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American professional baseball player

Jason aka Heyward (born August 9, 1989), nickname "J-Hey "is an American professional baseball right fielder for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Atlanta Braves were originally selected in the first round in the 2007 MLB draft at Henry County High School in Georgia and began his career in the Minor league at the age of 17. Heyward soon became one of the top-rated prospects in all of baseball for punch, speed and defense, and made his MLB debut as the starting Atlanta player on Opening Day 2010. He played there until he moved to the St. Louis Cardinals of the 2014 season. He is 1.96 m tall and weighs 111 kg. He throws and bats left-handed. He wore uniform No. 22 during his career in the Major League in honor of a high school friend and teammate who died in a traffic accident .

A three-time all-star minor league selection, Baseball America, selected Heyward as the Braves' Best Prospect in 2007 and the organization's best power hitter; It cited Heyward as the best discipline in the strike zone and as outstanding in many other skills. In 2009, he was named minor league player of the year by both Baseball America and USA Today. That year he hit .323 with 17 home runs (HR), 63 runs in (RBI), a .408 based percentage, and a .555 percentage slugging over 99 games. Baseball America, Keith Law from ESPN.com, and Jonathan Mayo from MLB.com are Heyward

After making his MLB debut in Atlanta in 2010, Heyward was named to the National League (NL) All-Star Team and came runner-up in the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Baseball America named him MLB Rookie of the Year. Injuries limited his playing time in 2011 and 2013. With a breakout season in 2012, he scored 27 home runs with 82 RBI and 21 stolen bases, while finishing tenth in the NL on runs with 93 points, including in his defense of coverage in the deepest areas of right field, he won both the Fielding Bible and NL Gold Glove Awards for right field players in 2012, 2014 and 2015, 2016 and 2017 and Wilson’s MLB Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. He is widely recognized as one of the best full-back in baseball.

Early life and amateur career

Jason Heyward, the son of Dartmouth alumni, was born on August 9, 1989 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. His father Eugene is from Beaufort, South Carolina and his mother Laura is from New York City. They met in Dartmouth. Eugene played basketball and studied engineering. Laura studied French. Eugene's uncle, Kenny Washington, played basketball for two John Wooden-led NCAA championship UCLA teams in 1964 and 1965. Jason has a younger brother, Jacob (* 1995), who attended the University of Miami and played baseball for the Hurricanes. Jacob was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2016 and has since played in the minors.

The Heywards moved to the Atlanta metropolitan area soon after he was born. Jason played and showed strong baseball skills from a young age. Before he turned 10, he played for a national championship. Eugene helped fuel his two sons' passion for baseball. He dedicated himself to driving to every tournament and contest possible in the Chevrolet Suburban family who traveled hundreds of thousands of miles from Robins Air Force Base south in Houston County between events and his 90-minute commute to and from work.

While his father emphasized the importance of working hard and approaching the game with discipline, he also emphasized that baseball should be above all else fun. Heyward has maintained this approach throughout his youth and professional career. One tournament he participated in was the prestigious East Cobb Baseball program, where he excelled and produced other major league players. Heyward attended Henry County High School in McDonough, near Atlanta. Heyward played basketball briefly in his teens but, at his father's insistence, focused solely on baseball in high school. In February 2010, an Associated Press reporter learned from a college coach that Heyward's early striking practice was fatal to an oak tree in deep midfield on the high school pitch.

Opposite versus future Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher Buster Posey of Lee County High in the Georgia Class AAAA sophomore baseball championship from Heyward Henry County won two of the best-of-three series. Posey was actually the starting pitcher in the first game when Henry Country won, 2-1. Heyward hit a game-winning 120m home run in Game 2 to make an eight-run comeback, but Lee County prevailed at 14-10. The next game, Heywards triple single, was the game and run winner in a 16-14 result. During his junior season, he again helped lead the Henry County High Warhawks to the state championship. As a senior, he hit .520 with eight home runs (HR) and 29 runs in (RBI).

