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John Jaso | First Baseman | #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 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

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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

John Jaso was the only Pirates hitter to have a good game versus the Mets and Noah Syndergaard on Wednesday, going 3-for-4 and scoring a run.

Jaso doesn't offer a ton of power but does deliver usable AVG and OBP rate stats. He walks nearly as often as he strikes out, which can help his owners in points leagues. Jaso is on a pace to eclipse his previous high of 404 plate appearances and should continue to get enough playing time to generate some fantasy-worthy counting stats. He is up to .291/.353/.414 for the season, but has only three home runs.
Thu, Jun 16, 2016 12:03:00 AM

John Jaso went 2-for-4 with an RBI double as the Pirates topped the Mets 3-1 to sweep both games of Tuesday's doubleheader.

Jaso's run-scoring double came off of Mets starter Jacob deGrom in the fifth inning, and capped off the scoring in the contest. While he doesn't have the power of a traditional first baseman, Jaso is having a nice year atop the Pirates lineup, hitting .292/.362/.421 with three homers and 17 RBI.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 10:16:00 PM

John Jaso is absent from the Pirates' lineup Friday.

He's getting a day off with the Rangers throwing lefty Cole Hamels. Sean Rodriguez is at first base.
Fri, May 27, 2016 04:32:00 PM

John Jaso went 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the Braves.

Jaso's triple, his second of the season, actually came with nobody on base, as he collected his RBI on a sixth-inning single. The three-hit game was his second in three nights, getting his average back up over the .300 mark. The first baseman is batting .301/.369/.459 through 36 games this year.
Fri, May 20, 2016 12:00:00 AM

John Jaso is absent from the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

He's on the bench with the Cubs throwing lefty Jon Lester. David Freese is at first base. Gregory Polanco is also sitting out versus the southpaw, as Sean Rodriguez is in right field.
Sun, May 15, 2016 11:40:00 AM

John Jaso is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

David Freese will start at first base and bat leadoff versus Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon. It's just a day off for Jaso, who's slashing .291/.358/.455 in 29 games.
Wed, May 11, 2016 01:33:00 PM

John Jaso led the Pirates with two hits Saturday in a loss to St. Louis.

Jason singled twice and drew a walk. He tied the game at three with a seventh-inning single off Seung Hwan Oh. Operating out of the leadoff spot, the 32-year-old has come out of nowhere to hit .284 with a .357 on base percentage this year. CBS Sports' Jonah Keri has taken to calling him "Snakehead" because of his dreadlocks. Let's hope the nickname sticks.
Sat, May 7, 2016 06:31:00 PM

John Jaso hit a game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning of Sunday's 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Reds.

Jaso's solo homer off reliever Ross Ohlendorf came with two outs in the ninth inning and tied the proceedings at 5-all. Alas for the Pirate faithful, that would be the last run to score for the home team. Jaso has now homered in two straight games -- his first two homers of the season, at that. While he is slashing a tidy .306/.375/.471 across 85 at-bats, there is little in his history that would indicate that such a batting line will hold up over the course of the season.
Sun, May 1, 2016 05:39:00 PM

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

Jaso attacked the first pitch of the game from Reds starter Alfredo Simon, ripping it out to right center to give the Bucs an early lead. It may have been his first home run of the year, but Jaso has been a catalyst atop the Pirates' lineup from the outset. The first baseman is hitting .316/.389/.456 with seven RBI and 10 runs scored through Saturday's game.
Sat, Apr 30, 2016 10:38:00 PM

John Jaso is absent from the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

He's receiving a day off with the Diamondbacks throwing southpaw Robbie Ray. Jason Rogers is filling in for Jaso at first base. The Pirates are also resting Francisco Cervelli and Josh Harrison, as Chris Stewart is doing the catching and Sean Rodriguez is at second base.

John Jaso went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored from the leadoff spot for the Pirates on Thursday.

The Pirates love what Jaso is giving them from the top of the order thus far, but he just doesn't have much to offer fantasy leaguers; he'll be close to a zero in homers, RBI and steals this year. He is hitting .351 so far, but he'll be more solid than spectacular there, too.
Thu, Apr 14, 2016 04:29:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
3Jose Osuna
4Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Josh Harrison
2Alen Hanson
3Phil Gosselin
4Chris Bostick
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
CF1Starling Marte
2Eury Perez
RF1Andrew McCutchen
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Tyler Glasnow
5Chad Kuhl
6Steven Brault
7Drew Hutchison
8Clay Holmes
9Josh Lindblom
Relief Pitcher
R1Tony Watson
2Daniel Hudson
3Felipe Rivero
4Jared Hughes
5Juan Nicasio
6Antonio Bastardo
7Trevor Williams
8A.J. Schugel
9Wade LeBlanc
10Dovydas Neverauskas
11Pat Light
12Dan Runzler
13Tyler Webb