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2017 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 32)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
40 .263 0 4 3 0 .252 0.1
Birth Date3-15-1985
Height5' 11"
Weight195 lbs
Age32 years, 6 months, 5 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.82013
1.02014
-0.42015
1.72016
0.62017
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WARP Summary

Projected Rest-of-Season Playing Time

Last Update: 9/19/2017 11:38 ET | Cubs Depth Chart

Team Pos Order PT% PA AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG WARP TAv
CHN CF 1 30 18 .263 4 0 3 0 .333 .346 0.1 .252
CHN LF 1 10 6 .263 4 0 3 0 .333 .346 0.1 .252
CHN CF 2 10 6 .263 4 0 3 0 .333 .346 0.1 .252
CHN RF 2 5 3 .263 4 0 3 0 .333 .346 0.1 .252
CHN CF 7 10 5 .263 4 0 3 0 .333 .346 0.1 .252
CHN PH 9 10 2 .263 4 0 3 0 .333 .346 0.1 .252
2017 Rest-of-Season Totals7540.2634030.333.3460.1.252

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 SLN 25 105 323 287 47 86 19 2 4 121 24 50 3 1 8 27 2 4 .300 .359 .422 .295 19.9 -3.5 1.7
2011 SLN 26 159 503 455 56 135 24 2 10 193 28 81 7 4 9 37 6 7 .297 .344 .424 .275 20.3 -0.4 2.1
2012 SLN 27 117 502 443 70 135 22 4 4 177 34 71 15 1 9 40 19 7 .305 .373 .400 .283 26.1 7.2 3.5
2013 SLN 28 157 628 548 75 151 27 2 7 203 52 103 14 5 9 67 10 5 .276 .351 .370 .263 23.3 -6.3 1.8
2014 SLN 29 140 468 413 52 125 16 3 3 156 28 78 20 4 46 6 3 .303 .372 .378 .277 18.1 -8.6 1.0
2015 SLN 30 79 245 210 25 44 5 1 1 54 19 36 11 2 3 10 0 2 .210 .306 .257 .214 -4.3 0.9 -0.4
2016 SDN 31 90 373 347 49 101 26 1 2 135 19 78 6 0 1 26 2 0 .291 .339 .389 .271 18.0 -1.2 1.7
2017 CHN 32 128 390 339 58 97 16 3 2 125 36 76 12 1 2 29 5 2 .286 .374 .369 .264 14.2 -9.6 0.5
Career97534323042432874155183311642405738818412825030.287.355.383.270135.4-21.612.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2006 QUD A 60 268 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .376 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 PMB A+ 32 134 .269 .262 .327 .384 .255 .343 96 1.4 4.1 -2.2 0.1 0.5 3.8 0.4 3.8 0.4
2007 SFD AA 26 117 .249 .256 .335 .402 .256 .272 104 -1.3 3.3 -0.6 -0.7 1.7 3.1 0.2 3.1 0.2
2007 CRD Rk 1 2 .454 .187 .250 .244 .175 1.000 70 0.5 0.1 0 0.0 -0.0 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2008 SFD AA 96 427 .314 .274 .344 .420 .282 .320 90 25 12.4 1 11.0 -0.4 37.9 4.9 37.9 4.9
2008 MEM AAA 16 64 .306 .278 .344 .446 .262 .404 98 3.4 2.0 0.2 1.4 0.2 5.8 0.7 5.8 0.7
2009 MEM AAA 136 564 .277 .272 .338 .412 .275 .301 83 10.6 16.9 -2.1 -4.9 4.2 29.6 2.4 29.6 2.4
2010 SLN MLB 105 323 .295 .257 .324 .403 .268 .350 89 11.4 8.9 -1.7 -3.5 1.3 19.9 1.7 19.9 1.7
