Brett Jacobson

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Brett S. Jacobson

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Brett Jacobson has played five seasons in the minors (through 2012), reaching the AA level.

Amateur Career[edit]

Jacobson was 10-1 with a 1.10 ERA as a high school senior, with 100 K in 74 1/3 IP; he also hit .427 with 8 home runs. He was named Gatorade's High School Player of the Year for Arizona., Baseball America named him the 12th-best pro prospect in the nation. Due to a strong college commitment, he fell to the 11th round of the 2005 amateur draft before being picked by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

As a freshman at Vanderbilt, he had a 2-0, 4.20 record in limited time. His sophomore season, he improved to 6-3, 3.15 as the #3 starter behind David Price and Mike Minor. With the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League, he went 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA and 52 K in 43 1/3 IP. He tied for fifth in the league in whiffs. Moving to the bullpen as a junior, he was 2-4 with four saves and a 5.09 ERA.


He was then taken by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round of the 2008 amateur draft (the fourth straight hurler they took). He was signed by scout Harold Zonder for $230,000 and made his pro debut that summer with the West Michigan Whitecaps, going 2-2 with a 1.52 ERA in 21 games. He started well in 2009 with the Lakeland Flying Tigers (1-3, 6 Sv, 3.74 in 35 G) then was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Aubrey Huff. In 7 late-season outings for the Frederick Keys, he walked 9 in 10 innings and went 1-2 with a 6.30 ERA.

After going 8-1 with a save and a 2.79 ERA in 34 appearances for the Frederick Keys in 2010, he was sent to the Minnesota Twins with Jim Hoey for J.J. Hardy, Brendan Harris and cash. He had a 1.54 ERA and three saves in seven games for the Perth Heat in the 2010-2011 Australian Baseball League. In 2011, Brett was 5-6 with a save and a 4.56 ERA for the New Britain Rock Cats, with 58 walks and 14 wild pitches in 100 2/3 IP. He tied Ethan Martin for fifth in the Eastern League in walks and tied Steven Wright for fourth in wild pitches. He was 1-2 with a 6.94 ERA for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.

He began 2012 poorly with New Britain (0-4, 7.50, 45 BB, 14 WP in 42 IP) and was released by the Twins; Jacobson signed with the Colorado Rockies organization a month later and allowed five runs and seven walks in 4 2/3 IP for the Tulsa Drillers the remainder of the year. Despite his very limited workload, he still finished second in the 2012 EL in wild pitches.

Jacobson's brother, Gus, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 35th round of the 2003 amateur draft and went on to play at Western Michigan University.