After grabbing a young, athletic outfielder in round round 1, the Angels went with a young, athletic infielder in round 2.
Jackson may not have the speed of first round pick Adams (no one else did in the draft) but the 6-foot, 175-pound but this dude can play. And hit. Jackson has power to all fields and this year is batting .632 with 12 home runs, 43 RBIs and 49 runs scored. His on-base percentage is .734. Hitting is his best asset and he has 20+ home run potential while hitting for a higher average.
Jackson was 2A player of the year for Alabama last season and 2A hitter of the year in 2016.
His swing is a big long but that works at the high school level. Should be a fairly easy thing to work on as he matures as a pro.
The recommended bonus at the #57 slot is $1,196,500 and Jackson has already told AL.com he will forego his college career and play pro baseball immediately.
Coincidently enough, the MLB.com draft rankings had Jackson at #57 - exactly where the Angels picked him.
There is another famous Jackson from Alabama drafted as a middle infielder in the early rounds, and that would be Bo Jackson, who has nabbed in the second round of the 1982 draft. That’s some good company to keep.