Future of baseball – meet your man

He came into this season #3 on MLB.com’s list of Top 50 Prospects.

He finished the season as the Atlanta Braves’ minor league player of the year, and, most impressively, Baseball America’s Minor League Player Of The Year.

Who is he?  The name is Jason Heyward and odds are that it won’t be long before baseball fans need no introduction to the future face of the Atlanta franchise and a sure-fire Rookie of the Year candidate, whenever the Braves deem him ready for The Show.

Jason Heyward

Jason Heyward

Check out Baseball America’s profile of Heyward in conjunction with the announcement of his recent honor. 

The 20-year old native of the metro Atlanta area split most of the season between A ball and AA ball before a brief late-season call-up to AAA Gwinnett and produced every step of the way.

Heyward, the 14th overall pick in the 2007 MLB draft, might be just what the Braves need to move into the next phase of the franchise’s evolution. 

Headed for a 4th-straight season on the outside looking in at the postseason playoffs, the Braves have ventured down the path with can’t-miss prospects as recently as Jeff Francoeur (The Natural), who (naturally) missed and has since been discarded in a trade with the New York Mets.

Heyward has a different story, though, and appears poised to make good on his promise.  Keep that name on your radar and get ready for the future Brave to announce the arrival of the next generation of superstars set to carry the torch for the game that stays eternally young.

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~ by acm213 on September 16, 2009.

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