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Jason Heyward
Jason Heyward.jpg
Heyward at spring training in February, 2011
St. Louis Cardinals – No. 22
Right fielder
Born: (1989-08-09) August 9, 1989 (age 25)
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Bats: LeftThrows: Left
MLB debut
April 5, 2010 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average.262
Hits644
Home runs84
Runs batted in292
Stolen bases63
Teams
Career highlights and awards
 
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Jason Heyward
Jason Heyward.jpg
Heyward at spring training in February, 2011
St. Louis Cardinals – No. 22
Right fielder
Born: (1989-08-09) August 9, 1989 (age 25)
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Bats: LeftThrows: Left
MLB debut
April 5, 2010 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average.262
Hits644
Home runs84
Runs batted in292
Stolen bases63
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Jason Adenolith Heyward[1] (born August 9, 1989), nicknamed J-Hey and J-Hey-Kid, is an American professional baseball right fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Atlanta Braves selected him in the first round of the 2007 MLB Draft from Henry County High School in Georgia and he began his minor league career at age 17. One of the top-rated prospects in all of baseball for batting, speed, and defense, Heyward debuted in MLB as Atlanta's starting right fielder on Opening Day, 2010. The Braves traded him to the Cardinals after the 2014 season. Standing 6' 5" (77 inches (200 cm)) tall and weighing 245 pounds (111 kg), he throws and bats left-handed. He has worn uniform #22 throughout his major league career in honor of a high school friend and teammate who died in a traffic collision.

A three-time minor league All-Star game selection, Heyward played 2007–09 in the Atlanta organization. Baseball America (BA) regarded him as the Braves' top prospect in 2007,[2] ranking him as the organization's best power hitter and having the best strike zone discipline. In 2009, he won a Minor League Player of the Year Award from both BA and USA Today after batting .323 with 17 home runs (HR), 63 runs batted in (RBI) a .408 on-base percentage and .555 slugging percentage in 99 games at three levels. A consensus number-one MLB prospect entering the 2010 season, BA, Keith Law of ESPN.com and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com each listed Heyward as baseball's top prospect.[3]

After making his MLB debut for Atlanta in 2010, Heyward was named to the National League (NL) All-Star team that year and finished second for the NL Rookie of the Year Award. However, BA named him their MLB Rookie of the Year. Heyward missed significant playing time in 2011 and 2013 due to injuries. With a breakout season in 2012, he hit 27 HR with 82 RBI and 21 stolen bases while finishing tenth in the NL in runs scored with 93. Also recognized for his defensive work including coverage in the deepest parts of right field, he won the both Fielding Bible and NL Gold Glove Awards for right fielders in 2012 and 2014, and Wilson's MLB Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

The son of Dartmouth graduates, Jason Heyward was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey. According SB Nation's Jon Bois in 2010, his middle name, Adenolith, is unique as a Google Search rendered no results.[1] His father, Eugene, is from South Carolina, and mother, Laura, is from New York City; they met at Dartmouth. Eugene played basketball and majored in engineering and Laura studied French.[4] Eugene's uncle, Kenny Washington, played basketball for two John Wooden-led NCAA championship UCLA teams in 1964 and 1965.[5] Jason has one younger brother, Jacob, who attends the University of Miami and plans to major within the school of communication, and also plays baseball for the Hurricanes.[6]

The Heywards moved to Georgia soon after he was born.[7] Jason attended Henry County High School near Atlanta.[1] He briefly played basketball, but concentrated on baseball after his father's urging, and played it exclusively at Henry County High. In February, 2010, an Associated Press reporter learned from a varsity coach that Heyward’s early batting practice exploits proved fatal to an oak tree in deep center field.[4]

Facing off against future Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher Buster Posey of Lee County High in the Georgia Class AAAA baseball championship during Heyward's sophomore year, Henry County won two of the best-of-three series. Posey was actually the starting pitcher in the first game as Henry Country prevailed, 2–1. Heyward hit a game-tying 400 feet (120 m) home run in Game 2 that capped an eight-run comeback, but Lee County prevailed 14–10. The next game, Heyward's three-run single proved the game and series winner in a 16–14 outcome.[8] During his junior season, he again helped lead the Henry County High Warhawks to the state championship.[9] As a senior, he batted .520 with eight home runs (HR) and 29 runs batted in (RBI).[10]

