Scouting Report: 272nd overall pick Kevon Jackson, OF, Queen Creek High School

For their first high school pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Royals went super obscure. Kevon Jackson, an outfielder from Queen Creek High School in Arizona, didn’t make it into the MLB Pipeline top 200, nor the Fangraphs group of 300 players, nor the Baseball America top 500. Meaning Baseball America ranked the 500 best players in this years draft, and Jackson didn’t come up.

So, there’s very little out there about Jackson as a player. Here’s what we do know. He’s small and fast. At 5’8″, 180 pounds, Jackson doesn’t profile as a power hitter. Instead, his size and 24 stolen bases in 29 games as a senior, indicate that he is a speed player with a profile as a speed, on-base center fielder.

Jackson performed well as a senior, hitting .364/.457/.575 with two home runs, five doubles, and five triples. In 116 plate appearances, he had 26 strikeouts and 16 walks. That was good enough to earn him first-team all region status in Arizona’s 5A San Tan Region.

Jackson is a very typical Royals prospect with a lot of athleticism and speed. He also runs track at Queen Creek with a 10.79 100-meter time. A good comp for Jackson seems to be Rudy Martin, a speedy guy who might walk quite a bit and play center field.

Photo credit: Queen Creek High School Athletics

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6 thoughts on “Scouting Report: 272nd overall pick Kevon Jackson, OF, Queen Creek High School

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  2. I don’t know how relevant Rany Jazayerli’s study regarding position player prospect age (short version: younger is better) is when you get to this point of the draft, but with it in mind, I’m at least intrigued by the fact that Jackson doesn’t even turn 18 until next January.

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    • Excellent point. I think it’s definitely relevant with Jackson, as a smaller player who may still have growth (I mean physical growth in terms of height) and strength in him. It will probably be slow going with him, but at 17 you’d have to say he’s advanced for his age. Many of the top prep prospects this year are nearly 19.

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  3. I played baseball with Kevon in MT and he’s fast, strong, and quick. He runs with so much power I tagged him out and it dislocated my finger. He’s a beast.

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  4. I played baseball with Kevon in MT and he’s fast, strong, and quick. He runs with so much power I tagged him out and it dislocated my finger. He’s a beast.

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