Edwin Jackson...Is a 2001 graduate of Shaw (GA) High...As a prep, played primarily infield and outfield...Strong arm was discovered by Dodger scouts while throwing out baserunners from center field...Was officially drafted as an outfielder, but converted to the mound as a pro...Father, Edwin Sr., is a retired United States Army Sergeant First Class.
Began the season in Baltimore's system, appearing in 12 games with Triple-A Norfolk and three games with the Orioles... Joined Washington's system on June 16...In five games (four starts) with Triple-A Syracuse, went 2-0 with a 0.44 ERA (1 ER/20.1 IP)...Struck out 22 batters while allowing nine hits...He did not surrender a home run...In 17 games (five starts) in Triple-A for Baltimore and Washington, went 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA (8 ER/40.2 IP) and 39 SO...He allowed just one home run...Had his contract selected on July 18 and started that night at LAA (7.0 IP 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 SO)...Went 5-3 with 2.94 ERA (16 ER/49.0 IP) in his first eight starts...Recorded another strong start on June vs. COL (7.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K).
Began the season with Miami before signing with SDP as a Minor League free agent on June 16...Went a combined 5-7 with a 5.89 ERA in 21 games (13 starts) between the two stops...Took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as he picked up the win in his Padre debut on July 17 vs. SFG, working 6.1 innings total allowing three runs, two earned, all on one hit, a three-run pinch-hit home run by Conor Gillaspie...With the win, he earned the win as a starting pitcher with his ninth different team, including the Dodgers, Rays, Tigers, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Cardinals, Nationals, Cubs and Padres…Per Elias, that tied a Major League record, with the only other pitcher to win games as a starter for nine different teams being Mike Morgan and David Wells...The Padres were his 11th Major League team...Per Stats, his 11 teams played for were the most among all active Major Leaguers.
Split season between Chicago-NL (23 games) and Atlanta (24), appearing exclusively out of the bullpen for the first time in his career...Was designated for assignment by the Cubs on July 19 and released on July 27; signed with Atlanta on August 14...Did not allow an earned run (two unearned runs) over first six appearances of the season with the Cubs, with nine strikeouts in 9.0-plus innings...Allowed five earned runs in 0.2 inning over next two appearances...Last appearance with Cubs was on July 11; made debut with Braves on August 15...Allowed just one hit and no runs over first three outings with Atlanta (4.1 ip)...Went 2-0 with one save (one SVO) over his final nine appearances of the season, with a 0.00 ERA (7.2 ip)...Ranked 29th among National League relievers with .218 average against, 34th in WHIP (1.17), and 36th in ERA.
Edwin went 6-15 with a 6.33 ERA (99 ER/140.2 IP) in 28 games (27 starts) for Chicago...He missed a majority of the season's final five weeks with a strained right lat that landed him on the disabled list, August 21-September 19...Cubs were 8-19 in his 27 starts...His 15 losses ranked third in the N.L...Allowed three or fewer runs in 12 of his starts...Walked two or fewer in 17 starts...Posted a 3.57 ERA (25 ER/63.0 IP) in 10 starts when he pitched at least 6.0 innings...Three times pitched a season-high 7.0 innings, last done on May 17 vs. the Brewers when he struck out a season-high 11 batters in 7.0 shutout frames...Right-handed hitters batted .268 (81-for-302) against him while lefties hit .341 (87-for-255)...Struck out 123 batters, good for an average of 7.9 strikeouts per 9.0 innings...Walked 63...Owned a 5.28 ERA (51 ER/87.0 IP) in the third inning and later in his starts … recorded a 8.20 ERA (48 ER/52.2 IP) in the first two innings...Earned his first win of the season, April 19 vs. Cincinnati, surrendering two runs in 5.2 innings...Reached 1,500 career innings pitched, May 23 at San Diego...Allowed a season-high nine runs in 3.2 innings, July 12 vs. Atlanta...His victory, August 3 at the Dodgers - in which he limited Los Angeles to two runs in 6.0 innings - was his first win since June 20 vs. Pittsburgh...Surrendered five first-inning inning runs in his lone start following his stint on the D.L., September 19 vs. the Dodgers...Made his final appearance of the season out of the bullpen, and tossed a scoreless inning, September 27 in Milwaukee...Was his first relief appearance since September 27, 2011 at Houston while with St. Louis.
