Paging Dr. Hype – Jason Heyward Line 1

by on February 24, 2010   No Comments

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:

The comparisons already are out of control for Atlanta Braves prospect Jason Heyward(notes).

Chipper Jones(notes) says the 6-foot-5 Heyward looks like former Braves first baseman Fred McGriff, only bigger.

Eric Hinske(notes) says Heyward hits line drives like Cliff Floyd(notes).

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.

Author: Aimee Connors
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