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Jason Heyward is having a bounce-back season.
Everyone knows the Jason Heyward story. He was the top prospect in the game, getting compared to Ted Williams and other greats before he made his big-league debut.
He debuted with a historically great rookie season for a 20-year-old, though Mike Trout has been even better this year. Then due to injuries he struggled so badly last year that he was benched for a while in favor of Jose Constanza.
Heyward spent the whole offseason working hard with new hitting coach Greg Walker, and the work has paid off. Heyward got off to a red-hot start, but then went through a major slump, and after being red-hot again has a very strong stat line for the year.
At the quarter mark of the season Heyward was hitting .248/.346/.444 with five homers, 20 RBI and nine steals. Since then Heyward has started to unlock his power potential as he is now hitting .270/.340/.496 with 13 homers, 39 RBI and 11 steals.
Add in good work with the glove and his throwing arm in right field, and Heyward is emerging as a complete player.
Heyward had a case as an All-Star, though him not making the team isn't a surprise with the number of outfielders having strong seasons. Still, Heyward is on pace to hit .270 with 26 homers, 78 RBI, 32 doubles, eight triples and 22 steals.
To me, that along with his defense earns a strong "B+" grade.