One of Heyward's close friends and teammates from Andrew Wilmot, the 2005 AAAA Georgia State Championship team, died in a traffic accident while studying. Wilmot was a catcher who wore the number 22 uniform, the number Heyward later wore in his major league career to honor him. Wilmot's mother, Tammie Ruston, was a Heywards high school literature teacher his senior year.

Numerous colleges showed interest and recruited Heyward, including UCLA, who offered a full riding scholarship, partly because of the family connection. Heyward was also particularly interested in Clemson and Georgia Tech. At the same time, the hometown of Atlanta Braves had followed him for years, tracking him down while trying to hide their excitement. They made him the 14th overall selection in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. Despite signing a National Letter of Intent with UCLA, Heyward chose professional baseball over college and signed a contract with them for $ 1.7 million - $ 170,000 more than MLB's slot recommendation of $ 1.53 million the following August 12th. It was the same amount as the 2006 14th slot amount that the Toronto Blue Jays Travis Snider.

as a professional career

Minor Leagues (2007-09)

GCL Braves, Danville, Rome and Myrtle Beach (2007-08)

At the age of 17 Heyward began his professional career in minor league baseball in the system of the Braves. He played in 2007 for both the Gulf Coast League Braves and the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League. He was successful in his first professional game. In 12 minor league competitions in 2007, he faced .302 with a home run and six runs (RBIs). He shared the next season with Class-A Rome of the South Atlantic League (SAL) and Advanced-A Myrtle Beach of the Carolina League.

At the start of the season with Rome, Heyward fought in the April 26th games with 0.330 (33 against 100) against three HR, 16 RBI and seven stolen bases (SB). He was then named the club's player of the month. In every following month he also beat over 300, except in July: 345 in May, 315 in June, 250 in July and 386 in August. From May 7-19, he put together a season high-11-game series in which he beat .386 with five doubles (2B) and two home runs. He drove five runs against Columbus in a season high on June 30 to score three goals, including a home run.

While playing for Rome, Heyward penned 42 multi-hit games, including two four-hit games. He landed in the top three for the club in nine offensive categories. He hit 0.351 (33 for 94) against left-handed (LHP) with four HR and 0.315 (112 for 355) with seven HR against right-handed (RHP). His season totals with the club included a batting average of 0.323 (third in SAL), 0.388 base percentage (OBP, fourth), 88 runs scored (fifth), and a base value of 0.874 plus slugging (OPS, sixth).

The Braves promoted him to Myrtle Beach on August 25, where he played seven more games. With four hits in 22 AB, his average was 0.182. There he added four RBI. Between the two clubs, his average of 0.316 strokes led the Braves minor league system. 91 runs finished second, 29 doubles and 149 hits fifth, and six triples and 0.854 OPS sixth. He also has a total of 15 stolen bases.

Further awards followed in the 2008 season. Baseball America named Heyward the most outstanding, best and most successful player in the South Atlantic League. He was also a Baseball America All-Star for the entire minor leagues, All-Star in the middle and post-season, All-Star of the Lower Class A, and Second Best Prospect in the Braves. MLB.com named it the third best vantage point in the minor league. ESPN.com named him the best minor league corner in the outfield, number 1 in Atlanta, and the third greatest prospect in the minor league.

Myrtle Beach, Mississippi and Gwinnett (2009)

Starting in 2009 in Myrtle Beach, Heyward received successive promotions to Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett that year. He bottomed out in 42 of 49 Myrtle Beach competitions and compiled 16 multi-hit competitions. He was the Carolina League Player of the Week on May 18 after scoring six hits on 23 bats (.261) with three HR and five RBI. In late May, he suffered an oblique injury that resulted in him missing several games. He was a pick for the Carolina League All-Star team but missed the game due to the oblique injury. He participated in the All-Star Futures game at Busch Stadium, where he collected a hit in two bats. He had a hit streak of nine games by July 4th.

