Jay Heafner

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Jay Michael Heafner

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jay Heafner finished second in the nation in average as a college junior. After two years playing in the minors, he became a scout.

Heafner hit .234/.301/.251 as a freshman at Davidson College and improved to .286/.342/.438 as a sophomore. He then had an amazing junior year, at .448/.533/.700 with 18 doubles, 11 home runs, 51 runs and 58 RBI in 50 games. He led the Southern Conference in average, OBP and OPS and was among the NCAA Division I leaders in average (2nd, 1st among players with 150+ AB by .001 over Brett Gardner) and slugging (25th). He set school records for hits (91) and total bases (142). He also saved six games while going 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA as a closer. He was named All-Southern Conference at third base and was named the conference's player of the year, something only George Weicker (1975) had done previously. Moving to shortstop in 2006, he fell to .321/.458/.529 and second-team All-Conference. He was 4th in the Southern Conference in walks (45) and 12th in NCAA Division I in walks per game. He finished second in Davidson history with 250 hits and 4th in walks (112) and total bases (375). He also finished with a school-record 25 career saves.

The Texas Rangers picked Heafner in the 23rd round of the 2006 amateur draft, one round after they got Cory Luebke. He hit .242/.302/.317 that summer for the Spokane Indians, splitting time between SS and 2B. In 2007, he batted .250/.330/.340 in 58 contests for the Clinton Lumber Kings, primarily backing up John Whittleman at the hot corner.

After finishing his playing career, Texas decided to keep Heafner in the organization as a scout. He signed Mike Olt, Tyler Ferguson, Kyle Hendricks and Nick Martinez.