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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: Atlanta | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $3,650,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/93 | Average Draft Position: 85.66
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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. 


Jason Heyward on good run heading into second half


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward collected his third straight multi-hit game Sunday against the Cubs and carries a seven-game hitting streak into the second half. He is batting .400 (12 for 30) with a .500 slugging percentage, .919 OPS, three doubles, four RBI, six runs and two stolen bases in that span.

Heyward has had some strong second-half performances the previous two seasons. In 2012, he hit .266 with 13 home runs, 14 doubles, 41 RBI, 48 runs and 10 stolen bases in 76 games after the All-Star break. Last season, though he played just 37 games in the second half, Heyward hit .305 with seven home runs, nine doubles, 17 RBI and 32 runs.


Jason Heyward steals two bases in three-hit night Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward went 3 for 4 with an RBI and two stolen bases in his team's 8-3 loss to the Mets Tuesday.

Heyward finally put the Braves on the board in the eighth inning with an RBI single, but he was only able to cut the lead to 7-1. He hadn't stolen a base since May 31 before swiping two Tuesday. Heyward has hit .247/.338/.366 with eight home runs, 33 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 344 at-bats.


Jason Heyward fine with hitting lower in lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has gone with a new lineup over the last five games, with the most noticeable changes being Tommy La Stella in the leadoff spot and Jason Heyward batting fifth.

If you talk to Heyward, however, he has no problems hitting lower in the lineup, per MLB.com.

"With the lineup change, I like it and I think everybody else likes it as well," said Heyward, who is batting .294 in five games hitting fifth. "We get a few games with it and we get comfortable, I think it's going to set us up to be pretty dangerous throughout the whole lineup."


Jason Heyward slipped to fifth in lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) For the first time since July 26, Jason Heyward is not batting leadoff for the Braves. He is in the fifth spot against Philadelphia.

Fredi Gonzalez expressed his confidence that Heyward can produce anywhere. He owns a .254/.334/.384 stat line.

Heyward told Gonzalez he would accept "anything you want me to do," per MLB.com.

"I think the world of Jason Heyward," Gonzalez said. "I think that he can hit anywhere in the lineup and be productive, and so that's the reason he's hitting fifth."


Braves considering making changes to lineup?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) With Braves catcher prospect Christian Bethancourt on a roll offensively at Triple-A Gwinnett, Atlanta has started toying with the idea of shaking up their lineup, according to MLB.com.

The lineups moves would include moving catcher Evan Gattis to left field, Justin Upton to right field, Jason Heyward to center field and struggling outfielder B.J. Upton to the bench. The lineup changes would create an opening for Bethancourt to start at catcher.

Bethancourt has always been lauded for his defense, but the 22-year-old catcher is beginning to improve offensively. He is batting .312 with a .764 OPS in his last 37 games at Triple-A.

"We're hearing [Bethancourt] right now," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We're paying attention."


Jason Heyward returns to action Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward returned to the starting lineup and is batting leadoff Saturday afternoon against the Angels. Heyward was forced out of Friday's game against the Angels with a hand injury. He is hitting .254 with seven homers and 23 RBI in 256 at-bats. 

Jason Heyward exits game with hand injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was forced out of Friday;s game against the Angels with a hand injury.

Heyward was hit in the right hand by a pitch in his first at-bat and was replaced by Jordan Schafer. Heyward is hitting .254 with seven homers and 23 RBI in 256 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Saturday's game against Los Angeles.

Jason Heyward hits seventh home run Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward hit his seventh home run Saturday against the Diamondbacks. 

Heyward waited until extra innings to strike. With the game tied, Heyward managed to give his team the lead late. He hit a 91 mph fastball out to right field for the solo shot. The D-Backs would find a way to tie it up in the bottom of the inning, and eventually won the game later.

Heyward finished 1 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI.


Jason Heyward's three-hit game wins it vs. Diamondbacks


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward extended his hitting streak to 10 games Friday, and he did so in a big way in a 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Heyward went 3 for 4 in the win, and scored each time he reached base. He got the scoring started for the Braves with a two-run homer in the fifth inning, and added an RBI single in the ninth to finish with three RBI.

Heyward's average was just .238 at the start of his hitting streak, but he is now hitting .263/.347/.386. He has six home runs and 20 RBI in 57 games. 


Jason Heyward goes deep again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward homered for the second time in three games Thursday, in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox.

Heyward was 2 for 5 out of the leadoff spot, and he opened the scoring with a third-inning solo home run. It was the only run he would score or drive in in the game, and he also struck out one.

Heyward now has five home runs and 13 RBI in 202 at-bats, while hitting .243/.330/.351 in 51 games. 


Jason Heyward getting on base regularly


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has reached base safely in 15 of his past 16 games. He's hitting .310 (18 for 58) with a homer, eight runs scored, 10 walks and a .420 on-base percentage during the stretch, reports MLB.com.

The stretch included an 11-game hitting streak, the second-longest of Heyward's career.


