Chris J. Heisey...wife Lisa...graduated from Donegal High School in Mount Joy, PA in 2003...attended Messiah College in Grantham, PA, where he established several school records as a member of the baseball team.
Spent second season with Washington...Primarily used by Nationals as pinch hitter, hitting .059 (1-for-17) with one walk in such instances ...Placed on 10-day disabled list twice during season: May 24-June 30 with a right biceps tear and July 23 with a left groin strain...Did not return from his second injury and released July 30.
In his first season with Washington, became a key cog on Dusty Baker's bench, one of the best in Major League Baseball...Tied for fourth in MLB (with teammate Stephen Drew) with three pinch-hit home runs...The three pinch-hit homers as a National are tied for most in a career in Washington history (2005-pres.)...Clubbed nine home runs in just 139 at bats...Was the only player in Major League Baseball to club at least nine home runs in fewer than 140 at bats...Five of his seven hits as a pinch hitter went for extra bases (2 2B, 3 HR)...Hit safely in his final four starts of the season (6-for-16, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R)...Propelled Washington to the 6-5 win with the first walk-off home run of his career, in the 16th inning, April 24 vs. MIN (Tonkin)...Clubbed the first Postseason pinch-hit home run in Nationals history, a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 5 of the NLDS against Los Angeles off LHP Grant Dayton.
Made 119 appearances and posted a .222 batting average with eight homers, 22 RBI and nine stolen bases...Led all Major League pinch-hitters with four homers, one shy of Jerry Lynch's single-season Reds club record (1961), while tying for fourth with 11 pinch-hit RBI and tying for seventh with 12 pinch hits...Produced pinch-hit home runs on April 13 vs. Tampa Bay (grand slam off Josh Lueke), July 12 vs. Pittsburgh (2-run off Charlie Morton), Aug. 27 vs. Chicago (solo off Zac Rosscup) and Sept. 6 vs. New York Mets (solo off Dillon Gee)… was the first grand slam of his career...Made 31 starts in left field, 11 starts in center field and 13 starts in right field...As a pinch hitter in the bottom of the ninth inning on April 2 vs St. Louis, the second game of the season, produced a walk off RBI-single off Carlos Martinez that gave the Reds a 1-0 win
Made 87 apps overall and 42 starts in LF, 1 start in CF (8/14 at Cubs), 1 start in RF (8/24 vs Mil) and 2 starts at DH...from 4/29-6/24 was on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring...on 5/13 made a rehab appearance with Class AA Pensacola but left the game after the top of the first inning with discomfort in that hamstring...didn't play again until another rehab appearance on 6/17 for Class AAA Louisville...after the Opening Day injury to Ryan Ludwick started in LF in 17 of the Reds' 24g until he was injured...recorded an outfield assist in the 10th inning of the 4-2 loss on 4/23 vs Cubs...in the Wild Card playoff, pinch hit in the 6-2 loss at Pit.
Established career highs in at bats, hits, doubles and triples and tied career highs in apps, stolen bases and runs scored ... made 80 starts (36 in LF, 34 in CF, 10 in RF) ... from 6/6-6/24, while Stubbs was injured started in CF in 14 of the Reds' 17g ... his pinch-hit, RBI-single off Fernando Salas in the ninth inning on 4/11 vs StL gave the Reds a 4-3 walkoff win ... his pinch-hit, RBI-double off Mia's Edward Mujica in the eighth inning of the 4-0 Opening Day win extended the Reds' lead to 4-0 ... in the second inning of the 3-0 win on 8/3 vs Pit gave the Reds a 1-0 lead with his second career inside-the-park HR, just the fourth ISP homer ever hit at GABP ... on 8/29 at Ari led the Reds to a 6-2 win with his fourth career multi-homer game and 3rbi ... was the Reds' recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award, given annually to a player who demonstrates a passion for and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game ... in the Division Series vs SF pinch hit twice and twice more pinch ran and then played LF.
In his first full season in the Major Leagues made31 starts in LF, 15 starts in CF and 8 starts in RF...led the club with 3multi-homer games, 3 leadoff HR and 2 pinch-hit HR...from 8/7-8/31was on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, including a 4-gamerehab stint at Louisville...suffered the injury during batting practiceon 8/3 and made just 1 appearance, as a pinch runner, before he was disabled...in 23 apps after he cameoff the disabled list hit .274 (17-62, 6hr, 12rbi)...in his first plate appearance back from that injury, as a pinchhitter on 9/1 vs Phi, hit a 3-run HR off Vance Worley...on 9/21 vs Hou (1-3, 1rbi) and 9/24 at Pit (0-4) battedcleanup for the only times in his career...from 5/18-5/27 produced a career-high 8-game hitting streak (9-27,.333, 1rbi)...in the fifth inning of the 3-2 win at SD on 4/11 produced thegame-winning HR, a 2-run shot off Mat Latos...in the 10-2 win on 6/22 vsNYY had 3hr and 5rbi, both career highs, and became the 27th player infranchise history to hit 3 homers in a game...that performance includedhis first career leadoff HR (off Brian Gordon)...on 7/6 at StL and 7/15vs StL hit leadoff homers off Jake Westbrook...became the first batterto hit leadoff HR in each of the same pitcher's consecutive starts sinceSea's Rickey Henderson did it to TB's Steve Trachsel in May 2000...on7/26 vs NYM doubled off Ryota Igarashi for his 100th career hit...in theseventh inning of the 6-5 win on 9/26 at NYM, hit a 3-run HR off JoshStinson that erased a 4-3 deficit.
