Chris Heisey

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Chris Heisey
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Heisey with the Cincinnati Reds
Toronto Blue Jays
Outfielder
Born: (1984-12-14) December 14, 1984 (age 30)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 3, 2010 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .247
Home runs 50
Runs batted in 147
Teams

Christopher J. Heisey (born December 14, 1984) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers. Primarily a left fielder, Heisey has played all three outfield positions.

Early life[edit]

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).[1]

Professional career[edit]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

Following his junior year of college, Heisey was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 17th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft.

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 was added to the Reds' 40-man roster after the 2009 season to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On December 2, 2014, Heisey was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in trade for pitcher Matt Magill.[6] The Dodgers then signed him to a one-year, $2.16 million, contract to avoid salary arbitration.[7] He was assigned to the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers for the start of the 2015 season.[8] The Dodgers called him up to play a game on April 22, 2015[9] and returned him to the minors after the game.[10] He was called back up again on May 7.[11] After being sent down he would be recalled to Los Angeles again from the Oklahoma City Dodgers on June 2.[12] He was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on July 30, 2015.[13] He was released on August 7.

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On August 12, 2015, Heisey signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Heisey is the oldest of four children born to Craig and Linda Heisey. His father died in 2007 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He is married to Lisa Heisey. Heisey is a Christian.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Messiah College Baseball – Career and Single-Season Hitting Records". Messiah College. January 18, 2012. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ Mark Sheldon (November 20, 2009). "Reds make moves, fill out roster". MLB.com. Archived from the original on June 14, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CIN/CIN201005030.shtml
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PIT/PIT201005110.shtml
  5. ^ "Reds avoid arbitration with pair". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 31, 2013. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  6. ^ Crasnick, Jerry (December 2, 2014). "Dodgers trade for Chris Heisey". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  7. ^ Hernandez, Dylan (January 15, 2015). "Chris Heisey and the Dodgers avoid salary arbitration". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  8. ^ Hoornstra, J.P. (April 7, 2015). "Revealed: Opening Day roster for Triple-A Oklahoma City.". LA Daily News. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ Espinoza, Alex (April 22, 2015). "Dodgers bolster bullpen, get Cedeno from Nats". mlb.com. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Bolsinger called up to make start". USA Today. Associated Press. April 23, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  11. ^ Gurnick, Ken (May 7, 2015). "Dodgers option Wieland, recall Heisey". MLB.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  12. ^ Gurnick, Ken (June 2, 2015). "Van Slyke to DL; Heisey, Thomas join Dodgers". MLB.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Dodgers acquire key pitchers as trade with Marlins, Braves finalized". ESPN.com. July 30, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  14. ^ Davidi, Shi (August 12, 2015). "Blue Jays sign Chris Heisey to minor-league deal". Sportsnet. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  15. ^ Ramsey, Jamie (March 22, 2010). "Heisey's strength comes from within". MLB.com. Archived from the original on March 22, 2010. 

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