Future Lefty All-Star Jackson Cotton Commits To Texas A&M University | Bo Porter Academy Is Officially On The Map

Future Lefty All-Star Jackson Cotton Commits To Texas A&M University | Bo Porter Academy Is Officially On The Map

All eyes on me. 

In a press conference today on May 18th, 2022, top high school prospect Jackson Cotton announced that he will play baseball at Texas A&M University.  

After he made his commitment, Jackson got a very special phone call. Del Mathews, from Major League Baseball, was on speaker and wanted to say that he was “so proud of the way he (Jackson) has conducted himself and the way he has gone about his business. Keep grinding and I am looking forward to seeing you this summer.”   

Jackson was honored to be on MLB’s map at such a young age.

“It’s a really big accomplishment because it shows how much they value me as a player and how much my hard work has paid off.” Jackson said. “Without any of this, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today.” 

 

Father John Was An Olympic Gold Medalist In 2000

Jackson Cotton is an outfielder and LHP from Missouri City, TX. He stands at 6’0 tall and weighs 160 lbs. He currently attends Episcopal High School, home of the Maroons, where he will graduate in 2025. He is the son of former MLB Draft pick and Olympic Gold Medalist, John Cotton, who played 15 seasons in the minor leagues after being drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 10th round of the 1989 Major League Baseball Draft. 

Everyone wants a piece of Jackson; Bo Porter being one of them.

Bo knows good stock and in the case of Jackson Cotton, Bo has taken the Texas lefty under his wing and will have him join his Academy for Athletic Excellence (Bo Porter Academy), a new baseball school that stresses academic and athletic excellence and a holistic life experience. 

Setting the standard. Striving for excellence. Producing productive people. This is… Bo Porter Academy. Bo helps student athletes to become tomorrow’s transformational leaders and influencers, both in sports and in life, which will surely help this up-and-coming star. 

Bo has had a big impact on Jackson and helped him make his decision to join the Aggies in 2025.

When asked why he chose Texas A&M, Jackson said, “it was the first college that really showed a lot of interest in me. I loved the atmosphere; it just felt like home.”  

Jackson hits from a spread and even stance; he shows good separation, presents bat speed on a clean path, and is consistent with his barrel skills with big power projection.

 

 

Over the past season, Jackson has mainly played in the outfield for Episcopal. He has easy strides with obvious athleticism. His play is under control and balanced. Under the radar, he clocked up to 85 mph on throws. 

Jackson is also a pitcher for the Maroons. His up-tempo delivery with compact mechanics makes him extremely dangerous; he will most likely fool quite a few hitters this Summer and Fall. His favorite pitch is his fastball, which sits at about 80-82 mph and his sharp slider, with a flashed feel to spin.

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Jackson is a high-level two-way projection. In 2021, he was added to the National Underclass South Showcase Top Prospect List. Jackson headlines the first distinguished recruiting class of Bo Porter’s elite academy and joins other national prospects from within Texas; such as infielder Kaden Williams (Class of 2024), imposing 6-foot-7 pitcher Kobe Beaudion (Class of 2024) and frontline catcher prospect Avery Spriggs (Class of 2025). 

Porter is also adding elite out-of-state recruits such as switch-hitting, shortstop/utility specialist JC Gamble (Class of 2025) from Long Island, NY, who’s also known as the “Human Highlight Film” and one of the best all-around defensive players in the state of NY.   

Jackson Cotton will be an early difference maker for BPA with “baseball in his blood.” Give this kid a chance and never look back. We could be looking at a future MLBbro. 

Bo Porter Joins MLB Network| He Brings 30 Years Of MLB Experience As A Player, Manager, Executive, Broadcaster, Culture Cultivator

Bo Porter Joins MLB Network| He Brings 30 Years Of MLB Experience As A Player, Manager, Executive, Broadcaster, Culture Cultivator

MLB Network has reportedly signed former MLB manager, executive and baseball analyst Bo Porter to a three-year deal to join the network and offer his decades of expertise to the midweek game, in studio and MLB Tonight coverage.

“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to join the MLB Network Broadcast team,” Porter told MKBbro.com. “I look forward to sharing my 28-plus years of experience as a MLB player, coach, manager, executive and analyst while covering America’s favorite pastime on the number one network for baseball.”

Bo Porter Academy 

Bo is a font of baseball knowledge and the founder of Bo Porter Academy, where 75 select minority baseball talents from across the country attend junior high and high school at the facility Porter has built to help develop the next generation of Black, educated baseball stars and positive, strong-minded contributors to society.

 

Porter has held numerous positions throughout baseball and understands the game from every perspective. He’s also the author of several books.

