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Birth Date3-15-1985
Height5' 11"
Weight195 lbs
Age33 years, 3 months, 7 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.02014
-0.42015
1.72016
0.72017
1.42018
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WARP Summary

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 32 141 433 379 65 112 18 3 2 142 37 80 12 2 3 34 6 2 .296 .374 .375 .266 16.7 -10.1 0.7
2018 ARI 33 12 55 46 13 15 1 1 1 21 5 14 4 0 0 6 0 1 .326 .436 .457 .321 3.8 -0.1 0.4
2018 KCA 33 59 266 238 28 73 9 2 1 89 19 39 3 2 4 18 3 2 .307 .363 .374 .263 5.9 1.6 0.8
Career105937963366480977167213512912656309521463115433.290.357.384.271147.6-20.513.4

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 141 433 .266 .260 .326 .436 .269 .368 99 2.9 12.7 -1.3 -10.1 2.4 16.7 0.7 16.7 0.7
2018 ARI MLB 12 55 .321 .270 .343 .458 .280 .452 105 3.3 1.5 -0.6 -0.1 -0.5 3.8 0.4 3.8 0.4
2018 KCA MLB 59 266 .263 .250 .322 .411 .265 .360 105 0.8 7.3 -1.7 1.6 -0.6 5.9 0.8 5.9 0.8

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 433 65 112 18 3 2 34 37 80 6 2 .296 .374 .375 .079 .266 16.7 -10.1 0.7
2018 ARI MLB 55 13 15 1 1 1 6 5 14 0 1 .326 .436 .457 .130 .321 3.8 -0.1 0.4
2018 KCA MLB 266 28 73 9 2 1 18 19 39 3 2 .307 .363 .374 .067 .263 5.9 1.6 0.8

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 1706 0.4918 0.5070 0.7908 0.6615 0.3576 0.8703 0.6484 0.2092 0 0.000000
2018 1229 0.4866 0.4573 0.8078 0.6154 0.3074 0.8777 0.6753 0.1922 0 0.000000
Career141530.48120.46220.81790.62830.30780.89540.67090.1821538.3083-0.001

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
2018 KCA $3,000,000
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
7 yrPrevious$23,669,000
2018Current$3,000,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$26,669,000
8 yrTotal$26,669,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 134 dCAA Sports1 year/$3M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$3M (2018). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 3/6/18. Performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 250, 275, 300, 325, 350, 375, 400, 425, 450, 475, 500, 525, 550, 575, 600 plate appearances. Acquired by Arizona in trade from Kansas City 6/6/18 ($1,870,968 remaining on contract).
  • 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.

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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

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BP Chats

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 Cardinalsówith 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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