The first half of the 2012 MLB season is coming to a close, the All Star voting is over, and Austin Jackson was not selected as a starter or alternate for the American League squad. The main reasons for his not being selected are the impressive home run production of perrenial All Star Curtis Granderson, and the buzz around outstanding rookie CF sensation Mike Trout and his 22 stolen bases. Jackson being out for a short while this season with an injury also hampered his production somewhat, holding him to 80+ fewer at bats than Granderson (keeping his numbers lower than they might have been) but I'd still like to post comparison stats of all 3 players production this season to crow a little about one of my favorite Tigers.
*Note: Player stats were current as of this morning.
*Note: Granderson hasn't consistently traded the leadoff spot for the Yankees this season with OF Brett Gardner.
Player AB H RBI BB SO SB AVG
Curtis Granderson 305 75 46 46 91 6 .246
Austin Jackson 223 72 35 30 57 7 .323
Mike Trout 235 73 32 21 52 22 .336
OBP SLG OPS 2B 3B HR
Curtis Granderson .348 .508 .857 9 1 23
Austin Jackson .404 .529 .933 16 3 8
Mike Trout .395 .542 .938 15 3 8
Jackson has put up very impressive numbers since last season, where he won the Fielding Bible Award for all Center Fielders. He drastically improved every offensive category except for Stolen Bases and Triples, while reducing his Strike Out and Caught Stealing numbers.
Not to take anything away from Granderson, but with him regularly hitting behind other batters and having 15 more home runs than both Jackson and Trout it's impressive to see their RBI tallies as close to Grandersons as they are, while averaging 76 fewer at bats.
I see you Austin.