Heisey with the Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 28
December 14, 1984 |
|May 3, 2010 for the Cincinnati Reds|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||147|
Christopher Heisey (born December 14, 1984) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Cincinnati Reds.
Heisey graduated from Donegal High School in 2003 and went on to Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. At Messiah College, he set career records in batting average (.405), total bases (294), doubles (41), home runs (23), extra base hits (71), and consecutive game hitting streak (14).
He played in the Reds' minor league system for all or parts of six seasons. In the minors leagues, he had a .294 overall batting average, 52 home runs, 241 RBI, and 88 stolen bases. In 2009, he was named the Reds' minor league player of the year.
Heisey played his first Major League game with the Cincinnati Reds on May 3, 2010, starting in right field and going 0-for-5 against the New York Mets. On May 11, starting in centerfield and batting leadoff for the Reds against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he got his first three Major League hits (the first came off starter Charlie Morton), including his first home run, a two-run shot off Jeff Karstens in a 9-0 win. Heisey played in 97 games his rookie season and batted .254 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs. He excelled as a pinch hitter, hitting four home runs to share the Major League lead in pinch-hit home runs with Matt Stairs.
On June 22, 2011, Heisey hit three home runs in a game against the New York Yankees. In 2011, he finished his second full Major League season with a .254 batting average, 18 home runs, and 50 RBI.
After qualifying as a Super Two player, giving him an extra year of arbitration eligibility, Heisey agreed to a one-year, $1.325 million contract on January 31, 2013.
Los Angeles Dodgers
On December 2, 2014, Heisey was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in trade for pitcher Matt Magill. The Dodgers then signed him to a one-year, $2.16 million, contract to avoid salary arbitration.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)