Assessing the players: John Jaso
The assessment series is back in action and this time we are beginning to take a look at the position players, starting with catcher John Jaso. The rookie catcher joined the Rays club and and was an immediate impact starting behind the plate helping to catch for the Rays pitching staff and also with his bat. Let’s take a closer look at his numbers and his position on the roster.
Jaso finished the season with a batting average of .263, 5 homeruns, and 44 RBIs. Jaso had 89 hits, 59 walks, and 39 strikeouts showing his patience at the plate. He also had 57 runs scored, stole 4 bases, and had an on base percentage of .372.
Jaso at the plate is a very good left handed batter. He has a very open stance that allows him to drive the ball. He needs to work on his mechanics and become more consistent at protecting the plate and getting behind the ball. He is also a very good lead off hitter as he understands pitching and counts, allowing him to battle and get on base.
His defense is improving as well, blocking the plate and throwing out base runners as well. He improved every game this season and will continue to work on blocking the plate and throwing technique. He is already excelling at calling games for the Rays pitching staff and will eventually become the Rays everyday catcher (trying not to have Shoppach catch anymore for us).
Jaso will split time again with Kelly Shoppach catcher but will get plenty of starts and his bat will come in handy no matter where he hits in the lineup. Final grade: B