In his first season on the Northside, Edwin went 8-18 with a 4.98 ERA (97 ER/175.1 IP) in 31 starts ... walked 59 and struck out 135 ... marked his eighth-straight season with at least 30 starts, but his 175.1 innings pitched were his fewest since 2007 with Tampa Bay (161.0 IP)... Led the majors with 18 losses … the Cubs were 10-21 in his 31 starts... Allowed just 16 home runs in 175.1 innings pitched... Walked two or fewer batters in 21 of 31 starts, including five no-walk outings... Posted 14 quality starts, ranking third on the team (Travis Wood 24; Jeff Samardzija 19)... Went 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA (10 ER/40.1 IP) in six outings, June 30-July 31, but was 0-3 with a 5.97 ERA (19 ER/28.2 IP) in five August starts... Was 4-8 with a 4.50 ERA (39 ER/78.0 IP) in 13 starts at home, compared to a 4-10 record with a 5.36 ERA (58 ER/97.1 IP) in 18 road starts... Was 5-10 with a 4.43 ERA (43 ER/87.1 IP) in 16 starts vs. the N.L. Central... Threw at least 100 pitches in 10 of 31 starts... Won a season-high three-straight starts, June 30-July 11 ... he posted a 1.93 ERA (4 ER/18.2 IP), walking three and striking out 14... Recorded his 1,000th-career strikeout April 30 vs. San Diego, fanning Carlos Quentin in the top of the second inning... Batted .077 (4-for-52) with a double, a homer, four RBI and five sacrifice bunts at the dish … clubbed a solo homer, September 10 at Cincinnati (Curtis Partch), his final hit of the season... Suffered the loss in the Cubs home opener, April 8 vs. Milwaukee, allowing five runs on eight hits and five walks while fanning six in 6.0 innings in the 7-4 setback … allowed five runs in the first 2.0 innings before holding the Brewers scoreless over his final 4.0 frames... Received a no-decision, April 14 vs. San Francisco, allowing five runs (four earned) in 5.1 innings… struck out a season-high nine... Earned his first victory as a Cub in Chicago's 8-2 triumph, May 11 at Washington … snapped a seven-start winless streak to begin his Cubs career... Left his final start of the season in the third inning with right lat discomfort, September 28 in St. Louis.
Signed with the Washington Nationals, February 2, and went on to help the club to the National League East Division title ... made 31 starts, going 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA (85 ER/189.2 IP) ... struck out 168 batters compared to 58 walks...Was 5-4 with a 3.73 ERA (42 ER/101.1 IP) in 16 starts prior to the All-Star break ... was 5-7 with a 4.38 ERA (43 ER/88.1 IP) in 15 starts after the break....Pitched 6.0 or more innings in 18 of his 31 starts ... allowed two or fewer walks in 23 starts....Walked a career-low 2.8 batters per 9.0 innings pitched ... had a career-best strikeout to walk ratio (2.9/1)....His 28.0-percent swing and miss mark led the National League....Surrendered three or fewer runs in eight-straight starts from May 13-June 23 ... posted a 2.50 ERA (15 ER/54.0 IP) in that span....Struck out 10 or more batters twice: punched out a season-high 11 hitters, August 18 vs. the Mets ... struck out 10, August 30 vs. St. Louis....Held right-handed batters to a .236 batting average ... left-handed batters posted a .249 average....Spun a two-hit complete game effort in a 4-1 victory, April 14 vs. the Reds....Surrendered nine runs (eight earned) in 1.1 innings pitched, September 28 in St. Louis ... posted a 3.68 ERA (77 ER/188.1 IP) in his 30 other starts....Pitched in two post-season games, including a Game Three start, against the Cardinals in the NLDS ... tagged with the 8-0 loss in his start, allowing four runs in 5.0 innings ... allowed a run in 1.0-inning of relief in Game Five.
