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22 Jason Heyward RF

St. Louis Cardinals

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
95%76%
Key Stats
ABHRAVGRBIRSB
57311.271587420
Batting Summary
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2014ATL1495737415511586798204.351.384.271

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Fantasy Analysis | 1416250845
Lineup spot could be key for Jason Heyward
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

Much of the early speculation about Jason Heyward's value as the Cardinals' new right fielder has focused on whether he can recapture the home run power he displayed in 2012. That's a reasonable place to start the discussion, as his home run total has dwindled from 27 to 14 to 11 over the last three seasons, but that's not where the discussion should end.

Even with limited power, Heyward finished last season with the 23rd-highest Fantasy point total among outfielders in standard Head-to-Head leagues. It helped that Heyward stole 20 bases in 24 attempts, walked 67 times and scored 74 runs, and some of that production was aided by his status as the Braves' primary leadoff hitter. One of the least glamorous items on Heyward's 2014 stat line was his 115 singles, but they added to his value and were made possible by the additional plate appearances he received at the top of the order.

By contrast, Heyward ranked 36th among outfielders in Rotisserie value. Given that he is moving to a home park that is tougher on home run hitters than Turner Field was, it might be asking a lot for Heyward to break out as a power hitter in 2015.

At age 25, Heyward could take a step forward and be a top 20 outfielder for all formats, but that could be harder for him to accomplish now that Busch Stadium is his home venue. If Cardinals manager Mike Matheny doesn't see fit to bat Heyward in the leadoff spot, his climb towards Fantasy stardom will only get steeper.

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Braves acquire Miller from Cardinals in exchange for Heyward
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Braves and Cardinals announced a significant trade Monday afternoon. The Braves acquired starting pitcher Shelby Miller and pitcher Tyrell Jenkins from St. Louis in exchange for outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden.

"It was very difficult to trade Jason, but deal was made to help us short-term and long-term," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. "This deal also improves us in an area where we are woefully, woefully thin -- our minor-league system."

Heyward had been mentioned in trade rumors leading up to Monday's deal. He is in the final year of his contract after signing a two-year extension in Feb. 2014. The 25-year-old outfielder is coming off a disappointing 2014 season. He hit .271 with a .384 slugging percentage, .735 OPS, 11 home runs, 26 doubles and 58 RBI in 149 games.

The 24-year-old Miller is also coming off a disappointing campaign. The once highly touted pitching prospect went 10-9 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 32 appearances (31 starts). While he reached a career high in innings (183), Miller struggled with his command (3.6 BB/9) and saw his strikeout rate drop significantly (6.2 K/9).

"As we look at Shelby, we see that he has a chance to become a front-of-line rotation type of guy," Hart said.

Walden, the former Angels' All-Star closer in 2011, is under team control through 2016. He was 0-2 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and three saves in 58 appearances for Atlanta last season.

Jenkins is a former top-100 prospect whose career has been slowed by a shoulder injury he sustained in 2013. He returned to action in 2014, going 6-5 with a 3.28 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 13 starts at high Class A.

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Braves' Hart: Heyward likely to test free agency next offseason
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart indicated Tuesday he isn't sure outfielder Jason Heyward will sign a contract extension heading into the final year of his contract, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"I wasn’t the general manager last year," said Hart, who replaced fired general manager Frank Wren. "There was a two-year deal given to (Heyward) to take him up to his free agency. I think as much as anything wants the ability to be able to explore (free agency), and it’s understandable. This is a home-grown player, it’s a player that we love. I love the way this guy plays; there’s a lot to like about him. But my assumption is it’s probably the wrong time (for an extension). I don’t think that there are a lot of legs for doing something, on either side.

"That doesn’t mean there can’t be a deal a year down the road. It certainly doesn’t mean that. I just don’t think that this is the time. We’ve got him under contract. There’s going to be no ill will, no arbitration. He knows we love him. And we’ll just play this one out."

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports the Braves have fielded trade inquiries on Heyward. However, the Braves aren't said to be looking to trade Heyward.

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Braves coach to work with Upton, Heyward, Simmons in offseason
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

New Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer has been asked to work with outfielder B.J. Upton, shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder Jason Heyward in the offseason, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

All three players struggled offensively in 2014. Heyward did hit .271, but he slugged just .384 and had 11 home runs. Simmons hit .244 with seven home runs and 46 RBI, while Upton hit .208 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI.

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Jason Heyward makes his return
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates after missing four straight with a bruised thumb. He was unable to grip a bat as recently as Sunday.

With Heyward's return, Emilio Bonifacio moved from right field to center, bumping B.J. Upton to the bench.

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CBSSports.com Player Ranking
Position Current Last Week Rating
Right Fielders 12 24 62.57
Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs Philadelphia60111 .347 .317 .183
vs Hamels (Career)3270 .344.359.219
vs LHP142242 .252 .225 .169
Last 7 Games
  OPP AB R H HR RBI BB SB
9/16WAS3000000
9/17WAS2100000
9/23PIT2100010
9/24PIT5000000
9/25PIT3110010
9/26@PHI4110000
9/27@PHI3020011
Two Week Schedule
APRIL
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5
@CHC
8:05 pm
6
7
@CHC
8:05 pm
8
@CHC
2:20 pm
9
10
@Cin
7:10 pm
11
@Cin
12
@Cin
1:10 pm
13
Mil
4:15 pm
14
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Mil
8:15 pm
16
Mil
1:45 pm
17
Cin
8:15 pm
18
Cin
2:15 pm
Fantasy Points by Week
12

22

7

8

16

15

7

16

34

24

21

16

14

7

27

12

20

15

9

9

29

16

18

15

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Fantasy Points by Week.   ( Actual    AccuScore Projections)   Note: Points are rounded down.
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2010ATL14252083144187291128116 .393 .456 .277
2011ATL12839650901442519392 .319 .389 .227
2012ATL15858793158278258152218 .335 .479 .269
2013ATL10438267971438487324 .349 .427 .254
2014ATL1495737415511586798204 .351 .384 .271
Total 6812458367644842923155446324 .351 .429 .262
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2010ATLOF140136246235561 .976
2011ATLOF122106228218460 .974
2012ATLOF1561513513351154 .986
2013ATLOF102962152114001.000
2014ATLOF149148375365912 .997
Total  6696371415136433187 .987
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2010ATL2952372010213
2011ATL18215430447
2012ATL30628130214
2013ATL22116301817
2014ATL26322030632
Total 125171055111301133
Postseason Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2010ATL41602001800 .176 .125 .125
2012ATL1501000100 .200 .400 .200
2013ATL41813140700 .167 .333 .167
Total 939161411600 .175 .256 .154
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2007 R-Danville4163510011500 .353 .375 .313
2007 R-Braves8271840152411 .355 .556 .296
2008 A-Myrtle Bch7223420042400 .240 .273 .182
2008 A-Rome1204498814527611524974153 .388 .483 .323
2009AA-Mississippi471623257134730281951 .446 .611 .352
2009AAA-Gwinnett3113400022210 .462 .364 .364
2009AFA-Myrtle Beach4918934561201031213040 .369 .519 .296
2011AAA-Gwinnett Braves261110001100 .286 .333 .167
2013AAA-Gwinnett Braves6201610064710 .423 .350 .300
Total 246902166286611029131110146275 .391 .503 .317
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-5/245
Birthdate:
8/9/1989
Age:
25
Hometown:
Ridgewood, NJ
Bats/Throws:
L/L
Team:
St. Louis Cardinals
College:
No College
MLB Experience:
5
Awards:

2009: Minor League Player of the Year
2012: NL Gold Glove-RF

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