Former Cal Star Conor Jackson Called Up to the Major Leagues
July 28, 2005
PHOENIX, AZ - Former University of California baseball standout, Conor Jackson, 23, has been called up to the Major Leagues as the Arizona Diamondbacks have purchased the contract of the ex-Golden Bear slugger. Jackson will be sharing time at first base with veteran Tony Clark, and will be playing for Diamondbacks' manager Bob Melvin, who was a catcher on Cal's 1980 College World Series team that placed third in the nation.
Jackson, who was playing for the Tucson Sidewinders, the Triple A affiliate of the Diamondbacks, is having an outstanding 2005 season, batting .354 (118-for-333) with 38 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 73 RBI in 93 games. Jackson now joins Jeff Kent (Los Angeles Dodgers), Ryan Drese (Washington Nationals), Tyler Walker (San Francisco Giants), Geoff Blum (San Diego Padres) and Xavier Nady (San Diego Padres) as former Cal standouts in the major leagues.
Competing for the Bears from 2001-03, Jackson was a first-round draft pick of the Diamondbacks (19th pick overall) in June 2003. He was the first Cal player to be drafted in the first round of the Major League Amateur Draft since Dave Masters in 1985, and was the second highest draft pick in Cal baseball history behind Ted Parks, who was the 16th pick overall by the Baltimore Orioles in 1966. A two-time All-Pac-10 selection, Jackson was a third team All-American in Baseball America in 2003, batting .388 with 14 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs and 44 RBI for the Bears.