It’s Heyward’s job to lose

Bobby doesn’t usually make news in his columns for Chop Talk, but this excerpt caught my eye:

Even though he was injured and was unable to play during the Arizona Fall League, Jason Heyward is the top player in our Minor League system, and he’ll be given every chance to compete for a job at Spring Training.

The Braves have shown they aren’t afraid of promoting prospects with very little seasoning (see Fukey and Andruw). Expect to see Heyward in RF when the Braves open the season at home vs. the Little Bears. Perhaps he’ll take Carlos Zambrano deep.

–CB

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6 Comments on It’s Heyward’s job to lose

  1. Viva Rufino Linares // December 2, 2009 at 5:02 pm //

    I think Heyward played well enough in ’09 Spring Training to make Bobby and Frank think about bringing him back to Atlanta. They made a good choice in leaving him down to terrorize the minors. I don’t think the team leaves Disney w/o him this year.

  2. If Heyward is in the plans for Opening Day, and the Braves are able to find the slugger we need in the corner outfield, could Diaz perhaps be traded? He’s young, cheap, and could bring a very nice piece.

  3. You read my mind CPC. Post to come.

  4. Jack Straw // December 3, 2009 at 12:36 am //

    I wouldn’t yet think of trading Diaz. Heyward may be ready, but what if he isn’t? What if he is Jordan Schaefer all over again? It would be awfully nice to be able to plug a .300 hitter out there. Diaz doesn’t make much money, he plays hard, and didn’t he tie the National League record for most consecutive hits with 10 or 12? Even if we got Crawford or Bay or some other star, I wouldn’t ditch Diaz until you know Heyward can hit at the big league level.

  5. I’m still not certain I would ditch Matty anyway… I would much rather have him as a 4th outfield bat than Gregor Blanco or Brandon Jones at this point. Maybe they still have some value as prospects to be traded…

  6. rankin' rob // December 3, 2009 at 8:14 am //

    He’s very young, but Heyward has been injured a good bit already. The Braves need to hire a strength and flexibility coach. We lose more games from players due to pulled muscles than we should.

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