Pitching for CWS and STL, combined to go 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA in 32 games/31 starts...earned World Series ring as a key pennant-race acquisition for the Cardinals in late July...5-2 record and 3.58 ERA helped STL catch ATL, secure the National League Wild Card and subsequently win the World Series in seven games over the Rangers...average fastball velocity of 94.7 m.p.h. ranked 3rd in MLB among qualified starters...finished 8-3 with a 3.48 ERA in 17 games/16 starts from July 1 though season's end...went 7-3 with a 3.48 ERA in 17 starts against NL competition...pitching for the Chi Sox, spun 7.0 scoreless innings of 5-hit ball vs. Washington...amazing game was eventually won by the Nationals, 9-5 in 14 innings (Washington squandered leads in the 9th, 10th and 12th innings).
Combined to go 10-12 with a 4.47 ERA (104 ER/209.1 IP) and181 strikeouts in 32 starts between Arizona and Chicago...was acquiredfrom the Diamondbacks on 7/30 in exchange for pitchers Daniel Hudsonand David Holmberg...became the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter and betraded within the same season since Cliff Chambers in 1951...went 6-10with a 5.16 ERA (77 ER/134.1 IP) in 21 starts with Arizona and 4-2 with a3.24 ERA (27 ER/75.0 IP) with the White Sox...established career highsin strikeouts and hits allowed (214)...recorded his second season with atleast 200.0 IP, his third with double-digit victories and fourth with at least 30 starts...averaged 7.0 strikeouts(104 SO) and 4.0 walks (60) per 9.0 IP with the Diamondbacks, compared to 9.2 (77) and 2.2 (18) with the Sox... posted a 3.69 ERA (16 ER/39.0 IP) at U.S. Cellular Field and a 5.66 ERA (44 ER/70.0 IP) at Chase Field ...was 8-2 with a 2.65 ERA (36 ER/122.1 IP) and a .211 average when lasting at least 7.0 IP, as opposed to 2-10with a 7.03 ERA (68 ER/87.0 IP) and a .331 average in less than 7.0 IP...led the majors with 20 wild pitches... went 7-2 with a 3.17 ERA (35 ER/99.1 IP) vs. American League opponents...singled and hit his first careerhome run in the fourth inning on 4/11 vs. Pittsburgh, becoming the first pitcher in Arizona history to collect twohits in one inning...yielded a career-high 10 earned runs on 4/27 at Colorado (2.1 IP)...struck out a careerhigh12 batters on 5/17 at Florida...hurled 9.0 scoreless IP with three hits allowed in a no decision on 6/2 at theDodgers...tossed a no-hitter on 6/25 at Tampa Bay...went 5-6 with a 4.31 ERA (49 ER/102.1 IP) in 16 startsfollowing the no-hitter...went 0-4 with a 7.25 ERA (18 ER/22.1 IP) in his final four starts with Arizona...wonhis Sox debut on 8/4 at Detroit (1 ER/7.0 IP)...recorded three straight games with at least 10 strikeouts from8/14-31, tying a White Sox record (third time).
Threw the second no-hitter in Arizona history on 6/25 at Tampa Bay, allowing eight walks with six strikeoutson 149 pitches...the Diamondbacks won, 1-0, on Adam LaRoche's solo home run in the second inning...theeight walks tied for the third-most allowed in a no-hitter (fifth time, last California's Nolan Ryan on 9/28/74 vs.Twins)...the 149 pitches were the most in a no-hitter since 1988...marked the fourth no-hitter in interleagueplay: Yankees David Cone on 7/18/99 vs. Montreal, six Houston pitchers on 6/11 at New York-AL, and Detroit'sJustin Verlander on 6/12/07 vs. Milwaukee...also was the fourth vs. a former team: Philadelphia's Terry Mulhollandon 8/15/90 vs. San Francisco, Houston's Ken T. Johnson on 4/23/64vs. Cincinnati and the Yankees Allie Reynolds on 7/12/51 vs. Cleveland...faced 36 batters, tied for the most in a nine-inning no-hitter since 1900, joiningFlorida's A.J. Burnett on 5/12/01 at San Diego and Pittsburgh's Dock Ellis on6/12/70 at San Diego.