On July 4, the Braves transported Heyward to Mississippi, where he extended the series to 13 games, a total of 19 hits in 52 bats (.352). with four doubles and 14 RBI. On July 16, he reached a career high with four goals. That month he scored 34 hits, 14 walks, 11 doubles, three HR, 19 RBI and 1,230 OPS in 22 games. The Braves named him Mississippi Player of the Month. His club totals included an OBP of 0.446 and an OPS of 1.057. From September 5th to 7th he performed with the Gwinnett Braves of the Triple-A of the International League. He also played four games with the Peoria Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League (AFL), racking up four hits in 14 AB and three 2B.

Over three levels in In 99 Games, he hit .323 with 17 HR and 10 steals, including high numbers in OBP (.408), Slugging Percentage (SLG, .555), and OPS (.963) while scoring 69 runs and drive in 63 runs. He ranked in the organization's top ten in many offensive categories including runner-up, third average, HR and OPS, sixth in hits (117), and RBI and seventh in doubles (25). He showed a constant hitting power against both RHP and LHP. In 2009 Heyward hit .339 in 112 AB against LHP and .316 against RHP. In his career in the minor league until 2009 he had fought with six HR against LHP .335 and with 23 HR against RHP .313.

This September, both Baseball America and USA Today named him minor league player of the year. Baseball America, Keith Law of ESPN.com, and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com have listed Heyward as Heyman as the best prospect for baseball; BA ranked him ahead of Stephen Strasburg and Giancarlo Stanton. He was also named number 1 in the Southern League and Carolina League, Best Batting Prospect in Double-A, and Most Exciting Player in Single-A by Baseball America. He won the Braves Organization's Hank Aaron Award (not to be confused with the MLB's Hank Aaron Award), which is given annually to the Braves Organization's best offensive player.

During its first three years in the minor leagues, Baseball America also ranked portions of Heyward's skills as the best in the Braves Minor Leader, including Best Strike-Zone Discipline (three times), Best Hitter for Average (two times), Best Hitter for Power (once), Best Defensive Outfielder (once) and Best Outfield Arm (once). The Braves added Heyward to their 40-man roster ahead of the 2010 season.

Atlanta Braves (2010-14)


After a quick rise through the small leagues, the Braves invited Heyward to spring training in March 2010. There his hit continued to draw attention as it routinely hit "missiles" all over the field and over the fences, forcing manager Bobby Cox to make him a regular on the line-up. He mentioned hearing the balls hit Heyward's racket and make a different, more pronounced sound. Reggie Jackson, a New York Yankees special assistant, agreed and characterized this sound as "stereo" while everyone else was "in AM."

By now, one of the most anticipated prospects in all of baseball, shirts by his nickname, "The J-Hey Kid," were in high demand before he even played his first official Major League game. Fans and experts predicted a future career in the Hall of Fame, making comparisons with previous greats like Darryl Strawberry, Willie an McCovey, and Willie Mays among many others. In fact, "The J-Hey Kid" was derived from May's nickname "The Say Hey Kid". On March 26, after leading the club in spring training at the base and beating the percentages in the spring, the Braves bought Heyward to their right fielder.

. Eugene Heyward bought 60 tickets ahead of his son's MLB debut on April 5th against the Chicago Cubs. Ruston, wearing Heyward's # 22 jersey, was also in attendance. During his first MLB record appearance - and his first swing on an MLB pitch - Heyward hit a triple home run, estimated at 144 m (471 feet), ahead of starter Carlos Zambrano. The ball landed near the right field seats where Ruston was sitting. Heyward became the fifth player in Braves history to home-run in his major premier league, and the eleventh in franchise history to do so on his MLB debut on the heels of Jordan Schafer last year.

In Atlanta's first 50 games, Heyward stood up to the hype and scored 10 home runs while beating .301 with an OBP of .421 and a slugging percentage of .596. He was named National League (NL) Rookie of the Month in both April and May. After sustaining a thumb injury while sliding in May, he missed playing time. After returning later in the season, his performance fell and consistency was difficult to achieve. He was selected as a starter for the NL All-Star team, but did not participate due to the thumb injury.

