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John Jaso | First Baseman | #28

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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 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. May 1 - 5:39 PM

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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.
Apr 30 - 10:38 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.
Apr 14 - 4:29 PM

John Jaso is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

Michael Morse will get a start at first base against Anibal Sanchez. With Jaso out of the lineup, Matt Joyce will bat leadoff out of the DH spot.
Apr 12 - 10:27 AM

John Jaso is starting at first base and batting leadoff for the Pirates on Friday against the Reds.

It's the spot he's been in for each of the Pirates' four games thus far. Jaso has four hits in his first 12 at-bats this season. Michael Morse should get some starts at first once the Pirates face some lefties.
Apr 8 - 2:48 PM

John Jaso will bat leadoff in Tuesday's game against the Cardinals.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is rolling with the same lineup he used in Sunday's season opening victory over the Cards. Jaso doesn't qualify at catcher in fantasy leagues any longer and will be used as the primary first baseman in Pittsburgh this year, so he isn't as interesting in fantasy leagues as he once was, but he's worth owning in OBP formats. The 32-year-old posted a .373 on-base percentage from 2012-2015.
Apr 5 - 3:08 PM

John Jaso walked three times and scored on an Andrew McCutchen homer against the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Jaso hitting leadoff for the Pirates seemed like an obvious move from the day he was signed, but he opened camp in the bottom half of the order and it looked like he'd probably be there to open the season. Now, though, Clint Hurdle has reconsidered, and he's giving serious thought to leading off Jaso and hitting McCutchen second. It'd be good for Jaso's fantasy value, but since he's no longer catcher eligible, he's still not much of an option in mixed leagues. After all, he's not going to offer much of anything in homers, RBI or steals.
Mar 20 - 3:52 PM

John Jaso will bat leadoff in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

Meanwhile, Francisco Cervelli is batting second, so Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is trying an on-base percentage-heavy approach at the top of his lineup. The Pirates don't have an obvious leadoff man against righties, so Jaso and his .361 career OBP is a good fit. It's not all that unusual, as he made 37 starts (his most of any spot in the lineup) out of the leadoff spot with the Rays last season. The bigger question is how he'll handle making the transition to first base.
Mar 16 - 8:41 AM

Pirates signed 1B/OF John Jaso to a two-year, $8 million contract.

Jaso slashed .286/.380/.459 with five homers, 22 RBI and 17 doubles in 185 at-bats for the Rays in 2015. Injuries limited him to just 70 games. Indeed, he hasn't appeared in more than 100 games since he played for the Mariners in 2012. While Jaso played almost exclusively at DH this past season, the Pirates have indicated that he'll be transitioning to first base for the 2016 campaign. He figures to split time with Mike Morse there and serve as a lefty platoon bat. Jaso turned 32 in September.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 05:02:00 PM

John Jaso went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox.

Jaso put the Rays on the board with his two-run homer off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello in the fifth inning. For the season, he's hitting .278/.369/.438 with three homers and 17 RBI over 144 at-bats while serving as the Rays' somewhat unorthodox lead-off cat. Injuries have limited him to just 53 games in 2015.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 09:21:00 PM

John Jaso went 2-for-3 with a walk Saturday against the Yankees.

Both hits were singles. Jaso is not your typical leadoff man, but he has done a nice job when healthy this season, batting .281 with a .373 on-base percentage. He's relevant in two-catcher fantasy leagues.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 04:55:00 PM

John Jaso knocked in three runs in a 2-for-3 effort as the Rays took down the Mets on Sunday.

Jaso hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning, then hit a two-run double in the fifth to knot the game at 3-3. He's been terrific since returning to the Rays on July 7, currently batting .329/.393/.493 with one home run and 10 RBI in 84 plate appearances.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 04:07:00 PM

John Jaso went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored Friday against the Astros.

Jaso, who served as the DH and hit leadoff Friday, has hit safely in all five games since coming off the disabled list. He's well worth a look in two-catcher mixed fantasy leagues.
Fri, Jul 10, 2015 09:45:00 PM

John Jaso went 1-for-4 with a sacrifice fly in Thursday's loss to the Royals.

Jaso is just returning from a left wrist injury suffered on Opening Day. He's recorded a hit in all four games since coming back. Last season, the DH/catcher hit .264/.337/.440 with nine homers and 40 RBI across 307 at-bats for the A's. There's some value to be had here, particularly in deeper AL-only formats.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 05:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2Jason Rogers
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jon Niese
4Jeff Locke
5Juan Nicasio
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6Cory Luebke
7Kyle Lobstein
8Ryan Vogelsong
9A.J. Schugel
10Rob Scahill