Heyward will open season as Braves right fielder

Braves manager Bobby Cox informed Jason Heyward this morning that he has made the team.

The top Braves propsect will open the season as the Braves right fielder.

Cox said he told Heyward: “I’m delighted to tell you you’re on the team, Jason, simply because you make us a better team.”

123 comments Add your comment

ugaaccountant

March 26th, 2010
10:02 am

Let me be the first to congratulate him! Great, great prospect.

MLH

March 26th, 2010
10:03 am

The future is now

Nelson S.

March 26th, 2010
10:03 am

Not surprising of course, but still great news.

6 to Midnight

March 26th, 2010
10:03 am

awesomeo

March 26th, 2010
10:04 am

great news, my dog died, i lost money in stocks, got herpes but great news

JAW

March 26th, 2010
10:04 am

ugaaccountant – I doubt you were the first.

ben

March 26th, 2010
10:05 am

rookie of the year!

kjonz

March 26th, 2010
10:05 am

Great kid, great skills, looking forward to this season!

matt_t

March 26th, 2010
10:06 am

The first of many, many opening days in RF.

So exciting.

F-105 Thunderchief

March 26th, 2010
10:06 am

Hope he and the team have a great season. Good, deserving kid.

justin1

March 26th, 2010
10:07 am

Whos Jason Heyward?

Nick Purdy

March 26th, 2010
10:07 am

I’m not in favor of this. 2 weeks to save a year until arbitration is a no-brainer. Perhaps now we’ll do a nice pre-emptive McCann style deal and lock this kid up after he has one nice season.

A

March 26th, 2010
10:08 am

IT IS ON! THE REST OF THE NL BETTER BE SCARED

adelfersy

March 26th, 2010
10:08 am

cant wait to see the Big Boy play. This really should be a fun season, with so many storylines: Bobby’s last year, Huddy’s return, the J-Hey kid, year two of Hanson, B-Mac with normal vision etc.

ATLDirtyByrd

March 26th, 2010
10:09 am

ALRIGHT J-HEY…Lets GO BRAVES…’10 NL East Champs, ‘10 World Series Winners!!!

toga party

March 26th, 2010
10:10 am

2 weeks to save a year until arbitration is a no-brainer.

Except that’s not how it works. 2 weeks for an extra year of control before free agency (but still Super-2 eligible). 2 months to delay arbitration for a year by avoiding Super-2 status.

dylan

March 26th, 2010
10:12 am

yesssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Danga

March 26th, 2010
10:12 am

joerochester

March 26th, 2010
10:12 am

Our first of back-to-back rookies of the year. (Freeman will be next).

nemov

March 26th, 2010
10:13 am

What will his number be?

NICE

March 26th, 2010
10:13 am

TMoney

March 26th, 2010
10:14 am

Not too surprising, Heyward is the only real power hitter we have at this point. Without him there would be no pop in the lineup, and we all saw how that went last year.

Danga

March 26th, 2010
10:14 am

I think the Braves see their cornerstone for the next decade in this kid and that is why they aren’t worried about arbitration or super 2. If everything goes well, I expect them to lock him up long term as soon as possible.

Bravos

March 26th, 2010
10:14 am

All you Braves fans better show up for series against the Cubs. We need more Braves fans than douche bag Cub fans in the Ted. I will be at all 3 games so show some support.

OnDeck

March 26th, 2010
10:15 am

What number will he wear?!

Kinger

March 26th, 2010
10:16 am

Aaaaahhhhh!!!! Dent gets the call!

David Rode

March 26th, 2010
10:16 am

If the Braves are smart and Jason is receptive, they will try to lock him up long-term before the whole arbitration thing becomes a factor. Let’s hope. Can’t wait to see this guy play!

Steve

March 26th, 2010
10:17 am

Let the season begin!

AlDog

March 26th, 2010
10:17 am

Yankees fans just rejoiced at hearing that their future RF is on his way! Six years from now, he bolts to the Yanks because the Braves will STILL have a payroll of 95 million. So sad to see a once proud organization be so damn cheap.

Rufio

March 26th, 2010
10:17 am

That is great ! I hope those mean pitchers haven’t been throwing fastballs to him all spring just to turn around and throw breaking balls and sliders for the rest of the season like they did Francouer. LOL

Steve From Dalton

March 26th, 2010
10:18 am

Worst kept secret in baseball but good news. Atlanta Braves TNG (The Next Generation) has started.

