Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Jason Heyward

Braves phenom Jason Heyward was a popular pick for NL Rookie of the Year, and he didn't disappoint in his first game, hitting a 460 foot home run in his 1st ML at-bat (and swing).  He is only 20 years old, and he could easily join some exclusive company if he has the delivers the type of production that many people are expecting from the young star:

.300 BA, 20 HR, 85 RBI (20 years old or younger)
Mel Ott 1929
Ted Williams 1939:
Mickey Mantle 1952
Al Kaline 1955
Orlando Cepeda 1958
Alex Rodriguez 1996
Jason Heyward, 2010?

Of those players, only Ted Williams and Orlando Cepeda were in their first ML season, as Heyward is this year.  Is it too soon to bring this up?  Probably not considering that was picked by 31 out of ESPN's 38 experts to win the NL Rookie of the Year and Derek Lowe compared him to a young A-Rod.  Heyward appears to be the rare 20 year old who can handle the Major Leagues and all of the hype, but it is very early.          

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