One of Heyward's close friends and teammates from 2005 AAAA Georgia state champions,[11] Andrew Wilmot, died in a traffic collision while attending college. Wilmot was a catcher who wore the uniform number 22, the number Heyward would later wear in his major league career to honor him. Wilmot's mother, Tammie Ruston, was Heyward's high school literature teacher in his senior year.[12]

Numerous colleges showed interest and recruited Heyward, including UCLA, which offered a full-ride scholarship due in part to the family connection.[5] Concurrently, the Atlanta Braves made him the 14th overall selection in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. Heyward signed a contract with them worth $1.7 million – $170,000 more than MLB's slot recommendation of $1.53 million on the following August 12. It was the same as the 2006 14th-slot amount that the Toronto Blue Jays gave Travis Snider.[10][13]

Professional career[edit]

Minor Leagues (2007–09)[edit]

At age 17, Heyward started his professional career in Minor League Baseball for the Braves, first with the Gulf Coast League Braves, and then with Danville of the Appalachian League. In 12 total games, he batted .302 with one home run and six runs batted. He split 2008 with Class-A Rome and Advanced-A Myrtle Beach. Between those two clubs, he played in 127 games, batting .316 with 11 HR and 56 RBI, 91 runs scored, 15 stolen bases, and an .854 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS).[14]

Starting 2009 at Myrtle Beach, Heyward then gained successive promotions to Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett that year. In 99 games, he batted .323 with 17 HR and 10 steals, including high numbers in OBP (.408), SLG (.555), and OPS (.963), while scoring 69 runs and driving in 63 RBI.[15] He also displayed consistent hitting ability against both right- (RHP) and left-handed pitchers (LHP). In 2009, Heyward hit .339 in 112 AB against LHP and .316 against RHP. In his minor league career through 2009, he had batted .335 against lefties and righties at .313. Against RHP, he hit 23 out of 29 HR.[16]

That September, both Baseball America (BA) and USA Today named him their Minor League Player of the Year.[15] A consensus number-one MLB prospect entering the 2010 season, BA, Keith Law of ESPN.com and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com each listed Heyward as baseball's top prospect;[3] BA ranked him ahead of Stephen Strasburg and Giancarlo Stanton.[17] During his first three years in the minor leagues, BA also consistently ranked parts of Heyward's skill sets as the best among Braves minor leaguers, including Best Strike Zone Discipline (three times), Best Hitter for Average (twice), Best Hitter for Power (once), Best Defensive Outfielder (once), and Best Outfield Arm (once).[18] The Braves added Heyward to their 40-man roster before the 2010 season.[12]

Atlanta Braves (2010–14)[edit]

Heyward with Atlanta, 2014

2010[edit]

After a rapid ascent through the minor leagues, the Braves invited Heyward to Spring Training in March, 2010. There, his hitting continued to draw notice, as he routinely hit "rockets" all over the field and over the fences, compelling manager Bobby Cox to make him a regular in the lineup.[11] He mentioned that he heard a different, more pronounced sound, of the balls hit off Heyward's bat. Reggie Jackson, a New York Yankees special assistant, concurred, characterizing that sound as "stereo," while everyone else was "in AM." Heyward hit two notable batting practice home runs at the Champion Stadium training complex in the Lake Buena Vista, Florida. One damaged a Coca-Cola truck in the parking lot, and another broke the sunroof of Atlanta Braves' assistant general manager Bruce Manno's car.[4] He was initially issued uniform number 71, but after the start of spring training, he asked the team for, and received number 22. He presented one of his jerseys with the number 22 to Ruston to show that he honored her son.[11]

