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22 Jason Heyward RF
Height/Weight: 6-5/245 | Birthdate: 8/9/1989 | Birthplace: Ridgewood, NJ | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: St. Louis | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $3,650,000 | Owned/Started%: 95/76 | Average Draft Position: 85.87
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Lineup spot could be key for Jason Heyward


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/17/2014) Much of the early speculation about Jason Heyward's value as the Cardinals' new right fielder has focused on whether he can recapture the home run power he displayed in 2012. That's a reasonable place to start the discussion, as his home run total has dwindled from 27 to 14 to 11 over the last three seasons, but that's not where the discussion should end.

Even with limited power, Heyward finished last season with the 23rd-highest Fantasy point total among outfielders in standard Head-to-Head leagues. It helped that Heyward stole 20 bases in 24 attempts, walked 67 times and scored 74 runs, and some of that production was aided by his status as the Braves' primary leadoff hitter. One of the least glamorous items on Heyward's 2014 stat line was his 115 singles, but they added to his value and were made possible by the additional plate appearances he received at the top of the order.

By contrast, Heyward ranked 36th among outfielders in Rotisserie value. Given that he is moving to a home park that is tougher on home run hitters than Turner Field was, it might be asking a lot for Heyward to break out as a power hitter in 2015.

At age 25, Heyward could take a step forward and be a top 20 outfielder for all formats, but that could be harder for him to accomplish now that Busch Stadium is his home venue. If Cardinals manager Mike Matheny doesn't see fit to bat Heyward in the leadoff spot, his climb towards Fantasy stardom will only get steeper.


Braves acquire Miller from Cardinals in exchange for Heyward


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) The Braves and Cardinals announced a significant trade Monday afternoon. The Braves acquired starting pitcher Shelby Miller and pitcher Tyrell Jenkins from St. Louis in exchange for outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden.

"It was very difficult to trade Jason, but deal was made to help us short-term and long-term," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. "This deal also improves us in an area where we are woefully, woefully thin -- our minor-league system."

Heyward had been mentioned in trade rumors leading up to Monday's deal. He is in the final year of his contract after signing a two-year extension in Feb. 2014. The 25-year-old outfielder is coming off a disappointing 2014 season. He hit .271 with a .384 slugging percentage, .735 OPS, 11 home runs, 26 doubles and 58 RBI in 149 games.

The 24-year-old Miller is also coming off a disappointing campaign. The once highly touted pitching prospect went 10-9 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 32 appearances (31 starts). While he reached a career high in innings (183), Miller struggled with his command (3.6 BB/9) and saw his strikeout rate drop significantly (6.2 K/9).

"As we look at Shelby, we see that he has a chance to become a front-of-line rotation type of guy," Hart said.

Walden, the former Angels' All-Star closer in 2011, is under team control through 2016. He was 0-2 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and three saves in 58 appearances for Atlanta last season.

Jenkins is a former top-100 prospect whose career has been slowed by a shoulder injury he sustained in 2013. He returned to action in 2014, going 6-5 with a 3.28 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 13 starts at high Class A.


Braves' Hart: Heyward likely to test free agency next offseason


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Braves president of baseball operations John Hart indicated Tuesday he isn't sure outfielder Jason Heyward will sign a contract extension heading into the final year of his contract, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"I wasn’t the general manager last year," said Hart, who replaced fired general manager Frank Wren. "There was a two-year deal given to (Heyward) to take him up to his free agency. I think as much as anything wants the ability to be able to explore (free agency), and it’s understandable. This is a home-grown player, it’s a player that we love. I love the way this guy plays; there’s a lot to like about him. But my assumption is it’s probably the wrong time (for an extension). I don’t think that there are a lot of legs for doing something, on either side.

"That doesn’t mean there can’t be a deal a year down the road. It certainly doesn’t mean that. I just don’t think that this is the time. We’ve got him under contract. There’s going to be no ill will, no arbitration. He knows we love him. And we’ll just play this one out."

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports the Braves have fielded trade inquiries on Heyward. However, the Braves aren't said to be looking to trade Heyward.


Braves coach to work with Upton, Heyward, Simmons in offseason


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) New Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer has been asked to work with outfielder B.J. Upton, shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder Jason Heyward in the offseason, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

All three players struggled offensively in 2014. Heyward did hit .271, but he slugged just .384 and had 11 home runs. Simmons hit .244 with seven home runs and 46 RBI, while Upton hit .208 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI.


Jason Heyward makes his return


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/23/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates after missing four straight with a bruised thumb. He was unable to grip a bat as recently as Sunday.

With Heyward's return, Emilio Bonifacio moved from right field to center, bumping B.J. Upton to the bench.


Jason Heyward misses another start


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/22/2014) Jason Heyward was not in the Braves' starting lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates, as Emilio Bonifacio got the start in right field. Heyward did not play at all during the Braves' three-game weekend series against the Mets due to a thumb injury. He remains day to day.

Jason Heyward has swelling in the thumb


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, who was out of the lineup for a third straight game Sunday against the Mets because of a thumb injury, hasn't been able to grip a bat yet because of swelling in the thumb, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He remains day to day.

