Former Cal Star Conor Jackson to Play in All-Star Futures Game
June 29, 2005
TUCSON, AZ - Former University of California baseball standout, Conor Jackson, 23, has been selected to play in the seventh annual All-Star Futures Game, it was announced by Minor League Baseball. The XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game will be played July 10 at Comerica Park in Detroit and will be broadcast at 1 p.m. PST on ESPN. The rosters for the two squads - made up of players from a United States, and a World Player team - were selected by Baseball America, in conjunction with Major League Baseball Operations, the Major League Scouting Bureau and the 30 Major League clubs.
Jackson, a first baseman for the Tucson Sidewinders, the Triple A affiliate for the Arizona Diamondbacks, is having an outstanding 2005 season, batting .373 (100-for-268) with 30 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 58 RBI. He is a member of the United States team for the second time in just his second full season of professional baseball. In last year's Futures Games, Jackson doubled and scored in the United States' 4-3 victory over the World squad.
Playing for the Golden Bears from 2001-03, Jackson was a first-round draft pick of the Arizona 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 is 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.