After stealing home in a brace against the Washington Nationals in the first inning on July 28, he became the first Brave to do so since Rafael Furcal, who had done so more than ten years earlier. A 16-5 win over the Cubs in August saw Heyward's debut MLB multi-home run game and career highlights in hits and runs scored by four points each. In the last 112 games of the season, Heyward beat .266 with a .381 OBP and .396 SLG. His postseason debut was on October 7th in the National League Division Series (NLDS) against the San Francisco Giants. Heyward war with bats with two exceptions in three hits with no hits. You've only heard two hits in the series, San Francisco Atlanta on the way to winning the World Series.

eliminated. Heyward hits his first season in the major league with a hit of 0.277, a base percentage of 0.393, 18 HR, 29 doubles, 91 bases on balls and 83 injuries in 142 possible season games. In OBP and Walks he achieved the overall public rank in the NL. His longest series, in which he was reasonably based, was 36 games in a row. At the time, his OBP was the second highest in major league history for a rookie aged 20 or under, after Ted Williams and ahead of Frank Robinson and an OPS of 0.849 30 in all of MLB's history with rookie seasons. Heyward has several personal rights and was named Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year, Baseball America's MLB Rookie of the Year, a magazine outfielder, related all-rookie team and Topps' major league rookie all-star team. He finished second after Posey for NL Rookie of the Year and 20th in NL Most Valuable Player (MVP).


Heyward's second MLB season began in a way that resumed the high-dice rookie season of his own, but less loved to a long and dramatic slump. In the spring he had a degenerative handicap in his own back area. Like his first MLB strike, Nationals pitcher Liván Hernández started with a home run in his first strike of the season on March 31. After Kazuo Matsui, he was only the second player who belonged to the first big league in the bat Homer on the day and did also die the following year. It was also the third time Heyward returned home in his first game of the season since his draft in 2007.

In a back-and-forth game with the Giants on April 24th, Jeremy Affeldt got the go-ahead in a 9-6, 10-inning win.In the last eight games of the monthly traffic with three home runs and one slugging injury from 0.714 to 0.400. For the month of April, Heyward owns seven HR with an OPS of 0.879. Access has been confirmed by Victor Menocal of Career Sports Entertainment (CSE). War, until Menocal withdrew from CSE, there was news on May 6th that Heyward would be leaving his agents on Casey Close from the beginning of spring.

immediate Heyward bearable shoulder pain. When the Braves had just four hits in 41 bats in May, they underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan on May 12, which revealed an adorable rotator cuff

Heyward is withdrawn with control from the DL to drive the ball when hitting. A home game in the better inning against the Baltimore Orioles on July 1, Heywards was first since April 29 against the St. Louis Cardinals, a span of 104 bats. From the end of April to August 11th, he only belongs to four home runs. Significantly, Gehrate fell from 14.6 state in taxes to 10.7 percent. His line drive rate dropped from 17.8 to 13 percent during that time, and a quarter of his air duct balls were infield popups, compared to eight years ago. The first game against the Chicago Cubs on August 23, it became his first career Grand Slam.

Until the end of August the Braves were the NL Wild Card Leader. The Cardinals overcame a 10 ⁄ nonetheless 2 - Game deficit for the wild card position, they compensate for 20 of their last 28 wins to eliminate the Braves from the playoffs on the final day, completing one of the most epic games possible. Season collapses in MLB history. Many Heyward had suffered a shoulder injury at the start of the season, fielding his overall performance from his rookie season. His impact field of meaning by 50 points to 0.227; His other rightly declining contributions include 14 HR, 42 RBI, 18 doubles and nine stolen bases in 128 games. He has .240 against right-handed compared to .192 against left-handed.


To encourage the decline in performance of the season, Heyward took steps in getting his preparation for the preseason. He optimizes his swing in order to alleviate the negative consequences of the shoulder injury. He's influenced his perception to make more injuries, behaviors, and fish. Immediately he took part in physiotherapy to fit the shoulder and for a leaner weight, which dropped from 116 kg to 107 kg. He heard slowly in the 2012 season. Its bases were double-loaded by Lance Lynn on May 13th alone. This was the winning run when the Braves triumphed over the Cardinals, 7–4.

