The Atlanta Braves have acquired outfielder Alex Jackson from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP’s Robert Whalen and Max Povse. Jackson was the sixth overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft and was rated as highly as the 20th best prospect in baseball by Baseball American in 2015.
Jackson spent all of last season with Single-A Clinton, where he batted .243/.332/.408 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs. But he also struck out 103 times in 333 at-bats, a problem that has followed him through his first two seasons.
He will turn 21 years old during on Christmas 2016, but Jackson now joins an organization flush with young talent in Atlanta. A former Top-10 pick out of Rancho Bernardo HS in San Diego, the soon to be third-year prospect in yet to play a game in at least Double-A.
Heading back to Seattle in exchange is a pair of right-handers. Rob Whalen has the edge in Major League experience, having started five games for the Braves this year, posting a 6.57 ERA in 24.2 innings of work. He spent the majority of his season at Double-A Mississippi where he went 7-5 with a 2.49 ERA in 18 starts.
Whalen was a 12th round pick by the New York Mets in the 2012 MLB Draft out of Haines City, Florida, he came over to the Braves in a 2015 Trade Deadline deal that involved Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe. He owns a 2.45 career minor league ERA in his five seasons spent down on the farm.
Also heading over is the 6-foot-8 Max Povse who was the Braves’ third-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft out of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He split his season last year between Double-A alongside Whalen and at High-A Carolina. Combined, he went 9-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 26 starts.