ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves have traded outfielder Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Heyward was a part of a four-player trade between the two organizations.
Heyward, who graduated from Henry County High School, started his professional career with the Braves at just 17-years-old. He was named the Braves starting right fielder in 2010.
The Braves also traded right-handed pitcher Jordan Walden. In return, the Braves acquired right-handed pitcher Shelby Miller and minor-league right-handed pitcher Tyrell Jenkins.
Miller, 24, went 10-9 last season with a 3.74 ERA. He established several personal single-season highs pitching 183 innings in 32 appearances. He ranked 10th in the National League in 2014.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder has compiled a 26-18 (.591) record with a 3.33 ERA in 69 career Major League outings (63 starts) and 370 innings pitched. He has started 31 games in each of his first two full seasons.
In a phone interview, Channel 2 sports director Zach Klein asked Heyward about Monday's trade.
“Zach, I’m overwhelmed by it all right now because the fans have been awesome to me. I grew up in Georgia watching the Braves play. I got the opportunity to be on the other side from the players’ perspective and to play for the great Bobby Cox, the great Chipper Jones and others that have come through here, and for me, the fans have been awesome to me. So I just want to thank them for their support,” he said.