2010 MEM AAA 42 191 .293 .269 .339 .432 .261 .345 103 7.1 5.8 -0.9 3.9 4.2 16.2 1.9 16.2 1.9
2011 SLN MLB 159 503 .275 .255 .319 .400 .261 .340 96 7.5 13.6 -1.1 -0.4 0.3 20.3 2.1 20.3 2.1
2012 SLN MLB 117 502 .283 .254 .319 .400 .259 .355 99 11.6 13.7 1.2 7.2 -0.5 26.1 3.5 26.1 3.5
2012 MEM AAA 2 8 .489 .270 .343 .436 .266 .333 103 2.1 0.2 0 0.2 0.2 2.6 0.3 2.6 0.3
2013 SLN MLB 157 628 .263 .250 .312 .389 .255 .325 102 1.7 16.5 1.5 -6.3 3.6 23.3 1.8 23.3 1.8
2014 SLN MLB 140 468 .277 .251 .311 .387 .261 .363 102 7.6 12.1 0 -8.6 -1.6 18.1 1.0 18.1 1.0
2015 SLN MLB 79 245 .214 .258 .318 .412 .266 .246 98 -11 6.6 0.2 0.9 -0.1 -4.3 -0.4 -4.3 -0.4
2015 PEO A 3 11 .021 .263 .349 .377 .272 .000 98 -2.7 0.3 0 -0.2 0.0 -2.4 -0.3 -2.4 -0.3
2015 MEM AAA 4 14 .381 .284 .360 .425 .290 .364 95 1.8 0.4 0 0.3 0.2 2.4 0.3 2.4 0.3
2016 SDN MLB 90 373 .271 .255 .317 .409 .261 .371 95 4 10.6 0.2 -1.2 3.1 18.0 1.7 18.0 1.7
2016 LEL A+ 3 11 .284 .273 .324 .435 .261 .333 87 0.3 0.3 -0.1 -0.2 0.1 0.6 0.0 0.6 0.0
2017 CHN MLB 128 390 .264 .260 .326 .439 .270 .363 99 1.6 11.4 -1.2 -9.6 2.2 14.0 0.4 14.2 0.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 QUD A 268 42 80 13 3 3 45 28 27 9 4 .342 .417 .462 .120 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 CRD Rk 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 .000 .454 0.4 0.0 0.0
2007 PMB A+ 134 19 36 8 0 2 10 5 25 5 2 .286 .323 .397 .111 .269 3.8 0.1 0.4
2007 SFD AA 117 17 24 4 2 2 11 11 19 4 1 .235 .333 .373 .137 .249 3.1 -0.7 0.2
2008 SFD AA 427 57 114 17 3 11 47 39 46 10 7 .306 .375 .457 .151 .314 37.9 11.0 4.9
2008 MEM AAA 64 8 20 4 1 1 10 6 10 0 1 .345 .406 .500 .155 .306 5.8 1.4 0.7
2009 MEM AAA 564 72 142 23 2 10 54 34 64 20 8 .281 .336 .394 .113 .277 29.6 -4.9 2.4
2010 SLN MLB 323 47 86 19 2 4 27 24 50 2 4 .300 .359 .422 .122 .295 19.9 -3.5 1.7
2010 MEM AAA 191 31 53 16 0 4 32 17 22 13 0 .321 .392 .491 .170 .293 16.2 3.9 1.9
2011 SLN MLB 503 56 135 24 2 10 37 28 81 6 7 .297 .344 .424 .127 .275 20.3 -0.4 2.1
2012 MEM AAA 8 3 3 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 .429 .500 1.143 .714 .489 2.6 0.2 0.3
2012 SLN MLB 502 70 135 22 4 4 40 34 71 19 7 .305 .373 .400 .095 .283 26.1 7.2 3.5
2013 SLN MLB 628 75 151 27 2 7 67 52 103 10 5 .276 .351 .370 .095 .263 23.3 -6.3 1.8
2014 SLN MLB 468 52 125 16 3 3 46 28 78 6 3 .303 .372 .378 .075 .277 18.1 -8.6 1.0
2015 PEO A 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .000 .091 .000 .000 .021 -2.4 -0.2 -0.3
2015 MEM AAA 14 3 5 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 .385 .429 .615 .231 .381 2.4 0.3 0.3
2015 SLN MLB 245 25 44 5 1 1 10 19 36 0 2 .210 .306 .257 .048 .214 -4.3 0.9 -0.4
