Future Watch: JJ Bleday Rookie Baseball Cards, Marlins

Future Watch: JJ Bleday Rookie Baseball Cards, MarlinsJJ Bleday was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 39th round of the MLB Amateur Draft but he went to school and eventually was drafted by the Miami Marlins with the 4th overall pick in the 2019 draft. The 6-3, 205 pound right fielder made all the right moves.

He attended Vanderbilt University and had a decent year there in 2017. In 164 at-bats he had eight doubles, two home runs, 22 RBI, a .386 on-base percentage with a .256 batting average. The potential was there. He hit .368 the next year in Vandy, with four home runs and 15 RBI in just 133 at-bats.

In his final college season, he slugged 26 home runs and drove in 69 in 254 at-bats. He added 13 doubles and a .350 batting average. He had nothing left to prove there considering Vanderbilt won the College World Series.

Collectors can find his cards in the upcoming 2019 Bowman Draft. He also has cards in 2019 Panini Prizm Draft Picks and 2019 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Collegiate Baseball.

Here’s a look at his sweet swing:

According to his MLB.com Prospect Profile:

Coming into the year, Bleday stood out more for his pure hitting ability than his pop. He has a smooth, quick left-handed swing, a disciplined approach and a willingness to use the whole field. He possessed the bat speed, strength and leverage in his 6-foot-3 frame to produce plus power, and he started doing so once he began looking to attack and lift more pitches. A two-way player as a Florida high schooler, Bleday has a plus arm that adds to his right-field profile. While he’s a below-average runner, he has enough range to get the job done on defense. His keen instincts help compensate for his lack of quickness on the bases and in the outfield. ETA 2021

He played in A+ ball for the Jupiter Hammerheads to finish out 2019. In 140 at-bats, he had eight doubles, three home runs, 19 RBI with a .257 batting average to leave fans wondering, is next year the breakout year once again?

Future Watch: JJ Bleday Rookie Baseball Cards, Marlins – Stats

Register Batting
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2017 19 -1.7 Vanderbilt SEC NCAA 51 198 164 23 42 8 0 2 22 0 2 34 26 .256 .384 .341 .725 56 2 0 0 0
2017 19 -1.2 Newport NECL Smr 24 85 69 13 16 9 0 2 12 0 0 14 17 .232 .376 .449 .826 31 2 0 0 0
2018 20 -0.8 Vanderbilt SEC NCAA 39 166 133 26 49 5 1 4 15 2 1 31 23 .368 .494 .511 1.005 68 4 2 0 0
2018 20 0.0 Orleans CCBL Smr 36 164 148 29 46 9 2 5 15 2 2 13 20 .311 .374 .500 .874 74 2 1 0 0
2019 21 0.1 Vanderbilt SEC NCAA 65 320 254 77 89 13 1 26 69 1 1 54 53 .350 .464 .717 1.180 182 5 5 1 6
2019 21 -1.3 Jupiter FLOR A+ MIA 38 151 140 13 36 8 0 3 19 0 0 11 29 .257 .311 .379 .690 53 1 0 0 0 0
Minors (1 season) Minors 38 151 140 13 36 8 0 3 19 0 0 11 29 .257 .311 .379 .690 53 1 0 0 0 0
NCAA (3 seasons) NCAA 155 684 551 126 180 26 2 32 106 3 4 119 102 .327 .448 .555 1.003 306 11 7 1 6
Other (2 seasons) Other 60 249 217 42 62 18 2 7 27 2 2 27 37 .286 .375 .484 .859 105 4 1 0 0
All Levels (3 Seasons) 253 1084 908 181 278 52 4 42 152 5 6 157 168 .306 .412 .511 .923 464 11 2 6 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/25/2019.

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