Apr 14, 2013, 3:49 PM EST
Conor Jackson was the 19th overall pick in 2003, soared through the Diamondbacks’ farm system, and posted a promising .292/.371/.451 batting line in 414 major league games between the 2006 and 2008 seasons. But he came down with Valley Fever in early 2009, never completely recovered, and has now officially announced his retirement from baseball at the age of 31 according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko.
Jackson signed a minor league contract with the Orioles this spring but he failed to crack their Opening Day roster and was sporting a weak .200/.333/.240 slash line through 30 plate appearances at Triple-A Norfolk.
Jackson, who turns 31 years old next month, will finish up with 591 career major league hits.
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