Edwin Jackson #36
- Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 210
- 2008 Stats: 14-11, 4.42 ERA
When the Tigers traded Matt Joyce to the Tampa Bay Rays for Jackson, Detroit fans scratched their heads â€“ and not only because Joyce appeared to have a future in the Tigers outfield. Jackson is an unknown quantity outside of the A.L. East and the Tigers have only faced the righthander four times since 2006 for a total of 16 innings (1-0, 3.38 ERA, 12 K). He became expendable in pitching-rich Tampa despite a pedestrian 2008 (14-11, 4.42) due mainly to the emergence of David Price, but from most accounts, the Tigers landed themselves a gem and a durable number-three man in the rotation.
The 25-year-old Jackson features a mid-90s fastball and a devastating slider â€“ and batters hit just above .200 when facing the slider. In 2009, watch for Jackson to stick with his formula for success: working the lower half of the strike zone and the corners of the plate â€“ up and away on lefties, high and tight on righties. And, if he can maintain his low rate of walks per nine innings (2.5), Jackson will pay rapid dividends for the Tigers.