But based on his impressive MLB debut, packed with just the right amount of innings-eating, we’re betting he’ll find his way back to Hollywood before the 2021 season is over.
In fact, we’ll bet an opportunity arises due to injury before his 10-day demotion window even expires.
Jackson filled in with four shutout innings of piggyback relief work on Monday evening, locking down the soft underbelly of a bizarrely-tight game that ended up being decided by a late Dodgers dinger. Regrettably, though he headed back to Triple-A on Tuesday in favor of reliever Evan Phillips and Gavin Lux, it’s clear he earned the respect of his teammates by taking ownership of the Dodger Stadium rubber.
Following the game, Justin Turner made sure Jackson’s whiffs would not be forgotten.
The de facto Dodgers captain shared the team’s highlight reel of his extremely impressive outing, highlighting the plus-plus changeup that led the way time and again.
Dodgers rookie Andre Jackson got a shoutout from Justin Turner.
Jackson is essentially the final stone the Dodgers have overturned this year. For whatever reason, they emptied nearly every 40-man relief option to fill their bullpen void from Darien Nuñez to Alex Vesia before testing out their top-30 prospect and Futures Game participant.
The 25-year-old Jackson is doubtlessly targeted for bigger and better things, of course, and was likely bypassed throughout this season so that he could build his innings up at the minor-league level prior to being shuttled to the bigs (it didn’t help that he battled a minor midseason injury).
Still, the end-of-season roster recap is going to look a little ridiculous if players like Jimmie Sherfy and Mitch White got more leeway than someone who seems to have a big-league future.
In fact, it wouldn’t be off base to say that Walker Buehler and Jackson graduated from the same school of pitching…
…I mean, they did. The Dodgers’ development program is one hell of a weapon.
Shoutout to Jackson, who proved his mettle once and for all after being bypassed repeatedly throughout this roller coaster season. He’ll be back, and Justin Turner will be there to welcome him when the time comes.