Jason Heyward showing signs of life


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/20/2014) Jason Heyward's three hits Monday gave him two multi-hit games in his last three, and his two stolen bases gave him eight for the season, putting him on pace for 30.

Both are reasons to be encouraged as a Heyward owner.

Granted, he has just one extra-base hit in his last 11 games, but we know how that goes. Once the hits start falling for a slumping player, everything else seems to follow. He gets back to playing within himself instead of trying to get it all back on one swing. Besides, Heyward has always managed to find his power stroke at the big-league level. He rebounded from an even worse start last year to hit .297 with nine home runs and a .907 OPS in his final 192 at-bats.

Heyward hasn't always delivered stolen bases, though. He followed up a career-high 21 in 2012 with two in six attempts last year. But seeing as he's on pace for 30 now, with as little as he's done at the plate so far, stolen bases are shaping up to be a big part of his game this year. And again, he's always managed to find his power stroke at the big-league level.

Heyward could end up having a career season yet, so don't sell him short.


Jason Heyward blasts two-run homer


by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
(5/11/2014) Braves leadoff hitter Jason Heyward blasted a two-run homer to right in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Cubs. It was just Heyward's third long ball this season, and it gave him only 10 RBI in 139 at-bats.

Heyward went 1 for 3 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored. After a brutal start, Heyward has got his average up to .209.


Jason Heyward reaches three times Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward reached base three times Friday against the Giants.

Heyward hit a leadoff single to open the bottom of the first, but was stranded. He would later hit two more singles, finishing 3 for 5. It's the third time this season Heyward has picked up three hits in a game. After starting slow, Heyward seems to have heated up recently. He has 13 hits over his last 10 games.

Heyward is hitting .223 over 112 at-bats. 


Jason Heyward lifts batting average past Mendoza Line


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward doubled twice Wednesday against the Marlins, bringing his season total to five, including three in the last two games.

Heyward is heating up offensively, having hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. He is batting .302 (13 for 43) with two RBI, two walks, three runs and four doubles in that span.

After batting .136 in his first 15 games, Heyward has managed to raise his batting average to .206.


Jason Heyward collects three hits vs. Mets


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward tied a season high with three hits Sunday against the Mets. It was just his third multi-hit game in 17 appearances.

Heyward had a single in the first inning, an RBI double in the fifth inning and another single in the seventh inning. He scored once, struck out twice and was caught stealing.


Jason Heyward gets a rest Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Heyward is receiving a normal day off. He'll be replaced by Ryan Doumit in right field. Heyward is hitting .136/.271/.254 in 59 at-bats.


Jason Heyward homers in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward went 3 for 4 with a home run, two runs and two RBI in his team's 4-3 win over the Mets Wednesday.

Heyward started the scoring Wednesday with a solo home run in the first inning before contributing to a three-run fifth inning. His homer was his second of the season, and the three-hit game could jump-start what's been a mediocre performance for Heyward thus far. He has hit .188/.278/.375 in 32 at-bats.


Jason Heyward able to go despite neck spasms


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was listed in the starting lineup Sunday.

Heyward had some neck spasms during Saturday's game, and was considered a game-time decision for Sunday. The team made sure Heyward was able to get through pre-game activities before inserting him into the lineup.


Jason Heyward goes deep in second game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) After a quiet start, outfielder Jason Heyward got the Braves on the board Tuesday, in a 5-2 win over the Brewers.

Heyward stepped to the plate in the top of the fifth with two out and one runner on base and powered his first home run of the season out to right. He finished the game 2 for 5 with one run scored and two driven in.

Heyward is looking to bounce back from a rough season a year ago, and is off to a decent start. He is 3 for 8 with one walk through the first two games. 


Braves leaning toward hitting Jason Heyward in leadoff spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Monday he is leaning toward batting Jason Heyward in the leadoff spot, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Heyward thrived in the leadoff spot last season, batting .322 with a .403 on-base percentage, .551 slugging percentage and .954 OPS in 30 games atop the lineup. He also had six home runs, nine doubles and 16 RBI hitting leadoff.


Extension details emerge for Jason Heyward


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is set to make $4.5 million in 2014, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

In 2015, Heyward's salary will jump to $7.8 million. He can also earn incentives based on plate appearances and awards. Heyward signed a two-year, $13.3 million extension with the club Tuesday. He hit .254/.349/.427 last year.


Braves, Jason Heyward avoid arbitration with two-year deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) The Braves have avoided arbitration with outfielder Jason Heyward on a two-year extension, the team announced.

The deal will buy out Heyward's remaining arbitration seasons. Heyward is set to make $13.3 million over two years. Heyward hit .254/.349/.427 in 382 at-bats. He won't be a free-agent until after 2015.


Arbitration dates set for Braves


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) The Braves are set to go to arbitration with Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman just days before the club gets together for spring training, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Heyward's hearing is set for February 11, Freeman's is on February 13 and Kimbrel's will take place February 17. Pitchers and catchers are set to report on the 12, while position players will report on the 18. All three players are expected to have the hearing, as the Braves are one of the teams that employ a "file to trial" method when it comes to arbitration.