With a .233 strike it had to increase its production in June by May. His first multi-HR game of the season and the second of his career on June 7th resulted in an 8-2 win over the Marlins. That month he was up with six HR and an OPS of 1,080 versus .353. He also registered four outfield assistants, one of which Mark Teixeira spent on home plate on June 19, saving a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees.

In the following game, also at Yankee Stadium, he different two home runs for his third career and different season multi-HR game. It was a competition in which nine home races between the two associations and a record at Yankee Stadium were the changing incarnation that forced the war in 1923. In the same week, June 24th, in the first week, the first NL Player of the Week Award. In six interleague games he consists of one in the league belonging to .522 (12-for-23) and a slugging task of 1,130. Different additional three HR, 12 hits, 26 total bases and nine lights each a tie for the top of the table. It also calls for three multi-hit games and five RBI games.

In a 12-game series from June 13 to 27, Heyward hit .455 (20-for-44) and scored four times. One hit that corresponds to this series is a single on June 16 against the Baltimore Orioles, which becomes the Jason Hammel no-hit bot in the good inning to leave him a one-hit full game shutout at the 5-0- Victory of the Orioles. Heywards' homerun in an 8-2 injury to the Marlins on July 30th half, to include Atlanta's streak of 16 losses on Monday.

After the season, Heyward received his first career defensive awards for right outfield players: the unique MLB Fielding Bible Award and his first NL Rawlings Gold Glove Award. In 158 games, his strike stats show one of 0.269 with career highs of 27 HR, 82 RBI, 93 right lands, 158 hits, 30 doubles, six triples, 0.479 slugging idiosyncrasies and 21 SB. He has .300 (105 for 350) with 20 HR against right-handers, but only .224 (53 for 237) against left-handers. It was the second time that he was in the NL MVP control and belonged to 28th place.


On January 18, 2013, the Braves paid arbitration with first-time candidate Heyward, agreeing on a one-year contract for $ 3.65 million. He was counted as of the outfield, owned by new future brothers Justin and B. J. Upton, with whom he would play until he becomes after the 2014 season. An appendectomy on April 22nd was part of putting him on the 15-day approved list. In his first 31 game of the season, he played two home runs and eight RBI against .142 (15: 106). He got back from appendicectomy on May 17th and lost 4-2 to the Dodgers. His first multi-HR game of the season was against San Diego on June 10th.

In 37 games after the All-Star break, Heyward leads with .305 to OBP of .397 and OPS of .932. He happened 40 hits in 131 bats with nine doubles, seven home runs and 17 RBI. A stretch of 19 games from July 28th to August 17th was taken into account with an OBP of .457, six doubles, five HR - four as leadoff hitters - 15 RBI, eight BB and 23 versus .400 (30 versus 75) on 17. August he played his second multi-HR game of the season against Washington. In August, his .348 hit numbers (23 hits in 66 AB) in the NL ranked tenth.

New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese traffic Heyward in the face with a pitch on August 21, breaking his jaw two spots. He was operated on, the insertion of two plates 23 and plates was back on September 20th. Heyward began wearing a shield on the right side of his batting helmets. He challenged and heard a 9-5 win over the Chicago Cubs.

. Six days later Heyward is called career highs against Philadelphia with five hits, four extra base hits and has a career-best three doubles. He is also leading his third career - and second of the season - Leadoff HR. In his final 31 games of the season, which witnessed July 28, he drove a .333 (38-for-114) clip. He leads in 30 games with an OBP of 0.403 against 0.322 (38 against 118) as the lead-off hitter. After two stints on the DL Heyward access in games 104 games and differentiate with 0.254 with 14 HR, 22 2B, 38 RBI, 67 control directing and two stolen bases. The Braves record was between 71 and 33 in the games.


Heyward differentiates the bases in 2014

The Braves bought Heyward's final years of arbitration on February 4, 2014. Two-year contract for $ 13.3 million. Already as one of the best defended outfielder of the league, which belongs to his rights in the right field, was heard by an increased number of saved defensive runs (DRS). By May 19, it registered 16 DRS, three of its four four season totals. Inside Edge (IE) recorded that, of all the confessing balls that Heyward had owned, Heyward had nine in 358 innings; All nine had a 10% or less chance of getting caught. Two catches on the move by Mike Trout - one steady on a descending line and one sprinting and jumping on the warning trail - resulted in a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 15. Heyward also calls for a home run heard.

