Mar 18, 2014; Surprise, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Brett Jackson (7) breaks his bat on a swing in the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks Get Brett Jackson From The Cubs

Late into the night on Thursday the Diamondbacks and Cubs announced a minor-league deal that sent Cubs 2009 first-round pick Brett Jackson to the Dbacks for minor league right-hander Blake Cooper.

Cooper is 26 years old, and had been in the Arizona system since 2010. He was drafted by the Dbacks in the 12th round of the 2010 June Amateur Draft out of the University of South Carolina.  He started out with Rookie Missoula appearing in eight games allowing eight hits in eight innings while compiling a 3.38 era. In 2011 he moved up in the system playing for High A Visalia and South Bend. In 2013, he appeared in 15 games with the Rawhide before being promoted to Mobile. In 39 appearances, he complied a 5-2 record with a 2.93 era.

This year he has pitched for Mobile and Triple A Reno. In 24 appearances with Mobile, he compiled a 3-2 record with a 1.85 era. The Snakes promoted him to Triple A on June 21st, and the transition hasn’t gone smoothly. In 24 innings pitched he has given up 25 hits, while striking out 20, and walking 17 compiling a 6.00 era. In five minor league seasons, Cooper is 16-15 with a 3.27 era, and 16 saves.

According to Carrie Muskat of, Cooper will probably report to Double-A Tennessee because of an overload of pitchers at Iowa, the Cubs Triple A affiliate.

Jackson was the 31st player taken overall in the 2009 First Year Player Draft. Injuries limited him to just 61 games at Iowa last season. In 81 games this season, he is batting .210, with five homers, and 20 RBI’s.

This is a change of scenery move. The Diamondbacks believe he will succeed in their system, and he could potentially help out the big league club given his major league experience. He had 142 major league plate appearances with the Cubs in 2012 hitting .175 with four long balls.

Jackson will join the 40 man roster and report to Reno.


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