|Hometown:||San Jose, CA|
Matt Hearn enters his second season with Gateway in 2018. He was one of the most impressive Grizzlies in 2017, leading the club with a .331 batting average and four triples. The 22-year-old also set a new single-season franchise record with 30 stolen bases. If he replicates that success on the basepaths, Hearn could challenge Jonathan Johnson's career Grizzlies record of 57 stolen bases. (Cody Livesay will also aim for that mark in 2018 — he enters the season with 47 steals over three years as a Grizzlie.)
After a pedestrian first two weeks with Gateway last season, Hearn caught fire. He hit in 54 of his final 60 games, including a 20-game hitting streak from June 24 to July 21 that came up three games short of the Grizzlies' franchise record. Hearn also posted a .358 batting average over that span.
The San Jose, Calif., native spent one year in the Atlanta Braves’ organization after he was drafted by Atlanta in the 24th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
Before playing in the minors, he played two years with Mission Junior College in Santa Clara, Calif. During his time in college, Hearn racked up a .345 career batting average with 12 doubles and nine triples.
FRONTIER LEAGUE CAREER HIGHS (single-game):
Hits: 4, twice — @ Florence; Aug. 13, 2017 ... vs. River City; Aug. 9, 2017
Runs: 3, vs. River City; Aug. 9, 2017
Extra-base hits: 1, six times — most recently: vs. River City; Aug. 10, 2017
RBIs: 5, @ Lake Erie; June 10, 2017
Stolen bases: 3, vs. River City; Aug. 9, 2017