The Curious Case of Chris Heisey

Nice article on Reds OF Chris Heisey.

Redleg Nation

In 2009, Chris Heisey was named the Reds minor league player of the year after hitting .314/.379/.521 with 22 HR between AA and AAA (posted a 180 wRC+ at AA, 115 wRC+ at AAA).

Heisey was called up to the Reds in May of 2010, and was used as a backup outfielder and pinch hitter for the remainder of the season.  In 2010, the Reds had outfielders Jay Bruce (124 wRC+), Laynce Nix (114 wRC+), Drew Stubbs (105 wRC+, 3.6 WAR), Jonny Gomes (101 wRC+), and even Jim Edmonds for 13 games.  Despite limited and sporadic playing time, Heisey hit .254/.324/.433 with 8 HR, and 102 wRC+ in 226 PA.

The Reds outfield was a little less crowded in 2011.  Laynce Nix departed in the off-season, and Jonny Gomes struggled and was eventually traded in July.  This gave Heisey a chance to play more regularly, and he…

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