The Braves have promoted low Class A Rome right fielder Jason Heyward to high Class A Myrtle Beach, where the 19-year-old should finish out the 2008 season.
Heyward, who was Atlanta’s first-round pick in 2007, has quickly become one of the game’s elite prospects. In 120 games with Rome, Heyward batted .323/.388/.483 with 49 walks, 74 strikeouts and 15 steals in 18 attempts.
Heyward, who just turned 19 on Aug. 9, was just one of four outstanding teenage hitters this year in the South Atlantic League. Greensboro outifelder Mike Stanton (Marlins), Rome first baseman Freddie Freeman and Charleston catcher Jesus Montero (Yankees)—all of whom are still 18—rank first, third and sixth in the league, respectively, in OPS. Heyward’s .871 OPS ranked fifth in the league.
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