Jason Heyward is an American baseball player who has made a name for himself playing in the Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs as a right fielder. He made his MLB debut in 2010 for the Atlanta Braves and from then on, he has come to build himself as an important player in the league. Here is all to know about him.
Jason Heyward Biography and Age
Popularly referred to as J-Hey by his friends, the right fielder was born Jason Alias Heyward on August 9, 1989, in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Nonetheless, he was brought up in Atlanta metropolitan area alongside his brother.
While his parents, Eugene and Laura Heyward were not necessarily athletes, the family was not alien to sports as his uncle, Kenny Washington was once involved in basketball as a player and a coach. More so, because Jason and his younger brother Jacob Heyward both showed love and talent for the game, their father supported them from the very beginning by driving them to training grounds and competitions.
For his education, Jayson went to Henry County High School. Because he was an excellent player in his school days, he had already had a number of full scholarships waiting for him by the time he was through with his high school. Even though his interest was in the Georgia Institute of Technology and Clemson University, he decided to go professional as there were also various teams seeking to have his signature.
Career and Stats
After rejecting all offers to colleges including the University of California, Los Angeles, he signed a deal with the Atlanta Braves who selected him in the Major League Baseball draft of 2007 as the 14th overall pick. This marked the start of his career as it introduced him to the minor league at the age of 17. He played for Gulf Coast League Braves, Danville Braves, as well as Rome, Myrtle Beach, and the Mississippi Braves.
Jason Heyward was moved to the major league in 2010 to play for the Atlanta Braves. He remained with the team until 2014 when he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. Jayson didn’t stay with the club for a long time as he agreed to a deal with the Chicago Cubs that would keep him with the team for the next 8 years in 2016.
With a wonderful career thus far, the Chicago Cubs star has achieved much in the MLB including becoming a World Series Champion in 2016. He has also made the All-Star team in 2010 and has got 5 Gold Glove Awards to his name as well as 3 Fielding Bible Awards.
As regards his stats, he has played in 1153 games from which he has recorded 4141 at bats, 590 runs, 1086 hits, and 1707 total bats. In addition, he has also has recorded 488 runs batted in, 482 walks, 815 strikeouts, 118 home runs, 101 stolen bases and an average of .262.
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. The two have been together since 2016, but then there is no information about any intention of settling down as man and wife any time soon.
Salary and Net Worth
There is hardly any argument to the fact that Jason Heyward has paid his dues in the MLB. Hence, it is only right to expect that he has it good when it comes to fortune. Based on his last signed contract, his base salary for 2018 is $21.5 million. In 2019, he will be expected to take home 20 million while the next 2 years will have him receiving 21 million.
The $184 million contract he signed for 8 years with the Cubs will also have him getting $22 million in 2022 and 2023.
With regard to his net worth, there are various sources that are estimating that he is worth $14 million. Even though there is no official record provided, it is very possible that he is worth much more than that.
Heyward is a player who has a very good body build that has helped in complementing his skills. With a good height and fit structure, he stands at 6 feet 5 inches tall while his body weight is 240 lbs.