Jonathan Paul Heasley resides in Dallas, Texas, during the offseason...Graduated from Prestonwood Christian Academy High School (Texas), where he went 29-3 with a 1.47 ERA, including 13-0 with a 0.33 ERA (4 ER in 65.0 IP) as a senior in 2016...Attended Oklahoma State University...was the Cowboys’ Opening Day starting pitcher in 2018, leading them to a second-place finish in the Big 12...recorded his first complete game with seven strikeouts in the NCAA Regionals vs. USF, earning a 6-1 win on June 3.
Made his Majors debut on Sept. 17 and took his final three turns in the rotation with Kansas City, after making his first 22 appearances (21 starts) of the season with Double-A Northwest Arkansas...he went 7-3 with a 3.33 ERA (39 ER in 105.1 IP)—third-best in Double-A—and 120 strikeouts (10.3 K/9) with the Naturals to earn Northwest Arkansas Pitcher of the Year honors in his second full pro season...Making his second start on Sept. 25 in Detroit, he became the second Royal since 2004 to record at least 5.0 scoreless innings within his first two career games, joining Eric Skoglund, who had 6.1 scoreless innings in his Majors debut on May 30, 2017 vs. Detroit...Earned his first big league win in his third start on Oct. 1 vs. Minnesota, an 11-6 victory in which he was charged with four runs on six hits and one walk in 5.1 innings...Tied for third among Royals farmhands with seven wins and ranked fourth with 120 strikeouts in 105.1 innings...Had a 1.78 ERA (5 ER in 25.1 IP) through in first five starts in May, but had a 5.73 ERA (28 ER in 44.0 IP) over 10 starts in June and July...over his final seven starts at Double-A, he posted a 1.50 ERA (6 ER in 36.0 IP) with 45 strikeouts (11.3 K/9), before being selected on Sept. 17...Threw a 7.0-inning complete game on Aug. 14 vs. Frisco, in which he allowed no runs on just five hits in a 1-0 win.
Spent the season at the Alternate Training Site in Kansas City, Kansas...Also participated in the Royals’ Postseason Camp at Kauffman Stadium in October.
Named Lexington (A) Pitcher of the Year after posting the third-best ERA (3.12) and opponents’ average (.222) in the South Atlantic League among qualified starters...Named a South Atlantic League midseason All-Star and started twice in the postseason, going 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA (3 ER in 12.0 IP) en route to Lexington’s second-straight league title...Tied for fourth among Royals minor league pitchers in wins (8) and ranked seventh in strikeouts (120)...Recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts and no walks over 6.0 innings on June 24 vs. Columbia, however he took a no-decision in an 8-6 setback…also tallied 10 K’s on May 19 vs. Asheville...Pitched to a 2.64 ERA (19 ER in 64.2 IP) and held opponents to a .197 average (46-for-234) during the first half of the season, spanning his first nine starts (14 appearances)…that included winning each of his first three starts (April 6-16).
In his first professional season, made 11 starts (12 appearances)…pitched to a 3.28 ERA (9 ER in 24.2 IP) and a .208 opponents average (20-for-96) in his final five starts with the Chukars.