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Mariners Take High School Star Alex Jackson

Tim Booth, AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have selected high school slugger Alex Jackson with the No. 6 pick in the amateur baseball draft.

Jackson was selected by the Mariners on Thursday night. It was the fourth time in the past six seasons Seattle has made a pick in the top six spots in the draft.

Jackson was a star at Rancho Bernardo High School near San Diego. He batted .400 with 11 home runs in his senior season after hitting 14 homers as a junior and 17 as a sophomore.

While his success came as a catcher, the right-handed hitter could transition to playing a corner outfield position in the pros. Finding a right-handed bat with power has been difficult for the Mariners in the past.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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