for Jacobs is the strategy of a game at the pro level.

"The biggest difference is the threat of the home run, especially at [Keyspan Park] with the wind blowing in," said Jacobs. "It's a large park. In college, we played a lot for the three run home run and it doesn't happen as often here. You gotta play a little bit of small ball - you gotta execute."

It's been an adventure for Jacobs in terms of catching the Cyclones, who have made numerous changes to the roster, trying to get the team out of the early doldrums of the season. Jacobs is trying to get used to an entirely new pitching that is completely foreign to him.

"Just learning the guys is the hardest part," said Jacobs. "Them being comfortable with me and me knowing what they want to do, their best plan of attack against the hitters. It's just takes some time to learn them, but I'm getting a good grasp of it and we got some real talented arms on this team."

Along with being talented with the bat, Jacobs is pretty good with his fielding and calling a game as well, which was witnessed on Friday night against the Aberdeen Iron Birds. After a single to right field, a runner from second rounded third and looked to run over Jacobs. He held his ground and took the full impact of the collision, which proved to be one of the more pivotal points in a 1-0 extra inning Cyclone win. His manager didn't let that go unnoticed.

"[Jacobs] was calling a great game," said Manager George Greer. "He had a good rhythm with the pitchers."

Jacobs has played second base and third base in his career, but there are no plans currently for him to move from behind the plate to anywhere else.

"We have great infielders here [in Brooklyn]," said Jacobs. "The only reason I played second and third is because [Georgia] needed me there. I don't think they need me there, they haven't even mentioned it."

Wherever Jacobs ends up, he'll definitely be making some sort of impact on his team.

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