2006 Ranking: NR
School: University of Miami
Cardinal: Selected in the second round (74th overall) of the June, 2006
First-Year Player Draft. Received a $480,000 signing bonus. 2006 AVG. AB H HR RBI R SB BB K OBP. SLG OPS
Jason Scott (10): The Cardinals' second-round draft pick in June, Jay hit .342 with a .416 OBP in his professional debut for Quad Cities in 2006. He showed very good plate discipline, walking more than he struck out (28/27). Another interesting stat that I found was that in 76 at-bats with runners in scoring position, he hit .461. Jay doesn't turn 22 until March and having already mastered low Class A, it will be interesting to see where the Cardinals send him in 2007.
Leonda Markee (11): There is a lot to like about Jon Jay, based on his professional debut season. He was one of a handful of 2006 draftees to begin their careers at Class A Quad Cities where he put up excellent numbers in his half-season or so of ball. Jay displays excellent plate discipline and is one of only four hitters in the system this past season to walk more than he struck out, 100 or more plate appearances. (The others, if you are interested, are Rico Washington, Jarrett Hoffpauir and Isa Garcia.) I ranked Jay as the fifth-best position prospect behind both Stavinoha and Haerther. It was extremely close between Haerther and Jay but Haerther got the nod due to three factors: 1) The level at which he played, 2) His strong performance from July 1st onward and 3) Jay's limited at bats. Haerther put up an identical OPS to Jay in similar at bats from July 1st on and did it two levels higher than did Jay. Still, Jay is a very exciting young player who will skyrocket up the rankings with a good 2007 season.
Ray Mileur (12): A second-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2006 draft from the University of Miami (Fla.), Jay hit .342 with three home runs and 45 RBIs in 60 games for Quad-Cities. In November, he was named to Baseball America magazine's draft all-star team after a strong rookie season in the Midwest League.