Birdhouse MiLB 'Player of the Month' for June

The second round draft pick (74th overall) of the June, 2006 First-Year Player Draft, made three trips to the DL in 2007, and was bumped from the leadoff spot after a slow start in the 2008 campaign. He's battled back to make the Texas League All-Star team earlier this month and now he caps off an impressive month of play with the Birdhouse 'Player of the Month' honors for June.

The 23-year-old, left-handed swinging centerfielder started the month of June off in fine fashion, being named the Double-A, Texas League Player of the Week for the period of June 2-8. Jay hit .500 (14-for-28) that week with a double, a triple, two home runs, six RBIs, five runs, two walks, and only two strikeouts.

After getting off to a slow start in April/May, losing his leadoff spot in the Springfield Cardinals batting order, the Miami (FL) product has turned it up a notch this past month.

Named to the Texas League All-Star team this season as a reserve, Jay was hitting .430 for the month at the time; Jay had single and a double -- the only two North Division hits through five innings -- and drew a walk on the way to a 2-for-3 night.

The Texas League All-Star made three trips to the DL in 07, two times for his shoulder and the other time for a wrist injury. In just 26 games for Double-A Springfield last season, Jay hit .235 with two home runs and 11 RBI.

Jay finished the month of June hitting .385 (37-for-96) with six home runs and 19 RBIs, posting slash stats of .473/.635/1.109 (OBP, SLG, OPS). A stat that stands out this month contributing to his superior on-base-percentage is that he walked 13 times and only struck out eight times in June.

In 2007 the Birdhouse had Jay ranked at #9 in the pre-season, annual Forty Days, Forty Nights, Top 40 Prospect Rankings before falling all the way to #19 to begin this season. In May Jay fell out of the Prospect Power Rankings that features the Cardinals Top 25 Prospects, after an early slump only to return with a vengeance in June, swinging one of the hottest bats in the organization.

The Cardinals have a glut of outfielders at the Triple-A level in Memphis, but it's only a matter of time, before they'll have to make room for Jay, who will be patrolling centerfield in AutoZone Park sooner than later.

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