Atlanta Braves: Can Jason Heyward Ever Recover His Once Bright Future?

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Atlanta Braves: Can Jason Heyward Ever Recover His Once Bright Future?
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Can Jason Heyward ever become the player we had all hoped he would become?

Heading into the 2010 season, Jason Heyward was the most hyped prospect in the game. He was so hyped that at the age of just 20 years old, Heyward was being compared to some of the greatest players who have ever lived, such as Ted Williams.

Once the season started, his performance did nothing to slow the hype. He homered in his first career at-bat off Carlos Zambrano, was voted into the All-Star game as the National League's starting right fielder and finished as the runner-up in the Rookie of the Year voting to Buster Posey.

Heyward showed the ability to hit for average and power, get on base almost at will, come up with clutch hits and (of course) play great defense.

Heyward was expected to break out last season, but after a strong start to the year, he was hit by injuries that slowed him the rest of the way. When he did play after that first month, he lost all confidence in himself and was in a hole that he couldn't dig himself out of. It got so bad that the Braves benched him in favor of career minor leaguer Jose Constanza.

Heyward spent the winter working with new hitting coach Greg Walker, but the question still remains if the talented young slugger can ever regain his once bright future.

This article takes a look at three reasons why it's possible that he does regain the bright future and three reasons why he may not ever get back to where he was, as well as gives my own conclusion.

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