- Full name Jaylen Armstrong
- Born Southaven, MS
- Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 185 / Bats: L / Throws: L
- School Southern
School: Southern Source: 4YR
Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
Age At Draft: 23.3
Armstrong started his career at Holmes (Miss.) JC, but transferred to Southern prior to the 2021 season. After struggling offensively in his first season with Southern, Armstrong broke out in 2022 with a .360/.463/.493 slash line in 2022 and continued that sort of offensive production as a senior in 2023. The 6-foot, 185-pound center fielder hit .330/.414/.492 with five home runs, 10 doubles, a 14.7% strikeout rate and an 11.1% walk rate this spring. His 38 stolen bases ranked tied for fifth among Division I hitters, and he is a 70-grade runner who glides around the outfield and should stick in center. Offensively, he’s a slappy hitter with bottom-of-the-scale power and primarily hits the ball on the ground and legs out singles before becoming a nuisance on the base paths. Armstrong did significantly cut his strikeout rate year-over-year, going from 22.1% in 2022 to 14.7% in 2023, but he doesn’t have the sort of impact ability at the plate that allows him to project as anything more than a backup, speed-oriented outfield type.
- OF Jaylen Armstrong assigned to Southern Jaguars.