By now one of the most anticipated prospects in all baseball, shirts depicting his nickname, "The J-Hey Kid," were in high demand before he even played his first official major league game. Fans and pundits prognosticated on a future Hall of Fame career, eliciting comparisons to former greats such as Darryl Strawberry, Willie McCovey and Willie Mays, among many others, all who were a similar size and paralleled Heyward's own prodigious power and all-round talent. In fact, "The J-Hey Kid" was drawn from Mays' own nickname, "The Say Hey Kid." On March 26, after leading the club in on-base and slugging percentages, the Braves named Heyward their starting right fielder.[4]

Eugene Heyward purchased 60 tickets in advance of his son's MLB debut on April 5 against the Chicago Cubs. Wearing a #22 jersey, Ruston was also in attendance for the game.[19] During his first Major League plate appearance – and first swing at an MLB pitch – Heyward hit a three-run home run, estimated at 471 feet (144 m), off starter Carlos Zambrano.[20] The ball landed near the right field seats where Ruston was sitting.[11] Heyward became the fifth player in Braves history to hit a home run in his first Major League at bat, and the eleventh in franchise history to do so in his MLB debut, on the heels of Jordan Schafer, who did it the previous year.[19]

Heyward was named the National League (NL) Rookie of the Month in April[21] and May.[22] He was also selected as a starter for the NL in the 2010 All-Star Game, but did not play due to an injury to his right thumb.[23] After stealing home in a double steal against the Washington Nationals in the first inning on July 28, he became the first Brave to do so since Rafael Furcal, who did it more than ten years earlier.[24] In an August 22 game against the Cubs, Heyward had his first career multi-home run game and set a career high in hits and runs scored with four each. He made his post-season debut with the Braves on October 7, 2010 against the San Francisco Giants.

Heyward finished his rookie season with a .277 batting average, a .393 on-base percentage, 18 home runs, 29 2B, 91 BB and 83 runs scored in 142 games.[25] At the time, his OBP was the second-highest in major league history for a rookie aged 20 years or younger, between Ted Williams and Frank Robinson.[26] He was named the Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year,[27] Baseball America's MLB Rookie of the Year, an outfielder on the magazine's All-Rookie Team,[28] and to Topps' Major League Rookie All-Star Team.[29] Heyward finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting to an early competitor, Posey, who, at this point, was catching for the San Francisco Giants.[30] He also finished 20th in the NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) award balloting.

2011[edit]

Heyward again hit a home run in his first at-bat of the season on March 31, 2011, off Nationals pitcher Liván Hernández to become the second player to homer in his first major league at-bat on opening day, and do the same the following year, after Kazuo Matsui did so 2004–05.[31] For the month of April, Heyward hit seven home runs with an .879 OPS.[32] In the final eight games of the month, he hit .400 with three home runs and a .714 slugging percentage.[33]

From the beginning of spring training, Heyward endured lingering shoulder soreness. After collecting just four hits in 41 at bats in May, the Braves performed an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan which revealed inflammation but no structural damage. He was rested and had a cortisone injection, but aggravated the injury days later during batting practice. The Braves placed him on the disabled list (DL) on May 22.[34] Public criticism from teammate Chipper Jones for not playing through his injuries followed the next month.[35]

Heyward hit just four more home runs through August 11 after returning from the DL and a visibly altered swing. His walk rate declined from 14.6 percent the year before to 10.7 percent. His line drive rate in that time dropped from 17.8 to 13 percent and one quarter of his balls hit in the air were infield pop ups, compared with eight percent the year before.[32] During a game against the Chicago Cubs on August 23, he hit his first career grand slam.[36] He finished the season with a .227 average, 14 homers, 42 RBI, 18 doubles and nine stolen bases in 128 games.

