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Jason Heyward is who we thought he is…

Apr 10, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for jason heyward first homer.jpgA 20-year-old rookie. Jason Heyward got his rudest awakening yet during Friday’s extra-inning 5-4 loss to the Giants, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and a walk.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the San Jose Mercury news that they intended to pitch the rookie phenom “under the ground,” and they did just that, getting him to strike out four times swinging, three of them on pitches in the dirt. After Friday’s action, Heyward is hitless in his last 11 at-bats. He has an 8-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his first 17 major league at-bats.

According to what he told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Heyward understands that it’s all about adjustments from here on out:

“A game like this, if you don’t learn from it, you don’t do anyone a
favor,” said Heyward, 20. “That’s what baseball’s about. That’s what
life’s about. Adjustments. Learn from it. Be more patient. Get a feel
for the strike zone.”

Friday’s starter Jonathan Sanchez told the Chronicle that he saw a similar pattern emerge after Pablo Sandoval’s initial success:

“It’s what happened to Pablo (Sandoval) in the beginning. They were
throwing it in the dirt, and he was swinging at everything. He made

  1. Old Gator - Apr 10, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Can’t seem to find Craig this morning. I think his beloved Heyward Child will be fine in the long run, but Craig is probably out making sure of that buying goats to sacrifice from the local Geechee priestess.

  2. Patrick - Apr 10, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    My three favorite statistics so far this season: Jason Heyward is leading the league in strikeouts, Ryan Howard is leading the league in AB/SO, and Derek Jeter is leading the league in GB/FB.
    But yeah, Heyward will be fine. He’s learning more with every AB.

  3. Harry Pavlidis - Apr 10, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    I like what the Braves are doing here. Reading between the lines, this is a #7 hitter who is dangerous enough to be treated carefully. He may be an easy-ish out at the moment, but one mistake and you’re going to get hurt. Meanwhile, Heyward learns and learns while playing every day but out of the pressure of the heart of the order.

  4. Dennis Green - Apr 10, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    You wanna crown his ass, then crown him!

  5. Route36West - Apr 10, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Aww… Craig were you to upset to write about Mays/DiMaggio’s yellowish/brownish metallic shinny sombrero that you had to get D.J. to do it for you and you wouldnt even let him say it was a golden sombrero he just had to say 0-5 with 4 strikeouts.
    “If you want to crown him then crown his a$$ already”
    “But he is who we thought he is”
    Just another overhyped kid for the purpose of building a buzz in atlanta and in mlb. If hes lucky he might be another Matt Holliday, Howard, or Griffey but will never be a DiMaggio or Mays.

  6. Jon S. - Apr 11, 2010 at 3:38 AM

    Heyward might be the next Griffey? Sounds good to me!!!

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