LAKELAND, Fla. -- With sluggers like Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Brennan Boesch and Delmon Young in the Detroit Tigers lineup this year, all lead-off hitter Austin Jackson has to do is get on base and be ready to run home.
In his rookie season in 2010, Jackson was on base a lot. He batted .293 and led all American Leagues rookies in runs scored (103), hits (181), total bases (247), extra-base hits (48), doubles (34), triples (10) and stolen bases (27).
Jackson became just the fourth player in league history since 1901 to reach at least 100 runs scored, 180 hits, 30 doubles, 10 triples and 25 stolen bases as a rookie -- joining Joe Jackson (1911), Juan Samuel (1984) and Hanley Ramirez (2006).
Jackson finished second to Texas closer Neftali Feliz in A.L. Rookie of the Year voting.
Although Jackson never spoke of a sophomore slump, he did seem to fall into one last season, when his batting average dropped to .249 and most of his other offensive stats dipped as well.