SEASON STATS: (71 Games Played)
.251(AVG.), 41(R), 64(H), 13(2B), 3(3B), 11(HR), 45(RBI)
The first half of the 2010 MLB Season for the Atlanta Braves has been nothing short of outstanding, as well as the play they have received from their 20-year-old rookie prodigy: Jason Heyward.
Going into the All-Star Break the Braves sit atop the N.L. East with a record of 52-36 and have a very comfortable four game lead over the Mets.
The success is due in large part to the play of their rookie right-fielder, who is the second youngest player ever voted to start in the All-Star Game.
Heyward's outstanding play in the first two months of the season jolted the Braves off to a great start, going 29-22. In that 51 game span Heyward hit .292, with 10 home runs and 38 rbi's (HR and RBI placing in league leaders at the time). Not to mention his .OPS was in the top five in all of baseball.
However, Heyward's numbers dropped off significantly in the month of June. This due to a nagging thumb injury which he had been trying to play through. In the month of June he posted a .181 batting average and only had only one home run. He could no longer play productively with his slight thumb injury, so the Braves placed him on the 15-day disabled list.
He expects to return right after the All-Star Break and give the Braves an even bigger boost towards the playoffs.
Just recently Heyward took a round of batting practice in Triple A to see if he felt like he could take part in the All Star Game, but he decided to opt out of playing to receive some much needed rest.
We have all seen what Heyward can do when he is not playing injured, just look at the two injury free months of play for the "Say Hey" kid.
Expect the future phenom to get back on track and most likely run away with the Rookie of the Year Award race.
Remember the kid is only 20 years old.
Strengths: Can hit for high average, great pop, run producer, speed, he is 5 star caliber athlete
Weaknesses: Can't perform up to par with little nagging injuries, strikes out frequently