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John Jaso | Outfielder | #28

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/19/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Southwestern (CA) JC
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 12 (0) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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John Jaso slugged a go-ahead solo homer in the ninth inning to lead the Pirates to a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals.
After entering the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning, Jaso took Seung-Hwan Oh deep with two outs in the top of the ninth. Felipe Rivero tossed a scoreless bottom of the frame to finish off the wild win. Jaso is now hitting .234/.319/.421 with five homers and 19 RBI through 62 games. Jun 24 - 12:29 AM

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John Jaso clubbed his fourth home run of the season on Tuesday as the Pirates dispatched of the Rockies.

Jaso entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and clobbered a two-run homer off of Adam Ottavino to break a 1-1 tie and propel the Pirates to victory. He's slashing .246/.340/.429 with four long balls and 17 RBI on the year.
Jun 13 - 9:55 PM

John Jaso finished 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI in Saturday's win against the Mets.

Jaso came on as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning and delivered an RBI single to force extra innings. He also singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to send the Steel City crowd home happy. Jaso has picked up the pace with six hits over his past 15 at-bats, raising his average from .176 to .210 just since May 21.
May 28 - 1:49 AM

John Jaso finished with a pinch-hit solo home run in the eighth inning in Tuesday's loss against the Dodgers.

Jaso has struggled with his average, posting just 10 hits across 65 at-bats (.154) this season. He continues to see rather regular playing time as manager Clint Hurdle lets the veteran work out the kinks. The good news is Jaso has just three strikeouts across 23 at-bats in May, but the bad news is he has collected just four hits.
May 10 - 5:02 AM

John Jaso hit his first home run of the season Saturday against the Marlins.

It's been a brutal start to the year for the 33-year-old, as he's got just five hits in 39 at-bats. The homer came in the ninth inning to give the Bucs a little extra protection. Jaso has found some playing time in right field with Starling Marte suspended, but the Pirates will likely find better options unless he starts hitting, and fast.
Apr 29 - 11:19 PM

John Jaso will start in right field Tuesday versus the Cubs.

Jose Osuna made the start in right field against lefty Brett Anderson on Monday, but Jaso will get a shot Tuesday with right-hander Kyle Hendricks on the hill. The Pirates figure to look for alternatives, but this should be the platoon arrangement with Adam Frazier (hamstring) on the shelf.
Apr 25 - 2:26 PM

John Jaso is still hitless for the season after going 0-for-4 on Friday.

He's 0-for-14. The Pirates might be willing to send down Josh Bell if Jaso were swinging the bat better, but neither seems to want the starting job at first base right now. Triple-A's Jose Osuna is another option, but he's off to a slow start after his big spring. The status quo will likely stick around for a little while longer.
Apr 14 - 5:48 PM

John Jaso's third spring homer was a two-run shot Tuesday in the Pirates' 5-4 win over the Rays.

Jaso, who was playing third base today, hit a long bomb to left off Alex Cobb in the first. He's sporting a .310 average and an 1.107 OPS this spring, so it'll be interesting to see how the Pirates carve out a role for him in the early going. Josh Bell is expected to get the bulk of the time at first base, with David Freese likely playing third until Jung Ho Kang is cleared to join the club. Jaso belongs in more just a pinch-hitting role, so it still seems like a trade is the best option here.
Mar 21 - 4:46 PM

John Jaso will play third base on Tuesday.

It will be his first time playing third base as a professional. Josh Bell is expected to see the bulk of the time at first base this season, so the Pirates are looking at expanding Jaso's versatility.
Mar 21 - 8:33 AM

John Jaso finished the day 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored.

He drilled a three run home run off Joaquin Benoit in the sixth inning and added an RBI double to boot. He also walked in the game. He owns a .320 batting average with 2 home runs and seven RBI in 25 at-bats this spring. It remains to be seen how much playing time Jaso will receive this season. He sits behind Josh Bell on the depth chart at first base. He will likely play a bit of outfield, see some DH time in interleague games and spend the rest of his time as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman.
Mar 18 - 5:11 PM

John Jaso went 2-for-3 and homered in the Pirates' 3-1 victory over the Twins on Wednesday.

With first base likely being usurped by Josh Bell, Jaso is working at some new positions this spring. As much as his skill set duplicates Bell's, the ideal for the Pirates would be to trade Jaso. However, while Jaso is a nice part-timer, especially in the AL, the lousy market for first basemen would seem to make a deal unlikely.
Mar 1 - 4:35 PM

John Jaso is expected to work out at third base this offseason.

He'll also try his hand at outfield. Jaso began his career at catcher before pivoting to first base in 2016. He had some success at first but top prospect Josh Bell could be ready to play there full-time next season. Jaso would have a clearer path to playing time in the outfield. Jung Ho Kang and David Freese split time at third last season and are still on the roster.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 08:53:00 PM

John Jaso hit for the cycle in Wednesday's 8-4 win over the Cubs.

Jaso singled to lead off the third inning, socked a three-run home run in the fourth, notched an RBI double in the fifth and polished off his cycle with an RBI triple in the seventh. He finished the game 4-for-4 with five RBI at the dish. It was the first-ever cycle at PNC Park. For the season as a whole, Jaso is hitting .267/.348/.407 with seven homers and 40 RBI across 371 at-bats.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 10:39:00 PM

John Jaso hit a leadoff home run in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

Starting at first base and batting atop the Pirates' lineup, the 32-year-old hit a 3-2 offering from Jerad Eickhoff over the boards for his sixth homer of the year. It was the first of 15 runs the Bucs would score on the evening. After starting the year off strong, Jaso's hitting, and subsequently his playing time, has tailed off in the second half. Through Thursday, he's hitting .261/.345/.385 with those six homers, 34 RBI and 39 runs scored.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 10:37:00 PM

John Jaso (eye) has returned to the Pirates starting lineup on Saturday.

Jaso missed a couple of games with an eye issue, but is back in the fold batting sixth and playing first base against Brandon McCarthy and the Dodgers on Saturday. For the season, he's hitting .254/.335/.362 with four homers and 27 RBI in 347 plate appearances.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 02:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
4Jacob Stallings
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Max Moroff
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
CF1Starling Marte
RF1Andrew McCutchen
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Trevor Williams
Relief Pitcher
R1Felipe Rivero
2Juan Nicasio
3Tony Watson
4Daniel Hudson
5Antonio Bastardo
6Jhan Marinez
7Wade LeBlanc
8Josh Lindblom
9Edgar Santana