Every year Jon Jay seems to oscillate between “best name on free agency” and “most expendable player on someone’s roster.” He never keeps either distinction for too long, but no one can seem to figure out exactly where he belongs.
Last year Jay ranked 126th overall, which would seem to indicate that he deserves a full-time roster spot in leagues of any depth — particularly deep leagues — but much of that value is tied up in his ability to hit for a .300 average over 500 plate appearances with the speed to steal more than a handful of bases. Unfortunately, Jay doesn’t do much else. His home run power is almost nonexistent, he doesn’t hit enough extra base hits to drive runners home or have a positive impact in leagues that count slugging, and he hits at the bottom of the lineup, which hurts his run-scoring potential.
Still, he’s a full-time outfielder who does a little of almost anything, but sure can hit for average.
At a Glance
Strengths: BA, OBP
Neutral: R, SB
Weaknesses: HR, RB...