Heyward kept off bases for first time all spring

Dunedin, Fla. – J-Hey didn’t get a hit. Stop the presses.

Braves rookie sensation Jason Heyward went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Saturday in a 7-6 loss against Toronto on Saturday, snapping his nine-game hitting streak and also marking the first game all spring he didn’t reach base safely.

“Well, Mickey Mantle,Willie Mays and Hank Aaron did it,” manager Bobby Cox said.

Heyward’s average slipped from .400 to .387 in 13 games. The 20-year-old right fielder is 12-for-31 with four doubles, a homer and nine walks — tied for second in the majors before Saturday. He struck out only three times all spring before Saturday.

The left-handed slugger from McDonough struck out against Blue Jays lefty starter Marc Rzepzynski and right-hander Shawn Camp.

Etc.

Matt Diaz, Joe Thurston, Omar Infante and Eric Hinske had two hits apiece for the Braves, who brought only Yunel Escobar among their regular infield. Catcher Brian McCann also stayed back at Braves camp for a morning workout and the rest of the day off…. Bullpen candidates Craig Kimbrel and Jo-Jo Reyes continued solid springs, with rookie Kimbrel running his scoreless innings total to five….  Manny Acosta allowed a run in the ninth to send the game to extra innings, and Jon Huber, an extra arm brought from minor league camp for the day, gave up three hits and two runs in the 10th inning.

30 comments Add your comment

AlDog

March 20th, 2010
6:18 pm

I am really starting to vomit everytime David gushes over this kid. Holy crap…when will it stop?

VP

March 20th, 2010
6:35 pm

Stop visting a blog that has the headline Heyward in it. Simple as that. The rest of us don’t mind it one bit.

MaineBrave

March 20th, 2010
6:46 pm

Aldog who is forcing you to view this blog?

rainman

March 20th, 2010
6:55 pm

It seems like we have a whole lot of better options to round out the bullpen than Acosta — sorry dude, hate to be cold, but see ya later.

jrich

March 20th, 2010
7:08 pm

Aldog are you upset that your baseball days went something like McCloth batting average this spring? Lilk others have said if your tired of hearing about Jason Heyward go take a nap and stay away from the blobs!

old brave, retired

March 20th, 2010
7:29 pm

Hello DOB, I am interested in the 3 prospect pitching phee-noms that are in assignment to minor leagues. And our new shortstop, Alcedo. I think one pitcher we got from the trade with Yankees, Aroydis Vizcaino. The other two are already in our system. I know minor league’s are starting in April. Can’t wait until 2 or 3 years when all 3 pitchers and the new shortstop will be major league players for the Braves. With Hanson and Jurrgens about 25 yrs. old, what a rotation. Move Escobar to third, Alcedo at short, Freeman at 1st and Heywood in Right Field. What a great future team.

beekay

March 20th, 2010
7:59 pm

Northern Iowa…..wow…guess I’ll throw away my bracket that had DOB’S chumps winning it all.

Roll Tider

March 20th, 2010
8:17 pm

Well I new Haywood was to good to be true. We all should of known better.

Roll Tider

March 20th, 2010
8:18 pm

Tomahawkin' Again (like it's 1991)

March 20th, 2010
8:51 pm

Sorry DOB, can’t help myself – Rock Choke Jayhawk

CBritt

March 20th, 2010
8:58 pm

One time while sparring with Wolverine, Jason Heyward accidentally lost his left testicle. You might be familiar with it to this very day by its technical term: Jupiter.

AJ

March 20th, 2010
10:29 pm

I had KU to win it all. I can’t watch it anymore. Hopefully, DOB isn’t on suicide watch. It’s time for baseball!

AlDog

March 20th, 2010
10:46 pm

AlDog just doesn’t want to jinx the young man….is that so wrong? I am about to puke already! Let the guy do something in the big leagues. O’Briend already has him in the HOF! I am a Braves fan…but damn…not even Chipper had so many positive reviews. Lets wait a little, please.

dgd

March 20th, 2010
11:03 pm

I picked Northern Iowa to win one game, but who other than the players’ moms had them winning this one?! My Duke pick is looking better, at least for today…

JB8378

March 20th, 2010
11:20 pm

J-hey looks like the real deal, but why bat him 7th. He has the highest obp on the team. Why not leadoff. Forces teams to pitch to him. Plus he’s very patient and probably in the top two with his speed. It’s not long term, but it does fix the leadoff hole.