Was 1 of 10 Reds players to make his Major Leaguedebut...produced 4 pinch-hit HR, tied with SD's Matt Stairs for themost in the Major Leagues and 1 shy of Jerry Lynch's single-seasonclub record (5hr, 1961)...also led Reds pinch hitters in RBI (7)...made42 starts (22gs in RF, 16gs in CF, 4gs in LF)...from 8/31-9/12 made 12 apps and 11 starts while Jay Brucerecovered from an injury (9-45, .200, 4 2b, 2rbi)...in the 12-2 win on 9/26 at SD, which reduced the Reds'Magic Number to 1, produced a 3-run double, solo HR and a career-high 4rbi...was promoted from Louisvilleon 4/30, when OF Chris Dickerson went on the disabled list...spent the rest of the season with Cin...madehis Major League debut with a start in RF on 5/3 vs NYM (0-5, 1k)...on 5/11 at Pit collected his first 3 MajorLeague hits, a single off Charlie Morton, a single off D.J. Carrasco and a 2-run HR off Jeff Karstens...on 5/3vs NYM started in RF in his Major League debut...in the ninth inning of the 5-4 loss at Atl tied the game at 4-4with his first career pinch-hit HR (solo off Billy Wagner)...on 8/2 at Pit produced the Reds' first inside-the-parkHR since Edwin Encarnacion on 8/31/07 at StL...was only the second inside-the-park homer at PNC Parkand the first by an opposing player...in the ninth inning of the 11-7 win on 8/18 at Ari, his successful suicidesqueeze bunt snapped the 7-7 tie...made 20 apps for Lousiville (.241, 3 2b, 4hr, 13rbi, 2sb, 10gs in CF, 9gsin RF, 1gs in LF)...entered Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Phi as a defensive replacementin LF...entered the 2010 season rated the fourth-best prospect in the organization by Baseball America.
Received the Sheldon "Chief" Bender Award as theorganization's Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .314 with 35 doubles, 22 HR, 77 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 134 apps for Class AA Carolina and Class AAA Louisville...led all Reds full-season minor league batters in batting and ranked among the organizational leaders in HR (T2nd) and RBI (T2nd)...reached base safely in 112 of his 134 apps (84%)...played for the U.S. team in Major League Baseball's XM All-Star Futures Game during All-Star weekend in St. Louis...was a Southern League All-Star...ranked among SL leaders in virtually every offensive category at the time of his 6/27 promotion to Louisville...for the Mudcats hit .528 during a 13-game hitting streak from 5/23-6/4 during which he produced 9 multi-hit games (5 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR,17 RBI)...was the organization's Minor League Player of the Month for May (29 G, .404, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 3 SB)...was the Southern League's Batter of the Week for 5/25-5/31 and the International League's Batter of the Week for 7/5-7/12...following the season played for the Peoria Seguaros in the Arizona Fall League, participated in the Rising Stars showcase and was named to the Top Prospects Team by league managers, coaches and administrators (24 G, .297, 6 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 5 SB)...on 11/20 was added to the 40-man roster.
In 136 apps at Class A Sarasota and Class AA Chattanooga hit .291 with 9hr, 61rbi and 32 stolen bases...rankedamong organization's leaders in doubles (1st, 37), runs (1st, 88), steals(2nd) and batting average (6th)...ranked among Florida State Leagueleaders in runs scored (3rd, 77), steals (5th, 27) and triples (5th, 7)...was a Florida State League mid-season and post-season All-Star...wasrated the best baserunner in the FSL by Baseball America...following theseason played for Arecibo of the Puerto Rican League.
Combinedto hit .295 with 10hr, 51rbi and 22sb in 116 apps at Class A Dayton andSarasota...ranked among Reds minor league leaders in steals (4th) andbatting average (6th)...finished ninth in the Midwest League in battingaverage (.289)...was transferred to Sarasota on 8/2.
In his firstpro season ranked second in the Pioneer League with 70 apps...wasnamed Pioneer League Player of the Week for 6/26-7/2 (12-24, .500, 1hr, 4rbi)...had 2 hits in 5 consecutivegames from 6/24-6/28...hit his first pro home run on 7/2 at Great Falls...stole home on 7/10 vs Idaho Falls...hit 2 homers in a game on 7/17 vs Idaho Falls and again on 7/22 vs Casper.