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Jason Heyward

27-Year-Old Outfielder – Chicago Cubs

2017 Stats

AVG

.255

HR

3

RBI

17

R

13

SB

1

2017 Preseason Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

According to FanGraphs, Heyward was worth $12.8M during the 2016 regular season in the first year of an eight-year deal with the Cubs. If the speech he gave teammates during the rain delay of Game 7 o...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 5"   WT: 240   DOB: 8/9/1989   BORN: Ridgewood, NJ   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Jason Heyward Contract Information:

Signed an eight-year, $184 million contract with the Cubs in December of 2015.

May 21, 2017  –  Jason Heyward News

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Heyward (finger) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Sunday. He'll bat sixth and man right field.

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Jason Heyward Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 17 R GCL 8 29 27 1 8 5 4 0 1 5 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 .296 .355 .556 .911
2007 17 R DAN 4 17 16 3 5 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 .313 .353 .375 .728
2008 18 A MYR 7 25 22 3 4 2 2 0 0 4 0 0 2 4 0 1 0 .182 .240 .273 .513
2008 18 A ROM 120 505 449 88 145 44 27 6 11 52 15 3 49 74 0 7 0 .323 .388 .483 .871
2009 19 A MYR 49 212 189 34 56 22 12 0 10 31 4 0 21 30 0 2 0 .296 .369 .519 .888
2009 19 AA MIS 47 195 162 32 57 24 13 4 7 30 5 1 28 19 0 3 2 .352 .446 .611 1.057
2009 19 AAA GWI 3 13 11 3 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 .364 .462 .364 .826
2010 20 MAJ ATL 142 623 520 83 144 52 29 5 18 72 11 6 91 128 0 2 10 .277 .393 .456 .849
2011 21 AAA GWI 2 7 6 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .167 .286 .333 .619
2011 21 MAJ ATL 128 454 396 50 90 34 18 2 14 42 9 2 51 93 0 3 4 .227 .319 .389 .708
2012 22 MAJ ATL 158 650 587 93 158 63 30 6 27 82 21 8 58 152 0 3 2 .269 .335 .479 .814
2013 23 AAA GWI 6 26 20 1 6 1 1 0 0 6 1 0 4 7 0 1 1 .300 .423 .350 .773
2013 23 MAJ ATL 104 439 382 67 97 37 22 1 14 38 2 4 48 73 1 0 8 .254 .349 .427 .776
2014 24 MAJ ATL 149 649 573 74 155 40 26 3 11 58 20 4 67 98 0 3 6 .271 .351 .384 .735
2015 25 MAJ STL 154 608 547 79 160 50 33 4 13 60 23 3 56 90 0 3 2 .293 .359 .439 .798
2016 26 MAJ CHC 142 592 530 61 122 35 27 1 7 49 11 4 54 93 1 2 5 .230 .306 .325 .631
2017 27 A SOU 1 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .666
2017 27 MAJ CHC 30 120 106 13 27 5 1 1 3 17 1 2 13 19 0 0 1 .255 .342 .368 .710
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3-Year Averages     148 615 550 71 145 40 28 2 10 55 18 3 59 93 0 2 4 .264 .338 .376 .715
Career  (View All)     1007 4,135 3,641 520 953 316 186 23 107 418 98 33 438 746 2 16 38 .262 .346 .414 .759

