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HOT or NOT - 5/31/10 Edition

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Same ol, same ol...this is just the Jason Heyward praise show, nothing to see here. Maybe I'll talk a little bit about other guys too. HOT Jason Heyward: .350/.519/.650, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K Ho hum, another outstanding week from the 20 year old. He hit for the cycle...on the week, so its not a huge deal. His opportunities for RBI have diminished in the 2-hole in the lineup, but now he's got a chance to actually score some runs, which was impossible earlier in the season when he was hitting 7th, in front of the forever-slumping Nate McLouth and the pitcher's spot. Regardless, he's helping the team more than anyone else on the roster, so you can't poo-poo his game at all. David Ross: .467/.500/.667, 2 R, 3 2B, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K Quite a week for the backup catcher, who was getting a hell of a lot of playing time this week with Brian McCann out with a quad injury. Hitting normally in the 6 or 7 hole, Ross had plenty of opportunities to bring runs to the dish with guys like Chipper Jones, Troy Glaus, and Eric Hinske on in front of him. Ross delivered in a way that Brian McCann really hasn't been able to this season due to the quandary of injuries he's faced. Regardless, McCann was in the lineup today against Philly, and it looks like Ross's regular playing time as come to an end. But its always good to know that there's a capable backup catcher on the bench in case the starter needs a day off. Billy Wagner: 0-0, 0.00, 2 SV, 1 H, 0 BB, 7 K Wagner got 12 outs this week, and 7 came via strikeout. Only one of the batters he faced reached base. There is a reason that the Braves are paying this man so much money to shut the door at the end of the game. He's having an unreal season so far at the age of 38, and I'm sure the Braves would love to have him back in case he reconsiders his retirement proclamation. NOT Nate McLouth: .111/.200/.111, 1 BB, 7 K, 1/1 SB He had a nightmare of a spring...and his season has been an absolute nightmare thusfar this season as well. I've been telling people that they need to stick by McLouth, and that his BABIP will progress close to the mean and that he'll get better...but I'm not sure anymore. His strikeout rate is hovering around 29% for the season, which is a career high and absolutely terrible. The thing is...the Braves really don't have any options other than McLouth right now, due to Gregor Blanco's apparent allergy to hitting the ball with any sort of power, and Jordan Schafer's struggles down in AAA. Looks like for better or worse, McLouth is the man for the foreseeable future. Yunel Escobar: .190/.320/.238, 5 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K Its been a bad year for Escobar, but this week was actually an improvement on last week's pitiful effort. Taking today's game into account, he's 5 for his last 9, so the improvements are coming. Despite his struggles getting balls into play this week, I was very impressed with a variable of Escobar's game that has always been rather good...that being his plate discipline. 4 walks to 2 strikeouts in a week makes me a happy man. If only he'd stop hitting the damn ball on the ground so much, we'd be good to go! Eric O'Flaherty: 0-0, 10.80 ERA, 1 HD, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K Just not a good week for the lefty specialist. Rough back to back appearances on Thursday and Friday are what did the damage here. He'll be fine though...relievers always have bad games once in awhile, as I've outlined in my Weekly Prospect Report when looking at guys like Tommy Palica and Jaye Chapman. EOF kind of got onto this list by default, as there wasn't anyone else who was really BAD on the week. Either tonight or tomorrow, I've got a little something in mind...a comparison between the 4 young stud pitchers in the Braves minor league system. Just who really is the best one? We'll take a look at that later.

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