2012[edit]

Starting the season with a .233 batting average through May, 2012,[37] Heyward's production increased in June. That month, he batted .353 with six HR and a 1.080 OPS. He also registered four outfield assists, including one that put Mark Teixeira out at home plate on June 19, preserving a 4–3 win over the New York Yankees.[38] The next game, also at Yankee Stadium, he launched two home runs for his third career, and second of the season, multi-HR game. That same week, ending June 24, he won his first NL Player of the Week Award. In six interleague games, he batted a league-leading .522 (12-for-23) and 1.130 slugging percentage. Further, his three home runs, 12 hits, 26 total bases and nine runs scored each tied for the league lead. He also added three multi-hit games and five RBI.[37]

After the season, Heyward captured his first Fielding Bible Award for all right fielders in MLB, and his first NL Rawlings Gold Glove Award for right field.[39][40] In 158 games, his batting statistics included a .269 average with career highs of 27 home runs, 82 RBI, 93 runs scored, 158 hits, 30 doubles, six triples, .479 slugging percentage and 21 SB. It was the second time he received consideration in the NL MVP balloting, finishing 28th.

2013[edit]

On January 18, 2013, the Braves avoided arbitration with Heyward in his first time eligible, agreeing on a one-year, $3.65 million deal. He was counted as a component in the outfield including brothers Justin and B. J. Upton.[41] On April 22, he underwent an appendectomy and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. In his first 31 games of the season, he batted .142 (15-for-106) with two home runs and eight RBI.[42] He returned from the appendectomy on May 17, going 2-for-4 in an 8–5 win against the Dodgers. His first multi-HR game came against San Diego on June 10.[42]

In 37 games following the All-Star break, Heyward batted .305 with on OBP of .397 and OPS of .932, collecting 40 hits in 131 at bats with nine doubles, seven home runs and 17 RBI. During a 19-game stretch from July 28 to August 17, he batted .400 (30-for-75) with a .457 OBP, six doubles, five HR – four as a leadoff hitter – 15 RBI, eight BB and 23 runs scored. On August 17, he hit his second multi-HR game of the season against Washington. In the month of August, his .348 batting average (23 hits in 66 AB) ranked tenth in the NL.[42] New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese hit Heyward in the face with a pitch on August 21, breaking his jaw. He had surgery and returned on September 20, striking out and walking, in a 9–5 win against the Chicago Cubs.[43] Beginning that game, Heyward began wearing a protective shield attached to the right side of his batting helmet. His surgery had required two plates inserted.[44]

Six days after his return from jaw surgery, he set career highs against Philadelphia with five hits, four extra-base hits, and matched his career-best three doubles. He also drilled his third career – and of the season – leadoff HR. In his last 31 games of the season, starting July 28, he hit at a .333 (38-for-114) clip. He batted .322 (38-for-118) with a .403 OBP in 30 games as a leadoff hitter. After two stints on the DL, Heyward appeared in 104 total games, batting .254 with 14 HR, 22 2B, 38 RBI, 67 runs scored and two stolen bases. The Braves record was 71–33 in the games in which he appeared.[42]

2014[edit]

The Braves bought out Heyward's last arbitration-eligible years on February 4, 2014, agreeing on a two-year, $13.3 million contract.[45] Early in the season, Heyward's Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) total sharply increased from any other season he had played before. Through May 19, he registered 16 DRS, matching three of his previous four entire season totals. Inside Edge (IE) charted that of all batted balls hit to him, Heyward had missed a total of nine in 358 innings; all nine were rated as having a 10% or lower chance of being caught.[46] Two catches in motion off the bat of Mike Trout – one tumbling on a sinking line drive and one sprinting and leaping at the warning track – helped ensure a 7–3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 15. Heyward also added a home run.[47]

Playing as the Braves' primary leadoff hitter, he finished the season with a .271 batting average, .351 on-base percentage, 74 runs scored, 11 home runs, 58 RBI and 20 stolen bases.[48] Fourth in the league with 2.8 Defensive Wins Above Replacement per Baseball-Reference.com,[25] he also led all MLB players with 32 total DRS. He saved 40 bases on deep-hit balls, which was the highest output of his career and led all MLB outfielders. Accordingly, Heyward was the recipient of a number of awards, including his second of both the Rawlings NL Gold Glove Award and of the Fielding Bible Award for all MLB right fielders, the latter of which he won unanimously.[49] Wilson Sporting Goods named him their MLB right field Defensive Player of the Year and overall MLB Defensive Player of the Year. [50]

