April 30, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #6 Jason Heyward

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #6 | Jason Heyward | Braves

Position | Outfield

Bats/Throws | Left/Left

Born | August 9, 1989 (Ridgewood, New Jersey)

| Henry County High School

| 6'4''

|220 lbs.

2008 Ranking | 49

The Atlanta Braves drafted Jason Heward with the 14th overall pick of the 2007 draft. He has all five tools that scouts look for and is showcasing them despite being significantly younger than the majority of his competition. He is a big left-handed hitter with a smooth swing and (for his age) good plate discipline. He has drawn comparisons to Ken Griffey Jr. which has people in the Braves organization ecstatic, although that may be a little too high. He's a great player, probably all-around my favorite prospect, but putting a tag on him like that could actually do more bad than good. He will spend most of the season in the Carolina League but since he is advanced in nearly every aspect of the game, he could actually rise quickly through the system despite only being 19-years-old.

2008 Statistics
Level    G    PA    AVG   OBP    SLG   XBH   HR   BB
A      120   508   .322  .388   .483    44   11   49
A+ 7 25 .182 .240 .513 2 0 2

2009 Outlook

Heyward is in Advanced-A with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League. He could be promoted in the second half if he continues his strong play. But at only 19-years-old, there is certainly no need to rush him.


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