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National POY Watch: California slugger lives up to rep as nation's best junior prospect


From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.

Alex Jackson
Junior catcher, Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.)

Greatness Present: Early in his junior season, the power-hitting catcher is showing why he’s Perfect Game USA’s No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2014.

Jackson has torn the cover off the ball in his first eight games, slugging four home runs, including a solo shot in a 3-2 loss to Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, Calif.) on Wednesday. He has batted .417 with eight RBI, recording a .562 on-base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage through the first two weeks of the season for the 6-2 Broncos.

Greatness Past: Jackson batted .400 with a team-best 17 home runs as a sophomore, leading Rancho Bernardo to a 23-10 record in 2012. He was also the top hitter at the Area Code Games this past summer

Greatness Future: Jackson has verbally committed to Oregon.

Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.

 

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