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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
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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

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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

Jason Heyward hit a three-run home run and finished with four RBI in total in Thursday's drubbing of the Mets.

Heyward had a fielder's choice RBI in the second inning but did his big damage in the sixth, launching a three-run shot off Mets reliever Paul Sewald. The dinger was Heyward's 10th of the year. The 28-year-old has hits in six of his last seven games but is still the owner of a pedestrian slash line with a few weeks to go in the season, hitting .259/.320/.384 in 113 games overall.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 02:00:00 AM

Jason Heyward went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk in Friday’s loss to the Brewers.

Heyward reached on a two-out single off Corey Knebel in the bottom of the ninth, but Javier Baez struck out swinging to end the ballgame. The Cubs managed just five hits on the night. That's right, the night. This was the first regular season Friday night game in the history of Wrigley Field.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 12:16:00 AM

Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Pirates.

Heyward had one of the team's seven doubles in the contest, driving in a run in the fifth to extend the Cubs' lead. The double was just his fifth extra-base hit since the start of August, amazingly. The 28-year-old who, we are contractually obligated to remind you, is in the early stages of an eight-year, $184 million contract, is hitting a disappointing .259/.320/.384 through 107 games.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 12:35:00 AM

Jason Heyward went 3-for-5 with two RBI against the Reds on Tuesday.

Heyward is still barely treading water offensively, coming in at .258/.320/.385 through 330 at-bats. He hasn't homered since July 29, and the multi-RBI game tonight was his first since July 15. At least his defense remains very, very good.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 11:43:00 PM

Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Heyward has historically struggled against left-handers (.230 lifetime average), so he'll take a seat Saturday with southpaw Patrick Corbin throwing for Arizona. The Cubs will go with an outfield of Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora and Ben Zobrist Saturday in the middle game of a three-game set.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 04:44:00 PM

Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs' lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

The Cubs are stacking their lineup with right-handers against lefty Patrick Corbin. Ben Zobrist will fill in at right field and bat leadoff. Heyward, who is hitless in four career at-bats versus Corbin, has slashed respectable .271/.317/.475 in 59 at-bats since the All-Star break.
Tue, Aug 1, 2017 06:24:00 PM

Jason Heyward hit a solo home run in the top of the 11th inning to break a tie, and the Cubs held on to beat the Brewers 2-1 on Saturday.

Perhaps better known lately for robbing homers, Heyward reminded us he's still capable of getting into one every now and again, too, when he yanked a Jared Hughes offering over the right-center field wall in the 11th. It was his only hit in five at-bats. He's now got eight homers on the year, and the 27-year-old is batting a pedestrian .254/.312/.403 overall.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 12:31:00 AM

Jason Heyward went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s loss to the Brewers.

Heyward also grounded into a double play. The night wasn't a complete bust for him, as he robbed a home run from Ryan Braun in the third inning. The 27-year-old appeared to be getting it together offensively earlier this month with four multi-hit games in the span of five games, but he’s hitting .137 (4-for-29) over his last seven games. The high-priced outfielder is batting .255 with a .709 OPS overall.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 12:01:00 AM

Jason Heyward is out of Tuesday's lineup against the White Sox.

Ben Zobrist, Albert Almora, Jr., and Ian Happ will start from right to left in Chicago's outfield. Zobrist is hitting leadoff against lefty Carlos Rodon.
Tue, Jul 25, 2017 10:31:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Victor Caratini
3Chris Gimenez
4Taylor Davis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Ben Zobrist
3David Bote
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Albert Almora
2Ian Happ
3Peter Bourjos
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jose Quintana
3Kyle Hendricks
4Tyler Chatwood
5Jen-Ho Tseng
6Adbert Alzolay
7Oscar De La Cruz
8Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Morrow
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Steve Cishek
4Pedro Strop
5Justin Wilson
6Mike Montgomery
7Brian Duensing
8Justin Grimm
9Shae Simmons
10Rob Zastryzny
11Dillon Maples
12Dario Alvarez
13Cory Mazzoni
14Anthony Bass