Jackson Merrill

19-Year-Old ShortstopSS
San Diego Padres A
2023 Fantasy Outlook
From strictly an advanced data standpoint, Merrill grades out favorably with the best hitting prospects in the game. A big 6-foot-3, lefty-hitting shortstop, Merrill has only played 45 games at Single-A and 22 games in the Arizona Fall League, but his 90th percentile exit velocity and zone contact rate (per Prospects Live) stand out as excellent marks regardless of age/level. He was sent to the AFL as a teenager to make up for the time he lost early in the year with a wrist injury, and while he hit just one home run in 98 plate appearances, scouts thought he was one of the best prospects in the league. Merrill will keep filling out his frame and all signs point to monster game power and a potentially plus hit tool, although he might not chip in more than a handful of steals. The Padres always push prospects of his ilk, so don't be surprised if Merrill spends a good chunk of his age-20 season at Double-A while ascending up prospect lists. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a $1.8 million contract with the Padres in July of 2021.
Swinging hot bat in Single-A
SSSan Diego Padres  A
September 6, 2022
Merrill is slashing .331/.387/.489 with five home runs, 33 RBI and eight stolen bases in 40 games with Single-A Lake Elsinore.
Merrill begin the 2022 campaign strongly before injuring his wrist. He hit .433 in 10 games with the organization's ACL club before returning to Lake Elsinore in late July. The 19-year-old struggled for a few games after his return, but he's slashing .339/.388/.545 in his past 25 contests. Merrill has ascended up San Diego's prospect rankings with his impressive numbers and the departure of many of the organization's other top prospects to Washington in the Juan Soto trade.
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Back in action for Single-A club
SSSan Diego Padres  A
July 31, 2022
Merrill (wrist) was reinstated from Single-A Lake Elsinore's 7-day injured list and went 0-for-5 with a run scored in his return to action Sunday in the affiliate's 11-9 win over Stockton.
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Kicks off rehab assignment
SSSan Diego Padres  A
June 22, 2022
Merrill (wrist) began a rehab assignment Tuesday with the Padres' rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate and went 2-for-2 with a double and a run.
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Rehabbing wrist injury
SSSan Diego Padres  A
May 24, 2022
Merrill is rehabbing a wrist injury in Arizona, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Lands with Friars
SSSan Diego Padres  A
July 11, 2021
The Padres have selected Merrill with the 27th overall pick in the 2021 first-year player draft.
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