Selected to the AL All-Star Team, his first overall selection, in his only season with the Tigers... Set career bests with a 3.62 ERA, 33 starts, 214.0 innings pitched, 161 strikeouts, 21 quality starts and a .247 opponents batting average... Among AL pitchers, ranked fourth with a 3.05 road ERA (39 ER in 115.0 IP), seventh with a 3.62 ERA and 214.0 innings pitched while his .227 opponents average with runners in scoring position (39-for-172) was 10th-lowest... In April, his 2.25 ERA (8 ER in 32.0 IP) over 5 starts ranked fifth in the AL... Limited opponents to 3 earned runs or less in 16 consecutive starts from May 9-Aug. 5 to become one of three pitchers over the last 60 years to accomplish the feat along with Jack Morris (19 in 1983) and Mickey Lolich (16 in 1969)... Did not issue a walk on May 15 vs. Athletics and June 28 @ Astros, the third and fourth times in his career, respectively, that he has not walked a batter when pitching 5.0 or more innings... His 4 wins in May matched his career high for a month (also August 2008)... Closed his second career complete game on June 6 vs. Angels by striking out the side in the ninth inning to seal a 2-1 win...became the first pitcher to go the distance in a one-run win and strike out the side in the ninth inning since Milwaukee's C.C. Sabathia on July 13, 2008 vs. Reds...prior to Sabathia, the feat was last accomplished by Philadelphia's Curt Schilling on Sept. 19, 1998 vs. Expos... Recorded a career-best 7 consecutive quality starts from June 17-July 25... Matched his career-high (third time) with 9 strikeouts on July 4 @ Twins... In 18 starts prior to the All-Star break, went 7-4 with a 2.52 ERA (34 ER in 121.2 IP), the lowest ERA by a Tigers pitcher prior to the break since Mark Fidrych's 1.78 ERA in 1976... In his first All-Star Game appearance, tossed a perfect fifth inning...was one of six AL relievers to throw a perfect inning in the game, marking the first time in All-Star Game history that a league had more than four pitchers throw at least one inning and not allow a baserunner.
Won a career-best 14 games for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008, tying the club record for victories in a single season...Tied for eighth in the American League with 77 walks...Won his first two starts of the season, April 5 at Yankee Stadium versus New York and April 10 versus Seattle --surrendered just one run in 14.0 innings of work (0.64 ERA), becoming just the fifth pitcher since 1920 to win his first two starts of the season and allow one run-or-fewer in both outings while coming off a season in which the pitcher lost10-or-more games...he joined Philadelphia's Bobo Newsom (1946), Oakland's Matt Keough (1980), Texas' Rick Honeycutt (1983) and Atlanta's Tom Glavine (1989)...Did not allow a run in 20.0 consecutive innings over a three-start stretch May 8-18 -- established a Rays record for astarting pitcher...Joe Borowski holds the Rays record with 21.0 scoreless innings of relief in 2005...Suspended five games for his role in a bench-clearing incident on June 5 at Boston -- served the five-game suspension June 22-28...Established a career best with a four-game winning streak July 25-August 10 -- compiled a 3.18 ERA (22.2IP/8ER) over the four-start stretch...Posted a 4-1 record and 2.27 ERA (31.2IP/8ER) in five starts during August -- tied for fourth in the American Leaguewith four wins during the month, while he finished sixth with a 2.27 ERA...Compiled a 5-6 record and 3.93 ERA (110.0IP/48ER) in 18 starts prior to the all-star break...finished 9-5 with a 5.15 ERA (73.1IP/42ER) in 14 appearances (13 starts) following the all-star break -- tied for second in the American League with nine wins following the all-star break.