NYbravesfan

March 20th, 2010
11:27 pm

Please send down Acosta, he is too much a liability

Horned Frog

March 21st, 2010
1:55 am

I agree with AlDog. Let’s take a step back and see how the kid does when the bullets are flying for real. Pitchers will adjust the more they see him so we’ll see how he adjusts as well. I DO think he’ll be a stud. He’s great a great make-up and does everything well. That said, I’ve seen my share of “can’t miss” prospects: Steve Avery (was supposed to be the next Steve Carlton – was good, but did not live up to hype), Pete Smith, Ryan Klesko (again…couple of good years, but not the superstar people thought he would be)…anyone old enough to remember Brad Komminsk from the early 80’s?? He was supposed to take over for Dale Murphy…TOTAL BUST!! LOL

Nite Owl

March 21st, 2010
8:12 am

Good morning, folks. I agree J Hey has to earn it, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be better than Brad Komminsk.

As for Steve Avery, he had several great years, and got us into the Series by beating the Pirates almost singlehandedly—twice. He really was the real deal until he hurt his arm.

And Aldog, hope you got those indigestion problems fixed.

Have a great day, guys.

siskel_god

March 21st, 2010
8:33 am

**DOB**

Just curious, do you know what Shafer’s spring line was last year? I hope we aren’t putting too much pressure on the “J-Hey Kid”

siskel_god

March 21st, 2010
8:35 am

Just read the comments on Avery, are you kidding me? He absolutely lived up to the hype. His career was definitely derailed by injuries but as far as talent goes, he was one of the top pitchers in the NL for a short period of time.

Nite Owl

March 21st, 2010
8:39 am

Wonder how Schafer would have been last year if he hadn’t gotten hurt. With him, I don’t think it was the real bullets, but the injury.

Nite Owl

March 21st, 2010
8:41 am

Although real bullets can cause injury.

Sorry, still on first cup of coffee.

86-76

March 21st, 2010
10:02 am

Be calm!!! We’re looking at the 2010 Rookie of the Year. What a better way for Bobby to step down, then having his 3rd straight ROY in a zero year.
1990-David Justice
2000- Rafael Furcal
2010- Jason Heyward ????

dogsbrekky 75 degrees this weekend

March 21st, 2010
10:46 am

woohoo… I am gushing over JHey as well… cannot get enough of him
bought the T-shirt, writing the song, when is the movie coming out ?

Go Braves

Richie

March 21st, 2010
10:46 am

Hanson last year, Heyward and possibly Schafer this year, possibly Minor and Freeman next year… I like where we the Braves are headed.

BravesfaninWis

March 21st, 2010
11:25 am

Wow what a surprise, Acosta cost the Braves another game. We all saw that way to often over the past two seasons. If anything, they have learned that there are much better options coming out of the bullpen then Manny Acosta. So he will either be sent down, or released. Either way it works for me. I have grown tired of watching that nobody blow games for the Braves.

heartofdarkness

March 21st, 2010
11:29 am

“I’ve always believed in realignment and we have done a lot in the last 18 years, but we really have not discussed that subject,” he said. “It’s a subject that has been on my mind for a long time, but is there anything to report? No. There have been some stories but that is way ahead of where we are.”

Bud Selig, Commissioner of MLB

Happy to know there has been something on Commissioner Selig’s mind besides his hat.

Joe Cool

March 21st, 2010
11:50 am

Wow, Manny Acosta already blowing games. Why is that scrub still around? He is a trainwreck late in games.

Evan

March 21st, 2010
1:13 pm

You people all sound really board having Jason Heyward on the team.
Why don’t you trade him to Oakland or perhaps The New York Yankees !!!
Then you can all be like Go JO JO !!! Woo hoo !!! We go JOJO. . . . . Like you all were 2 years ago !!!

Hahahahahahaha !!!!

Heyward to return punts?

March 22nd, 2010
10:09 am

Jason Heyward will return punts for UGA? Um, nope, wrong story.

My bad.

Go Bravos

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