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Chase Jordan Headley

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[edit] Biographical Information

Third baseman Chase Headley was selected by the San Diego Padres in the second round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Billy Merkel for $560,000 and made his pro debut that summer. Headley was ranked #5 among Padres prospects in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2006, #6 in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2007, and #1 in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2008.

Headley was the National League Player of the Month for August, 2012. He hit .306 while leading the majors with 31 RBI and tying for first with 10 homers. He also scored 20 runs during the month and slugged .611. He repeated as Player of the Month in September, when he hit .324, slugged, .647, hit 9 homers and collected 30 RBI. He finished the season with a NL-leading 115 RBI, to go along with 31 doubles and as many homers in 161 games. He also had an outstanding season with the leather, winning the NL Gold Glove Award at third base that year.

After his breakout season, headley filed for salary arbitration heading into the 2013 season, but was able to reach a deal with the Padres before the hearing. The two sides agreed on a salary of $8.575 million for one year, a raise of more than $5 million. On March 17th, however, he broke his thumb sliding into second base in a spring training game and as a result was forced to miss the start of the season.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL Gold Glove Winner (2012)
  • NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2012)
  • NL RBI Leader (2012)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2012)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2012)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (2012)

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