Made 31 starts, one of 3 Rays with 30+ starts ... third on the staff with 161 innings ... tied for 3rd in the AL with 15 losses matching Tony Saunders (1998), Mark Hendrickson (2004), Bobby Witt (1999) for the second most in club history ... Among AL pitchers with 20 or more starts, he had the 6th lowest run support receiving only 4.26 runs per 9 IP ... Only 3 major league pitchers who made 30 or more starts had a higher ERA than Jackson's 5.77 mark: Adam Eaton (PHI, 6.29), Scott Olsen (FL, 5.81) and Jose Contreras (CWS, 5.79). Allowed 16.02 base runners per 9 IP, 4th highest among Major League starters with 20 or more starts ... Charged with 13 unearned runs, tops on the staff and 6th most in the AL ... Had six starts when he worked 6+ innings and allowed 2 ER or less and didn't get a win and 10 starts when he worked 6+ innings and allowed 3 ER or less and didn't get a win ... 5 times he left a game without the Rays scoring a run for him ... Dropped his first 8 decisions over 13 starts before beating his former team, the Dodgers, 9-4, on June 24 ... His line: IP-6.0, H-9, R-2, ER-2, BB-1, SO-2 ... Beginning with that game, started a stretch in which he pitched to a 3.45 ERA (IP-65.2, ER-25) over his next 12 starts through Aug 22 ... was 4-4 during that stretch ... for comparison's sake, Boston's Tim Wakefield pitched to a 4.10 ERA over that same stretch and won twice as many games ... Handed the AL Champion Red Sox two losses including a 5-4 win at home on Sep 23 over Wakefield who had been 9-0 at Tropicana Field and 19-2 all-time vs. the Rays ... Posted the AL's 3rd best ERA against AL Central Champion Cleveland (Min 15 IP) in 3 starts (IP- 18, ER-6), but was 0-1 ... the Rays lost all 3 games by scores of 2-1, 2-1 and 4-3 ... only Boston's Josh Beckett (1.80) and teammate James Shields (2.66) had better ERAs against the Tribe ... On Aug 11 at Texas he threw the first complete game of his career -- a 4-hit shutout ending the Rays streak of 119 games without one ... It was the Rays 15th complete game shutout, first against Texas ... Retired 16 of the first 17 batters he faced ... Followed that with a pair of 2-1 games: lost to Cleveland on Aug 17 (IP-6, H-7, ER-2, BB-5, SO-4) and beat Boston and Daisuke Matsuzaka on Aug 22 (IP-6, H-5, ER-1, BB-5, SO-3) ... On Aug 27 he took a shutout into the 7th inning at Chicago, but surrendered three straight home runs (tying a club record) and the Rays wound up losing, 5-4 ... Had 7 starts in which he didn't allow a run before the 5th inning.
22-year-old made three tours with the Rays...originally recalled from AAA Durham to make a spot start April 22 at Texas filling in for an injured Mark Hendrickson (left shoulder tightness)...worked 7.0 innings surrendering 5 runs on 3 hits and 6 walks while striking out 7...retired his final 11 batters faced...drew a no-decision in the Rays 6-5 walk-off loss...allowed a 4-run second inning anchored by a Kevin Mench 3-run home run...Returned to Durham April 26...struggled to a 1-6 record and a 6.48 ERA in 11 appearances, 10 starts, with the Bulls as opponents batted .300 (61-203)...Recalled a second time on June 21 when RH Seth McClung was optioned to AAA...made 15 appearances out of the bullpen (IP-17.2, H-27, 17-R, 12-ER) allowing at least a run in 9 of them...was optioned back to Durham Aug. 7 when Dan Miceli came off the DL...Took on the closers role upon his return to the Bulls going 5-for-6 in save opp's allowing just 2 ER in 9.0 IP (2.00 ERA) with 11 K's and only 3 walks...Returned to the Rays for a third time following the Sept 1 game against Seattle...made six appearances working to a 2.45 ERA (11.0-IP, 10-H, 3-R/ER)...Exited Sept 16 at Toronto when an Adam Lind line drive struck him in the back of the head in the 8th inning...had worked 1.1 scoreless up to that point (2-H, 1-BB, 1-SO)...was sidelined 8 days...Returned Sept 24 to throw 2.0 innings of relief against the Yankees in the Rays' 11-4 win (2-H, 1-R/ER, 1-SO)...4 of his final 5 outings o\n the year were 2.0+ innings...18 of his 22 relief appearances were an inning or more...Owned a 1.23 ERA in the 7 appearances when he threw 2+ innings (14.2-IP, 2-ER)...worked to a 9.20 mark in his 15 other outings (14.2-IP, 15-ER)...Tossed a season-high 2.2 scoreless innings of relief in the season finale, Oct 1, in Cleveland...was his longest relief outing since Sept 22, 2003 at San Diego (with the Dodgers).
