Jason Alias Heyward (born August 9, 1989), better known by his nickname “J-Hey,” is a Major League Baseball right fielder for the Chicago Cubs (MLB).
He began his minor league career at the age of 17 after being selected in the first round of the 2007 MLB draft by the Atlanta Braves out of Henry County High School in Georgia.
Heyward quickly rose to the top of baseball’s hitting, speed, and defensive rankings, and made his MLB debut as Atlanta’s starting right fielder on Opening Day 2010.
He played there until the 2014 season when he was dealt with by the St. Louis Cardinals. He throws and bats left-handed, standing 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) tall, and weighs 245 pounds (111 kg).
The Braves avoided arbitration with Heyward in his first year of eligibility on January 18, 2013, by agreeing to a one-year, $3.65 million agreement.
On February 4, 2014, the Braves agreed to buy out Heyward’s last arbitration-eligible years in exchange for a two-year, $13.3 million contract.
On November 17, 2014, the Braves sold Heyward and pitcher Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for pitchers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins to replace Oscar Taveras, their former right fielder and top prospect who died in a car accident a month earlier.
Jason Heyward signed an eight-year, $184 million contract with the Chicago Cubs, which included a $20 million signing bonus, $184 million in guaranteed money, and a $23,000 yearly average pay. Heyward will be paid a base salary of $22,000,000 and total pay of $24,500,000 in 2022.
Jason Heyward is a former right fielder for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball. His net worth is believed to be $5 million.