Heyward on Baseball America cover — again

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.

34 comments Add your comment

Poorbrave

February 26th, 2010
6:58 pm

Same old news=#?

Poorbrave

February 26th, 2010
7:03 pm

Is anyone in camp other than Heyward?

bruce

February 26th, 2010
7:13 pm

if you don’t like it, don’t read it.

Poorbrave

February 26th, 2010
7:18 pm

bruce, I love the Braves where else you gone get any news..ajc.com is best and DOB & Jeff is great but he!! its all Heyward. Give me a break.

You thought I’d be ugly….maybe U got a good point.

Memphis

February 26th, 2010
7:27 pm

Get use to hearing about Heyward. As far as I’m concerened any news regarding the Braves is good news and publicity.

Apollonasia

February 26th, 2010
7:53 pm

I’m delighted to here all this about Heyward. In most cases I wouldn’t be, but with this guy I think he can live up to the hype. Because he doesn’t care about the hype. “No one can put more pressure on myself than I can”, as he puts it. To him, all of it is about doing what he knows he needs to do. It’s not about what anybody else says about him or thinks about him, even when all anybody can say about him is how great he is. He’s got a great mind and a level head on his shoulders, and that’s why we as Braves fans can be excited about what we’re hearing. He’s got what it takes both mentally and physically to live up to the hype.

bass stringerfish

February 26th, 2010
10:12 pm

Thank goodness it’s the Braves they are talking about and that this kid is not embarassing the BravesNation….but I would agree, lets move on. Good good fine fine…who else is out there?

Tooslim73

February 26th, 2010
11:03 pm

DOB, thanks for the updates, any and all of them. Many of us are interested though, who pays for the damages? The Braves or the owner’s insurance? Personally, I think I’d take Denter’s autograph.

#Braves

February 27th, 2010
12:30 am

Uhhhh look to the right where it says “Recent Posts”. Theres an article on Diaz, Chavez, Bobby, Schafer, Jurrjens, and Proctor. Everything isnt about Heyward but hes making the most news right now.

tim

February 27th, 2010
7:21 am

Dave,
I’d like to hear how Troy Glaus lis hitting and how well is he making the move to 1st base.
Thanks

McCann Fan

February 27th, 2010
8:11 am

DOB,

I’m with tim. I am very curious about how Troy Glaus looks. I mean, aren’t we counting on him quite a bit to be healthy and productive? So, how does he look? Thanks

McCann Fan

February 27th, 2010
8:18 am

DOB,

Will you be back in town for DBT at Variety Playhouse in a couple of weeks or are you in Orlando for the long haul? I sure would like to say hello if you’ll be at the Saturday show.

BravesFanLostInOhio

February 27th, 2010
8:57 am

Poorbrave, DOB churns out article after article, providing information and insight, but all you can do is complain that one of the side articles repeats information that was talked about during the offseason, when many people take a break from the blogs.

And, as for all the Heyward hype, the ajc is reporting what everyone is talking about- the guy who is forcing the Braves to adjust their facilities because he is hitting the ball harder than anyone in camp has done since Sheff. It’s news, dude. They should be talking about it!

double g

February 27th, 2010
9:34 am

So when do we see Heyward bat against somebody other than TP? Do hitters line up against pitchers next week?

And just two more questions – How’s Heyward’s arm, and how IS Glaus settling in?

bruce

February 27th, 2010
9:36 am

Poorbrave –
No, I did not have any thoughts about how you would respond… I am glad you are a big fan and enjoy Dave’s writing… and it seems that you took my point well… I too am a big Braves fan and check often for updates from Dave, he makes being a bigger Braves fan easier and much more fun…. he responds to many of us on unique questions/subjects and only some of that I do not read, but I am happy to see the interaction and Dave’s devotion to us… I am grateful and I think you are too. No problems.

Poorbrave

February 27th, 2010
9:58 am

Agree Bruce! DOB, Jeff and Mark are all #1 in Sports for Braves, Hawks, Falcons, Motorcycles,BQ ,College Ball, Rock and Roll, country, man in black, movies, Pentelope (sp.). Jay Hawks and just anything but polities.

