Jackson spent five years pitching for the Minnesota Twins, going 20-27 with a 4.38 ERA. He came up with Minnesota in 1978, appeared in 19 games and pitched his only big-league shutout. His best year came in 1980 when he won nine games in 25 starts and had a career low 3.87 ERA. Jackson’s career was derailed by a shoulder injury that limited him to 14 games in 1981 and 13 in 1982. He was released in the middle of the 1982 season, ending his professional baseball career.
Jackson was called up on June 3, 1978 but did not make his big-league debut until June 16 at Metropolitan Stadium against the Detroit Tigers. He turned in an impressive performance, pitching 7 and 1/3 innings, striking out seven and allowing one run to earn the win.
Jackson played college baseball at Arizona State University. He reached the College World Series three times as a member of the Sun Devils.
Darrel Jackson – Career stats