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Matěj Hejma

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 6", Weight 215 lb.

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Matěj Hejma was a Minnesota Twins farmhand.

Hejma appeared in the European Baseball Academy in 2006. He hit .196/.288/.239 as a 17-year-old for Krč Altron in 2007. He signed with the Minnesota Twins in April of 2008. He was the second Czech player to sign with Minnesota, following Jakub Toufar. In 2008, he improved to .247/.347/.306 for Altron and stole 10 bases in 15 tries. He played well in the 2008 World Junior Championship, hitting .280/.333/.680 with 5 extra-base hits in 25 AB. He led the 11th-place Czech squad in slugging and was a triple shy of a cycle in their last game. He tied 3 others for second in the tourney with two homers, one behind first-round draft pick Brett Lawrie.

Hejma made his pro debut with the 2009 GCL Twins on June 23 and went 2 for 4 against the GCL Rays, hitting 5th and playing right field. He hit .271/.314/.344 for the season and had two outfield assists and no errors. The big negative was his strikeout rate; the 6' 6" player with the huge strike zone had 29 K and only 3 BB in 102 plate appearances. He also hit .316/.395/.500 for the Eagles Prague in the Czech league, appearing there before the US minor league season kicked off.

Hejma debuted for the Czech senior national team in the 2009 Baseball World Cup, playing each outfield spot in one game. He was 1 for 5 with a walk, hit by pitch and RBI in the event.

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