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Jason Heyward need to re-emerge for the Braves to have a good season.
Coming into 2010, Jason Heyward was getting compared to the great Ted Williams by fans and media, due to his ability to hit for average and power as well as get on base at a great rate. He was more than just a little successful that season, as he nearly won the NL Rookie of the Year Award. It was an extremely impressive year for a 20-year-old rookie, let alone one that missed a chunk of the season with an injury.
Heyward came into 2011 with many around the game calling for him to take his game to the next level. After a solid start to the year, Heyward was hurt again. He tried to play through the injury, but that only made things worse as he lost his natural swing and his confidence. Overall it was the worst possible season that anyone could have imagined for the promising youngster,
Heyward is the most key player to the season for the Braves, as a healthy and productive Heyward makes the Braves offense dangerous, while the 2011 Heyward will be a below-average hitter. Heyward has spent the entire winter trying to re-make his swing as well as get healthy, and he's been hitting for some power in spring even though the batting average isn't too special.