For Opening Day of the 2012 season the Hickory Crawdads will have Luke Jackson on the mound. The Hickory Crawdads are the class low A minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers and are based in Hickory, North Carolina. They start their season on April 5, 2012 at the Kannapolis Intimidators the low A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
Luke Jackson was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 1st round of the 2010 draft; he was the 45th overall pick. Jackson was selected out of Calvary Christian High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The starter is a right handed pitcher who stands 6’2” 185 lbs.
This will be his second stint with Hickory. In 2011 he started 19 games and had a record of 5 wins and 6 losses. His ERA was 5.64% and his WHIP stood at 1.747. He surrendered 83 hits and 9 homeruns. The SO/BB ratio of 1.63 was the only season long solid number. While the numbers don’t look very good on their surface, his second half wasn’t nearly as good as the first half.