Look For Jason Heyward to Rebound

Mar 24, 2017

Jason Heyward
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Jason Heyward struggled in his first season with the Chicago Cubs hitting just .230 with 61 runs, seven home runs, 49 RBI and 11 stolen bases. His struggles could be somewhat overlooked for Cubs fans as the team is loaded with talent and they won their first World Series in ages.
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During his first five seasons Heyward averaged 134 hits for a .268 average, 26.3 doubles, 3.5 triples, 16.2 home runs, 58.7 RBI and 14.3 stolen bases.
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Things didn’t get better for Hewyard during the postseason as he hit .104 with 13 strikeouts in 48 at bats.
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Heyward has worked on fixing his swing to return to a prior form. He was plagued with too many softly hit balls.
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The hope is to make better contact, which would improve on his dreadful .266 BABIP that contributed to that paltry batting average. His BABIP was .329 in 2015, .308 in 2014, .281 in 2013 and .319 in 2012. For a player that has stole at least 20 bases in three of the past five seasons, that BABIP should improve.
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Heyward  is currently projected to be outside of the top 70 outfielders in fantasy baseball drafts. That puts him at a sixth outfielder in 12-team leagues. He should be able to hit at least 15 home runs with at least 15 stolen bases. He should come close to 80 runs and 70 RBI. While they aren’t numbers worthy of his loft contract, they should help fantasy owners.

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