Jay Jackson is probably the 7th-best starting pitcher in the Cubs system right now. And with Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner both rehabbing arm injuries, he's probably our 5th-best healthy option as of right now.
Unfortunately he's only recently been moved into the "healthy" category; when most others left Mesa to begin the regular season at the end of March, Jay stayed back in Arizona to recover from his own minor injury.
Now Jackson appears to be back to full health, and tonight is scheduled to start against the New Orleans Zephyrs for the Iowa Cubs. After two decent outings to start his year (11.2 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 ER), Jay stumbled in his last start, giving up five hits and three walks over 4.1 innings.
Tonight's first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CST. I'm thinking I might just shell out for one month of MiLB.TV to see how he looks tonight; the cost is equivalent to buying a ticket to the game, so what the heck?
Volquez at Garza at 1:20 p.m. CST this afternoon. Go team.