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Yankees coach: Austin Jackson isn't ready for the majors

Jan 19, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

The Yankees’ AAA hitting coach, Butch Wynegar on Austin Jackson:

“He still is raw, still has a lot to learn, but he’s an intelligent
kid and a good athlete — and he wants to learn. I
basically told the Yankees at the end of the year, if they were
thinking about him being their center fielder this coming year (2010),
I didn’t know if he was ready yet.  But I know he has a bright future. There are just some things he needs to iron out yet and incorporate to be successful.”

That quote follows a pretty extended analysis of Jackson’s swing by a couple of scouts.

I’m never sure what to believe when I hear from scouts. Like a lot of professionals, their specialized jargon tends to create the impression of much greater certainty of a given thing than may be warranted, even if it’s done so unwittingly.

But even if we don’t take everything in the article at face value, this has to be a bit disconcerting for Tigers fans, who are being
led by the team to believe that Jackson is going to step right in to fill the hole
left by the departure of Curtis Granderson.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 19, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    You’re absolutely right not to trust the scouts. Those 300 Spartans believed that hunchback, and look where it got them.

  2. Lawrence From Plattekill - Jan 19, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Hey, Butch Wynegar! A blast from the past. I hope he’s happy. He deserved a better career than he had.

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