Jackson in running for backup infield position

Jackson in running for backup infield position

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres are taking a long look this spring at Ryan Jackson, who is hoping to land a job as the team's reserve infielder.

So far, Jackson has impressed the staff with his defense and ability to move around the diamond. He has played third base, shortstop and second base.

He did something on Monday that might go a ways in helping him win a job, though it had nothing at all to do with his glove.

Jackson slugged a two-run home run in the second inning that helped the Padres to a 5-0 victory over the Rockies in Scottsdale.

"I wouldn't call myself a home run hitter by any means," Jackson said. "I've got good line drive pop and sometimes one will sneak over."

Jackson hit only three home runs in 510 plate appearances last season playing for the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate in Memphis. He hit 10 in 2012 in Memphis and 11 in '11 playing for Double-A Springfield.

Jackson is hitting .222 this spring in 18 at-bats with a double, triple, home run and four RBIs. Better still, he's found himself in 10 of the 13 games the team has played thus far.

"It's been awesome getting some good quality playing time," Jackson said. "I'm really enjoying working out hard out there and trying to get better."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.