2016 SDN MLB 373 49 101 26 1 2 26 19 78 2 0 .291 .339 .389 .098 .271 18.0 -1.2 1.7
2016 LEL A+ 11 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 .300 .364 .400 .100 .284 0.6 -0.2 0.0
2017 CHN MLB 390 58 97 16 3 2 29 36 76 5 2 .286 .374 .369 .083 .264 14.2 -9.6 0.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2010 1232 0.4756 0.4123 0.8346 0.5546 0.2833 0.9231 0.6776 0.1654 580 -0.001439
2011 1821 0.4646 0.4635 0.8211 0.6300 0.3190 0.9006 0.6849 0.1789 751 0.001512
2012 1922 0.4870 0.4168 0.8627 0.5566 0.2840 0.9328 0.7321 0.1373 891 0.001556
2013 2331 0.4633 0.4389 0.8104 0.6148 0.2870 0.8946 0.6546 0.1896 1049 -0.003680
2014 1624 0.4828 0.4840 0.8104 0.6786 0.3024 0.8872 0.6496 0.1896 658 -0.006747
2015 869 0.4822 0.4856 0.8507 0.6706 0.3133 0.9110 0.7305 0.1493 357 0.002436
2016 1419 0.5095 0.5144 0.7808 0.6971 0.3247 0.8611 0.6018 0.2192 0 0.000000
2017 1484 0.4899 0.5061 0.7870 0.6699 0.3487 0.8665 0.6402 0.2130 0 0.000000
Career127020.48030.46170.81890.62990.3060.89720.66990.1811599.8014-0.0011

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-30 2014-08-05 DTD 6 5 Left Wrist Soreness -
2012-05-15 2012-06-22 15-DL 38 35 Right Shoulder Soreness From Separation -
2012-04-22 2012-04-27 DTD 5 4 Right Shoulder Soreness From Separation -
2012-04-20 2012-04-21 DTD 1 1 Right Shoulder Separation - -
2007-07-10 2007-07-19 Minors 9 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2007-05-18 2007-06-24 Minors 37 0 Right Shoulder Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CHN $8,000,000
2016 SDN $6,850,000
2015 SLN $4,125,000
2014 SLN $3,250,000
2013 SLN $524,000
2012 SLN $504,000
2011 SLN $416,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$15,669,000
2017Current$8,000,000
7 yrPvs + Cur$23,669,000
7 yrTotal$23,669,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 134 dCAA Sports1 year/$8M (2017)

Details
  • 1 year/$8M (2017). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 11/29/16.
  • 2 years/$10.975M (2015-16). Signed extension with St. Louis 2/9/15 (avoided arbitration, $5M-$4.1M). $1.25M signing bonus. 15:$3.5M, 16:$6.225M. Acquired by San Diego in trade from St. Louis 12/8/15. (Padres pay $7.5M in cash to Cardinals as part of the deal.)
  • 1 year/$3.25M (2014). Re-signed by St. Louis 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.524M (2013). Re-signed by St. Louis 3/13.
  • 1 year/$0.504M (2012). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/22/12.
  • 1 year/$0.416M (2011). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by St. Louis 11/18/09. Re-signed by St. Louis 3/4/10.
  • Drafted by St. Louis 2006 (2-74) (Miami-Fla.). $0.48M signing bonus.

