Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Jason Heyward has become a regular on the cover of Baseball America, which has the Braves’ outfield phenom on front again for its new Top 100 Prospects issue out now.
He shares this cover with Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who signed a record-breaking contract after being the No. 1 pick in the June draft.
Heyward was featured on the cover of the industry publication four times in the past 12 months. The Henry County High graduate was Baseball America’s 2009 minor league Player of the Year, and he’s BA’s No. 1-rated prospect, just ahead of Strasburg.
Florida outfielder Mike Stanton is No. 3 on the BA prospects list.
The Braves have four prospects in BA’s top 100, tied with nine other teams for fourth-most behind the Rays (seven) and the Cubs and Indians (five apiece).
Braves first-base prospect Freddie Freeman is No. 32, and right-handed pitchers Julio Teheran (51) and Arodys Vizcaino (69) round out the Braves’ ranked quartet. Vizcaino came from the Yankees with outfielder Melky Cabrera and reliever Mike Dunn in a December trade for Javier Vazquez.
Former Braves pitching prospect Neftali Feliz, now with the Rangers, is No. 9 on the list. The Braves traded Feliz in the prospect-laden package they sent to Texas for Mark Teixeira in 2007.
Former Braves catching prospect Tyler Flowers is No. 60 in BA’s top 100. The Braves traded the slugger to the Chicago White Sox in the Vazquez deal in December 2008.
One more Heyward note: Braves groundskeeper Ed Mangan was seen taking measurements for posts the Braves will use to anchor nets they plan to install to “Jason-proof” a team officials’ parking lot beyond right field.
Heyward’s prodigious home runs in batting practice have dented a few vehicles and smashed the sunroof of assistant general manager Bruce Manno’s car.