Grew up in Matanzas, Cuba, located on the island’s northern coast, due east of Havana...Played six seasons professionally in Cuba…In 374 games with the Matanzas Crocodiles, posted a .794 OPS and won two Gold Gloves in center field...Also played for Cuba in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, starting six games in center field...Is known to his fans in Cuba as “El Conde.”
Thirty-one-year-old Guillermo Heredia played in his sixth big-league campaign in 2021...He finished with a .220 batting average (67-for-305), five home runs and 46 runs scored...Two of his five home runs this season came April 18 at Chicago (NL), also plated six RBI in the game...It was his first career multi-homer game and the third two-homer, six-RBI game by an Atlanta-era centerfielder...Ron Gant did it July 5, 1990 and Andrew Jones did it on July 18, 2006...As a pinch hitter in 2021, hit .250/.400/.250 (3-for-12) with three walks and three runs...Was used as a defensive replacement in centerfield late in the season...Appeared in 108 games in center (82 starts) and made three errors in 198 fielding chances (.985 fielding percentage).
In his fifth major-league season, played in 15 games between the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets, hitting .212/.278/.394 (7-for-33) with two home runs, five RBI and six runs scored...He was Pittsburgh’s Opening Day right fielder… Appeared in eight games with the Pirates, going 3-for-16 (.188) before getting optioned on 8/6… Designated for assignment just over two weeks later, on 8/24...Heredia appeared on an Opening Day roster for the fourth consecutive season (Seattle, 2017-18 and Tampa Bay, 2019)...Claimed off waivers by the Mets on 8/28...Began his Mets’ tenure at the club’s alternate training site in Brooklyn... Recalled on 9/21 for the final week of the regular season…Played in the each of New York’s final seven games, starting five, all in center field...Homered in his second game with the club, on 9/22 vs. Tampa Bay…Also homered in the regular-season finale at Washington…Those were his only two extra-base hits of the season...Both of his home runs came off right-handers, slugging .476 with the platoon disadvantage… Had no walks and seven strikeouts in those situations...When facing left-handers, went 3-for-12 (.250), slugging .250, but reached base in six of his 15 plate appearances (.400), also drawing three walks, against just two strikeouts.
Spent majority of season with Tampa Bay, where he made 41 appearances (35 starts) in center field, 28 appearances (15 starts) in right field and 14 appearances (five starts) in left field...Hit .281 (32-for-114) against LHP and .156 (14-for-90) against RHP...Connected off Tim Mayza for first career pinch-hit home run on 4/14 at Toronto...Produced a .306 (11-for-36) average in May after going 4-for-25 in his first 17 games thru April...Was optioned to Durham on 7/15, but did not appear in a Triple-A game before being recalled to be 26th man for doubleheader on 7/18...Returned to Durham and went 0-for-7 in two games before being recalled by Tampa Bay on 7/21...Was optioned to Triple-A on 8/23; went 6-for-21 (.286) in six games thru 9/2...Was recalled a final time on 9/3...Played all three outfield positions in the same game for the first time in his big league career on 9/13 at Los Angeles (AL).
Appeared in 125 games and made 88 starts (69CF, 19-LF) over three stints with the Mariners: Opening Day-April 21, May 1-August 19 and August 27 through the end of the season… played 11 games for Triple-A Tacoma...Was one of five qualifying outfielders in the majors to record a 1.000 fielding pct., joining OAK Mark Canha, KC/ARI Jon Jay, HOU Josh Reddick and LAA Mike Trout…was the second Mariners outfielder to ever do that, following Franklin Gutierrez in 2010...His 7 sacrifice bunts tied for 4th in the AL...Was named the Mariners recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA)…the Heart and Hustle Award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody its values, spirit and traditions…it is also the only award in MLB that is voted on by former players...Hit .298/.411/.457 (28-for-94) with 6 2B, 3 HR and 11 RBI in the 7th inning or later...On May 15 vs. TEX, delivered a walk-off single in the 11th inning off Alex Claudio, his second career walk-off hit...Played 20 games for the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League...Acquired by the Rays from the Mariners in a five-player trade on Nov 8.
