Jackson, Hoffpauir off to good starts in pro baseball


Stanford product Drew Jackson opened his professional baseball career in a big way.

Seattle's fifth-round draft collected six hits in his first 18 at-bats for the Everett AquaSox and scored seven runs.

Jackson is hitting second in the lineup and playing shortstop. St. Francis grad Braden Bishop, a resident of San Carlos, is batting lead off and playing center field.

Jackson opened the season batting sixth, He was 1 for 5 in Monday night's win, driving in a run in his final at bat.

Cardinal product Logan James, who also plays for the AquaSox (4-1) has yet to make his professional debut.

Zach Hoffpauir, who signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, went 4 for 11 in his first three games with the Missoula Osprey. He was 1 for 3 with two walks on Monday night.

Meanwhile, Stanford's David Schmitt signed with the Houston Astros last week and was assigned to the Tri-City Valleycats.

Marc Brakeman, drafted by the Boston Red Sox, remains unsigned. The Red Sox have signed 14 of their 39 draft picks through the weekend.

Brakeman, the second Stanford player picked behind Jackson, has until the July 17 signing deadline. He does have a year of eligibility remaining at Stanford.

Stanford grad Mark Appel, the first overall pick of the 2013 draft by the Houston Astros, turned in his best outing of the season on Sunday, pitching a four-hitter without allowing an earned run in Double-A Corpus Christi's 2-1 win over San Antonio.

Appel (5-1, 4.6) has won his last two starts and not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his past four starts.

Against the Missions, he did not walk a batter and struck out six.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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