Though Ryan Jackson's time in the Arizona Fall League was spent jumping around on defense, the Cardinals intend to continue prioritizing work at shortstop for the 23-year-old infielder.
Before playing in the AFL, Jackson, who was drafted in 2009, had been used exclusively as a shortstop. That changed, though, when he landed on the same AFL club as Mariners shortstop prospect Nick Franklin. With Franklin taking most of the at-bats at short, Jackson was forced to try his hand at other infield spots to find a way onto the field.
He handled the challenge just fine, and, if anything, the exposure to other positions will only help Jackson in the future.
While the Cardinals intend to put Jackson back at shortstop this season, there is one significant variable in that plan. Should Jackson move up to Triple-A, he and Pete Kozma would have to split time at short. That would leave the Cardinals little choice but to have both prospects also playing elsewhere on defense.
"Whatever helps me get to the big leagues faster, I'm all for that," Jackson said. "Whatever the Cardinals want me to do, I'm all for it."