Former Cal Standout Conor Jackson Named Top Pro Prospect by Baseball America

Oct. 7, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - Former University of California baseball standout, Conor Jackson, has been named the fifth-best professional prospect in the California League, and the 11th-best pro prospect in the Texas League, according to Baseball America.

Jackson, who played for the Golden Bears from 2001-03 and was a first-round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks, played the majority of this summer with the single A Lancaster Jethawks of the California League, batting .345 (89-for-258) with 19 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 54 RBI. He then was moved up to the double AA El Paso Diables where he played 47 games in the outfield and six games at third base, batting .301 (68-for-226) with 13 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 37 RBI.

Now Jackson is beginning competition in the prestigious Arizona Fall League as a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions. He is joined by two other former Cal baseball standouts in the Arizona Fall League - John Baker and Trevor Hutchinson. Baker, a catcher for the Bears from 2000-02; and Hutchinson, a right-hander who pitched for Cal from 1999-02, are members of the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

Baker was a fourth round draft pick of the Oakland A's in 2002 and ended this past summer playing for the AAA affiliate Sacramento Rivercats, catching 12 games and batting .347 (17-for-49) with three doubles, and 10 RBI. Hutchinson played for the double AA Carolina Mudcats of the Florida Marlins organization this summer, going 10-7 with a 4.23 ERA, recording 86 strikeouts in 123.3 innings.

Jackson, Baker and Hutchinson were all members of the Bears' 2001 NCAA Regional team under head coach David Esquer and pitching coach Dan Hubbs.

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