The Arizona Diamondbacks have released left-fielder Brandon Jacobs according to a report by Matt Eddy of Baseball America. The Dbacks have not officially confirmed the news.
Jacobs was sent to the Diamondbacks as part of the three team trade that sent OF Adam Eaton to the White Sox last winter. That deal also sent Mark Trumbo to the Dbacks from the Angels.
Jacobs had a lot of upside, and a combination of speed and power that is rarely seen. He was recruited as a running back by Auburn University, but passed on the opportunity after the Boston Red Sox drafted him in the 10th round of the 2009 draft.
He was traded to the White Sox for reliever Matt Thornton in July of 2013. He has all the talent in the world, but he has struggled to be consistent. He hit just .237 in 43 games for the White Sox Double AA affiliate.
He slugged 16 home runs for the Visalia Rawhide, but he hit just .210, with a wOBA of .308. He finished with a K% of 32.6, and he had a BB% of just 8.6. That resulted in a BABIP of .266.
Simply put, Jacobs didn’t have a chance to make it in the Dbacks system. We wish Jacobs the best as he looks for his next opportunity.