Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Name To Know: Jon Jay
A rookie with an OPS over 1.000 is rare. One that is thriving mostly in obscurity outside of St. Louis, even more rare. Jon Jay is tearing the cover off the ball. In 44 games he's posted some very impressive numbers .387/.437/.624 (1.061 OPS), 19 r, 11 2b, 3 hr, and 12 rbi. He's seeing more time with the Cardinals as his bat remains hot and manager Tony Larussa begins to trust him more in the field and lineup. The 25 year old outfielder was drafted in the 2nd round back in 2006. He bats and throws left and can play all three outfield positions. Through the minors he's always hit for average, batting .301 in 5 seasons. He possesses a decent eye at the plate, makes contact, has good speed, and a little pop in his bat. For now he's an excellent 4th outfielder for the Cards, but with continued success he may play himself into a starting role alongside Matt Holliday and Colby Rasmus in St. Louis' outfield.