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 484 54 125 21 2 6 47 39 80 5 3 .298 .370 .403 .283 25.0 CF 0 2.7
80o 468 50 117 20 2 6 44 36 79 5 2 .285 .356 .386 .273 19.1 CF 0 2.0
70o 456 48 110 19 2 5 42 34 78 5 2 .276 .347 .374 .265 15.1 CF 0 1.6
60o 446 46 106 18 2 5 40 32 77 4 2 .269 .338 .364 .259 11.8 CF 0 1.2
50o 436 44 101 17 2 5 38 31 77 4 2 .262 .330 .354 .252 8.8 CF 0 0.9
40o 426 42 96 16 2 5 37 30 76 4 2 .255 .322 .344 .246 6.0 CF 0 0.6
30o 416 40 92 16 2 4 35 28 75 4 2 .248 .313 .334 .240 3.1 CF 0 0.3
20o 404 38 87 15 2 4 33 26 74 4 2 .239 .303 .322 .232 -0.2 CF 0 -0.1
10o 388 35 78 13 1 4 31 24 72 3 2 .227 .290 .306 .222 -4.3 CF 0 -0.5
Weighted Mean43844102172539317742.263.332.356.2549.4CF 01.0

2017 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 9/19/2017 13:15 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 100 12 28 5 1 1 9 9 16 1 1 .308 .384 .417 .291 5.6 CF 0, LF 0 0.6
80o 80 9 20 3 0 1 7 6 13 1 0 .292 .367 .392 .277 3.4 CF 0, LF 0 0.4
70o 65 7 16 3 0 1 5 5 11 1 0 .281 .354 .374 .268 2.1 CF 0, LF 0 0.2
60o 52 6 12 2 0 0 4 4 9 1 0 .272 .343 .359 .260 1.3 CF 0, LF 0 0.1
50o 40 4 9 2 0 0 3 3 7 0 0 .263 .333 .346 .252 0.7 CF 0, LF 0 0.1
40o 28 3 6 1 0 0 2 2 5 0 0 .254 .323 .332 .244 0.2 CF 0, LF 0 0.0
30o 15 2 4 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .245 .312 .318 .236 0.0 CF 0, LF 0 0.0
20o 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .234 .300 .302 .227 0.0 CF 0, LF 0 0.0
Weighted Mean4551020043800.267.338.352.2550.9CF 0, LF 00.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 36% 4% 12% 85%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201833355397913143226662.255.329.346.2550.98.60.41.09.2-2.0-0.3
201934339387813153126621.260.335.359.2611.110.10.30.88.80.2-0.3
202035280316411142521521.256.332.353.2580.87.60.30.67.3-0.6-0.2
202136259285710132319490.253.328.349.2560.76.30.30.56.7-1.2-0.2
20223724026549132118450.253.327.345.2540.65.40.30.46.2-1.5-0.2
20233820022458121815380.254.328.344.2530.44.20.20.35.2-1.4-0.2
20243919521437121714370.253.326.343.2510.43.80.20.25.1-1.7-0.2
20254017519397121512340.249.322.338.2480.32.70.20.14.5-2.1-0.1
20264116818376121412320.248.321.335.2470.22.30.20.14.3-2.3-0.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 85)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 94 Eddie Milner 1987 .260
2 92 Brian McRae 2000 .000 DNP
3 91 Mike Hershberger 1972 .000 DNP
4 91 Coco Crisp 2012 .272
5 91 Ron Woods 1975 .000 DNP
6 91 Dave Martinez 1997 .269
7 91 Gregor Blanco 2016 .237
8 91 Curt Flood 1970 .000 DNP
9 90 Johnny Damon 2006 .279
10 90 Mark Kotsay 2008 .251
11 90 Darryl Hamilton 1997 .259
12 90 Steve Finley 1997 .267
13 90 Denard Span 2016 .263
14 89 Stan Javier 1996 .266
15 88 Ryan Freel 2008 .253
16 88 Jerry Hairston 2008 .296
17 88 Bob Dernier 1989 .198
18 87 Jim Piersall 1962 .231
19 87 Kenny Lofton 1999 .290
20 87 Reed Johnson 2009 .265
21 87 Jacoby Ellsbury 2016 .246
22 87 Nyjer Morgan 2013 .000 DNP
23 87 Rick Manning 1987 .221
24 87 Bill Virdon 1963 .266
25 87 Mike Huff 1996 .157
26 87 F.P. Santangelo 2000 .211
27 86 Jay Payton 2005 .260
28 86 Marquis Grissom 1999 .246
29 86 Michael Bourn 2015 .226
30 86 Johnny Groth 1959 .231
31 86 Matty Alou 1971 .288
32 86 Ruben Amaro 1997 .223
33 85 Juan Beniquez 1982 .255
34 85 Brady Clark 2005 .277
35 85 Peanuts Lowrey 1950 .225
36 85 Mitch Webster 1991 .229