St. Louis Cardinals (2014)[edit]

On November 17, 2014, the Braves traded Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals along with pitcher Jordan Walden for pitchers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins.[51] Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, who wore #22 and had also done so for most of his playing career, volunteered his number to Heyward. Matheny, like Heyward's friend, Wilmot, was a former catcher. Further, the Cardinals traded for Heyward to replace their former right fielder and top prospect, Oscar Taveras, who, the previous month, like Wilmot, died in a car accident.[12]

Awards[edit]

Major Leagues
Minor Leagues

Skills profile[edit]

Standing 6' 5" (78 inches (200 cm)) and weighing 245 pounds (111 kg), Heyward has shown to be an all-round talent. In the minor leagues, his ability to hit for batting average and power, speed, plus defense and arm strength sufficient to play right field, caused him to be considered a five-tool player.[18][53] Further, his plate discipline and ability to draw walks is unusual for a player his height.[18] He generates much of his power as pull hitter.[32] He has been compared frequently numerous hitters of distinction, including, but not limited to, Mays, McCovey, Strawberry, Hank Aaron and Albert Pujols, all of whom were a similar size to Heyward, and were considered the top power hitters of their respective eras.[54]

However, Heyward has yet to realize the potential as a hitter of those to whom he has been compared, and that may be linked to a hole in his swing that has yet to resolve. While still in the minor leagues, his unorthodox swing was not regarded as a significant issue, but rather was perceived to have worked for him because of his enormous talent. To the contrary, one scout compared it to an awkward golf swing. "You watch him, he really stiff-arms the bat out there," noting Heyward almost fully extends his arms to attempts to power the head of the bat through the strike zone. It creates a weakness that allows pitchers – especially power pitchers – to throw inside and exploit an inability to attain contact on inside pitches efficiently.[55]

"The ball he hits well is the ball out away from him," according to the same scout. "If pitchers pitch around him, on the outer half, he'll crush it. ... That's why Niese hit him: He went up and in, and Heyward's a diver." Indeed, charts from STATS LLC depicting Heyward's "Hot Zones," or a hitter's zones of maximum effectiveness, corroborate the scout's findings. Through April 25, 2014, Heyward had swung at 22 of 55 pitches in 2014 that qualified as "up and in," crossing the plate either to the upper left ninth of the strike zone or slightly higher or or inside of it. None of those 22 swings had produced a hit.[55] However, injury contributed to lost power in 2011. Before that point, he dropped his hands rotated his front shoulder in an upward motion in his mode as a pull hitter. The front half of his upper body generated his bat velocity. However, the injury hindered his ability to generate torque from his front shoulder that contributed most to driving the ball.[32]

In spite of not reaching the projections as offensive player, his defense has delivered as once promised. In right field, Heyward has been rated as one of the top, if not the top, in all MLB. The Fielding Bible staff wrote in 2014, that he "is the best defensive right fielder in baseball, bar none." He has been opined as an expert at picking up the path of the batted ball and following with efficient routes.[49] On one play measured by Major League Baseball Advanced Media's hybrid PITCHf/x, FIELDf/x and radar-based play tracking system called Statcast released before the 2014 season, he got a jump on a fly ball off Justin Turner's bat in 2100 second, ran at 18.5 miles per hour (29.8 km/h) and took a route with a 97% efficiency. The ball had 4.0 seconds of hang time and Heyward ran 80.9 feet (24.7 m) for the catch.[56]

In rating of three zones to where the ball is hit in right field in his first five seasons, he was above average at saving bases on shallow-hit (+31) and medium-hit (+40) balls. His greatest strength came with deep-hit balls (+140). In 2014 alone, he saved +40 bases on balls hit to the deepest part of right field, which was the equivalent of 20 doubles.[49] The enormous ground coverage makes up for what would be considered a slightly below average arm among right fielders.[39]

See also[edit]

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