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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%: 98/91 | Average Draft Position: 85.87
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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. 


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.