Braves' Heyward Excited, Ready to Play

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Braves' Heyward Excited, Ready to Play
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He’s entering his fourth year in the majors, but really this is the first time Jason Heyward has had what could be considered a normal offseason. Before his 2010 rookie year in 2010, he was just 20 years old with no big-league experience and only 50 games (208 plate appearances) above the Class-A level, including just three games at Triple-A. The 2009 Baseball American minor league player of the year, Heyward hurt his back in the first week of the Arizona Fall League and was pulled out and brought home. No one knew what to expect in the spring and it wasn’t a certainty that he’d be on the big-league club.

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