Jason Heyward Biography
Jason Heyward, full names(Jason Alias Heyward), nicknamed “J-Hey” is an American professional baseball right fielder for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Originally the Atlanta Braves’ first-round selection in the 2007 MLB draft from Henry County High School in Georgia, he began his minor league career at age 17.
Heyward soon became one of the top-rated prospects in all of baseball for batting, speed, and defense, and debuted in MLB as Atlanta’s starting right fielder on Opening Day 2010. There, he played until being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals after the 2014 season. He throws and bats left-handed.
Jason Heyward Age
Jason was born on August 9, 1989, in Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States. He is 29 years old as of 2018.
Jason Heyward Height and Weight
Standing 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) tall and weighing 245 pounds (111 kg).
Jason Heyward Net Worth
Heyward has an estimated net worth of $50 Million.
Jason Heyward Wife
In case you are wondering, Heyward has no wife yet, as he is still not married. Nonetheless, he is in a relationship with Grace Heller.
Jason Heyward Contract
Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward still has $106 million remaining on his contract through 2023 (he has an opt-out clause following next season that he surely will not exercise).
The 29-year-old Heyward has won five Gold Gloves but has not been to an All-Star Game since his rookie season, in 2010, when he was playing for the Atlanta Braves. In three seasons with the Cubs since signing an eight-year, $184 million contracts in free agency, he has hit just .252/.322/.367 with 26 home runs and a measly OPS+ of 81.
Jason Heyward News
Braves left-hander Max Fried was perfect through 5 2/3 innings, his team took advantage of three walks in the fifth inning to score five runs, and the Cubs lost 9-4 to complete a three-game series sweep and extended their losing streak to five games.
The Cubs for the first time since 2012 is 1-5, the first season of team President Theo Epstein’s rebuild. They’re four games below .500 for the first time since they ended the 2014 season with a 73-89 record under manager Rick Renteria. And they’re already behind with 4½ games the Brewers in the National League Central Division going into a three-game series that starts Friday in Milwaukee.
Fried, 25, a former first-round pick of the Padres who was traded to the Braves before the 2015 season, lost his perfect-game bid when Mark Zagunis hit a clean single to center field.
Fried struck out five with the aid of a sharp curveball and a fastball clocked as high as 97 mph. Eight of Fried’s first 12 outs came on grounders. Willson Contreras swung late at a curve and hit a soft grounder to second for the second out in the fifth, and Fried froze Kyle Schwarber on a 74 mph curve to start the sixth.
Anthony Rizzo snapped the Braves’ shutout bid with a two-run home run in the ninth off Chad Sobotka, and Javier Baez followed with a solo shot to right center.
Cubs starter Yu Darvish didn’t allow a run until the fourth, but he was pulled after allowing a double to Ender Inciarte and a walk to Josh Donaldson to start the fifth.
Jason Heyward Cubs
On December 15, 2015, Heyward signed an eight-year, $184 million contract with the Cubs. One of his first acts after signing his contract was to pay for hotel suites large enough to accommodate teammate David Ross, his wife, and their three young children on all of the Cubs’ road trips during the 2016 season.
Ross, set to retire after the 2016 season, had been Heyward’s teammate during his first three seasons in Atlanta, and Heyward considered him a key mentor in his early MLB career.
On May 8, 2017, Heyward went on the 10-day disabled list due to a sprained finger he suffered in a game against the Yankees three days prior. In late June, Heyward suffered a left-hand laceration while catching a foul ball in Pittsburgh and was unavailable to play in the next series of games.
In 55 of the first 67 games of the 2017 season, Heyward had improved his statistics from the prior year with a batting average of .258, a .315 OBP and .399 SLG.
He was third on the team with 29 RBI’s and third with 84 total bases. He was placed on the disabled list a month later with a hand injury. Heyward chooses “J-Hey” as his nickname for the Players Weekend during the 2017 season.
On May 8, 2018, Heyward again went on the disabled list due to concussion protocol after attempting a game-saving catch of a Dexter Fowler 14th inning home run.
On June 6 Jason Heyward hit a walk-off grand slam home run with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to give the Cubs a 7-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
At the All-Star break, Heyward’s stats for the year showed continuing improvement over his previous time with the Cubs. He had a .285 batting average with 78 hits in 274 plate appearances with 6 home runs and 41 RBI’s, a .344 OBP and a .431 SLG.
Jason Heyward The Player
Jason has a baseball IQ that is off the charts. He is a cagey baserunner, a smart all-around player, and has Gold Glover written all over him in right field. He is a slashing hitter who produces screaming line drives and hissing grounders. His home runs are basically lined drives with backspin, which rise as they head toward the outfield.
Jason’s strength and quickness come together in a powerful stroke. When he makes solid contact with a pitch, it makes a snapping sound similar to the one described by the teammates of a young Hank Aaron. Although Jason works tirelessly with batting coach Terry Pendleton, the former NL MVP claims he has very little to teach him.
Jason’s strike zone judgment is well developed for a young player. After his torrid start, enemy hurlers began to approach him differently, trying to set him up to swing at difficult pitches. Once he recognized this trend, he wouldn’t nibble. Years of intense training and discipline—along with 20/10 vision—have honed this skill to near perfection.
Jason is a steely competitor who is able to stay calm in pressure situations. That makes him a natural leader. Teammates are drawn to him, partly because of his production and partly because of his desire to win.
Jason Heyward Brother
Jason has one younger brother, Jacob, who attends the University of Miami and plans to major within the school of communication and also plays baseball for the Hurricanes.
The Heywards moved to the Atlanta metropolitan area soon after he was born. Jason played and showed marked ability in baseball from an early age.