Dog Days Of August Slow Down Jackson

For Tampa centerfielder Austin Jackson, the early results in his promotion to Tampa couldn't have gone any better. He got off to a phenomenal offensive start, batting .385 in June and followed that up with a .357 clip in July. The outstanding performance garnered attention from not only the coaches of the Tampa Yankees, but also Yankees fans in general.

But August hasn't been nearly as kind for the talented five-tool player. The .196 average is a clear indication, as well as the .263 on-base percentage. The drop off in performance is evident, but the positive attitude of Austin Jackson is far from hindered.

"I'm just trying to do things to improve everyday," he said. "That's all I can really do."

Tampa hitting coach James Rowson feels that too much attention may be put in Jackson's recent slump. His early success was almost a blessing and a curse in that it was great to get off to such a hot start, but it was so impressive fans may expect such results on a consistent basis. The daily grind of the game sometimes doesn't allow that.

"You can't expect him to go out and get four hits every game," said Rowson. "It's a long season and a lot of it is just getting adapted to certain things. He just got off to such a hot clip, but now he has to make some adjustments."

One factor Jackson feels has hurt him in the recent going has been his plate discipline. It seems that a lot of struggles have come form a tough stretch of working the count.

"I just think I'm swinging at bad pitches," he said. "It's just not putting me in a position to make solid contact."

Rowson preaches that a planned approach being brought to every at-bat will go along way in turning around the misfortunes for Jackson.

"He's struggling a little bit," he said. "He's making some mistakes and swinging and missing. He just needs to bare down and have a little bit better approach up there."

Maintaining a smooth and complete swing has been a problem in the past for Jackson. Adjustments were made and played a huge role in his earlier offensive output when he removed a drift in his swing.

"We made some adjustments to my angle," he said. "Now I'm loading up a bit sooner and it really helped out a lot."

To say that August has been an unproductive month for Jackson would be far from accurate. Rowson understands that he brings a lot more to the team than just offense.

"He's helped us out in all aspects," he said. "He's good in all dimensions, he's great on the bases, in the clubhouse and with his defense. It's going to be great to see him develop as a player."

It's this type of commitment and upbeat persona that has Jackson seeing the bright side, despite the tough going right now.

"It's just a mental thing," he said. "It's important not to get too down on yourself. These things happen. It's just baseball."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nBut August hasn't been nearly as kind for the talented five-tool player. The .196 average is a clear indication, as well as the .263 on-base percentage. The drop off in performance is evident, but the positive attitude of Austin Jackson is far from hindered.
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\r\n\"I'm just trying to do things to improve everyday,\" he said. \"That's all I can really do.\"
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\r\nTampa hitting coach James Rowson feels that too much attention may be put in Jackson's recent slump. His early success was almost a blessing and a curse in that it was great to get off to such a hot start, but it was so impressive fans may expect such results on a consistent basis. The daily grind of the game sometimes doesn't allow that.
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\r\n\"You can't expect him to go out and get four hits every game,\" said Rowson. \"It's a long season and a lot of it is just getting adapted to certain things. He just got off to such a hot clip, but now he has to make some adjustments.\"
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\r\nOne factor Jackson feels has hurt him in the recent going has been his plate discipline. It seems that a lot of struggles have come form a tough stretch of working the count.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just think I'm swinging at bad pitches,\" he said. \"It's just not putting me in a position to make solid contact.\"
\r\n
\r\nRowson preaches that a planned approach being brought to every at-bat will go along way in turning around the misfortunes for Jackson.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's struggling a little bit,\" he said. \"He's making some mistakes and swinging and missing. He just needs to bare down and have a little bit better approach up there.\"
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\r\nMaintaining a smooth and complete swing has been a problem in the past for Jackson. Adjustments were made and played a huge role in his earlier offensive output when he removed a drift in his swing.
\r\n
\r\n\"We made some adjustments to my angle,\" he said. \"Now I'm loading up a bit sooner and it really helped out a lot.\"
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\r\nTo say that August has been an unproductive month for Jackson would be far from accurate. Rowson understands that he brings a lot more to the team than just offense.
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\r\n\"He's helped us out in all aspects,\" he said. \"He's good in all dimensions, he's great on the bases, in the clubhouse and with his defense. It's going to be great to see him develop as a player.\"
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\r\nIt's this type of commitment and upbeat persona that has Jackson seeing the bright side, despite the tough going right now.
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\r\n\"It's just a mental thing,\" he said. \"It's important not to get too down on yourself. These things happen. It's just baseball.\"
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