Rangers RHP Luke Jackson, taken 45th overall by Texas in the 2010 June draft (supplemental first round) has been transferred from extended spring training in Arizona to Class A Hickory.
Jackson is scheduled to make his pro debut in a start on Friday at the Rome Braves.
The Rangers signed Jackson, the club's third overall pick in 2010, in mid-August to a minor league deal with a $1.545 million bonus. He was 8-0 with a 0.90 ERA and 87 strikeouts, three shutouts and two saves in his senior year at Calvary Christian High School. He also hit two homers and drove in 21 runs.
Here was ESPN.com's scouting report on Jackson prior to the draft:
Jackson's velocity has been creeping up all spring, to the point where he could go on day one in the draft. Jackson, who only began pitching in ninth grade, will hit 96 at times and sit 91-94 in most outings, with late life up in the zone.
While he's still growing into his frame, his arm works extremely well and he repeats it without trouble. He'll work to both sides of the plate with his fastball and pairs it with a big curveball with a nearly 12-to-6 break.
His combination of size, present velocity and an easy arm action should be very appealing to clubs in the top two rounds.