Join Jays From the Couch in highlight a trio of relievers at three different levels. Zach Jackson, Jackson McClelland, and Jackson Rees are the Jacksons
Pitching out of the Buffalo Bisons’ bullpen the former 3rd round selection is on some kind of roll. Over his last 10 outings, Jackson has allowed one earned run, walked 4 batters, and struck out 20 in 16.1IP. He has a 0.55 ERA and 3 wins over this period.
In 25 games as a member of the 2019 Buffalo Bisons, the righty owns a 8.45K/9 but a 4.46BB/9 which has always been his fatal flaw. In 38.1IP, Jackson has allowed 25 hits and walked 19 for a 1.15WHIP. He has 5.40FIP and 5.41xFIP which suggests some regression is around the corner; however, his recent string of scoreless innings (11.1IP) may suggest a correction in his FIP will occur first.
Zach Jackson has a record of 6-0 with a 3.29ERA after post ERA’s of 5.06 and 4.97 in April and May. If he continues to pitch well, Zach Jackson could join a major league team sooner than later…..maybe, not the Blue Jays.
The 6-foot-5 100 mph fastball pumping righty struggled a little in June. I really thought he’d cruise through AA this season which he was doing until recently. Over the last 10 games, the soon to be 25-yr-old reliever owns a 0-1 record with a 4.35ERA thanks to a couple of outings where he allowed a run to cross home plate.
McClelland owns a 9.60K/9 and 4.20BB/9 in 30 AA innings across 23 games. McClelland owns a 3.47FIP and 3.76xFIP along with a.253BABIP and a 2.40ERA so a slight regression may occur but I doubt it. Jackson has allowed 21 hits and 14 walks for a 1.17WHIP. He gets a lot of outs in the air (46.6FB%) but has done a better job of keeping the ball in the park (5.9HR/FB) than he did last year (9.8HR/FB in FSL).
Jackson is pounding the strike zone with tidy 61.o% of his pitches, throwing 17.8 pitches per inning. He’s been very steady with a 2.19ERA in April and 1.86ERA in May so there is little to suggest that a so-so June will turn into anything more than that. Expect McClelland to be pounding the strike zone in Buffalo before the end of 2019.
The 24-yr-old undrafted righty has put up disgustingly impressive numbers in 2019. In 14 games as a Lansing Lugnut, Rees dominated the level with a 15.63K/9 and 1.42BB/9 while posting a 0.36ERA, 0.49FIP, and 0.73xFIP.
Rees was promoted to Dunedin on June 6th where he’s been just as dominant. In 5 games, Rees owns a 10.80K/9 and 2.70BB/9 while not allowing a run. He’s generated a 1.86FIP and 2.21xFIP while posting a .238BABIP. Opponents are batting .152 against him. He’s walked 3 and allowed 5 hits for a 0.80WHIP.
The righty could earn another promotion due to his strong performance and his advanced age. He turns 25 at the end of July.
It’s possible the Jackson three could all be pitching for the Buffalo Bison at some point in 2019….maybe a stretch but without your dreams, what do you have?
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