Entered the season ranked as the third best prospect in the Dodgers organization by BaseballAmerica
...Had been ranked as the best prospect in the organization and the 4th best in allof baseball in 2004...Pitched most of the season between the Dodgers' AAA team at Las Vegas and AA teamat Jacksonville before he was recalled by the major league club from Jacksonville onAugust 22 when LHP Odalis Perez went on the disabled list...Was a combined 9-11 with a5.91 ERA at Jacksonville and Las Vegas...Pitched in 7 games, 6 starts for the Dodgers...In his 2nd start after recall he defeated Houstonand 20-game winner Roy Oswalt, 8-3 (IP-5.1, H-6, R-3, ER-3, BB-2, SO-6)...The 5.1 inningsmatched his season high with the Dodgers...Snapped a 3-game Dodgers' losing streak...He also defeated the Pirates 9-4 on Sep 26 (IP-5.1, H-4, ER-1, BB-4, SO-0)...In his last start of the season on Oct. 1 he didn't get the decision, but combined with 5 otherDodgers on a 3-hit, 2-1 win over the NL West Division Champion Padres at SD...His line:IP-5, H-3, R-1, ER-1, BB-1, SO-0...In two starts against the Rockies he was 0-1 (IP-6.1, ER-11)...He was 2-1 with a 3.63 ERA(IP-22.1, ER-9) against everyone else...In fact, in his brief major league career he is 0-1(13.81, IP-14.1, ER-22) in 4 games against the Rockies and 6-3 against the rest of the league(3.54, IP-61, ER-24)...Began the season at AAA Las Vegas, but allowed 118 base runners in 55.1 innings and wassent to AA Jacksonville on June 15....Was 1-6 in his last 7 games...In a little over two months he went 6-4 with Jacksonville, the eventual Southern Leaguechampion...Was 3-0 in his last 4 starts for the Suns and was named SL Pitcher of the Weekhis last week before recall...Beat the Rays affiliate Montgomery in back-to-back starts onJuly 8 and 17...Rays prospect Elijah Dukes took him deep in the July 17 win...Hurled 8.0 shutout innings and allowed just three hits, walked one, while striking out aseason-high eight, winning, 1-0, over Chattanooga on Aug. 8.
Was 2-1 with a 7.30 ERA in eight appearances, including five starts...enteredthe 2004 season ranked by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Dodger organization...the publication also rated him as the fourth-best prospect in baseball andas having the best fastball in the Dodger organization....was the youngest player inthe National League and the sixth-youngest player in the Major Leagues....recalledfrom Triple-A Las Vegas on June 2 and defeated Milwaukee 5-2 that night at DodgerStadium...allowed one run on three hits, while walking three and striking outthree...surrendered a leadoff home run to Scott Podsednik, then pitched 5.0 scorelessinnings...optioned back to Triple-A on June 4...recalled prior to his start on July3 at Anaheim...allowed two runs in 1.2 innings before leaving the start with a mildstrain in his right elbow...allowed a two-run homer in the first inning to VladimirGuerrero...retired the first two batters he faced in the second inning, before going 3-0to Robb Quinlanand leaving the game due to the strain...theDodgers won the game...defeatedHouston July 8 at Dodger Stadium, 7-2...allowed two runs on five hits in 5.0innings and collected his first career hitand RBI...placed on the disabled list onJuly 9 with a strained right forearm andwas reinstated on Sept. 7...pitched a scorelessinning of relief on Sept. 15 in theDodgers' 7-3 loss vs. San Diego...startedon Sept. 19 at Colorado and had no decisionin the Dodgers' 7-6 win...allowed fiveruns on six hits in 4.2 innings, the first timein seven career starts that he allowed morethan two runs...allowed a career-high sixruns in 3.1 innings, but had no decision inthe Dodgers' 8-7 win on Sept. 27 vs.Colorado...his final appearance of the seasonwas in relief on Oct. 3 vs. San Francisco,when he allowed three runs in 2.0innings...spent most of the season in Triple-A Las Vegas, including making four rehabilitation starts for the 51s...went 6-4 with a 5.86 ERA (59 ER/90.2 IP) in 19 starts for Las Vegas...allowed threeearned runs or less in 11 of his 19 starts for the 51s...was 2-2 with a 6.68 ERA (25 ER/33.2 IP) in seven games athome and was 4-2 with a 5.37 ERA (34 ER/57.0 IP) in 12 starts on the road...allowed just four home runs in his19 starts, none in his last nine....was 1-for-4 with an RBI as a batter with the Dodgers and hit .381 (8-for-21) withthree home runs and seven RBI for Las Vegas...went 2-for-2 with two homers and three RBI on Aug. 31 at Edmonton.