37 85 Charlie Moore 1985 .220
38 85 Scott Podsednik 2008 .234
39 85 Billy North 1980 .263
40 85 Rick Miller 1980 .256
41 85 Gene Stephens 1965 .000 DNP
42 85 Alan Bannister 1984 .296
43 84 Joe Orsulak 1994 .228
44 84 Mike Greenwell 1996 .253
45 84 Brett Butler 1989 .261
46 84 Mickey Stanley 1975 .271
47 84 Shane Victorino 2013 .292
48 84 Kosuke Fukudome 2009 .281
49 84 Jorge Orta 1983 .245
50 84 Angel Pagan 2014 .277
51 84 Jim Norris 1981 .000 DNP
52 84 Alfredo Amezaga 2010 .000 DNP
53 84 Lenny Green 1965 .286
54 84 Chad Curtis 2001 .252
55 84 Elliott Maddox 1980 .253
56 84 Cesar Tovar 1973 .271
57 83 Bill Sample 1987 .000 DNP
58 83 Ty Cline 1971 .238
59 83 Ken Landreaux 1987 .225
60 83 James Mouton 2001 .238
61 83 Frank Catalanotto 2006 .266
62 83 Cesar Cedeno 1983 .250
63 83 Bob Kennedy 1953 .244
64 83 Dave Collins 1985 .249
65 83 Danny Heep 1990 .187
66 83 Bip Roberts 1996 .246
67 83 Harvey Kuenn 1963 .279
68 83 Rick Leach 1989 .264
69 83 Luis Gonzalez 2000 .306
70 83 Ken Berry 1973 .265
71 83 Jacob Brumfield 1997 .203
72 83 Willie Bloomquist 2010 .230
73 83 Lonnie Smith 1988 .251
74 83 Willie Harris 2010 .240
75 83 Gates Brown 1971 .342
76 82 Shannon Stewart 2006 .245
77 82 Brett Gardner 2016 .254
78 82 Tito Francona 1966 .224
79 82 Lance Johnson 1996 .290
80 82 Dale Mitchell 1954 .279
81 82 Jim Eisenreich 1991 .267
82 82 Jody Gerut 2010 .242
83 82 Tsuyoshi Shinjo 2004 .000 DNP
84 82 Otis Nixon 1991 .264
85 82 Jerry Morales 1981 .251
86 82 Lloyd McClendon 1991 .307
87 82 Carl Furillo 1954 .276
88 82 Terry Puhl 1989 .271
89 82 Dave Philley 1952 .250
90 81 Bob Burda 1971 .271
91 81 Endy Chavez 2010 .000 DNP
92 81 Robin Yount 1988 .307
93 81 Jim Dwyer 1982 .325
94 81 Steve Braun 1980 .218
95 81 Wayne Kirby 1996 .238
96 81 Bob Molinaro 1982 .229
97 81 Eric Owens 2003 .218
98 81 Chone Figgins 2010 .240
99 81 Kevin Seitzer 1994 .280
100 81 Dave Gallagher 1993 .274

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .291 .360 .354 .271
11 vs R (Multi) .274 .334 .370 .260
18 Split (Multi) -.017 -.026 .016 -.011
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .308 .378 .374 .284
31 vs R (2016) .282 .319 .394 .264
38 Split (2016) -.026 -.059 .020 -.020
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 Jay is the textbook example of a second-division starter: He's a quality player who has the chops for center field and delivers better-than-average production at the plate. He's not an All-Star, he's never going to make it into Cooperstown or a Nelly song, but he's a player who can help a team win until something better comes along. So imagine Jay's surprise when, upon returning from his second stint on the disabled list, he received a standing ovation from the St. Louis crowd. It lasted 30 seconds and might have gone longer if not for an obtuse organist stepping all over the moment. Hopefully that hero's welcome heartened him, because the rest of his season had to be frustrating. He dealt with multiple wrist issues and, perhaps relatedly, suffered through the worst season of his career offensively. Anything that can impact a player's swing has to be taken seriously; meaning that, although there's every statistical reason to believe Jay will return to his old form in 2016, don't consider it a foregone conclusion. As such, he could soon begin the next phase of his career as a quality fourth outfielder.
