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Brewers add stud, overseas pitcher to Spring roster

February 15, 2019 - 4:34 pm

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers made a move on Friday, signing veteran right-handed reliever Jay Jackson to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

The 31-year-old played has played the past three seasons for the Nippon Professional Baseball league’s Hiroshima Toyo Carp. There, Jackson posted a 2.10 ERA in 176 innings with 192 strikeouts.

Before going to Japan, he bounced around the minor leagues with a brief Major-League stint. He appeared in six games for the Padres in 2015, throwing 4.1 innings with a 6.23 ERA.

His minor league career was spent with affiliates for the Cubs, Marlins, Pirates, Brewers and Padres organizations. His time with the Brewers was brief, making six appearances with the AAA-Nashville Sounds. In his eight seasons in the affiliated minor leagues, Jackson posted a 4.31 ERA in just over 850 innings pitched, including 785 strikeouts.

Jackson also played in the Mexican Pacific Winter League and the Venezuelan Winter League during his career. In five seasons between the two leagues, Jackson recorded a 2.89 ERA and 20 saves.

Once again, David Stearns may have found a diamond in the rough for the Brewers as they make another push for a World Series in 2019. Could Jackson emerge as a Thames-esque signing for Stearns?