Edwin Jackson was originally drafted as an outfielder in the sixth round by the Dodgers before being converted into a pitcher. The 6-foot-3 right hander quickly developed one of the best fastballs in the Dodgers system, along with a solid repertoire of offspeed pitches. By 2003, prospect guru John Sickels was calling him “one of the best right-handed prospects in the game.”
Baseball America ranked Jackson as the fourth best prospect in baseball in 2004, one year after out-dueling Randy Johnson in his major league debut.
Jackson would eventually turn into a major league starter, but not for the Dodgers. Despite his flash of brilliance in 2003, he spent the majority of 2004 and 2005 in the minors struggling to get Triple-A hitters out. In 2004, he pitched to a 5.86 ERA in 19 minor league starts. That number ticked up to 5.91 in 22 Double-A and Triple-A starts the following season.
Jackson would eventually build a 17-year career in the majors, a true journeyman, pitching for 14 different teams, his career highlight coming on June 25, 2010 when he pitched a no-hitter despite walking eight batters.