MWB: Managing While Black 

Bo had a three-year MLB career as a player with the Cubs, Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers, then had a greater calling. Leader of men was a natural fit.

 

As a former Houston Astros manager, Porter purged the club’s losing culture in less than two seasons, was fired and never managed again. The former Astros skipper received countless texts, social media posts, and fan mail, congratulating him for laying the foundation, developing young talent and babysitting a dumpster fire during the 2013-14 seasons before the many jewels of the team’s farm system burst into World Series form by 2017.

With no immediate offers on the table for a young baseball mind who is known for team building and doing more with less, Bo remained in pro baseball, expanded the scope of his professional trajectory and has become a vessel transporting the game into the future.

Porter, 49, holds the prestigious position of MLB director of coaching development and has served as special assistant to GM and former third base/outfield and base running coach for the Atlanta Braves.

No.1 Baseball Network In The World 

As one of four new talents on the network, Bo can speak to his experienced as a MLB player and one of a handful of Black managers in MLB history.

(Bo Porter/FB)

Bo is very active in MLB’s diversity programs which promote mental health and provide pro level tutelage and increased visibility and educational opportunities for minority student-athletes who play baseball.

Driving Diversity 

As MLB’s director of coaching, Porter has an obligation to help provide minority athletes with the highest caliber of fundamental training and state of the art mentoring and facilities while working with Del Matthews, Tony Reagins, Jerry Manuel and the masterminds of the Breakthrough Series, Dream Series and Hank Aaron Invitational — all of MLB’s minority pipeline programs, which have helped increase the number of African-Americans drafted in the past half decade by more than 20 percent according to MLB PR. 

Inspiring, educating, and nurturing future generations of ballplayers is Bo’s passion. If he’s not working in his field, he’s trying to even out the playing field for kids like him, who grew up in a single-mom home in Newark, New Jersey, played football and baseball at Iowa University and crafted a career that has elevated him to one of the most influential Black minds in the “business and development” of baseball. 

His reach extends to the grassroots levels as well as the Founding President & CEO of Bo Porter’s Future All-Stars Baseball Development Academy in Rosharon, Texas. So everything he does in life is connected to baseball in a spiritual, healthy and productive way. 

During spring training in 2018 he orchestrated and ran the MLB Players Association free agent camp. In 2019, he got a broadcast gig with the Washington Nationals on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), where he offered brilliant insight and personal perspective to the broadcast. Bo also has a familiarity with the players in the game and his contributions and in-studio energy was invaluable as the Nationals shocked the world and won the franchise’s first World Series title. 

Porter’s media work also includes appearances on MLB Central and previous appearances on MLB Network.

 

As well as being the founder and EIC of CORE Magazine, a digital and print-on-demand magazine. CORE (Champions Of Real Excellence) offers engaging stories uniquely targeting a well-read, diverse audience of business owners, sports enthusiasts, forward-thinking leaders aspiring growth and those who want to make a difference in the lives of others through their philanthropic platforms.

Bo’s addition to the MLB Network rotation is a huge win for the channel, as he represents a large cross section of baseball fans and is a culture-driver and sound adviser to the future of baseball.

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Bo Porter & John Cotton Share Wealth Of Baseball Knowledge With Young Black Knights Of Hank Aaron Invitational

The Hank Aaron Invitational is a two-week baseball extravaganza camp held from July 17- 30 at Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Florida. It’s operated by MLB, the MLBPA and USA Baseball.  Approximately 250 Black and brown players (ages 13-18) from across the United States receive elite-level training from former Major League players and coaches.

Instructors include former Major League manager Jerry Manuel and former All-Stars such as Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., his dad Ken Griffey Sr, Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, Tom “Flash” Gordon, Marquis Grissom, Reggie Smith, Luis Alicea, Willie Banks, Lou Collier, Eric Davis, Marvin Freeman, Charles Johnson, Pat Mahomes Sr, among others.

Bo Porter, a former MLB player, manager, coach, executive, and Washington Nationals announcer is also one of the instructors. Porter currently serves as MLB’s Director of Coaching Development.

In the spirit of the Hank Aaron Invitational and its commitment to leveling out the playing field for minority athletes, Porter has an academy that opened out of Texas in 2021 called Bo Porter’s Future All-Stars Sports Development Academy. Former Olympic gold medalist and 15-year minor league pro, John Cotton, is Director of Baseball Operations for the academy.

The goal of the facility is to inspire student-athletes and future MLBbros to achieve whole-person development, educating and advising parents, and empowering educators and coaches to become transformational leaders.

Da Gambler caught up with these baseball lifers as they evaluated talent at the Hank Aaron Invitational this past week.