Jackson left quite impression on Sveum
March, 23, 2012
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com
Debby Wong/US PresswireBrett Jackson has a fan in Dale Sveum. "In my nine years of coaching he is the best young player I've seen in a major league camp. He is the full package."Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum admitted Friday that making roster cuts has been the hardest thing he has had to do this spring.
”There are a couple of guys who are ready to play here, especially Brett Jackson,” Sveum said. “He is ready to play here. He needs to go down and work on some of the adjustments. He has swung the bat really well in his last 15 at-bats.”
The Cubs cut seven players from the major league roster on Friday, including Jackson and top prospect Anthony Rizzo.
Sveum was effusive in his praise of the 23-year-old Jackson, who doesn’t have a spot on the roster with Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd and David DeJesus starting in the outfield.
”I think he is the type of kid that that will put the pressure on us to get him here one way or the other,” Sveum said.
It wasn’t just Jackson’s spring numbers -- .276 with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs in 29 at-bats – that impressed Sveum.
”He brings so much to the table” Sveum said. ”In my nine years of coaching he is the best young player I’ve seen in a major league camp. He is the full package. The swinging and missing, he has to work on and cutting down strikeouts. He just brings a lot to the table.”