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2010 Player Preview: Jason Heyward

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Yeah I know what you're thinking, start with the player with the most potential first. But honestly, I'm starting by just going down my sheet of NRIs...promise! Everyone knows who Jason Heyward is. Best prospect in all of baseball as agreed on by nearly every analyst, insanely talented individual, Braves right fielder of the (possibly very near) future...but lets take a better look at him.   Heyward is 20 years old and grew up in Atlanta. The Braves stole him in the 2007 draft, AKA the Matt Wieters draft, behind such talented prospects like Beau Mills, Matt Dominguez, Ross Detwiler, and the inimitable Daniel Moskos. So that worked out well. In 2009, he was an unbelievable dynamo, rocketing through 3 levels of the organization and finishing up in AAA Gwinnett. Heyward played almost all of the season as a 19 year old and managed to put up a line of .323/.395/.555. As a 19 year old. What were YOU doing when you were 19? Personally, I was working 45 hours a week as a photo tech and taking classes at a community college that I wasn't showing up to. Jason Heyward was terrorizing minor league pitching and making pitchers cry themselves to sleep the night before the series against his team would start. Heyward's 2010 future is something that has been of much debate among fans and coaches alike. Will he get the starting job in right field to start out 2010, or will he begin the year in Gwinnett? Since it appears that Johnny Damon will not be a Brave, the door is wide open for Heyward to take hold of the reins and be the opening day starter in right. I shudder at the possibility of Melky Cabrera and Matt Diaz both starting on a daily basis, and I'm sure the organization feels the same way. Even if Heyward can only put up an OPS in the .770 range, he's still a major upgrade over 3 of the Braves regular outfielders from last year: Garret Anderson, Ryan Church, and of course, THE NATURAL Jeff Francoeur. Bill James projects Heyward to put up a line of .303/.371/.465, which would no doubt earn him the Rookie of the Year plaque after the season ends. CHONE is a bit more pessimistic, predicting Heyward to go .258/.324/.416, which I find totally laughable. Last year, Heyward's BB:K was an even 1.00, and CHONE projects it to go all the way down to 0.47...zuh? Thankfully, both metrics have Heyward's ISO in the .155 to .165 range, which is perfectly acceptable for a 20 year old rookie. Final projection: Opening day right fielder, NL Rookie of the Year

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