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Jon Jay | Outfielder

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/15/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Jon Jay doubled, singled, walked and scored three times Monday against the Mets.
Jay is hitting .371 in June and .307 overall, which is one of the reasons the Cardinals felt no need to try Oscar Taveras in center field in the majors. He'll continue to start against righties. Jun 16 - 11:57 PM

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Jon Jay delivered a three-run double Friday against the Giants.

Jay entered the game in the seventh inning and doubled in his only at-bat in the eighth. With Oscar Taveras on the way to the majors, it looks like Peter Bourjos' playing time could suffer the most.
May 31 - 12:45 AM

Jon Jay had a forgettable night at the plate in Sunday’s win over the Reds, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

He has been relatively solid to this point of the season, hitting .270/.333/.370 with a homer and 13 RBI. With rumblings that Oscar Taveras could be recalled from Triple-A Memphis in early-June though, Jay could be out of a regular job very shortly.
May 25 - 11:25 PM

Jon Jay finished 3-for-4 with two RBI in the Cardinals' victory over the Reds on Saturday.

Jay was a late addition to the lineup in place of Peter Bourjos, who had to be scratched just before first pitch with a stomach virus. Jay hit RBI singles in the sixth and eighth innings, and may have earned himself a start in Sunday's series finale against Reds right-hander Mike Leake. Bourjos has been getting a majority of the playing time lately.
May 24 - 10:34 PM

Jon Jay has started three of the last four games in center field for the Cardinals.

Manager Mike Matheny is simply playing the hot hand, as Jay has four hits -- including a three-run homer -- in 12 at-bats over that stretch. "Jon has done a nice job, and I think that is something that all these guys need to know from us," Matheny said. "It is, ‘What do I need to get an opportunity to play?’ Jon had four quality at-bats (Wednesday). It’s a good day for him to keep that swing going." With the Nationals starting lefty Gio Gonzalez Friday, Peter Bourjos should be back manning center field.
Apr 18 - 11:57 AM

Jon Jay got the start in center on Monday and hit a three-run homer off the Brewers' Matt Garza.

Jay has started five of the Cardinals' 13 games so far, with four of those coming in center. That's probably a bit more than he should play over Peter Bourjos, but the Cardinals do want to keep Bourjos healthy. Obviously, it worked out nicely tonight, with Jay making his first big contribution of the year.
Apr 15 - 12:19 AM's Jenifer Langosch says Jon Jay may play all three outfield spots for the Cardinals this year in an attempt to get at-bats.

"I've done it before," Jay said. "I have played left field. I have played right field. It's a luxury on our team. We have so many guys who are so talented that they can step up to play any given day and do a good job. It's one of those things that's going to give our team flexibility." Langosch suggests Jay may be largely relegated to a bench role with the arrival of Peter Bourjos, so he may have to fill a super sub role as a fourth outfielder to find playing time. The 28-year-old is coming off a season in which he hit .276/.351/.370 as the team's everyday center fielder.
Feb 12 - 11:33 PM

According to Jenifer Langosch of, Jon Jay is expecting to compete with Peter Bourjos for the Cardinals' starting role in center field.

Jay faces an uphill battle in that competition, but the 28-year-old outfielder is approaching this offseason the same way that he's approached any other -- under the impression that he'll be playing on a regular basis. As a likely fourth outfielder, though, his fantasy value is going to be extremely limited. Also consider that top outfield prospect Oscar Taveras is on the way for St. Louis and can play some center.
Jan 19 - 7:10 PM

Cardinals avoided arbitration with OF Jon Jay by agreeing to a one-year, $3.25 million contract.

It's a bit lower than the $3.4 million projected Jay to make in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The 28-year-old outfielder is slated for fourth outfielder duty in 2014 following the Cardinals' offseason acquisition of Peter Bourjos.
Jan 17 - 10:24 AM

Jon Jay went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored as the Cardinals won big over the Pirates on Friday.

Jay had three of the team's 16 hits on the night, doubling in a run in the third inning and singling in two more in the seventh. The big night broke a 1-for-20 slump for the outfielder. Jay also stole his sixth base of the year in the game.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 12:18:00 AM

Jon Jay is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

He's getting the night off against left-hander Francisco Liriano. Shane Robinson will handle center field.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 02:53:00 PM

Jon Jay is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

It's just a day off. Shane Robinson is getting the start in center field against Braves left-hander Mike Minor.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 11:51:00 AM

Jon Jay finished 2-for-3 with a walk, double, home run, four RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win against the Cubs.

Jay's second four-RBI game of the season featured his first homer since July 3. The three-run blast off James Russell in the seventh expanded St. Louis' lead to 6-1, the game's final score. Jay is batting .273 with six homers and 54 RBI through 121 games.
Sun, Aug 18, 2013 07:20:00 PM

Jon Jay finished 3-for-4 with two doubles in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

Jay is now hitting .405 (17-for-42) over his last 10 games. The 28-year-old outfielder doesn't provide much in the way of pop or speed and isn't nearly as interesting now that he's no longer the leadoff man, but those looking for a fourth or fifth outfielder in mixed fantasy leagues could do worse.
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 11:58:00 PM

Jon Jay went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored in the rout of the Pirates on Thursday.

Since he doesn't hit leadoff any longer, Jay hadn't scored multiple runs in a game in nearly two months. He entered the night with just two runs scored and one RBI in 13 games since the All-Star break, even though he was hitting .278 in that span.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 11:24:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
3George Kottaras
4Audry Perez
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Allen Craig
2Oscar Taveras
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4Shelby Miller
5Joe Kelly
6Carlos Martinez
7Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Jason Motte
4Kevin Siegrist
5Randy Choate
6Sam Freeman
7Seth Maness
8Nick Greenwood