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Jason Heyward Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Games To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
May. 22 SF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .255 .342 .368 .710
May. 21 Mil 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .255 .345 .373 .718
May. 19 Mil Did not play.
May. 18 Cin Did not play.
May. 17 Cin Did not play.
May. 16 Cin Did not play.
May. 14 @StL Did not play.
May. 13 @StL Did not play.
May. 12 @StL Did not play.
May. 10 @Col Did not play.
May. 9 @Col Did not play.
May. 9 @Col Did not play.
May. 7 NYY Did not play.
May. 6 NYY Did not play.
May. 5 NYY 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .253 .333 .364 .697
May. 4 Phi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263 .346 .379 .725
May. 3 Phi 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263 .340 .379 .719
May. 2 Phi 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .261 .333 .380 .713
May. 1 Phi 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270 .337 .393 .730
Apr. 30 @Bos 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .279 .340 .407 .747
Apr. 29 @Bos 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .280 .344 .415 .759
Apr. 28 @Bos 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .282 .341 .423 .764
Apr. 26 @Pit 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 .284 .346 .432 .778
Apr. 25 @Pit 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .282 .329 .437 .766
Apr. 24 @Pit 4 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .294 .342 .456 .798
Apr. 23 @Cin 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .297 .348 .422 .770
Apr. 22 @Cin 4 2 2 0 0 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .300 .354 .433 .787
Apr. 21 @Cin 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .333 .375 .708
Apr. 19 Mil 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .294 .345 .333 .678
Apr. 18 Mil 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .300 .352 .340 .692
Last 7 Games 7 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .444 .429 .873
Last 14 Games 7 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .444 .429 .873
Last 30 Games 60 9 14 1 0 3 12 10 13 0 1 0 0 0 .233 .343 .400 .743
Jason Heyward Minors Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF AVG OBP SLG OPS
May. 18 Lansing 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Last 7 Days 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .666
Last 14 Days 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .666
Last 30 Days 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .666

Jason Heyward: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 29 9 25
2016 141 24 131
2015 147 10 144
2014 149 149
2013 103 20 87
2012 156 2 154
2011 122 122
2010 140 140

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Jason Heyward Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017252010.160.160.382
2016140142181.207.286.586
2015162212208.272.364.709

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201781113161.284.432.808
20163904753110.238.338.647
201538558114015.301.470.835

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017507021.220.240.568
2016269263235.227.305.606
20152574052412.307.436.824

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20175663150.286.482.837
2016261354266.234.345.656
20152903983611.279.441.773
Jason Heyward Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2007 17 R GCL 29 27 6.9% 13.8% 0.50 85% .318 .260
2007 17 R DAN 17 16 5.9% 29.4% 0.20 69% .455 .062
2008 18 A MYR 25 22 8% 16% 0.50 82% .222 .091
2008 18 A ROM 505 449 9.7% 14.7% 0.66 84% .368 .160
2009 19 A MYR 212 189 9.9% 14.2% 0.70 84% .309 .223
2009 19 AA MIS 195 162 14.4% 9.7% 1.47 88% .368 .259
2009 19 AAA GWI 13 11 15.4% 15.4% 1.00 82% .444 .000
2010 20 MAJ ATL 623 520 14.6% 20.5% 0.71 75% .337 .179
2011 21 AAA GWI 7 6 14.3% 14.3% 1.00 83% .200 .166
2011 21 MAJ ATL 454 396 11.2% 20.5% 0.55 77% .263 .162
2012 22 MAJ ATL 650 587 8.9% 23.4% 0.38 74% .321 .210
2013 23 AAA GWI 26 20 15.4% 26.9% 0.57 65% .462 .050
2013 23 MAJ ATL 439 382 10.9% 16.6% 0.66 81% .281 .173
2014 24 MAJ ATL 649 573 10.3% 15.1% 0.68 83% .310 .113
2015 25 MAJ STL 608 547 9.2% 14.8% 0.62 84% .331 .146
2016 26 MAJ CHC 592 530 9.1% 15.7% 0.58 82% .267 .095
2017 27 A SOU 3 3 0% 0% 0.00 100% .333 .000
2017 27 MAJ CHC 120 106 10.8% 15.8% 0.68 82% .286 .113
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3-Year Averages     615 550 9.6% 15.1% 0.63 83% .302 .112
Career     4,135 3,641 10.6% 18% 0.59 80% .303 .152