2015 A late bloomer who was never considered a top prospect or a true center fielder, at what point do we stop calling Jay an overachiever and just admit he's an achiever? With more than four full seasons now in the ledger, The Federalist has posted a .295/.359/.396 career batting line with average-at-worst defense in center, yet rarely gets recognition as the key contributor he has been. Jay lashes line drives from gap to gap, hits for a high average, is always among the league's hit-by-pitch leaders and last year torched the lefty pitching that has sometimes plagued him. He might just be the most Cardinals of players, lacking recognition but continuing to produce year after year. That is, until he struggles, breaks down or grows too expensive, at which point The Player Development Appliance will serve up his replacement.
2014 Jay had established a level of offensive production comfortably above league average during his first three years in the majors, but year-over-year declines against lefties shortened his margin for error against righties. It all came to a head in 2013. He had his biggest decline against lefties yet, while also slipping against righties, and all of a sudden he was treading just above average. He was awful in the postseason on both sides of the ball, and the Cardinals saw it as enough of a problem that they acquired Peter Bourjos in the offseason. At best, Jay's going to have competition; at worst, he's got to have a lot more free time.
2013 Quick: who led the Cardinals in WARP last year? Yeah, okay, it was the indestructible catcher with the groovy neck tattoos, but who would have expected Jay to outpace Holliday, Beltran, Craig, and Freese for second place? Sometimes dismissed as a tweener lacking the range for center field or the bat for a corner, Jay has transformed himself into a dynamic center fielder whose bat could play elsewhere. Jay will never have more than gap power, and his on-base percentage was boosted by an unsustainable 15 plunkings, but even with some regression at the plate, his terrific glove makes him an above-average player. Jay won’t be eligible for arbitration until after this season, so St. Louis should get his peak years at a discount.
2012 Jay’s solid first-half production (.304/.352/.438) gave the Cardinals the confidence of knowing center field would be adequately covered without Colby Rasmus, allowing the club to make the much-dissected eight-player trade with Toronto that revamped the St. Louis bullpen and kick-started a title run. But after struggling with the bat much of the postseason, Jay was replaced in center for the final three games of the World Series by Skip Schumaker, an inferior defender. Jay’s lofty .340 average on balls in play suggests a regression could come in 2012, and PECOTA shares the suspicion. But the Miami product is the favorite to be the Opening Day center fielder.
2011 Much like his name, which leads you to suspect that some giggle-inducing moniker has been lopped off the end—possibly “Jingleheimer-Schmidt”—Jay is an incomplete player who isn’t quite rangy enough for center or quite powerful enough to start in a corner. What he can do is lash gappers with his attractive lefty swing, provide much better defense than Allen Craig, and hold the fort until St. Louis acquires a more stylishly-equipped outfield alternative. The Cardinals have signed Lance Berkman to man left field, but Jay will be Jonny-On-The-Spot should the lumbering first baseman prove too much of a defensive liability to play there every day.
2010 Not to be confused with the least-valuable Founding Father, in the Cards' constellation of near-ready outfield possibilities, Jay might be the one whose star burns both most steadily and least brightly. He can play a fine center field, but not so well as to move Rasmus, and there's nothing about his batting or baserunning that gets him beyond back-handed compliments like, "he'll be a good fourth outfielder." Jay may indeed get to be exactly that, assuming Skip Schumaker doesn't wind up back in what was, after all, his old job.
2009 A second-rounder out of Miami in 2006, “Chief Justice” Jay took flight at Springfield and then had a fantastic debut in the PCL. He has a classic left-handed stroke that sends balls rocketing into the gaps, and has the speed and instincts to effectively patrol those gaps on defense. Jay is currently behind Rasmus in the line for work in center, but will slide back over from a corner to man that position for Memphis if the latter makes the big club.
