After nine years of affiliated ball, Justin Jackson is bringing his talents (and new video blog) to the independent baseball world with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League.
Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays out of T. C. Roberson High School in 2007, Jackson spent the first eight years of his professional career in the Blue Jays organization. He bounced around the infield and outfield – He was a Midwest League All Star in 2008 as a Shortstop, and a Florida State League All Star as a Outfielder in 2011 – before making the switch to pitching in 2013. With the Blue Jays, he made it as high as Double A as both a position player and a pitcher.
Last year, Jackson started a new chapter in his baseball journey when he signed a free agent minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves. After starting the season in Double A, he spent the majority of the season with the High-A Carolina Mudcats posting a 2.05 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 52.2 innings pitched.
For the 2016 season, this minor league baseball veteran has signed on as a pitcher with the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League and is ready to give fans an inside look at his life this season.
Jackson, who already has a great presence on social media, has created his own YouTube channel and vlog “Ball Is Life.”
The vlog is more than just a video series about baseball (although there’s plenty of that too!) It is an inside look at everything that is Justin Jackson.
In one video, Jackson describes what it’s all about. “I love to create. That’s just it. So I figured this is a great medium for me to come out and express myself and to just journey my journey. That’s the reason I do it.” It’s an honest look inside a professional baseball player’s life who considers baseball to be just one part of his life.
We are looking forward to following Jackson this season and will be doing a follow-up and Q&A with him as the season progresses!