Spring Training Spinners — KYLE JACKSON

Today’s installment profiling former Spinners on the Red Sox Spring Training roster features right-handed pitcher Kyle Jackson.

Kyle Jackson — 2003 Spinners stats: 1-1, 0.93 ERA, 2/2 K/BB in 9.2 IP

A New Hampshire native from just over the boarder, Kyle Jackson was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2001 Amateur Draft by his hometown Boston Red Sox. After making one appearance with the Gulf Coast Red Sox in 2002, Jackson’s 5-2, 1.85 ERA summer with the GCL Red Sox in 2003 brought him home to the Merrimack Valley via a late-season promotion to Lowell. The Alvirne (Hudson, NH) High School graduate allowed only one earned run over two road starts to end the 2003 Spinners season.

Jackson struck out 222 batters in 226.1 innings of work over the next two years at Low-A Augusta and Greenville (the Red Sox affiliate moved to Greenville in 2005). The Red Sox rewarded Kyle with another late-season call-up, this time to Double-A Portland, where he showed good stuff (7 strikeouts in 7 innings without walking a batter) but allowed too many home runs (4).

Last year, Jackson dominated High-A Wilmington with a 6-0 record, 1.59 ERA and a stunning 67 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. A second gig in Portland, covering his final 22 appearances of 2006, went much better than the first. Despite a bit of wildness, the Red Sox added Kyle to their 40-man roster this fall after a 3-1, 2.45 ERA performance with 36 K’s in 36.2 innings as a 23-year-old in Double-A.

Kyle’s Arizona Fall League performance was perplexing: a 5-0 record, but a 6.23 ERA with almost as many walks (10) as strikeouts (11).

Jackson’s addition to the 40-man roster means the Red Sox are serious about his potential. This year he’ll focus on control, and if all goes well, he could soon be the fourth 2003 Spinner to make it to Boston.

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