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Jason Heyward Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 CF 51 3 10 2 3 34 0 12 1
2015 RF 1217.3 39 256 21 39 607 7 262 1
2016 CF 171 4 49 2 4 88 0 28 0
2016 RF 1029.7 29 201 17 29 556 7 275 0
2017 CF 66.3 2 17 2 2 47 2 37 2
2017 RF 172.7 8 32 4 8 71 2 43 1
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 CF 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
2015 RF 10 0 10 0 0 1 1 20 0 22
2016 CF 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 4
2016 RF 3 9 4 0 0 -2 1 15 0 14
2017 CF 3 -1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
2017 RF 1 0 3 0 0 3 0 4 0 7

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2017 Stat Review for Jason Heyward    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.68 BB/K
GREAT
10.8% BB Rate
GREAT
15.8% K Rate
GOOD
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.710 OPS
POOR
.342 OBP
GOOD
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.255 AVG
WEAK
.286 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.368 SLG
TERRIBLE
.113 ISO
POOR

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Jason Heyward: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Heyward (finger) was activated from the 10-day DL and is starting in right field and hitting sixth Saturday against the Brewers.

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Heyward (finger) took batting practice Friday and will likely be activated Saturday, Jeff Arnold of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

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Heyward (finger) returned to the Cubs on Friday, but the team isn't expected to activate him until Saturday, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Heyward (hand) is scheduled to start his rehab assignment with Low-A South Bend on Thursday, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.

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Manager Joe Maddon said that Heyward (hand) may embark on a rehab assignment prior to returning to the Cubs, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Heyward (hand) is taking batting practice on the field Tuesday and could be activated before the weekend, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Manager Joe Maddon announced Sunday that Heyward (hand) will not be activated from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, but will likely be activated shortly thereafter, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017

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2016

Heyward has proven himself to be one of the game's best all-around players, but unfortunately, fantasy owners aren't really rewarded for excellent outfield defense. He has yet to grow into the kind of power bat he flashed in 2012 when he hit 27 home runs for the Braves. Heyward has yet to hit 15 home runs in a season since then. Heyward has, however, developed into a fine contact hitter, as he had a career-low 14.8-percent K rate and a career-high .293 batting average in 2015. He is also exhibiting increasingly efficient baserunning, as he stole 23 bases in 26 attempts (88 percent) last year and has 43 steals in 50 attempts (86 percent) over the past two seasons. Heyward never hit more than 18 home runs in his brief minor league career, so this could just be who he is, but at just 26 years old, Heyward could still tap into more power. He figures to slot in to a top-third lineup spot after signing with the Cubs in December.

2015

If you subscribe to WAR, Heyward was a top-25 overall player in 2014, but his real-life value far outweighed his fantasy utility. The major-league leader in defensive runs saved with 32, Heyward improved his average by nearly 20 points and saw a dramatic spike in stolen base production, but he finished three homers shy of his 2013 total despite playing in 45 more games (209 more PA), resulting in a 60-point drop in ISO (from .173 to .113). He struggled against left-handed pitching to the tune of a .477 OPS, down from .802 in 2013, and he hit just .268 against four-seamers, well below the league average. There are some concerns that his issues against fastballs could be a lingering effect of him being drilled in the jaw with a fastball late in 2013, but he improved his contact rate to a career-high 82.2%, and his HR/FB rate (6.5%) figures to return closer to the mean (13.0%) in 2015. A November blockbuster sent Heyward to St. Louis, where he'll look to finally break out under the guidance of hitting coach John Mabry.

2014

Three weeks into the 2013 season, Heyward, who had hit just .121 to that point, was forced to undergo an emergency appendectomy, and he continued to struggle immediately upon his return in mid-May. Slowly but surely, Heyward began heating up (.312 average in June), and he was off to a nice start to the second half before a broken jaw, the result of being drilled by a fastball, put him back on the shelf in August. All in all, Heyward hit .254/.349/.427 with 14 home runs and just two steals in 104 games. His ISO fell by nearly 40 points (from .210 to .173), and he took off on the basepaths a mere six times. There were some positive takeaways, however, as Heyward improved upon his strikeout rate dramatically (from 23.3 percent in 2012 to 16.6 percent), while also walking more frequently. He bettered his average against lefties by 40 points, and hit .322/.403/.551 after moving atop the batting order. Heyward is a likely candidate to lead off for Atlanta in 2014, and he's an obvious candidate to bounce back at the dish, after hitting just .199/.321/.323 on the road last year.

