Conor Jackson Named 2003 Third Team All-American
June 19, 2003
DURHAM, NC - University of California junior third baseman Conor Jackson has been selected as a third team All-American, it was announced today by Baseball America. Jackson, who recently earned All-Pac-10 honors for the second year in-a-row, concluded the 2003 campaign batting .388 with 14 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 44 RBI and a Pac-10 leading .538 on-base percentage. He hit a home run in each of the Bears' three games in the final Pac-10 series May 9-11 against Stanford and was the April 21 Pac-10 Player of the Week.
Jackson is Cal's first All-America selection since Xavier Nady earned his third straight All-America honor in 2000. On June 3 Jackson was drafted in the first round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and was the 19th pick overall, of the 2003 Major League Amateur Draft. He is the first Cal baseball player to be drafted in the first round since right-handed pitcher Dave Masters was selected by the Chicago Cubs and was the 24th pick overall in 1985.
Jackson is the second highest draft pick in Cal baseball history behind shortstop/outfielder Ted Parks, who was the 16th pick overall by the Baltimore Orioles in 1966, the second year of the Major League Amateur Draft. For his career, Jackson has a .347 batting average and is sixth in slugging percentage (.573), seventh in home runs (30) and 10th in walks (115) on the Bears' all-time career list.