San Diego Padres' 20-year-old rookie Jackson Merrill, who played high school baseball at Severna Park High School, secured his first major league hit with a line single to right-field against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Merrill, the Padres' top prospect and the No. 12 overall prospect in baseball, went 2-for-5 with two runs scored as the Padres defeated the Dodgers, 15-11, to split a two-game series which opened the 2024 MLB regular season in Seoul.

By the Numbers
  • Merrill was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.
  • He struck out on only 12.1 percent of the time in 114 games between High-A Fort Wayne and AA San Antonio last year.
  • In spring training, he struck out only three times in 40 plate appearances while slashing .351/.400/.595 with two home runs and three doubles in 13 games.
State of Play
  • Merrill's high school career was limited due to COVID-19 shutdowns affecting his sophomore and junior seasons.
  • He caught the attention of college and pro scouts through his performance in summer ball and his dominant senior year in 2021, where he hit .500 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI.
Bottom Line

Severna Park's Jackson Merrill, a top prospect for the San Diego Padres, made an impressive major league debut and showcased his potential with a strong performance, swiftly making an impact after being drafted in 2021.