Former Standouts Jackson and Hutchinson Named Top Pro Prospects
Jan. 5, 2004
DURHAM, NC - Former University of California baseball players Conor Jackson and Trevor Hutchinson have been selected by Baseball America to be among the top professional prospects in their respective organizations. Jackson was rated the No. 6 prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization, while Hutchinson was rated the No. 9 prospect in the Florida Marlins' organization.
This past summer, Jackson was named the Most Valuable Player of the Northwest League and was selected as one of three outfielders on the 2003 Northwest League All-Star Team. He was the star left fielder for the Yakima (Wash.) Bears, a short season Single A affiliate of the Diamondbacks.
Jackson, who was the Diamondbacks' first round draft pick and the 19th pick overall in the 2003 June Major League Amateur Draft, batted .319 (82-for-257) and led the Northwest League with 35 doubles and 60 RBI in 68 games. He is also ranked in the top five in the league in batting average, on-base percentage (.410) and slugging percentage (.533). Jackson was featured on the August 20 edition of the Baseball America website.
Concluding his Cal career last spring batting .388 with 14 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 44 RBI and a Pac-10-leading .538 on-base percentage, Jackson was named third team All-American by Baseball America and earned All-Pac-10 honors for the second year in-a-row. 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 college career, Jackson had 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.
Former Cal right-hander Hutchinson, pitching for the Double AA Carolina Mudcats (Florida Marlins affiliate), was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2003 Southern League Championship series. He was the winning pitcher in the Mudcats' 4-1 championship victory over Huntsville (Ala.), Sept. 14 in Zebulon, North Carolina.
Hutchinson, who pitched for the Golden Bears from 1999-2002 and is the school's career strikeout leader (284), threw 5.0 innings with three hits, one earned run, one walk and one strikeout in the victory over Huntsville, helping Carolina to a 3-2 series advantage. Hutchinson had retired the first nine batters he faced in the championship game.
Also starting the first game of the series back on Sept. 9, Hutchinson had gotten a no decision despite throwing 6.3 innings with three hits, no runs, no walks and five strikeouts. He allowed a lead-off single in the first inning, and then proceeded to retire the next 14 batters. Carolina ended up winning that contest, 3-2.
Hutchinson concluded the summer with a 3-3 record, a 3.86 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 35.0 innings for the Mudcats. He started the season playing for the Single A Jupiter (Fla.) Hammerheads, finishing 9-2 with two complete games, a 2.77 ERA, and had 58 strikeouts with only 16 walks in 84.3 innings.