The Milwaukee Brewers added some pitching depth to their Triple-A Nashville affiliate Thursday, acquiring right-hander Jay Jackson from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.
Jackson, 26, was a ninth-round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 2008 out of Furman University and was ranked as the No. 98 prospect in baseball by Baseball America before the 2010 season.
But his career did not progress as planned as he stalled out at the Triple-A level in the Cubs’ organization and was released by the Cubs in March 2013. He signed with the Miami Marlins last season, became a free agent in November and signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates in December.
In 25 appearances, 12 of them starts, at Triple-A Indianapolis this season, Jackson was 5-4 with a 4.89 ERA and 1.500 WHIP in 84.2 innings, striking out 87.
Last season, he split time between Miami’s Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans affiliates. He was 3-6 with a 3.16 ERA and 1.017 WHIP in 14 starts and 79.2 innings for Jacksonville, striking out 73. At New Orleans, he was 1-1 with a 4.68 ERA and 1.600 WHIP in seven appearances—four starts—and 25 innings, fanning 20.