6’5″ College HR King and 2nd Bundesliga Hitting Leader Seeking Team for 2019-20 and 2020 summer | Baseball Jobs Overseas

6’5″ College HR King and 2nd Bundesliga Hitting Leader Seeking Team for 2019-20 and 2020 summer

Name: Jackson Roberts

Height: 6'5"cm

Weight: 230 lbskg

DOB: January 25, 1997

Date Available: August 19, 2019

Will Pay Flight

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: 1B

Positions (alt): OF, RF, CF, LF

College: Swarthmore College

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Personal

I would be an impact bat immediately for any club that signs me. I have proven that so far both at the collegiate and now the 2nd Bundesliga level.  I was named to the ABCA’s first team for the Mid-Atlantic Region in 2018 at the DH position. I was also twice named all-conference and in both 2018 and 2019, I was one of just ten players in the state of Pennsylvania to be named academic all-district.  I broke my college’s all-time home run record with 18, the single-season record with 10 and the total bases record with 116 (single-season).

I have a proven record of leading an offense to new heights. In 2018, my Swarthmore team won the Centennial Conference for the first time ever, won an NCAA Regional for the first time ever, and won a game at the D3 World Series for the first time ever.  My game improved as the season went on and I performed best in the most pressurized situations (I was named to the all-World Series team, going 8-13 with a homer and 5 RBI). We finished ranked sixth in the country, and as the cleanup hitter, I led the team in batting average, slugging percentage, OPS, home runs and total bases. I led the Centennial Conference as well in all those categories except batting average (second).

I now have two separate stints of experience playing internationally, as I played summer 2019 for the Frankfurt Eagles in the 2nd Bundesliga, and previously for Club Béisbol Barcelona during my semester abroad in the fall of 2017.  In the Bundesliga I batted .525/.627/.900, all of which were at or near the top of the league leaderboard. The Eagles home field is also extremely large and we played nearly all our games at home, which is why I had just one home run but three triples, two of which traveled well over 400 feet. In 2017 I batted .444 in the Copa de Cataluña and finished second in the league in slugging percentage.


I went from being a middle infielder with limited gap-to-gap power in high school to a power-hitting first baseman today, and it hasn’t always been a smooth transition.  I struggled with off-speed pitches early in my college career, but by the end of the 2018 season, I greatly improved my pitch selection and began to recognize spin much earlier out of the hand.  I am still learning my swing, and I am confident I will continue to make big strides at the plate.


At the moment, I am most reliable at first base and corner outfield, and I held down center field for the Eagles for the entirety of the season. I have improved my defense at first a good bit over the past few years.  I grew up playing middle infield and my ground ball footwork at first took some work, but I feel comfortable there now. I have also worked hard to improve my arm strength.  My current pulldown PR is 90 mph, a good step up from the 84 I could do 2 summers ago.

 

Abilities summary: DIII 1st Team All-Region, Swarthmore HR Record Holder (All-Time and Single-Season)

2019 2nd Bundesliga Stats: 21-40, .525/.627/.900, HR, 3 3B, 6 2B, 13 RBI, 14 R (12 games)-DBV website has these numbers slightly lower because a walk was mistaken for a dropped third strike by the official scorer

 

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2015-16 Bercovich Baseball Travel Ball Starting 1B & Cleanup Hitter
2017 Club Béisbol Barcelona Copa Catalunya Starting CF, 5 hitter
2017 Edgewater Pirates Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League Starting 1B & 4,5, or 6 hitter
2016-19 Swarthmore College NCAA DIII 1B/DH & Cleanup Hitter
2019 Frankfurt Eagles Germany 2nd Bundesliga 1B/CF

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2019 Youth Trainer Frankfurt Eagles Helped instruct players ages 8-15 on basic fundamentals and in some cases, more advanced hitting technique. Also performed several hours of field maintenance each week.

Stats

College/Amateur Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2016 Swarthmore 32 95 14 26 3 0 0 12 17 21 1 - .274 .386 .305
2017 Swarthmore 25 39 5 12 2 2 0 5 2 9 0 - .308 .357 .462
2018 Swarthmore 44 168 32 67 17 1 10 48 13 26 2 - .399 .435 .690
2019 Frankfurt 12 41 14 21 6 3 1 13 9 2 5 0 .512 .608 .878

Video Highlights

Testimonials

Matt Midkiff

Swarthmore College, Head Coach
mmidkif1@swarthmore.edu

Jackson is a 1B/DH who can also play the corner outfield. He has an insane work ethic that has fueled his increased production. Jackson is a dangerous middle of the order hitter who has shown big time power. He doesn't strike out a lot considering how much power he has. He has worked hard on speed and defense and is continuing to improve daily. As the level of pitching increased, Jackson seemed to get better. He was very good in the Regional and World Series and the pitching never seemed like it was too much for him. Off the field Jackson is a model student-athlete. He is a great student at one of the best academic institutions in the world. He has a team first mentality that makes the players around him better. He is very serious about baseball and will do whatever it takes to get better and to win.

Brian Booth

Swarthmore College, Assistant Coach
bbooth1@swarthmore.edu

Jackson has come a really long way in the last two years. He matured greatly as a hitter this past year. Previously, he was a hitter that would swing at every strike, even the pitchers best pitch and get himself out. This past year he bought into being able to hit behind in the count and seeking pitches he could do damage on and it really paid off. He became the toughest out in the conference. He was arguably the best hitter we saw the entire season. He has terrific size which includes long arms that aid in terrific plate coverage. His pull side power is impressive (he hit two balls onto the roof of our building in left field in one game). He is predominantly a pull hitter which is fine for him with his arm length but he also shows flashes of back side gap power which I think he may be able to refine a little more this year. He takes walks, doesn't strike out too often, and hits for average and power. I fully expect him to be an all American this year and possibly the most feared hitter in division 3. Defensively, the glove is solid. His only weakness is his throwing but at 6'5'' he plays a large first base and is a comfortable target. Unfortunately for him we have probably the best defensive first baseman in the country so he wont play much in the field this year. His job is to hit and he does it well. He presents all the traits of a guy that could be a very good hitter for years to come.

Jack Nelson

Frankfurt Eagles Head Coach
jackdashnelson@gmail.com

Even though we didn’t have much experience hosting import players as a club playing in the German second Bundesliga, we set high expectations for the roles and responsibilities they would assume as players, youth coaches, and club supporters. Jackson took this role seriously as one of two import players during his time in Frankfurt and exceeded our expectations both on and off the field. As advertised and featured prominently during his college career, he showed exceptional power at the plate that is not entirely reflected by his statistics, as our home field is unusually deep in left and center field (also please note the German 2.BL stats are not regularly updated). Jackson’s approach at the plate demonstrated a clear plan to control each at bat and consistently produce very hard contact to all fields. Though he is best suited to be at 1B or a corner outfield at a higher level, Jackson can also play CF if necessary. Off the field, Jackson was a great clubhouse guy who put in the time, effort, and energy to coach with our youth program, support our second men’s team, and help with field/ballpark maintenance tasks. In short, we sought an import player to make a big impact on and off the field. Needless to say, Jackson accepted that responsibility and more than fulfilled his commitment to the Eagles and we are the better for it. We hope and expect to see him playing at a high level in Australia in Winter 2019-2020 and in a top European league in Summer 2020.

Additional Info

Living preferences: Living on my own, Living with teammates with my own private bedroom, Living with teammates in a shared bedroom, Living with a host family

 

Status: Single

 

Prior engagements: No

 

Ever convicted of a felony? No

 

Recent injuries/illnesses: No

Traveling with a companion: No


 

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