Luke Jackson
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Jackson was in the 90th percentile for his fastball velocity and strikeout rate in 2019, and the Braves believed in him so much they went out and traded for Shane Greene and Chris Martin and gave native Georgian Will Smith a big three-year deal. Jackson throws with a lot of velocity, but it's his slider that makes or breaks him. He blew seven of his 25 save chances last year, serving up 10 home runs in 72.2 innings of work. That is what ultimately did him in -- the increased velocity and the improved walk rate from 2018 were nice to see, but closers simply cannot allow home runs at a high rate and expect to keep their job on a contending ballclub. That, and the problems Jackson has had against righties despite the great slider. Reverse splits aren't a thing, but Jackson is certainly trying to disprove that. Kiss goodbye to the saves. Read Past Outlooks
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