John

March 26th, 2010
10:18 am

Sorry guys, but the Braves are not winning anything this year. You guys are 2nd best in the east….Heyward will be a Yankee in a few years anyways, so enjoy him while you can

ASHEVILLE DAWG

March 26th, 2010
10:19 am

Well, I am happy from a competitive standpoint but the fiscal side sez two weeks in AAA wouldn’t hurt. Anyway go Heyward be ROY.

Blue

March 26th, 2010
10:20 am

Great news! But DOB, and I hate to be ‘that guy’…but really? In a three sentence blog, you can’t get “propsect” right? :)

matt r

March 26th, 2010
10:20 am

Do we need to start thinking about nicknames? After seeing him on TV my early choices are ‘The Alien’ or less originally ‘The Machine’.

Tucker

March 26th, 2010
10:21 am

Hopefully the Braves have better success with this prospect than some of the previous ones.

DawgB

March 26th, 2010
10:23 am

The only power hitter??? What about McCann and Glaus???

Old devil

March 26th, 2010
10:23 am

Just remember what Dale Murphy said, “Potential means you haven’t done it yet”.

AJ

March 26th, 2010
10:25 am

Congrats! He earned his way onto the team….let’s hope he stays healthy and has a good year, and doesn’t let the pressure get to him.

richbrave

March 26th, 2010
10:25 am

Slightly surprised, but happy for him and the organization who spent the money rather than sending him down until the June deadline.

Bayou Brave

March 26th, 2010
10:26 am

matt r, we’ve been posting nicknames all spring.

KennyP

March 26th, 2010
10:26 am

so is this guy supposed to be good? havent heard anything about him

Shane

March 26th, 2010
10:26 am

Great news for Heyward and ATL. I think the Braves brass knew there would be an unholy uproar if Heyward didn’t make the team.

Although Conrad is more of a fan favorite I think Thurston deserves the utility job as well.

Thurston has outplayed him.

Braves One

March 26th, 2010
10:27 am

Would someone please tell Mark Bradley about this?

cadilac

March 26th, 2010
10:27 am

now if we can only get him ready to be our set-up pitcher for Wagner; we will be fine

PMC

March 26th, 2010
10:28 am

Lube up those turnstiles and fire up the foam Tomahawks!!!!

sugarfoot

March 26th, 2010
10:28 am

Let us just see how this goes.

AJC Fan

March 26th, 2010
10:28 am

What number will he wear ??

richbrave

March 26th, 2010
10:28 am

John

March 26th, 2010
10:18 am
Sorry guys, but the Braves are not winning anything this year. You guys are 2nd best in the east….Heyward will be a Yankee in a few years anyways, so enjoy him while you can

Wishin’ and hopin’ JOHN. JASON is the new CHIP JONES, and the money will be spent to see that he stays as the line-up cornerstone for this franchise over the next fifteen years or so.

Bailer

March 26th, 2010
10:29 am

He will be back in minors by July 15. Just another J. Fran.

ugaaccountant

March 26th, 2010
10:29 am

Rufio

March 26th, 2010
10:17 am
That is great ! I hope those mean pitchers haven’t been throwing fastballs to him all spring just to turn around and throw breaking balls and sliders for the rest of the season like they did Francouer. LOL

If the pitchers go that route, his excellent eye for walks will come into play.

Reid in EAV

March 26th, 2010
10:29 am

Screw the accountants, this is fantastic news. And @TMoney, may I introduce you to Brian McCann and Troy Glaus? Old man Jones at 3B knocks a few too, generally speaking.

BravesAreDone

March 26th, 2010
10:30 am

Should have waited two weeks into the season…but as usual the Braves staff has no clue how to run a team.

Reid in EAV

March 26th, 2010
10:30 am

@ugaaccountant: True that. Doesn’t Heyward now have more walks for ST than Francoeur had in his entire rookie year? ;-)

Tyler

March 26th, 2010
10:31 am

I think starting him now is smart. Waiting 2 weeks might make better sense financially but the Braves have gotten off to slow starts before, and have often spent the rest of the season trying to catch-up. As they say, you can’t win a pennant in April, but you can lose one. You start out 6-15 or something, you’re basically screwed. What I particularly like about this kid is his plate discipline. That’s one thing Andruw Jones never had. I’m optimistic about the team, I think they’ll be competitive.

richbrave

March 26th, 2010
10:31 am

Shane

March 26th, 2010
10:26 am
Great news for Heyward and ATL. I think the Braves brass knew there would be an unholy uproar if Heyward didn’t make the team.

Although Conrad is more of a fan favorite I think Thurston deserves the utility job as well.

Thurston has outplayed him.

Check

and

Check!!!!

