Jacobs' status rising in Red Sox system

It's easy to calculate how far Brandon Jacobs has progressed as a major league prospect in the past year.

The former Parkview baseball and football standout didn't make the all-star game, postseason all-star team or the top prospect list for the New York-Penn League in 2010.

Moving up to the South Atlantic League this season at Greenville, the Boston Red Sox outfield hopeful received all three recognitions.

Baseball America capped Jacobs' breakout season by naming him the eighth-best prospect in the 14-team Class A league.

Jacobs was leading the South Atlantic League batting race in early August before wearing down late in his first full season and finishing at .303.

The 20-year-old had 32 doubles, three triples, 17 homers, 80 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 115 games. The right-handed hitter had 123 strikeouts and 43 walks while posting a .376 on-base percentage and .505 slugging mark.

Jacobs had played in just 72 minor league games before this year, eight in the rookie Gulf Coast League in 2009 and 64 in the short-season Class A NY-P League in 2010.

Although Jacobs hit just .242 with Lowell a year ago, the Red Sox remained sold on his potential.

When teams backed off Jacobs because he had committed to Auburn to play football, Boston drafted him in the 10th round in 2009 and gave him a bonus of $750,000 to choose baseball.