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Ryan Jackson (Photo: University of Miami)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Ryan Jackson
School:University of Miami
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:185 lbs.
Report Date:3/4/09
Game(s):Mount St. Mary's

Focus Area
Hitting ability:Jackson has fringy bat speed, with an inside-out swing. He's good to the opposite field with a line-drive stroke. His awkward setup leads to some inconsistencies.
Power:He doesn't have much pop and will have gap power at best.
Running speed:A tick below average.
Base running:Has plus instincts on the basepaths.
Arm strength:Has a plus arm from short, with plus accuracy.
Fielding:He's a Gold Glove-caliber defender up the middle.
Range:His great instincts make up for his lack of foot speed.
Physical Description:Jackson is lean and wiry, with a slender build, reminding some of Adam Everett.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Has plus defensive skills across the board.
Weaknesses:There's been some question about how he'll hit, though he's been productive in his career.
Summary:Jackson might be among the best defensive shortstops in the Draft class. With a plus arm, good hands and excellent instincts, he's a true shortstop who'll have no problem playing the position at the big-league level. The main question is if he'll hit, though he's been productive with a line-drive, inside-out approach in the past. Just how much people believe in the bat could determine how early he gets drafted.