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Jason Heyward | Outfielder

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (24) / 8/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 245
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Jason Heyward went 3-for-6 with a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Mets.
Heyward had two singles and a double, scoring in the Braves' three-run fifth inning. He had just three hits in his previous 32 at-bats, as he's still hitting just .171 for the year. Perhaps Sunday will be the start of something good for the outfielder. Apr 20 - 6:14 PM

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Jason Heyward is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

Heyward is in a terrible funk at the plate with just two hits in his last 34 at-bats. He's being replaced in right field by Ryan Doumit and in the leadoff spot by Andrelton Simmons.
Apr 18 - 3:55 PM

Jason Heyward struck out four times in five at-bats, taking home the dreaded golden sombrero as the Braves defeated the Phillies on Wednesday.

Heyward wears the sombrero for the first time since May 12, 2012 and for the fifth time in his career overall. While it's hard to fault him for whiffing against Cliff Lee, Heyward hasn't done much with the bat to start the season, as his average sank to .145.
Apr 16 - 9:43 PM

Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 with a home run in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

Heyward blasted a solo homer in the first inning off of Zack Wheeler and added an RBI single in the fifth. Entering the game, Heyward had been held to only three hits in his first 32 at-bats, so his arrival is certainly a welcome sight for the Braves.
Apr 9 - 10:01 PM

Jason Heyward went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

Heyward experienced neck spasms in Saturday's game but was back in the lineup Sunday. He was less than effective, though, as he fanned twice, including ending the game with two runners on. The right fielder is hitting just .130 through the first week of games and may get a day off in the near future to get right mentally and physically.
Apr 6 - 4:43 PM

Jason Heyward is in the Braves' lineup Sunday even though he's dealing with neck spasms and a headache.

Heyward felt his neck spasm after fouling off a pitch Saturday and played through some discomfort for the rest of the game. The outfielder dealt with a similar issue briefly last year but didn't miss time then, either.
Apr 6 - 11:03 AM

Jason Heyward went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in the Braves' win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

Heyward hit his first homer of the season, a two-run shot, off Kyle Lohse in the fifth inning. He also singled in the game. The right fielder struggled with injuries in 2013, but when healthy Heyward is one of the more dynamic leadoff hitters in the game.
Apr 1 - 10:52 PM

Jason Heyward is batting leadoff for the Braves on Opening Day against the Brewers.

Heyward was a monster this spring in the Grapefruit League and will try to keep it rolling into the summer. This will be his 32nd career start at the leadoff spot. Atlanta's full Opening Day batting order: RF Jason Heyward, CF B.J. Upton, 1B Freddie Freeman, 3B Chris Johnson, LF Justin Upton, 2B Dan Uggla, C Evan Gattis, SS Andrelton Simmons, SP Julio Teheran.
Mar 31 - 10:30 AM

Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with a long homer off Rick Porcello in the Braves' 12-3 drubbing of the Tigers on Tuesday.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez has already shaken up the Braves lineup, but he hasn't wavered on batting Heyward first. It will mean fewer RBI for the 24-year-old, but more at-bats, many more runs scored and perhaps a few more steals. He's undervalued in fantasy leagues.
Mar 25 - 4:58 PM

Jason Heyward went 2-for-3 and homered to plate the Braves' only run Friday against the Red Sox.

Heyward is getting plenty of work this spring, having played in eight games already. He's 5-for-20 with two homers and five runs scored while batting from the leadoff spot.
Mar 7 - 4:25 PM

Jason Heyward homered off Tigers left-hander Duane Below for one of the Braves' two runs Thursday.

Heyward is slated to remain the Braves' leadoff hitter after impressing in that role late last season. It'll do a number on his RBI total, of course, but he'll get more at-bats and he should score a ton of runs with Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman behind him.
Feb 27 - 4:45 PM

Jason Heyward will wear a protective guard over his right cheek and jaw while batting this season.

Heyward missed a month with a broken jaw last season after being hit with a Jon Niese fastball, so he's taking no chances this year. The 24-year-old has already been taking batting practice with the guard in place, so it shouldn't have much of an effect on his ability to take good at-bats. The outfielder hit .254/.349/.457 in 104 games in 2013, but with health and a new contract Heyward should produce better results this season. He'll hit leadoff in a stacked Braves lineup in 2014.
Feb 15 - 4:37 PM

Braves and OF Jason Heyward avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the deal is worth $13.3 million. The Braves have been known as a "file-and-trial" team, meaning that they don't negotiate once arbitration figures are exchanged, but they make exceptions with multi-year deals. There was only a $200,000 difference between Heyward and the Braves when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so it was in the best interests of both sides to find some sort of compromise. The 24-year-old is currently due to hit free agency at the conclusion of the two-year deal. The Braves are still set to go to hearings with Freddie Freeman and Craig Kimbrel.
Feb 4 - 11:02 AM

Jason Heyward is scheduled to have his arbitration hearing against the Braves on February 11.

Heyward requested $5.5 million and was offered $5.2 million from the Braves when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. It's a very small difference in terms of baseball salary, but the Braves are known as a file-and-trial team. The three-person panel of arbitrators will decide on one salary or the other for 2014.
Feb 4 - 8:47 AM

Jason Heyward requested $5.5 million and was offered $5.2 million from the Braves when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

With the numbers from each side so close together, neither side should be disappointed with where the final number ends up. Though he's coming off a disappointing and injury-plagued 2013 season, the 24-year-old outfielder still possesses superstar potential and is a nice bounce-back candidate in 2014.
Jan 17 - 7:52 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Evan Gattis
2Gerald Laird
3Ryan Doumit
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Dan Uggla
2Tyler Pastornicky
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Ramiro Pena
LF1Justin Upton
CF1B.J. Upton
2Jordan Schafer
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Ervin Santana
4Alex Wood
5Aaron Harang
6David Hale
7Gavin Floyd
8Brandon Beachy
9Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Jordan Walden
4Luis Avilan
5Anthony Varvaro
6Ian Thomas
7Gus Schlosser
8Jonny Venters
9Cory Gearrin