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2010 Stats: .277, 18 HR, 72 RBI, 11 SB, 83 R
As the most highly-touted rookie in 2010, Heyward burst onto the scene in 2010, hitting a three-run home run off Chicago’s Carlos Zambrano. He continued his hot streak throughout the first two months of the season, earning Rookie of the Month honors in both April and May. It appeared that Heyward was on pace for a historic rookie year, yet as the year went on his numbers became quite pedestrian.
Heyward is an immensely talented player; however, he fizzled out in the second half of the season and fell just short of Buster Posey in the Rookie of the Year voting. If you look past all of the hype and take a closer look at the numbers, one will discover that his power numbers were actually disappointing, considering the fact that he had over 600 plate appearances in 2010. In addition, his run-production numbers were well below what one might expect.
Of all the players on this list, Heyward is by far the most popular and will likely be the first taken in most drafts. He is certainly a talented player; however, he appears to be a little overvalued when you look at his first year's body of work. Heyward is certainly a stud in the making, but I would rather target Rasmus or Stanton later in the draft as they appear to be better values.