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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: 78.59
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Cardinals' Matheny preparing Jason Heyward for No. 2 spot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has been working to get outfielder Jason Heyward into the mentality of a No. 2 hitter, MLB.com reports.

"I've been talking to him about the psychological approach to batting second," Matheny said. "I told him [on Tuesday], 'I don't know that there's going to be a time this year when I'm going to tell you to give yourself up to get the runner over. I want you driving the ball. I want you with that mindset. You're going to get the runner over at times when you mishit a ball, but I don't want that being your thing, to give up an out. I want you smoking it, no matter where they pitch it.'"

Heyward opened the spring with hits in his first six games. He went 0 for 3 Thursday, dropping him to 7 for 20 with two walks and two stolen bases in nine games. All seven of his hits have been singles.


Cardinals may bat Jason Heyward second in order


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) The Cardinals are planning to bat Jason Heyward near the top of the batting order this season. 

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that Heyward, who has batted second in the order in the first few spring games, is likely to continue in that spot this season. 

The Cardinals aquired Heyward in an offseason trade with the Braves, and manager Mike Matheny believes he'll be able to flourish in that spot in the order. 

"There is still a max that he hasn’t achieved yet," Matheny said. 


Jason Heyward hits single in spring training debut for Cardinals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Outfielder Jason Heyward wasted no time getting his bat on the baseball in his new uniform. 

In Thursday's exhibition against the Marlins, Heyward hit a single in his first at-bat in the first inning. He scored a run, too, in St. Louis' 4-1 win. 

"It's good to play baseball," Heyward said, per MLB.com. "[It's a] fresh start in so many ways this year."

Heyward went 1-for-2 in the afternoon. He was traded to the Cardinals from the Braves last November. 


Cardinals' Matheny wants Heyward, Adams to gain confidence vs. LHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Cardinals slugger Matt Adams is tired of hearing folks say he can't hit left-handed pitchers. But the numbers don't lie. He is batting just .197 off lefties in his major-league career, as opposed to .306 against righties.

“People think I can’t hit lefties,” he said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Coming up through the minors, I hit them. But that’s totally different. Hitting lefties in the minors and hitting lefties in the big leagues is different. The confidence for me is there, in the back of my mind. I know what I can do. That hasn’t changed. This is where I definitely have to focus and put the hammer to it.”

Adams isn't the only starter for St. Louis that struggles against lefties. Outfielder Jason Heyward hit just .169 against lefties in 2014. However, manager Mike Matheny isn't a fan of platooning either player.

“There are certain guys that you don’t want to platoon,” Matheny said. “There are guys you don’t want to have off the field, and I think that’s what they want. They want to be the guy who doesn’t come off the field. They want to be out there all the time. Both of them have shown it in the past that they can have success against left-handed pitching. It’s just a matter of getting them comfortable. With our lineup they’re going to throw a lot of (lefties) at us. Maybe that will help generate that confidence.”


Cardinals manager Matheny: Jason Heyward won't hit in leadoff spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Although his spot in the lineup remains uncertain, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told reporters he doesn't see newly-acquired outfielder Jason Heyward in the leadoff spot this season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"I've told him that," Matheny said. "It came after, Where do you see yourself? That's where we're going to start this. What kind of hitter does he want to be? Where does he feel that he can bring the most to this team and bring out his talents? It's in a spot at least in his own mind and he can get in there and drive the ball.

"Right now I want Jason in a good place," Matheny said. "I want him in a good place in his mind. He's saying all the right things, and the right thing to say is, 'I'll hit wherever they want me to hit.' But I've made it clear to him that we don't need him to be something that he's not."

Heyward, 25, served as Atlanta's leadoff hitter in 2014, hitting .271 with a .384 slugging percentage, .735 OPS, 11 home runs, 26 doubles and 58 RBI in 149 games.


Cardinals' Jason Heyward participating in early spring workouts


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward has been an early participant in spring workouts this week at the team's spring training complex in Florida, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"For me, right now, it’s good to get a sweat, get workouts in, come in on a daily basis, get in our routine and the groove of things so everything naturally jells together before spring training starts," Heyward said Thursday.

Heyward is one of a handful of players in Jupiter who were on the practice field Thursday for an informal Cardinals workout. Among the other St. Louis players reporting to camp early are veterans Adam Wainwright, catcher Yadier Molina and outfielder Matt Holliday.


Cardinals' Jason Heyward leaves door open for extension talks


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward is leaving the door open to a possible contract extension with his new club, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Saturday. Heyward said he'll take cues from the front office to gauge their interest in keeping him.

Heyward was traded from Atlanta to St. Louis in November. The 25-year-old hit .271 with a .384 slugging percentage, .735 OPS, 11 home runs, 26 doubles and 58 RBI in 149 games. He is entering the final year of his contract after signing a two-year extension in Feb. 2014, is set to make $7.8 million in 2015.


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.