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Jon Jay

#45 | OF
Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox
Jon Jay
Name: Jonathan Henry Jay
Born: Mar 15, 1985 in Miami, Fla. USA
High School: Columbus HS, Miami
College: Miami
Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 195 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 2nd round (74th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 (signed for $480,000)
In a weak college outfield crop, Jay was a second-team preseason All-American after holding down the leadoff spot for Team USA in the summer of 2005. He's a classic tweener outfielder who doesn't profile as an everyday player on a championship club. He posted a .408 average as a sophomore at Miami, and has a patient, mature approach to hitting, but his range is just average in center field and he doesn't hit for power. He had 11 home runs in 503 career at-bats. His set-up and swing are unorthodox. He has a wide stance and pumps his hands as a trigger. He makes consistent contact when pitches are down in the zone and uses the whole field, but lacks leverage and loft. He's a 50 runner on the 20-80 scale, although his speed plays up on the basepaths. He's got good feel for the game, makes good reads and takes good routes in the outfield. His arm is accurate but his throws lack carry.
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