Braves duo remain out with injuries


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) On Sunday, for the third game in a row, both Evan Gattis (illness) and Jason Heyward (thumb) were out of the Braves' starting lineup. There is still no specific timetable for either's return, though the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Gattis took batting practice on Friday and may be available to pinch hit. They also reported that Heyward was not expected to play at all for Sunday's game against the Mets, but he could return for Monday's series opener against the Pirates.

Evan Gattis, Jason Heyward out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis and outfielder Jason Heyward are not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets.

Gattis hasn't played since Sept. 7 as he continues to deal with a kidney stone. Heyward injured his thumb Wednesday and hasn't played since.


Jason Heyward out Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Heyward injured his thumb Wednesday, and was sent for an MRI. He will not play Friday, and it's unclear how long the issue will keep him on the bench. 


Jason Heyward injures thumb Wednesday, X-rays negative


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was removed from Wednesday's game with a thumb injury, but X-rays revealed no fracture, MLB.com reports.

Heyward was 0 for 2 before exiting in the eighth inning Wednesday and is day-to-day moving forward. He has hit .272/.351/.387 with 11 home runs, 58 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 556 at-bats.


Jason Heyward still lacking thump


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/15/2014) Just before the All-Star break, Jason Heyward started to pick up his batting average, and he hasn't really cooled off since. Over his last 54 games, Heyward is batting .329 with a .387 on-base percentage. Sadly for his Fantasy owners, it's come with very little power.

While Heyward has hit 12 doubles and a triple over that span, he has launched only three home runs. Given that the Braves' outfielder has been an inconsistent power hitter over his five years in the majors, it's reasonable for owners to start wondering if that consistency is ever going to materialize.

In my latest blog post, I have taken a look at Heyward's offensive trends this season to get an early read on what sort of value he will have next season. His ability to make contact (32 strikeouts over his last 207 at-bats) and steal make him a must-start option right now, but given his lack of power, Heyward will be something less than an early-round option in 2015.


Jason Heyward slugs 11th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 3-2 win over the Mets Wednesday.

Heyward led off the game with a home run, getting right back on the board after his six-game hitting streak ended Tuesday. He has hit .270/.351/.391 with 11 home runs, 53 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 486 at-bats.


Jason Heyward absent from Saturday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is set to sit Saturday in Cincinnati despite a six-game hitting streak.

Heyward has nine hits in his last 23 at-bats with a home run, six RBI and six runs scored.


Jason Heyward scores two runs Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward scored two runs Thursday against the Reds.

Heyward singled twice during the game. He would come around to score in the third inning on a Justin Upton hit, and again in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly. Heyward finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and one RBI. 


Jason Heyward goes deep Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward hit his 10th home run Monday against the Pirates.

Heyward struck in the first inning. He took a 90 mph fastball out to right field for a solo shot to start the game. Heyward would add two singles, finishing 3 for 4. He scored one run and knocked in two RBI.


Manager: Jason Heyward back in leadoff position to stay


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Fredi Gonzalez had been using Jason Heyward in the fifth hole since mid-June, but not anymore. He will return to the leadoff spot for the time being. Braves batters have struggled in that spot.

Heyward was among them. He was batting .254 with a .334 on-base percentage as a leadoff hitter before being moved down. He is now batting .267. with an OBP of .352.


Jason Heyward returns to action Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Braves outfieler Jason Heyward made his return to the starting lineup Saturday against the Padres in San Diego, according to MLB.com. Heyward has been sidelined since Monday because of a back injury. He is hitting .260/.350/.379 with nine home runs, 42 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 396 at-bats.

Jason Heyward could return Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Braves outfieler Jason Heyward told reporters his back is starting to show some signs of improvement, according to MLB.com. He is not expected to play Friday and is targeting a return Saturday against the Padres. 

Jason Heyward likely out until Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Braves outfieler Jason Heyward will likely not play Thursday as the team gives him one more day of rest as a precaution, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Heyward was initially expected to return Wednesday or Thursday, but the Braves will play it safe with the outfielder. He has been dealing with a back injury this week.


Jason Heyward remains out of lineup Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.

Heyward wasn't able to play Tuesday after coming out of Monday's game with a back injury. He was expected to return to the lineup either Wednesday or Thursday, so it's likely he'll be ready to come back tomorrow. Heyward has hit .260/.350/.379 with nine home runs, 42 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 396 at-bats.


Jason Heyward out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Dodgers.

Heyward was removed from the fourth inning of Monday's game with a back injury. He has hit .260/.350/.379 with nine home runs, 42 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 396 at-bats. Heyward is likely to return to the lineup Wednesday or Thursday, MLB.com reports.


Jason Heyward sidelined by back issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Lower back soreness has forced Braves right fielder Jason Heyward out of the Monday game against San Diego. He left in the fourth inning and is now considered day-to-day.

Jason Heyward taken out of Monday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Braves right fielder Jason Heyward was replaced by Ryan Doumit in the fourth inning of the Monday afternoon game against San Diego. No reason has been given yet.

Heyward grounded out in the second inning and remained in the game.


Jason Heyward hits number nine Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward clubbed his ninth home run Friday against the Phillies. 

To lead off the bottom of the second inning, Heyward worked a three-pitch at-bat against A.J. Burnett. On the final pitch, Heyward hit an 85 mph changeup out to right for the solo shot. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and two RBI.