Future Watch: JJ Bleday Rookie Baseball Cards, Marlins – JJ 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:
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
|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|
Future Watch: JJ Bleday Rookie Baseball Cards, Marlins – More Resources
- MiLB.com Prospect Profile – JJ Bleday
- JJ Bleday – Secondary Maket Pricing
- Follow JJ Bleday on Twitter @BledayJay
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