Jay

March 26th, 2010
10:31 am

YESSS!! I have be avoiding the Braves like the plague the last two years. Now I have a reason to watch the Braves on tv, and attend some home games to support Jason Heyward!

Reid in EAV

March 26th, 2010
10:31 am

@ugaaccountant: Re: “Screw the accountants…” No offense taken, I hope! ;-)

Brasstown Bravo

March 26th, 2010
10:31 am

Great news! I’m very excited about this year.

BaseballFactory#4

March 26th, 2010
10:32 am

I am ready to see the Braves get back to the team we could all be proud of! But its not like they are that bad, but we just had the “golden standard” for so long that now anything less than NL Champs and a WS appearance is just not good enough! I hope the team can pull everything together and play some baseball, bc everyone knows that we have the tallent!

AJ

March 26th, 2010
10:32 am

I am sure someone in the organization has seen something that leads them to believe he will be OK against the breaking ball….certainly he hasn’t just hit fastballs all spring….

DD

March 26th, 2010
10:32 am

I hope he’s not another Francouer.

Bravos

March 26th, 2010
10:32 am

Shouldnt all you douche bag Spankees fans be on the NYpost jerking off to pictures of Joba the Gut???

ugaaccountant

March 26th, 2010
10:33 am

None taken, financially it’s been debated the past 4 months on here, but Heyward came out of the gate so strong it’s just impossible to debate anymore.

ugaaccountant

March 26th, 2010
10:34 am

Bravos

March 26th, 2010
10:32 am
Shouldnt all you douche bag Spankees fans be on the NYpost jerking off to pictures of Joba the Gut???

No, no, it’s Phil Hughes again. They’ve been talking about these guys since before Heyward was drafted and they still aren’t past the 5th starter/setup guy role.

UGA TAX CPA

March 26th, 2010
10:34 am

WELCOME TO THE BIGS

Brian Cox

March 26th, 2010
10:35 am

Finally Wren did something right in not sending this kid to the minors for a few weeks. He is the face of the franchise. Now lets go ahead and lock him up with a long term deal. This Kid is a five tool player no doubt. He goes about the game the right way. Ready for opening day to get here, so we can see J Hey in his rightful place. I think he should wear number 39 because his swing reminds me of Dave Parker. Now we just need to decide on a nickname for him. Any suggestions?

UGA TAX CPA

March 26th, 2010
10:35 am

DD

I think Frenchie is buring it up for the Mets fwiw

John

March 26th, 2010
10:36 am

Rumble Young Man Rumble

GWK

March 26th, 2010
10:39 am

Oh Yeah!!! I saw him play in person last week. This kid is a beast and he is definately the real deal. 2010 will be a fun season to watch. I can’t wait!

raleighbravesfan

March 26th, 2010
10:40 am

The sour grapes by non-Braves fans are laughable. He won’t be another Frenchy, b ecause he already understands the strike zone. I believe he will be another Chipper/Mauer/Jeter, and the Braves will make him a Franchise player. Any player can fail, especially if hurt, but he is a pretty sure bet.

Kimmy

March 26th, 2010
10:41 am

Excellent news!! My son went to high school with Jason…in addition to him being a great athlete he is an good person. His parents did a great job with him.

Heyward4MVP22

March 26th, 2010
10:42 am

Great news, glad to hear he’s up this yr.. If he’s as good as he’s supposed to be, im sure a contract will come.

TPM

March 26th, 2010
10:43 am

Great news! He seems like a nice young man. Can he pitch relief? That seems like this teams achilles heal.

Has John Smoltz phone rung yet?

johndawg

March 26th, 2010
10:43 am

Yes… Common sense over money.

GO BRAVES

March 26th, 2010
10:44 am

Awesome Mr. Wren..glad you made the right decision,hope Bobby’s last season will a playoff team.J-Hey is a monster !!!!!!!!!!

FJR

March 26th, 2010
10:44 am

gah, I again, hate to be the one to constantly bring this up, but whether or not you agree with the move, you have to realize this: Regardless of whether or not the Braves lock Heyward up long term THIS WILL cost the braves at least 5 million dollars. By this, I mean not keeping him in AA for two weeks. Keeping him in AAA for 2 months would likely save the braves 8-10 mill.

If the Braves sign Heyward to a long term contract, it is more expensive to buy out a player’s future free agent years than it is to buy out his arbitration years. Look at the McCann deal, look at Evan Longoria’s deal, etc. For both players (and a lot more) the years that would have been free agency are a lot higher than the years that would have been arbitration years.

