Jay Named MWL Player of the Week

Jon Jay the former star outfielder with the Miami Hurricanes, is currently hitting .383 through his first 11 professional games with the Swing of Quad Cities, hitting safely in 10 of them and reaching base in each contest.

Outfielder Jon Jay was named the Midwest League Offensive Player of the Week for the period lasting from July 3-9, the Swing of the Quad Cities announced Wednesday. The 74th overall pick in the 2006 draft out of the University of Miami, Jay was selected by the Cardinals with the last pick in the second round.

The rookie becomes first Swing player to receive MWL weekly honor this season.

A 21-year-old native of Miami, Jay led all Midwest League hitters with 10 runs batted in during the week, hitting safely in each game while batting .387 (12-31) with six runs scored. He sported a robust .613 slugging percentage during the period, including his first professional home run on July 4 against the Fort Wayne Wizards.

Jay went 2-for-4 in his pro debut on June the 30th for the Swing, with a triple and a run batted in and he hasn't looked back since. 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. He hit .378 in his three years as a Hurricane, including a .408 clip as a sophomore in 2005 and Freshman All-American First Team and College World Series All-Tournament Team honors in 2004.

Jon Jay recently beat out some of his QC teammates for player of the day laurels, in Matthew Leach's Notes, at the St. Louis Cardinals official website at www.stlcardinals.com on July the 7th.

The outfielder from the University of Miami had a huge day, with three RBIs and two runs to go along with his three-quarters cycle to earn the honor.

The Midwest League Player of the Week honor is not likely the last award Jay will earn as a professional ballplayer.

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