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Jason Heyward | Outfielder | #22

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (14) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with a bases-clearing triple and four total RBI in Saturday's win over the Reds in the second game of a doubleheader.
Heyward was just activated off the concussion disabled list at the end of the week. After shaking the rust off with a pinch-hit appearance on Friday, he was back in the starting lineup on Saturday. That worked out and then some, as the outfielder came through with a bases-clearing triple in the fifth inning. That was his second triple of the season. He added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. It's been a quiet season on the whole for the veteran, who owns an uninspiring .235/.316/.363 triple-slash in 31 games played. He has just two home runs and 18 RBI to his credit in that space. May 19 - 11:18 PM

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Cubs activated OF Jason Heyward from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Heyward suffered a concussion when he slammed into the outfield wall while trying to make a catch against the Cardinals on May 6. He is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.
May 18 - 5:04 PM

Jason Heyward (concussion) has resumed baseball activities.

He should be able to rejoin the Cubs' active roster by early next week, or perhaps this weekend, assuming his concussion symptoms don't return. Heyward was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list on May 8.
May 16 - 3:27 PM

Jason Heyward (concussion) will not be activated on Monday when first eligible.

He is, however, progressing and will travel with the Cubs on their road trip. It's unclear when Heyward might be activated, but it would appear he's not far off.
May 13 - 1:03 PM

Cubs placed OF Jason Heyward on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Heyward banged his head while trying to track down Dexter Fowler's walk-off home run on Sunday night. It's not clear how long he might be sidelined, as brain injuries are far from predictable. Ben Zobrist is starting in right field and batting leadoff Tuesday versus the Marlins.
May 8 - 5:00 PM

Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer against the Cardinals in Thursday's win.

Heyward's .226/.311/.358 line isn't very impressive, but he has scored 11 times and driven in 10 runs through 16 games. He'd still need to take a real step forward to be of use in mixed leagues.
Apr 19 - 5:42 PM

Jason Heyward hit a two-run home run, his first of the year, in Thursday's win over the Brewers.

It was a relatively meaningless homer, tacking on two runs to make it an 8-0 game in the ninth inning, but it was important for Heyward, who's been stinging the ball this year with little to show for it. Heyward is good enough defensively that he'll still get playing time in the Cubs outfield, but it would make it easier on manager Joe Maddon to pencil him into the lineup regularly if he contributed something at the plate, too. We'll see if his early returns can continue as the season goes on.
Apr 6 - 12:18 AM

Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs' lineup Thursday against the Brewers.

It will be his first absence of the year. Ben Zobrist will fill in at right field and bat second against Brewers left-hander Brent Suter.
Apr 5 - 4:21 PM

Jason Heyward hit his first homer of the spring on Thursday in a loss to the Diamondbacks in the Cactus League.

Not only was it the first homer of the spring, it came off of Robbie Ray; one of the best southpaws in the National League. Even with the homer he's still hitting just .172 in the Cactus League. What was once one of the more promising bats in the MLB is a defensive-first player who isn't worth rostering in all but the deepest of formats to begin the year.
Mar 15 - 6:41 PM

New Cubs hitting coach Chili Davis has been working "at least weekly" with Jason Heyward in Arizona since November.

Heyward is entering Year Three of his eight-year, $184 million contract with the Cubs. While he saw some slight improvement in 2017 (.631 OPS to a .715 OPS), his offensive contributions have obviously been well short of expectations. "I need to learn Jason more than Jason needs to learn me," said Davis. "We’ve talked a lot about his swing, and we’ve looked at videos. But I think more what Jason and I are trying to do is to get Jason to understand the type of hitter that will make him the best offensive player that he can be." A hitting coach can only do so much, but Cubs president Theo Epstein said that Davis works well with line drive hitters and believes they "have a good chance to mesh."
Jan 15 - 10:41 AM

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday that the team is not shopping Jason Heyward.

There was some chatter last week that the Giants and Cubs might be working on something involving Heyward, but it sounds like no actual discussions ever took place. "That whole rumor was out of nowhere with zero base for truth," Hoyer said. "I think Jason has done a great job for us on defense, in the clubhouse, on the bases. He hasn’t been offensively where he was before getting to us, but he’ll get there. He’ll keep working hard. There is no point in going into hypotheticals." Heyward has batted just .243/.315/.353 in 268 games since signing an eight-year, $184 million contract with Chicago, but he has also earned two Gold Glove Awards in two seasons.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 11:27:00 AM

Jason Heyward has been added to the Cubs' NLDS Game 4 lineup versus the Nationals.

Heyward was going to sit against Tanner Roark, but he's in there now with Stephen Strasburg (flu) set to take the hill for Washington. Kyle Schwarber is out. The new Game 4 lineup for Chicago: Jon Jay CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Ben Zobrist LF, Addison Russell SS, Jason Heyward RF, Javier Baez 2B, Jake Arrieta SP.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 12:54:00 PM

Jason Heyward is absent from the Cubs' starting lineup on Saturday.

Heyward started in center field for the Cubbies in Game 1 on Friday, but he'll take a seat with left-hander Gio Gonzalez throwing for the Nationals. Albert Almora is starting in his place and batting leadoff.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 01:40:00 PM

Jason Heyward is starting in center field and batting seventh for the Cubs in Friday's Game 1 of the NLDS.

It's only Heyward's third start in center field since May 30 and just his 13th all season, as manager Joe Maddon has opted to put Jon Jay and Albert Almora on the bench. Ben Zobrist is in right field and leading off. The full Cubs' lineup looks like this: Zobrist RF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Kyle Schwarber LF, Addison Russell SS, Heyward CF, Javier Baez 2B, Kyle Hendricks P.
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 03:16:00 PM

Jason Heyward belted a three-run homer Tuesday in St. Louis.

He clubbed the first pitch he saw from John Brebbia into the bleachers to cut the Cardinals' lead to two, and Ben Zobrist added a solo shot later in the frame. Heyward also drew a walk in the ninth and represented the go-ahead run, but the Cards were able to close things out. It was Heyward's 11th dinger of the season.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 12:07:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Willson Contreras
2Victor Caratini
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Ben Zobrist
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Ian Happ
2Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Yu Darvish
3Jose Quintana
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tyler Chatwood
6Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
R1Brandon Morrow
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Steve Cishek
4Pedro Strop
5Justin Wilson
6Brian Duensing
7Mike Montgomery
8Eddie Butler
9Justin Hancock