Born in Greenville, SC...Graduated from Chris Church Episcopal in Greenville in 2005...Played college baseball at Furman University in Greenville and was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection in 2008. He became the ninth player from Furman to play in the Majors...Played four seasons in Japan's Nippon League with Hiroshima (2016-2018) and Chiba Lotte (2020). Has gone 10-8 with a 2.16 in 182 career games in Japan...Has one son, Randy Jackson III, that goes by Jaiden. He was born on December, 27, 2018 in Japan.
Returned to Japan for the 2020 season and posted a 3.86 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 7.0 innings over seven games for the Chiba Lotte Marines before his contract was voided on July 8...Was signed by the Reds as a free agent on Aug. 25, 2020 and assigned to Cincinnati’s Alternate Training Site.
Went 4-7 with a 3.53 ERA (104.2 IP/41 ER) and 98 strikeouts in 21 total appearances (18 starts) between Jacksonville (Marlins' AA) and New Orleans (Marlins' AAA)...Signed with Miami as a minor league free agent on 4/9 after being released by Chicago (NL) on 4/4...Allowed one earned run over 17.0 innings in his first three starts with Jacksonville...Was 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA (25.2 IP/7 ER) in his first five starts with the Suns before going 0-5 over an eight-start stretch from 5/23 to 7/3...Was promoted to New Orleans on 7/13...Allowed one unearned run in 6.2 innings and earned the win in his debut with the Zephyrs on 7/13...Moved into the bullpen for his final three appearances with New Orleans...Was placed on the disabled list on 8/14 with a right elbow contusion and missed the remainder of the season...Pitched for Mazatlan in the Mexican Winter League and went 2-0 with 10 saves (10 chances) and a 0.00 ERA (20.1 IP/13 H/1 R/0 ER/5 BB/19 SO).
Jay was 8-14 with a 5.34 ERA (87 ER/146.2 IP) in 26 starts for Triple-A Iowa in his second full season with the I-Cubs...walked 46 and struck out 97 in 146.2 innings of work...Landed on the disabled list, April 7, with a right forearm strain...activated, April 21, to begin his season...Was 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA (3 ER/11.2 IP) in his first two starts before going 0-4 with a 10.38 ERA (25 ER/21.2 IP) in five May outings...Posted a 2.87 ERA (12 ER/37.2 IP) in six August starts after he logged a 5.73 ERA (45 ER/70.2 IP) the previous two months, combined...Tossed a season-high 7.0 innings three times, turning the trick the final time, August 26 at Oklahoma City (7.0 IP, 1 ER).
In his first full season at Triple-A Iowa, Jay went 11-8 with a 4.63 ERA (81 ER/157.1 IP) and 119 strikeouts in 32 games (25 starts) ... recorded career highs in wins, games pitched, games started and innings pitched...Was 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA (2 ER/15.1 IP) in seven relief appearances compared to 9-8 with a 5.01 ERA (79 ER/142.0 IP) in 25 starts...Limited opponent to a .118 batting average (2-for-17) with the bases loaded...Tossed 6.0 or more frames 15 times ... tossed a season-high 8.0-scoreless frames in April 19's 4-0 blanking at Nashville...Held the opponent to three or fewer earned runs in 15 of his 25 starts...Posted a 3.64 ERA (39 ER/96.1 IP) with a .230 average against (81-for- 352) prior to the All-Star break ... had a 6.20 ERA (42 ER/61.0 IP) with a .293 average against (72-for-246) in the second half of the season...Boasted a 2.19 ERA (12 ER/49.1 IP) in his first 13 games of the season (six starts)...Rode a six-game winning streak, June 27-August 6 ... garnered a 5.44 ERA (28 ER/46.1 IP) during the run (eight starts).
Jay combined to go 8-7 with a 2.98 ERA (42 ER/127.0 IP) in 24 starts with Double-A Tennessee, Single-A Daytona, and Triple-A Iowa ... his 127 strikeouts were tied with Mitch Atkins for the most in the Cubs farm system...Spent a majority of the season with Tennessee, going 5-5 with a 3.70 ERA (34 ER/82.2 IP) with 77 strikeouts in 16 starts...Won four-straight decisions, April 29-June 22, after dropping his first three, April 12-24...Went 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA (4 ER/30.2 IP) in May (five starts)...Named a Southern League mid-season All-Star...After joining Daytona, July 29, went 2-2 with a 1.64 ERA (7 ER/38.1 IP) and 46 strikeouts in seven starts...Named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week, August 10-16, after tossing 13.2-scoreless frames in two starts during that span...Made his lone appearance at Triple-A, September 6, yielding one run in 6.0 innings of work.
Jay began his professional career pitching in 13 games (five starts) with Single-A Boise, Single-A Peoria and Single-A Daytona...Appeared in three games (one start) with Boise, posting no record with a 5.00 ERA (5 ER/9.0 IP) with one walk and 14 strikeouts...Selected by Peoria, June 30, going 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA (8 ER/24.0 IP) in six games (one start) with the Chiefs...Earned his first professional win in July 16's 8-1 victory over Lansing...Went 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA (3 ER/17.0 IP) in four games (three starts) after his promotion to Daytona, August 3.