Had his contract purchased from Double-A Jacksonville on Sept. 7...appeared in four games (three starts) for the Dodgers and went 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA...on 20th birthday, made Major League debut on Sept. 9 at Arizona, becoming thirdyoungest pitcher to start a game for the L.A. Dodgers, trailing Joe Moeller in 1962 (19 years, two months) and Dick Calmus in 1963 (19 years, seven months), and youngest L.A. Dodger to win his first start...became third player born in Germany to appear for the Dodgers...in Sept. 9 big league debut, gave up one run, four hits, no walks and struck out four in 6.0 innings of 4-1 win vs. Randy Johnson and the Diamondbacks...became fifth pitcher in MLB history to make his debut as a starting pitcher on his birthday, the last being Larry Dierker for Houston in 1964 at age 18...hurled 7.0 innings, but lost his next start, Sept. 17 vs. Arizona, 2-0, as he gave up two solo homers to Luis Gonzalez...was victorious in his third start, tossing 6.0 shutout innings, allowing two hits, striking out seven and overcoming eight walks, in 5-0 win at San Francisco on Sept. 27...with Double-A Jacksonville, was 7-7 with a 3.70 ERA in 27 starts...was second in the Southern League and led Dodger minor leaguers with 157 strikeouts in 148.1 innings...selected to pitch in the All-Star Futures Game, the Southern League All-Star Game and was named to the 2003 SportsTicker All-Teen Team...chosen as Southern League Pitcher of the Week for May 16-22...held left-handed hitters to a .181 average and righties to a .244 mark...rated by Baseball America as having the best fastball and as the best pitching prospect in Southern League...allowed three earned runs or less in 22 of his 27 starts...allowed more hits than innings pitched just seven times in 27 starts and struck out at least as many batters as innings pitched in 18 of his starts...pitched 7.0 shutout innings and won his first game on April 27 vs. Birmingham...allowed two runs and just four hits in the Aug. 11 game, one of 15 starts in which he allowed four hits or less.
CAREER SUMMARY: Begins his fourth season as a professional with a 16-11 record and a 2.91 ERA in 62 games...ranked by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Dodger organization...also tabbed by the publication as having the best fastball in the system...has allowed three earned runs or less in 56 of 62 appearances...made a big impact in seeing his first Major League action in 2003, going 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in four games (three starts)...was named to the Sportsticker All-Teen Team in 2003 as he went 7-7 with a 3.70 ERA in 27 starts for Double-A Jacksonville...named by Sportsticker as the sixth-best right-handed pitching prospect in baseball...Baseball America rated him as having the best fastball and as being the best pitching prospect in the Southern League and he entered the 2003 season ranked as the third-best prospect in the Dodger organization and the 99th best in baseball according to the same publication...was named the Dodger organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2002...made his Major League debut on his 20th birthday on Sept. 9, 2003 at Arizona, becoming the third- youngest pitcher to start a game for the L.A. Dodgers, trailing Joe Moeller in 1962 (19 years, two months) and Dick Calmus in 1963 (19 years, seven months)...Jackson became the youngest L.A. Dodger to win his first start as he defeated Randy Johnson and the Diamondbacks 4-1.
Honored as the Dodger organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year after a stellar season for South Georgia...made 19 starts and went 5-2 with a 1.98 ERA, allowing just 79 hits and 33 walks while fanning 85...went 4-2 with a 1.50 ERA in his last 13 starts, including not allowing an earned run in seven of the games...limited opposing hitters to a .206 average...the 1.98 ERA tied for first among all Dodger full-season minor leaguers...did not allow a run in seven starts and just one run in six others.
Pitched in 12 games for the Gulf Coast League Eastern Division champion Dodgers, going 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA...also served as the designated hitter for eight games and batted .308 (8-for-26) with a home run.