Former Cal Standout Conor Jackson Named Northwest League MVP

Aug. 29, 2003

YAKIMA, WA - Former University of California baseball player Conor 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. Jackson is the star left fielder for the Yakima (Wash.) Bears, a short season Single A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jackson, who was the Diamondbacks' first round draft pick and the 19th pick overall in the 2003 June Major League Amateur Draft, is currently batting .310 (75-for-242) and is leading the Northwest League with 32 doubles and 56 RBI in 64 games. He is also ranked in the top five in the league in batting average, on-base percentage (.403) and slugging percentage (.525). 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.

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