John Jaso, Infield, Pittsburgh Pirates, #28


Date of Birth: 9/19/1983
Birthplace: Chula Vista, California

John Jaso, infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was first drafted in 2003 by the Tampa Bay Rays. He played in the Rays' minor league system from 2003 through 2009, playing in just 5 games with the Rays in 2008.

In 2010, his first season in the major leagues, Jaso batted .263 with 89 hits and 18 doubles in 109 games. He spent half of the following season in the minors, playing in just 89 games with the Rays in 2011.

Jaso was traded to the Seattle Mariners in November, 2011. In 2012, he batted .276 with 81 hits and 19 doubles in 108 games. The Mariners traded him to the Oakland Athletics in January, 2013. He batted .271 in 70 games with the Athletics in 2013. He finished the 2014 season with 81 hits, 18 doubles, and a .264 batting average in 99 games.

Jaso was traded back to his first team, the Rays, in January, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with 53 hits, 17 doubles, and a .286 batting average in 70 games. He was the Rays' DH in 2015.

Jaso signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Pirates on December 23, 2015. He finished the 2016 season with career highs in hits (102) and doubles (25), 42 RBIs, and a .268 batting average in 132 games. Defensively, as the Pirates' first baseman in 108 games, he made 46 assists, 81 double plays, 749 putouts, and 5 errors.

Jaso batted just .211 with 54 hits and 19 doubles in 126 games with the Pirates in 2017. Defensively, he played 29 games at first base, 17 games in left field, and 46 games in right field.

Career batting statistics for Jaso through 2017 include:

  • 808 games played
  • 573 hits
  • 143 doubles
  • 281 RBIs
  • 412 strikeouts to 319 walks
  • .258 batting average

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - John Jaso
ESPN - John Jaso