I check DOB’s reports at least three or four times aday. I have no problems with the man…I just don’t get the over kill for Heward at this point. I hope the Man makes the team and hits 30 or more homers and bA 285. Anything to help but what happen if he starts in AAA after all the PR?

bruce

February 27th, 2010
10:37 am

Poorbrave –
You read alot more ajc sports than I do. (Braves are my only sports team, live in DC area) I believe we will know alot more after there are two teams on the field (starting Tuesday) and when its real (starting April 5). The fact that Bobby and others are not downplaying the hype at this point makes it appear to be really special. No matter where Jason starts the year, the hype and anticipation is great for Braves fans. BTW — I seldom read the comments of others besides Dave during the offseason unless he calls attention to something of interest, so I am not familiar with your posting in the past. I simply read your first two posts above because they were the only ones there when I read the story and I saw them as an attack on Dave, so I defended… I am glad you did not take offense. None intended.

aDrummer

February 27th, 2010
10:43 am

I have a question (it’s probably a dumb one) but is the spring training games gonna be on the radio??
aDrummer

David O'Brien

February 27th, 2010
11:22 am

McCann Fan: Glaus looks good in the limited scenarios we’ve seen so far. His shoulder doesn’t appear to be affecting him in BP, and he doesn’t look out of position at first base. But let’s wait till games start next year to start making any real judgments.

toga party

February 27th, 2010
11:29 am

I was really hoping Glaus would be ready before the games start next year, Dave.

.

February 27th, 2010
11:38 am

Rain, rain go away, so the Braves can come out to play.

Zack Jones

February 27th, 2010
12:13 pm

Can someone put what buster olney said on his blog about heyward and chipper on here?

superadam

February 27th, 2010
12:20 pm

hows melky looking

patrocket

February 27th, 2010
1:09 pm

aDrummer-

They is. They be.

Poorbrave

February 27th, 2010
1:15 pm

Zack Jones, Just read the Buster Olney Blog on ESPN insider. Very good article, Thanks for info.

Zack Jones

February 27th, 2010
2:25 pm

Poorbrave, can you capy and paste it? Ha

Brightside

February 27th, 2010
3:13 pm

Where did everybody go? What has happened to the blog?

aDrummer

February 27th, 2010
3:32 pm

Thanks patrocket

jim

February 27th, 2010
4:26 pm

The new blog format really stinks!!! There is never a blog around long enough for a decent conversation. I think that is why attendance has dropped and many of the regulars don’t show up at all.

Anders

February 27th, 2010
4:45 pm

Wow! 29 posts since 7:00 last night? Looks like the old blog needs Anders in the house to put the life back into it.

What’s up Braves fans? Been a while.

Anders

February 27th, 2010
4:52 pm

Looking at the state of this blog after not being here for a while makes me feel like Marlon Brando in the Godfather when he’s looking down at Sonny at the under takers and he cries “Look what they’ve done to my boy!”

jim

February 27th, 2010
5:15 pm

Anders,
What is your assessment of the NL East?
I see 4 teams chasing the Phillies. I do not discount the Marlins given their young talent and a still very productive farm system. They are a little weak after the first 2-3 starters and their bullpen is an arm or two short, but they are capable of finishing 2nd again. I like the Braves better this year, especially the bullpen depth and the depth of the rotation. I think a lot of how the Braves will do this year depends on how quickly Heyward is ready to assume a big role and how well Glaus works out. The Nats are probably the most improved team in the division with some good young arms ready or almost ready to contribute. I don’t see the Mets contending with the Phillies and lucky to finish as high as third. I don’t think they have enough pitching and need to have a healthy Beltran for their lineup to keep pace with the improvements in the lineups of the Braves, Marlins, and Phils.

marty

February 28th, 2010
1:05 am

I think the Braves Press officials ask the big “prognosticators” to back off for a while…at least till me know what he can do consistently at this level. Besides, I’d rather have a guy who can jack it 350 ft often, over someone who goes 500 ft seldom.

Ben

March 3rd, 2010
5:43 pm

Poorbrave and Bruce should get a room….

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