He's heard as the main batsman of the Braves, heard in 149 games and heard with a stroke of 0.271 and a base percentage of 0.351, 74 include injuries, 11 HR, 58 RBI and 20 stolen bases. Only caught stealing four times, his success rate of 83.33% belongs to the necessary place in the NL. On the defensive against Heyward a season belongs to. In 149 games in right field, he belongs to the NL and his position in putouts (365), assists (nine), range factor per nine innings (2.51) and game (2.51), field percentage (0.997) and total zone runs (30). Among all NL outfielders, he was fifth in assists, third in the range factor per game and second in putouts and field percentages.

earned registered Heyward according to Baseball-Reference.com the free place in the league with 2.8 defended win over replacement (dWAR) and receive all MLB players with duties 32 DRS at. He saved 40 bases on deep hit balls, was the best performance of his career and the entire MLB outfielder. Dements that differ better are also eligible for the Fieldings Bible Award for any MLB legal field player, which it unanimously heard. Wilson Sporting Goods has given him their MLB Right Field Defensive Player of the Year and Overall MLB Defensive Player of the Year

St. Louis Cardinals (2015)

On November 17, 2014, the Braves swapped Heyward for the St. Louis Cardinals along with pitcher Jordan Walden for pitcher Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins replacing their former right fielder and top prospect Oscar Taveras, who was killed in a car accident a month earlier. Cardinal manager Mike Matheny, who wore uniform # 22 and had done so for most of his career, gave Heyward his number. Heyward wears this number to honor his friend Andrew Wilmot. After the deal was announced, Heyward posted a Twitter message thanking the Atlanta Braves organization and fans for their support.

Five years before his MLB debut, Heyward made his first cardinal appearance against the Chicago Cubs on April 5, 2015. He scored three hits, including two doubles and a stolen base in a 3–0 victory. His first home run as a Cardinals player was on April 18 against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium with a 5-2 win. After unusual mistakes in the previous two games, his ninth home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks was 3–3 on May 27, and the Cardinals eventually won 4-3. He was successful in three consecutive games from June 22 to 24 , including back-to-back competitions against the Marlins June 23-24, when St. Louis won both times. On July 18 against the Mets, he reached a career high with five goals in a 12-2 win.

In a competition against the Marlins on August 16, Heyward scored two home runs for his first multi-home run game with the Cardinals. An important defensive game was against the Cubs on September 20th. With bases loaded and no outs in the eighth inning, Addison Russell hit a fly ball Heyward caught running and threw it home to catch Yadier Molina to get Anthony Rizzo

Heyward ended the season with a career high of 0.293 hits at 0.359 base percentage and .439 slugging percentage. Since his debut in the major league, he had also led all major league fielder in DRS and was second to former Braves teammate Andrelton Simmons for the past three seasons. Among all outfielders since 2010, Heywards 96.2 cumulative Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) led all outfielder of the Major League to second place Alex Gordon with 68.3 UZR. After becoming a free agent for the first time in his career, Heyward won his third Fielding Bible Award and the third Gold Glove Award.

Chicago Cubs


On December 15, 2015, Heyward signed an eight-year $ 184 million deal with the Cubs. One of his first acts after signing his contract was paying for hotel suites large enough to accommodate teammates David Ross, his wife and their three young children on all of the Cubs' road trips during the 2016 season. Ross, who was due to retire after the 2016 season, had been Heyward's teammate during his first three seasons in Atlanta, and Heyward saw him as a key mentor in his early MLB career. In an interview with the Bleacher Report website, Heyward said:

I know how special it is to have teammates like it's my first three years in Atlanta. They don't take it for granted. I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart as a teammate and friend for what he did for me.

Heyward fought his first season with the Cubs in 2016, hitting just .230 with 7 HRs and 49 RBIs while leading the majors