Yankees prospect Austin Jackson was named Thursday to the Top Prospects Team of the Arizona Fall League (AFL.) Jackson, 21, is considered a major piece of the Yankees future plans. The outfielder hit .246 (28-for-114) with one home run, 18 RBIs and 17 runs scored in 28 games for the Peoria Javelinas this season.
The Top Prospect team is voted on by the Managers and Administrators of the Arizona Fall League. They are asked to consider players who not only play well but also have long-term future viability in the big leagues. Only top prospects from around the MLB are given the opportunity to play in the AFL.
Jackson spent the 2008 season playing for Double-A Trenton, hitting .285 with 9 HRs, 69 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. He was also selected as the MVP of the Eastern League’s Postseason after hitting .375 (6-16) with a homerun and 5 RBI’s, leading Trenton to an Eastern League Championship. Last month, Jackson was named the 27th best prospect in the minors by MLB.com.
Jackson will most likely start the 2009 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre but if he has a solid spring training, he could find himself in New York.