At the start of this offseason, Jason Heyward signed a contract with the Dodgers that was not perceived as a significant or a blockbuster deal in any way. Specifically, the agreement was for Heyward to play in the minor leagues. Over the past few years, he had been facing a lot of difficulties while playing for the Cubs. According to reports, it seemed like he had lost his touch and was not performing well. In other words, he appeared to be exhausted and unable to keep up with the demands of the game.
The Dodgers have once again demonstrated their ability to transform a player into a valuable asset in the major leagues. In this case, they have successfully helped the player in question become a solid contributor to the team.
Heyward has had 79 opportunities to bat and his current statistics show that he is hitting the ball with a batting average of . (dot)The player’s batting statistics are as follows: they have a batting average of .231, an on-base percentage of .338, and a slugging percentage of .492. Additionally, they have hit 4 home runs, 5 doubles, and have driven in 8 runs. When we look back at his performance with the Cubs last year, we can see that he hit just one home run, managed to hit 5 doubles, and drove in 10 runs in a total of 151 plate appearances.
Heyward has been a great leader off the pitch, mentoring both younger and older players. Dave Roberts, manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, recently informed Bob Nightengale of USA Today that Jason is among the “Mount Rushmore” of his favourite players.
A favourite player of mine who has ever lived or worked: “”He’s on the Mount Rushmore of favourite players I’ve ever been around… He feels revitalised and reborn. He’s contributed significantly to this. I consider it a great privilege to wear the same uniform as him.
Given the roster of players with whom Doc has either managed or played during his tenure, that is quite the compliment. Heyward has the potential to be not only a remarkable comeback tale but also one of the offseason’s biggest steals if he maintains his current level of consistency.