2007 There`s a place awaiting him on the All-Founding Fathers Team alongside John Quincy Adams Strick (Louisville, 1882), Benjamin Franklin Callahan (Oakland, 1982), Thomas Jefferson Bridges (Detroit, 1930-1946), George Washington `Zip` Zabel (Chicago Cubs, 1913-1915), Patrick Henry `Cozy` Dolan (various, 1895-1906) and James Madison Pearce (Washington and Cincinnati, 1949-1955). Jay went straight from college to lead the Swing of the Quad Cities in OBP (.416). That .383 BABIP will be hard for Jay to maintain, but without power or speed he`s going to have to if he wants to play every day in a corner.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2016-01-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)With Upton gone and Myers supposedly moving to 1B, do the Pds give Rymwer Liriano a legit chance to earn a starting job?
(Kingpin from Grinnell, IA)
I think he gets a legitimate opportunity, as Jon Jay is his primary competition. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)It looks like Matt Holliday is going to come off the DL shortly. What does St. Louis do about the resulting glut of above-average outfielders (plus Jon Jay) other than gloat a lot?
(Bill from New Mexico)
They could make a trade, but their roster is so deep that it's hard to see what they'd do. Peter Bourjos would seem like the odd man out if they don't make a move. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)You and Mike Matheny switch roles, so that you fill out the major-league roster (and he does commentary, if anyone notices). Who gets the playing time with that crowded outfield situation? Holliday is obviously near 100%, but how do you apportion the rest between Jon Jay, Jason Heyward, Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk?
(Bill from New Mexico)
I'm completely compromised when it comes to Peter Bourjos. I'd go Grichuck, Bourjos and Heyward LF/CF/RF with Jay filling in the corners and never ever setting foot in center again. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any NL-only 4th OF'ers or equivalent that you really like? I'm thinking of someone along the lines of Allen Craig a few yearsa ago that flashed some promise but was in line to back up at the start of the season.
(mj1453 from chicago)
I like Drew Stubbs for the Colorado factor and because Corey Dickerson is no sure thing, Jon Jay as a sneaky value proposition behind the oft-injured Peter Bourjos, and Nate McLouth as a sneaky source of speed even as a backup. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any logic behind a Jon Jay for Daniel Murphy trade?
(izzy2112 from New York)
Not on St. Louis' part. They have Wong to slot in at second base. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could Taveras play CF defense at the level Jon Jay does? It seems that the popular opinion is that Jay doesn't have very good range. From a scouting perspective, is that true?
(jharrison3 from Illinois)
Taveras could be a 5 in CF. Nothing special. But the bat will crush. Jay is overrated defensively. He's not a THAT good out there. (Jason Parks)
2013-06-27 13:15:00 (link to chat)So the Cardinals have an awesome problem. What are they going to do in 2014 with Oscar Taveras, Kolten Wong, and Matt Adams when Jon Jay, Matt Carpenter, and Allen Craig already in their respective positions?
(Brady Childs from Boulder)
I wish we all had the Cardinals' problems. Carlos Beltran will be a free agent, and Craig can play a lot of positions, so finding time for Taveras, Adams, and Craig seems doable. Carpenter's emergence makes Wong a valuable trade chip. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-04-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Quickest route for me to get to the bigs this year?
(Oscar Taveras from STL)
I mean, a guy in the Cardinals outfield gets injured, right? The longest route is hoping Jon Jay sucks (which I don't think he does, but it's technically a possible route). The Just Playing Your Sweet Ass Off route is a non-starter. (Sam Miller)
2012-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)With Oscar Taveras raking in winter ball, do you see a way he can get a large amount of playing time with the Cardinals in 2013 without injury to the current roster? I can't believe they would bench Jay in center due to defense.
(rookie319s from Saint Louis)
Thanks for stopping by, rookie319s. I don't think the Cardinals will be in a huge rush to promote Taveras, given that their outfield is full, so he'll probably end up getting more upper-minors seasoning than he needs. For now, he is - as you said - outstanding injury insurance, and a clear heir to Beltran's spot in right field. WARP had Jon Jay as a 3.2-win producer last year, so I agree with your sentiment that he should not be benched. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-10-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does any team have more potential impact talent hitting the majors next year than the Cardinals—with OSCAR, Kolten Wong, and Shelby Miller?
