Jon Jay Makes His Pro Debut

Jon Jay the former star outfielder from the University of Miami, went 2-for-4 in his pro debut on Friday night with a triple and a run batted for the Swing of Quad Cities, the St. Louis Cardinals Low-A affiliate.

The Cardinals announced earlier in the day that had reached agreement on contracts with two of their first four selections in the 2006 draft, pitcher Chris Perez and outfielder Jon Jay, teammates from the University of Miami.

Both players were assigned to Swing of Quad Cities on Friday and it didn't take Jon Jay long to make a good first impression. In his first pro start, Jay was the DH and batted 5th in the lineup, and went 2-4 in his pro debut, to include a triple and a RBI.

The 21-year-old outfielder was sixth in the ACC with a .361 batting average in 2006, while scoring 77 times and stealing 31 bags.

Known for is speed and ability to steal bases, Jay was picked off of first base by Silver Hawk's lefty, Ryan Screppel's, after getting a base hit in his first pro at-bat.

Jon Jay enters the 2006 season with the Swing of Quad Cities, with a reputation as one of the country's elite outfielders.

The young outfielder was named the 2006 Brooks Wallace Award Preseason Watch list along with teammate Chris Perez and selected to the preseason second team All-American by Baseball America, Louisville Slugger and the NCBWA.

Jay holds a college career .387 batting average that ranks him fourth all-time at Miami. A solid all-around player with good speed and an accurate above average arm, Jay is projected to be a left or center fielder in the Cardinals organization.

The Swing of the Quad Cities announced Saturday morning, that Chris Perez has been activated and he'll be making his pro debut soon.


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