2015’s Five Biggest Disappointments

5. Jason Heyward

Very early in the offseason, the St. Louis Cardinals sacrificed their 2015 pitching depth and one of their future cornerstones in Shelby Miller to acquire Jason Heyward from the Atlanta Braves. The move was borne out of necessity following the tragic death of the future face of the Cardinals, Oscar Taveras. General manager John Mozeliak said that he was comfortable sacrificing the pitching depth due to the presence of Carlos Martinez, and also that he had no worries concerning Heyward’s impending free agency as he was confident both sides would come to an agreement at season’s end. The acquisition of Heyward, a consistent defensive presence with a ton of offensive potential, got Cardinals fans understandably excited about their new right fielder. Opening night at Wrigley field came around and Heyward made a big first impression on Cardinals fans, going 3 for 5 with two doubles and one run scored. Fast forward two months and Heyward is slashing .251/.294/.382 with a mere 5 homers, and 0 runs above average (according to baseball-reference.com’s RAA metric). Now some fans could probably live with the offensive struggles as long as Heyward was bringing the Gold Glove defense. Unfortunately this is not the case, as Heyward is carrying a UZR of 0.9. That is barely above average, which is to say he’s a neutral defensive factor. It may only be June, but the Cardinals and their fans are hoping that Heyward will turn it around soon given the recent losses of Matt Holliday and Matt Adams.

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