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Jon Jay
Birthdate: 3/15/1985 (32 y, 9 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 5-11/200     Position: OF
Drafted: 2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 30, Overall: 74, Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Contract: $8M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Jay, who is expected to platoon with Albert Almora in center field to begin the season, may be positioned as the team's No. 9 hitter. (3/4/2017)
Profiles:  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: In his first season with the Padres, Jay's isolated power soared to new heights. Unfortunately, for most players, Jay's heights would represent a career-low. His 29 extra-base hits over 373 plate appearances amounted to a microscopic .098 ISO accompanied by just 49 runs and 26 RBI. Now, 2016 wasn't all bad. He hit .291 and saw improvements across the board in his batted ball profile. Jay hit more line drives and fly balls than he did in 2015 while posting the highest hard-hit rate of his career. However, despite those gains, Jay remains an extreme ground ball hitter, posting the league's eighth-highest ground-ball-to-fly-ball ratio among hitters with at least 350 plate appearances. Jay has also stopped running. For the second consecutive year, Jay attempted just two steals despite the organization's aggressiveness on the base paths. He also walked at the lowest rate of his career and struck out at the highest, further limiting stolen base opportunities. Jay's newfound aggressiveness both in and outside of the zone have resulted in lower contact rates as well, despite the improved quality of his batted-balls profile. Nothin' to see here, folks. (Rylan Edwards)

The Quick Opinion: Given the utter lack of speed, playing time, and upside, there's no need to consider Jay in anything other than deep NL West-Only leagues, where he makes a fine late-round sleeper.

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