Mariners get what they can for fading prospect Alex Jackson

Alex Jackson, the Mariners' top pick in the 2014 draft, could never find his swing in his three seasons with the organization. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Outfielder Alex Jackson was in consideration for the first overall pick in 2014, didn't make it out of the top 10 and was supposed to be on the fast track to the majors by now. Instead, Seattle flipped him (with a player to be named later) for two lower-tier pitching prospects, as Atlanta cashes in some of its pitching depth to roll the dice on a longshot bat who still has a high ceiling if he can get out of his current rut.

Seattle turned the page on the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft before it even had to put the player on its 40-man roster. The Mariners took Jackson, a high school catcher with power and what appeared to be a promising hit tool, and moved him immediately to right field, because they felt his bat was good enough that he should play every day.