MLB Totals - Hit .249 (96x386) with 43 runs, 16 doubles, 6 home runs and 24 RBI in 123 games with Seattle... Medical Update - Underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder to repair a Bankart lesion on Oct. 9, performed by Dr. John Uribe in Miami, Florida... For Starters - Made 104 starts in the outfield, 6th-most in club history by a rookie, trailing Ruppert Jones in 1977 (154), Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 (148), Jeremy Reed in 2005 (129), Ben Gamel in 2017 (127) and Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989 (120)... The Opener - Named to his first Opening Day roster... Do the Splits - Hit .310 (40x129) with 7 double, 3 home runs, 13 RBI, a .360 on-base percentage and a .434 slugging mark vs. left-handed pitchers…against right-handers, hit .218 (56x257) with 9 doubles, 3 home runs, 11 RBI, a .294 on-base percentage and a .288 slugging mark... Wear It - His 11 HBP ranked T7th in the AL (also: Jonathan Schoop and George Springer)... Solid Start - From the beginning of the season through August 18, hit .286 (83x290) with 39 runs, 14 doubles, 6 home runs, 22 RBI and 18 walks in 90 games... Tough Finish - While dealing with a Bankart lesion in his right shoulder, hit .135 (13x96) with 4 runs, 2 doubles and 2 RBI in 33 games from August 19 through the end of the season... Walk It Off - Delivered a pinch-hit, walk-off single in the 9th inning on May 18 vs. Chicago-AL…became the 16th different Mariner (done 17x) to record a pinch-hit, walk-off base hit (last: Adam Lind, 7/18/16 vs. CWS, 3-run home run)... Clutch - Played a key role in the Mariners 6-5, 13-inning, 4-hour-and-59-minute victory on July 25 vs. Boston…went 3-for-6 with 2 runs, 1 home run and 3 RBI…belted a 3-run home run in the 2nd inning… singled with two outs in the bottom of the 13th and eventually scored the game-winning run.
MLB Totals - Hit .250 (23x92) with 12 runs, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 12 RBI, and .349 on-base mark in 45 games...MLB Debut - Recalled from AAA Tacoma on July 29 and was 0-for-1 in his MLB debut that day at Chicago-NL... A First - Recorded his first career Major League hit and RBI off of David Price on Aug. 2 vs. Boston…finished the game 1-for-4 with 1 run and 1 RBI... Goodbye Baseball - First MLB home run in 3rd inning on Aug. 6 vs. Los Angeles-AL...Minors - Hit .340 (36x106) with 21 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 13 RBI, 7 walks, .385 on-base mark in 26 games with AAA Tacoma…in AA Jackson, hit .293 (60x205) with 39 runs, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 34 RBI and a .405 on-base mark in 58 games.
Did not play professional baseball in 2015 after defecting from Cuba in early 2015… After his defection, Heredia trained in Miami.
Recorded just one plate appearance with Matanzas…went 1-for-1 with 1 RBI.
Hit .255 (49x192) with 11 doubles, 1 home run and 9 RBI in 61 games…also appeared in the World Baseball Classic for Cuba, batting .167 (3x18) with 2 runs, 1 RBI and 2 walks.
In 68 games, hit .265 (65x245) with 9 doubles, 6 home runs and 24 RBI.
Career year with Matanzas, batting .343 (125x364) with 91 runs, 19 doubles, 9 triples, 10 home runs, 52 RBI, a .439 on-base percentage and a .527 slugging percentage…won Gold Glove award in center field (.977 fielding percentage with 9 assists) in 96 games. 2012: In 68 games, hit .265 (65x245) with 9 doubles, 6 home runs and 24 RBI.
Hit .235 (54x230) with 7 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs and 19 RBI in 81 games
Made his debut at the age of 18 with Matanzas in the Serie Nacional Cuban League… appeared in 67 games, batting .290 (42x145) with 11 doubles, 2 home runs and 16 RBI.