Mariners agree to terms with top pick Jackson
Alex Jackson, the Mariners first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, has agreed to terms with the club on a deal that includes a signing bonus of more than $4 million, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis.
Jackson was the sixth overall pick in the Draft, a spot that carries a $3,570,000 value in MLB’s current slotting system.
Jackson is being listed as an outfielder by the Mariners, though he played mostly catcher at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego. The 18-year-old was regarded by many as the top power hitter in this year’s Draft.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik has said Jackson is a good athlete who could be a quality catcher, but with 2012 first-round Draft pick Mike Zunino already at that position, Seattle will start Jackson out in the outfield and see how quickly he can advance.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder hit 47 home runs in his prep career at Rancho Bernardo, a traditional baseball power in the San Diego area.
With Jackson’s agreement, the Mariners have now signed their top 14 picks.