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Jason Heyward

#22 | CF/RF
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Jason Heyward
Name: Jason Alias Heyward
Born: Aug 9, 1989 in Ridgewood, NJ
High School: Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga.
Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 240 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 1st round (14th overall) by the Atlanta Braves in 2007 (signed for $1,700,000)
Along with Brackman, Heyward has as much upside as any player in the draft. He possesses a rare blend of strong tools and feel for all phases of the game. He draws physical comparisons to Fred McGriff, while his tools are similar to Willie McCovey's and his approach is comparable to Frank Thomas'. Heyward's father played basketball at Dartmouth and his uncle played basketball for John Wooden at UCLA. He led McDonough High to the school's first state championship in baseball as a junior, when he was used as a center fielder, first baseman and pitcher. He'll play right field as a professional, where he's a solid-average defender with average arm strength. He's an average runner. His plate discipline and pitch recognition are outstanding, though some scouts left his games frustrated that he wasn't more aggressive. He rarely misses his pitch, and he shows above-average bat speed and a willingness to use the whole field. He has plus-plus raw power. Heyward will need to lower his hands in his set-up to improve his ability to get backspin on balls, helping his power translate into more home runs.
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