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J.J. Bleday Biography, Age, Height, Stats, Draft, SEC Player of the Year

Jeffrey Joseph Bleday is an American college baseball outfielder for the Vanderbilt Commodores. Bleday was named the 2019 Southeastern Conference Baseball Player of the Year.

J.J. Bleday Biography

Jeffrey Joseph Bleday is an American college baseball outfielder for the Vanderbilt Commodores. Bleday was named the 2019 Southeastern Conference Baseball Player of the Year.

J.J. Bleday Age

Jeffrey Joseph Bleday was born on November 10, 1997 in Danville, Pennsylvania.He is 21 years old as of 2019.

J.J. Bleday Height

He stands at a height of 6-3 (190.50 centimeters ).

J.J. Bleday Career

Bleday grew up in Titusville, Pennsylvania and went to Titusville Area High School as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to A. Crawford Mosley High School in Lynn Haven, Florida for his junior and senior years. As a junior, Bleday batted .373 while pitching to a 4-1 record and 2.43 ERA. After his senior year, he was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 39th round of the 2016 MLB draft. However, he did not sign and instead chose to go to Vanderbilt University to play college baseball for the Vanderbilt Commodores.

J.J. Bleday Photo

As a freshman in 2017 at Vanderbilt, Bleday appeared in 51 games in which he hit .256 with two home runs and 22 RBIs. That summer, Bleday played in the New England Collegiate Baseball League where he batted .232 with two home runs over 69 at-bats.

J.J. Bleday Injury

In 2018, as a sophomore Bleday missed 22 games due to an oblique injury but still appeared in 39 games for the Commodores, batting .368 with four home runs and 15 RBIs. Following the collegiate season, Bleday played in the Cape Cod Baseball League and was named the top professional prospect after hitting .311 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 36 games for the Orleans Firebirds. In 2019, Bleday’s junior year, he was named the SEC Player of the Year.

He was considered one of the top prospects for the 2019 MLB draft. He was selected by the Miami Marlins with the fourth overall pick.

J.J. Bleday Stats

Year

Team

POS

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

GP

AB

R

H

2B

3b

HR

RBI

HP

BB

SO

SB

CS

2017 .256 .384 .341 .725 51 164 23 42 8 0 2 22 0 34 26 0 2
2018 .368 .494 .511 1.005 39 133 26 49 5 1 4 15 2 31 23 2 1
2019 VAN OF .354 .468 .747 1.215 61 237 74 84 13 1 26 68 5 51 50 1 1

Marlins get their prize in JJ Bleday at No. 4

Source: mlb.com

With the fourth overall pick on Monday in the 2019 MLB Draft, the home-run starved organization selected Vanderbilt University outfielder JJ Bleday, who paced all NCAA Division 1 players with 26 home runs in the regular season.

The 21-year-old is a left-handed hitter who made his presence felt at one of the top programs in the nation. Across the board, Bleday delivered eye-popping statistics in 2019. His slash line is .354/.468/.747, and his 26 home runs were the most in the country. He added 68 RBIs.

“We always go for the most impactful piece,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “There were some very impactful college bats at the top of the Draft. So, good for us that we had the opportunity to evaluate those college bats. We’re happy to add one to the mix, and to give us another potential impactful position-player piece that will help us win championships here.”

Bleday had been a priority for months, and when the White Sox selected University of California-Berkeley first baseman Andrew Vaughn with the third pick, Hill noted there was rejoicing in the Marlins’ Draft room.

In an age of high home run and high strikeout numbers, Bleday’s junior season was far from all or nothing. He walked more than he struck out — 51 to 50.

“It started with the mentality going into the year,” Bleday said. “It was fun having that conference in Cape Cod. I tried to carry that over into the preseason and into the regular season. A lot of growth taking place during that time, especially after I finished my sophomore year. I felt more comfortable in the box. Felt more mature. I was missing less pitches. Staying within myself, not trying to get too big. And naturally, the results happened.”

Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter, accompanied by other team officials, got a close look at Bleday, attending a Vanderbilt game in the Southeastern Conference Tournament recently in Hoover, Ala. Bleday had five hits that day against Auburn University.

The Marlins also have another connection to Bleday. DJ Svihlik, Miami’s director of amateur scouting, previously was a hitting coach at Vanderbilt, and he has a history with the player.

“Given my track record with Vanderbilt, my history with JJ, and a first-year scouting director, that was a special pick one,” Svihlik said. “He’s an extremely talented player. He’s always been a very gifted hitter. I’ve seen him grow over the years. To select a premium college bat that’s as established as him is really exciting, for both myself personally, but more importantly, this organization. I think we got a really exciting player.”

In the wood-bat, Cape Cod League last year, Bleday hit .311 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 36 games.

“He was one of the best hitters in the Cape,” Hill said. “You saw gap power when you saw him in the summer.”

Bleday is the first collegiate player the Marlins have selected in the first round since taking former University of North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran (now with the Pirates), with the sixth overall pick in 2013.

“JJ was a guy who was on our short list, dating back to our baseball operations meetings all the way in October,” Svihlik said. “He separated himself this year. One of the biggest things we had questions on was his power. I think he answered that.”

The Marlins have a pool of $13,045,000 to spend on their first 10 round picks, including $6,664,000 for the No. 4 pick.

With Vanderbilt still playing, the Marlins will have to wait until Bleday’s season is finished before engaging in serious contract negotiations.

“I hadn’t been around him directly over the last 15 months,” Svihlik said. “To see how he has grown and matured as a man, as he’s changed his game. That was really important to me. It gave us a lot of comfort that this is the guy we wanted to select.”