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John Jaso | Outfielder | #28

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/19/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Southwestern (CA) JC
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 12 (0) / TB

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John Jaso said after Sunday's game that he's leaning toward retirement.
Jaso told reporters after the game that he's probably done with baseball and would like to spend his time living simply on a sailboat and working on relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Jaso has also battled concussions in recent seasons, which could be a factor as well. He hit just .211/.328/.402 with 10 homers and 35 RBI in 302 plate appearances with the Pirates this year. Sun, Oct 1, 2017 08:45:00 PM

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John Jaso clocked a solo homer and reached base four times in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

Considering his teammates combined to reach base just five times, Jaso was essentially the Pirates' offense in this one. He took Koji Uehara deep in the seventh inning to cut the Cubs' lead to two at the time, but that's the only time Pittsburgh dented the scoreboard.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 11:32:00 PM

John Jaso hit his eighth home run of the season Monday in the Pirates' win over the Tigers.

It was a pinch-hit two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth and it put the Bucs up 3-0 over the visiting Tigers. Jaso is still batting just .217/.309/.406 this year, after logging a .272/.368/.426 slash line between 2012-2016. The soon-to-be 34-year-old may find a bleak free agent market for himself this winter.
Mon, Aug 7, 2017 09:58:00 PM

John Jaso went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

Jaso connected for homer No. 7 with two outs in the eighth inning. That shot drew the Pirates to within 5-3, but they were unable to come up with any sort of ninth inning magic. For his part, the outfielder has picked up at least two hits in four of his last six games and is now slashing .258/.339/.479 with the aforementioned seven homers, plus 23 RBI, in 68 games this season.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 04:54:00 PM

John Jaso went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI as the Pirates fell to the Giants on Friday.

Jaso came through with an RBI double during a three-run uprising in the first inning, then added a run with a ground ball in the seventh. He's now hitting .253/.333/.462 with six long balls and 22 RBI in 66 games this season.
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 11:32:00 PM

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.
Sat, Jun 24, 2017 12:29:00 AM

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.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 09:55:00 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.
Sun, May 28, 2017 01:49:00 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.
Wed, May 10, 2017 05:02:00 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.
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 11:19:00 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.
Tue, Apr 25, 2017 02:26:00 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.
Fri, Apr 14, 2017 05:48:00 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.
Tue, Mar 21, 2017 04:46:00 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.
Tue, Mar 21, 2017 08:33:00 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.
Sat, Mar 18, 2017 05:11:00 PM

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C1Francisco Cervelli
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2B1Josh Harrison
2Adam Frazier
3Sean Rodriguez
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Colin Moran
2David Freese
3Jung Ho Kang
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