Houston Astros Claim Ryan Jackson Off of Waivers

ryan_jackson_2013The Astros made a swap of backup middle infielders Wednesday, waiving Jake Elmore (who was then claimed by the White Sox) and claiming Ryan Jackson from the Cardinals.

What does Jackson bring? Well, for one, he’s a plus defender at one of the most important defensive positions.

Jackson hit .278/.352/.346 in 510 plate appearances for the Cardinals’ Triple-A team last year while stealing 9 of 9 bases.

He offers a good eye at the plate, fluctuating between 8-10 percent walk rates in the minors with a strikeout rate between 17-20 percent.

Source: David Coleman, The Crawfish Boxes