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