The Quebec Capitals are announcing a major addition to the roster for next season. Outfielder Jhalan Jackson signed a contract for the 2021 season, formalizing his return to the organization. In the space of about 50 games during the 2019 season, Jackson had an immediate impact with the Capitales, both batting and defensively.
Manager Patrick Scalabrini is delighted with Jhalan Jackson’s return to his roster: “He is our most exciting and spectacular player, both batting and defensive. Jhalan is the best hitter in our lineup. I expect him to be one of the best players in the league. We’re going to try to build our offensive around him. He will definitely be a big run producer.”
Released from the New York Yankees’ AA affiliate in the spring of 2019, Jackson joined Quebec in June and immediately joined the core of the offensive lineup. In the 2019 season, the native Floridian hit the long ball at a frantic pace (1 home run in every 19 plate appearances). His 13 home runs (in 58 games) were good for fourth place in the former Can-Am League. He also ranked among the top players in several other offensive chapters (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS). The imposing outfielder also stood out defensively. In the outfield, he had repeatedly stolen long hits from the opponent. Jackson had also frustrated several opposing runners who had dared to challenge his hot arm.
Scalabrini also mentions that Jhalan Jackson will arrive more motivated than ever. “In 2019, the first few weeks had been complicated for him because of his hamstring injury. Once he recovered he was unstoppable. He wants to arrive in a form that will allow him to be at this level to give himself a chance to be spotted by Major League Baseball teams.”