A Deeper Look Inside…Jason Jaramillo

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An offseason acquisition, nobody could imagine where Jason Jaramillo would be today. In an exchange for catchers the Pirates shipped Ronny Paulino to Philadelphia for JJ. Not really a questionable move, everybody assumed both players were of equal talent and equal potential. Who knew a change of scenery would make such an impact in such a little time. Nobody could have imagined Jason Jaramillo would be the most important signing of the offseason.

Jaramillo has always been a wildcard in his younger days. As the highest rated catcher in high school coming out of Racine, Wis, Jaramillo took a scholarship to play across the country at Oklahoma State. JJ led the Cowboys to a BIG 12 Title and an appearance in the College World Series.

jj35.jpgIf you’ve ever seen the movie “Summer Catch” with Jessica Biel and Freddy Prince Jr., Jason was Prince Jr.’s character of Ryan Dunne.

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A striking resemblance don’t ya think? Jaramillo played in the Cape Cod Summer League in 2004. The movie was based off the league.

With his time in the Phillies minor league system, Jaramillo was a work horse. He led the International League in games. His defensive stats are also impressive as he led the league in putouts and assists. Jaramillo has a strong arm and gives pitcher’s great control of the game. He settles down pitcher’s and has a way of communicating with battery mates that makes them comfortable.

At the plate, Jaramillo has a long track record of success. Always batting in the .290s Jaramillo has teh ability to get on base. While he lacks the power of becoming a long ball threat, JJ is the ideal National League catcher.

For what Jason has been able to do since Ryan Doumit landed on the DL is remarkable. In nine starts for the Buccos this year, he has hit safely in 7 of them. For a young guy making his major league debut, that is a phenomenal way to start your big league career. Jaramillo is currently batting .345 and has been hot in his time in the lineup. His ability to make an impact in dire situations.
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I used to love that movie. Haven’t seen it for a long time though.Russhttp://wight4256.mlblogs.com

I remember Jason Jaramillo from the Pirates series in San Diego couple of days ago. He was a good hitter. Batting .345? That’s just amazing.
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Hey man, don’t you wish the pirates had at least (gasp) twenty thousand fans at a single game. Don’t you wish the fans (if there are any) had undying optimism. Don’t you wish the pirates had ONE winning season during your lifetime. You are obviously jealous of Cubs Nation!

Never would have thought of the similarities between Jaramillo, and Ryan Dunne. By the way, congratulations on being the featured blog of the week last week! And I saw, while at the Rays vs Red Sox game, that the Pirates won.
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Hey man, don’t you wish the pirates had at least (gasp) twenty thousand fans at a single game. Don’t you wish the fans (if there are any) had undying optimism. Don’t you wish the pirates had ONE winning season during your lifetime. You are obviously jealous of Cubs Nation!

you know what i am kinda of jealous of the cubs. i mean they have a great fan base and a committed front office. just like a lot of teams. they also have their games broadcasted on national television. that would be amazing if the pirates could pull that off. i am however not jealous of 100 years without a title. we have 5 and that is very solid amongst other organizations. and the buccos have had winning seasons in my lifetime. my earleist baseball memory was watching the 1992 NLCS. it obviously did not turn out in our favor but it was cool to see my team there and competing

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