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Jason Heyward
Birthdate: 8/9/1989 (27 y, 7 m, 13 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-4/235     Position: OF
Drafted: 2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 14, Overall: 14, Team: Atlanta Braves
Contract: $184M / 8 Years (2016 - 2023)
RotoWire News: Through 13 spring training games, Heyward is slashing just .143/.231/.286 with 10 strikeouts. (3/18/2017)
Profiles:  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: His brilliance in the field notwithstanding, 2016 went about as poorly as it could have in Jason Heyward's first year with the Chicago Cubs. First, his park-adjusted offense came in 28 points below league average. He hit just .230, his lowest total since 2011, while reaching base at just a .306 clip that represented the lowest mark of his career. Interestingly enough, his strikeout and walk rates remained typically respectable, as he walked at a 9.1% rate that came in just below his career average, while striking out at a 15.1% rate that is better than his career average. He also hit fewer ground balls and more line drives. However, his 27.0% rate of soft contact was the lowest of his career, which did him no favors on his way to a putrid .266 batting average on balls that he did put in play. Given that many of his peripheral numbers remained the same or similar, including his swing and contact rates, it's difficult to call this a new norm for Heyward. It's more likely the result of a mechanical flaw that he's spent the winter correcting, and we should see harder contact and, subsequently, a more frequent on-base presence from Jason Heyward. For now, though, he's not nearly the sure-fire pick that he's been in years past, but he could very easily return to prominence in 2017. (Randy Holt)

The Quick Opinion: Jason Heyward was a mess at the plate throughout 2016, managing an average of just .230 and an on-base percentage of .306. But with his approach and contact trends remaining similar to past seasons, better days should lie ahead for the veteran outfielder.

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