Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Conor Jackson Replaces Tony Clark

And Tony Clark's reward for batting .304 with 30 homers for the Diamondbacks last year? How about a seat at the end of the bench? Clark got the majority of AB at first base last year but rookie Conor Jackson, hitting .455 (10 for 22 with four doubles) this spring will take over the starting responsibilities when the season begins. Jackson has worked hard on his defense during the off season and management believes he needs to play every day if he is to be Arizona's first baseman not only of the future, but the present. Jackson was unable to get comfortable at the plate last year as he appeared primarily as a pinch hitter and spot starter against lefties, and barely cracked the Mendoza Line with a .200 average. Jackson appears to be targeted for the No. 5 or No. 6 spot in the batting order, where he'll pile up RBI with his gap power. Any homers will be considered a bonus.