Jon Jay, Center Field, Chicago Cubs, #30
Date of Birth: 3/15/1985
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
College: University of Miami
Current Salary: $8,000,000
Nickname: The Federalist
Jon Jay, center fielder for the Chicago Cubs, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals out of the University of Miami in 2006. He played in the Cardinals' minor league system from 2006 through 2009.
In 2010, Jay played in 105 games with the Cardinals, batting .300 with 86 hits and 19 doubles. The next year, he batted .297 in 159 games. In 2011, he played defensively at all three outfield positions. An excellent outfielder, Jay set a National League record for most errorless games (245 games) from August 24, 2011 until July 30, 2013.
Jay was on the DL for part of the 2012 season, playing in just 117 games with the Cardinals. In that time, he had career highs in stolen bases with 19 and in batting average with .305. He became the Cardinals center fielder in 2012. In 2013, he had one of his best seasons, batting .276 with career highs in hits (151), doubles (27), and RBIs (67).
Jay had another strong season in 2014, finishing with 125 hits, 16 doubles, 46 RBIs, and a .303 batting average in 140 games. His postseason was even better with 14 hits, 1 double, 2 RBIs, and a .483 batting average in 29 at-bats in 9 games.
Jay spent all of July and August, 2015, on the DL with wrist injuries. He finished the 2015 season with 44 hits and a .210 batting average in 79 games. Defensively, he played 17 games in left field, 54 games in center field, and 7 games in right field. He had one strikeout in one at-bat in the postseason.
Jay was traded to the San Diego Padres on December 8, 2015. He finished the 2016 season with 101 hits, 26 doubles, and a .291 batting average in 90 games. Defensively, as the Padres' center fielder in 72 galems, he made 155 putouts and 1 error.
Jay signed a one-year contract with the Cubs on November 29, 2016.
Career batting statistics for Jay through 2016 include:
- 847 games played
- 777 hits
- 139 doubles
- 253 RBIs
- 497 strikeouts to 204 walks
- .287 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Jay as a center fielder through 2016 include:
- 594 games played
- 1,320 putouts
- 6 errors
- .996 fielding percentage
In 2011, Jay sponsored a celebrity bowling challenge that raised $25,000 to aid homeless centers in Miami, Florida. He sponsored another bowling event in 2014 to aid Great Circle, an organization that provides mental health services.