My friends over at www.dictionary.com offer the following definition of hype – “Excessive publicity and the ensuing commotion.” Such is the case with Braves 20-year old outfielder Jason Heyward, who has a chance to be the opening day starter in LF for the Braves.
In case you don’t follow minor league baseball or the MLB draft, Heyward was recently tabbed as the #1 prospect in MLB by MLB.com. To give you an idea of how highly people think of him, the #2 prospect by MLB.com is a 6’4″, 220-pound, 22-year old named Stephen Strasburg, who throws 103 miles per hour and has Olympic experience under his belt, pitching for Team USA in the 2008 Bejing Games.
Fellow Braves had a chance to add their sound byte to the Jason Heyward prospect profile – keep in mind while reading these that he has 11 at-bats above triple-A.
From Charles Odum, AP Sports Writer:
Leave it to manager Bobby Cox to trump those comparisons.
Cox says the ball sounds different coming off Heyward’s bat. It’s a sound Cox says he has heard before—“kind of like ol’ Hank Aaron’s sound.”
Heyward calls Cox’s comparison to the Hall of Famer “awesome.” Even more exciting to the 20-year-old is the word from Cox that Heyward can win a starting job in right field this spring.