(Billy from Ocean)
Nope, and I'm interested to see how the Cardinals work Taveras in next year -- if they do so at all. Jon Jay established himself this year and I wouldn't be surprised if the Cards let Taveras crush PCL pitching until an injury or September roster expansion opens up an opportunity for him in St. Louis. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-07-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ive recently acquired joey votto in a ss league and been offered jj and zimmermann. what are your thoughts for jj in the second half.
(j from some yankee town)
Depends on who J.J. is. If it's Putz, I think he'll improve a little but not enough to be interesting. If it's Hardy, he also is capable of better things. If it's Josh Johnson, same thing, but with perpetual injury risk. Who else is there? J.J. Hoover. Jon Jay. Jair Jurrjens. John Jaso. Jim Johnson. I'm not getting warm and fuzzy about any of these guys. So I guess it doesn't depend on who J.J. is. Good chance of small improvement, but nothing exciting. I wouldn't trade Votto for Zimmermann and anyone with the initials J.J. (Geoff Young)
2012-07-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)So what are the odds that Allen Craig gets named to the All Star team (injured Votto) and benched by his own team (for Berkman) in the same week? Or can we hold out hope that Berkman becomes MLB's best pinch hitter?
(Hokieball from DC)
Haha, I don't think I'd hold my breath on that plan of action for Berkman. I'm sure they'll try to work Craig in at first and outfield whenever possible, but I'll be very interested to see if they try him at second. There was talk of it last year and it never really happened, but with the way he's hitting, I wouldn't be surprised if it gets some legs. The team could also bench Jon Jay more often, but since I own him pretty much everywhere, I'm not going to mention it... (Derek Carty)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your top undervalued targets for NL only leagues this year?
(Senior from Lost in my mind)
Just had LABR NL this weekend, so I've got a bunch. Not all went for as low as I wanted, but how about: Michael Cuddyer, Lucas Duda, Jon Jay, Marlon Byrd, John Mayberry, Jose Altuve, Ryan Ludwick, Tyler Greene. None are sure things, obviously, but that's the nature of undervalued targets. In general, I think these guys will come cheaper than I'd pay for them (although that wasn't the case for Cuddyer, Duda, Mayberry, Byrd, and Altuve this weekend in a tough LABR crowd). (Derek Carty)
2010-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Got a snap post-mortem on what went so wrong with St. Louis in the last month? I understand small sample size regression to the mean, but why so many regressions all at once, and why were none of them for the better?
(Bill from New Mexico)
They are a stars and scrubs roster, and when the stars struggle even a little bit, it is very tough to compete. Pitching Jeff Suppan more than zero times hurt, and not playing Rasmus everyday made little sense. I can't get on La Russa for all of this either, as his roster is complete with players like Brendan Ryan, Skip Schumaker, Jon Jay, Felipe Lopez, etc. The Cardinals, like the Mariners this year, needed to have a lot go right for them to have a great season; while everything went wrong with the Mariners, the Cards had some go right, enough to keep them in contention, but not enough to push them into the playoffs. (Eric Seidman)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Whither my Cardinals? While I'd like to see things turn around, they clearly gambled and lost this year in picking up some plug-ins (e.g. Pedro Feliz) hoping to catch lightning. So what should the offseason hold in store for them?
(biggreentevas from Oakland CA )
The Cardinals withered, and it all comes back to the offense's tumble once they essentially traded Ludwick for Westbrook and started playing a regressing Jon Jay over Colby Rasmus. As to their offseason, the first question is whether LaRussa is coming back, because the team should be built in consultation with whoever's managing. But I do think the team's got to do resolve the Rasmus issue one way or the other, and do something to stabilize the middle infield with players better than Skip Schumaker and Brendan Ryan. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are the Cardinals destined to always have streaky, left handed center fielders? Lankford, Edmonds, Rasmus -- all look amazing when they hit, awful when they don't...
(Andy from Chicago)
And Ankiel -- and then there's Jon Jay, who I actually watched for the first time last night as he crushed shot after shot to the right-center gap. Consider the alternative -- if they look amazing when they hit, that means you have a CF who CAN hit, at least occasionally. Lots of teams would take that. (Ken Funck)


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