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Heyward does real damage in batting practice

Feb 23, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

Heyward sliding.JPGBraves outfielder Jason Heyward was named Baseball America’s top prospect this morning, edging out 2009 No. 1 overall pick Stephen Strasburg.  This afternoon, Heyward proved why. 

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Dave O’Brien, the 20-year-old went to town in batting practice today, denting a Coca-Cola truck and smashing a team executive’s sunroff with measuring-tape shots over the outfield wall at Champion Stadium. 

“He’s strong as an ox,” hitting coach Terry Pendleton said after the workout. 
“Every ball was just scalded,” added manager Bobby Cox.

A 6-foot-5, 245-pound McDonough, Georgia native, Heyward batted .323/.408/.555 with 17 homers, 46 total extra-base hits and 11
steals in 99 games between high Single-A and
Double-A last season.  He finished the year at Triple-A with a .364/.462/.364 batting line in 13 plate appearances.  It’s safe to say the kid is probably ready for the major leagues and the Braves will certainly be tempted to add him to the Opening Day roster.  Cox even hinted at the idea earlier this month.

  1. Stone - Feb 23, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Please don’t let him be like every other heralded power hitter since Chipper debuted. Let him be good. No Ryan Klesko, no Jeff Franceur. (except for the Andrew years)

  2. Old Gator - Feb 23, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    Now I wouldn’t want to go overboard and claim that Craig Calcaterra believes that this kid will be the savior of the franchise, but he will be arriving at the Braves spring camp soon to worship the Heyward child with frankincense and myrrh.
    Incidentally, it’s too bad he didn’t turn tennis pro. Then we could all be talking about the Heyward fault.

  3. Moses Green - Feb 24, 2010 at 6:53 AM

    You raise yet another loopy and elliptical point amigo. Maybe he’s amazing that he’ll take up tennis in his offseasons. That “team tennis” thing they do with retired stars might be a good starting place for him.
    Sounds very much like he could be hitting dangerously weyward foul balls over the first base dugout in Atlanta soon.

  4. Skip Caray - Feb 24, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    I’m sorry, but those balls were fisted, not “scalded.”

  5. Chad - Feb 24, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    I say start him in the bigs. Give Clue Haywood his shot already.

  6. quay dog - Feb 25, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    henry county heyward yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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