2013

Heyward's power numbers took a big step forward in 2012 as he hit 27 home runs, more doubles and triples than ever before in his career, and easily set a new personal best in RBI and runs scored. He also stole 21 bases, more than he ever stole in his career, even in the minors. After suffering heavy sophomore struggles in 2011, his on-base percentage still has not come close to approaching the dazzling .393 OBP he posted in his rookie season, but it took a step back in the right direction at .335 in 2012 as his batting average also bounced back to .269. Sooner or later, Heyward should break out into a true MVP candidate. A lot of great players have done so in their age-23 season, which Heyward is entering. Even if it doesn't happen just yet, he will still be one of the most valuable fantasy outfielders available.

2012

Heyward may have been the most disappointing player in fantasy baseball last seasons as he hit just .227 and was benched most of August in favor of Jose Constanza and later platooned with Matt Diaz against lefties (he struggled with just a .577 OPS against left-handed pitching). There are reasons to think he'll rebound as he's just 22 this season, he was bothered by a shoulder injury much of the season, he still drew walks at a decent rate and had a low .261 BABIP. A series of tests in the offseason also showed no structural damage in his shoulder. He needs to reduce his strikeouts and improve against lefties and last season leaves doubt he'll become an elite player. Still, the price for a young player with his talent and minor league track record may never be lower.

2011

Heyward entered 2010 as the top hitting prospect in baseball and didn't disappoint. He finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .277/.393/.456 with 18 home runs while playing outstanding defense in right field. Heyward won the starting right field job in spring training and started off hot by hitting eight home runs with a 1.033 OPS in his first 31 games. However, he strained a ligament in his thumb on May 14 and continued to play with the injury before landing on the DL in July (and missed taking the field after being named to the All-Star Game), hitting .222 with a .689 OPS over that stretch. Once healthy, he hit .302 with a .875 OPS in the second half. Heyward has as much upside as any player in the game with excellent power, great strike-zone judgment, speed and an outstanding glove and arm in right field. He turned just 21 last season, so his initial performance in the majors shows he could quickly improve, especially given that he struggled with a hand injury much of the season. But there are some reasons for concern. Heyward struck out 128 times (75 percent contact rate) and hit just . 249 with a .755 OPS against lefties. Still, he drew walks at a strong rate (15 percent of plate appearances) and should see more power as he grows. It may not be too long before he's one of the best players in the game.

2010

Heyward may be the best prospect in baseball after dominating at Double-A last season as a 19-year-old and he could be a fixture in Atlanta as early as 2010. Heyward hit .296/.369/.519 with 10 home runs at High-A and then hit .352/.446/.611 at Double-A before a three-game taste of Triple-A. His stats were even more impressive given that he turned 20 in August. He has all of the qualities you like to see in a prospect including excellent power, great strike-zone judgment, speed and all the tools to be a plus fielder. He'll likely start the season at Triple-A, but it may only be until late May or early June before he's in the everyday lineup for the Braves.

2009

Heyward, the Braves' 2007 first-round pick could be a fast riser through the system after a strong 2008 season. He has all the qualities you like to see in a prospect including excellent power, great strike zone judgment, some speed and all the tools to be a plus fielder. He'll start the season at High-A Myrtle Beach and could be a factor in the majors as early as 2010.

2008

Heyward, Atlanta's first-round pick in the 2007 draft, hit .288/.386/.404 in his first professional season in rookie ball. He has enormous power, good strike zone judgment and the tools to play right field. He's got a chance to rise very quickly in the system.