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Chipper and McCann think Heyward is ready

Feb 10, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

Craig’s love for Braves prospect Jason Heyward is so strong that he’s forcing himself not to write something about him every hour of every day, so I’m trying to pick up the slack. He’s arguably the best prospect in baseball, after all. Heyward, that is. Calcaterra is slightly lower in most rankings.
Anyway, the latest Heyward hype comes from future teammates Chipper Jones and Brian McCann, who joined the list of people thinking that the 20-year-old outfielder is probably just about ready for the majors despite playing only 50 games above Single-A.
First, here’s Jones:

I saw Andruw [Jones] play a little bit in the minor leagues when he was a 19-year-old kid. He looked like Devon White playing with a bunch of minor leaguers. This Heyward kid looks like Fred McGriff with 20 more pounds on him out in right field. He is built. He is put together. And he means to do some damage when he walks to that plate.

Now here’s McCann:

He looks like a major-league ballplayer already. And his talent is something special. I think he’s ready. I’ve never seen a kid this good. He possesses some things I’ve never seen in someone who is 19 or 20 years old. He’s hitting the ball out 400 feet to left center. If he makes our team, he’s got a chance to be one of our best players. That’s the kind of talent he has.

And finally, here’s Calcaterra:

He’s so dreamy.

OK, so that last one is more like a glimpse into someone’s head rather than an actual quote. Close enough.

  1. BC - Feb 10, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Here’s a salient link:
    http://braveslove.blogspot.com/2009/05/vorp.html
    PS. Mets felt the same about Alex Escobar a number of years back and that worked out oh so well…

  2. Aaron Bailey - Feb 10, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    No way he’s ready.

  3. Cameron Maybin - Feb 10, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    He should just be named the opening day Centerfielder. That worked with me!

  4. Jamie - Feb 10, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    I think the caveat “if he doesn’t blow out his knees like Alex Escobar did” is implied.

  5. Garrett - Feb 10, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    testing touchdown!

  6. ChrisKol - Feb 10, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    I think the important thing to realize is Jones compared him to two very awesome Blue Jays

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