BravesfaninWis

March 26th, 2010
10:45 am

Nice, can’t wait to see you when the Braves travel to Milwaukee this season. Maybe I will sit up in nose bleed in RF, that way I have a good shot at catching a J-Hey HR ball. :)

AJ

March 26th, 2010
10:46 am

Let’s hope he gets off to a good start. We need to remember what he contributes to the defense as well. Yes, he will have good and not so good moments. Another Pujols? Only time will tell. The comparison to Dave Parker is probably more accurate, in terms of overall game.

Jeff Francoeur

March 26th, 2010
10:47 am

I AM STILL THE BETTER RIGHT FIELDER. EVERYONE KNOW MY ARM IS STRONGER. PLUS I AM IN NEW YORK MAKING THE BIG BUCKS.

Sneakers O'Toole

March 26th, 2010
10:48 am

Sweet Lord will everyone stop the “should have waited 2 weeks” nonsense. We are all very impressed with your knowledge of the business of the sport BUT, some things are more important.
Let the kid continue on his building momentum.
Bring in some cash at the gate, Atlanta is excited.
Bring in more African Americans to the Ted.
Get some good buzz about the Braves around the nation.
If he is the future franchise, he will be locked up long term and this will not matter anyway, see Brian McCann.
This is not the same situation as Hanson, starting pitching was not a need last year.
Power hitting right field is a need right now.

What number? Make Nate go back to 13, and Heyward in the 24.

ugaaccountant

March 26th, 2010
10:48 am

FJR – 100% true, it was a 5M dollar decision. Tough business decision, but the rule of thumb has to be if you really like the guy, treat him right so that you can successfully renegotiate into the future.

Smack

March 26th, 2010
10:48 am

Let’s get that guy a number other than 71!

Bravos

March 26th, 2010
10:48 am

ugaaccountant…agree 100%.

Guess i mix up the two since both are projected to be the next coming of Curt Schilling.

Most Yankees fans think Roger Clemens is still pitching and Mattingly is on 1st. Just like to jump on the bandwagon. Same can be said for most Bo Sox fans around here.

Greene Hornet

March 26th, 2010
10:49 am

BravesfaninWis: You better sit in the parking lot if you are going to catch Heyward’s HR ball! I know y’all have a roof on your stadium, but in this case, it doesn’t matter…it’ll still get to you in the parking lot! Gooooo Braves!

Mudcat

March 26th, 2010
10:51 am

I’m glad they’re not making the same mistake with Heyward that they did with Hanson, which cost us making the playoffs. He may start out batting 7th in April, but by the end of the year he’ll be batting somewhere in the middle-3rd, 4th or 5th. With KK and Lowe having much better years than last year, the Braves make the playoffs(assumimg JJ doesn’t have shoulder problems-big if!)

PMC

March 26th, 2010
10:51 am

Here’s to hoping Heyward is to Citi field what Chipper was to Shea

Now that band box in Philly seems a lot more fun place to visit.

skip

March 26th, 2010
10:52 am

welcome to the BIGS Jay-Hay!!! im not surprised by this move as its the right one, as the kid is nails. Im just shocked that Wren actually did something right. I don’t want to give him to much credit, but maybe he know this was coming all along and thats why he wouldn’t shell out the cash for Damon etc…Now if we could just get Glaus to turn some of those singles into doubles and HR’s we’ll be in fine shape.

i wonder where JH will hit in the order I hope not 7th or 8th but maybe so to start out…

PMC

March 26th, 2010
10:52 am

If the kid can continue his success… the money in his next contract will pay for itself.

kkones

March 26th, 2010
10:53 am

SEEM LIKE EVERY TIME THE BRAVES GET A GOOD PLAYER, THEY SOME HOW LET THEM GET AWAY. GIVE THE KID SOME TIME TO DEVELOP, OR SOME OTHER TEAM WILL REAP THE BENEFITS.

edward

March 26th, 2010
10:55 am

Funny how most of you “knowledgeable” fans got it wrong except for one. It is 2 months to get the free year. You really wanna wait 2 months for this kid? He made the club because he is ready and has the tools to be successful. I hated Wren last year but he has made some really good moves and it finally is coming together. This is THE most balanced club we’ve had. Some good hitters, some power hitters and one heck of a pitching staff. Even the bullpen is amazing. Heyward is going to cost alot at some point, but remember when it comes time for that Glaus and Chipper won’t be there. Lowe probably won’t be there either. That takes away about 25million right there. Hudson may be gone or he may take a hometown discount to stick around one more year by that point.
The minors are stocked again so by the time free agency comes around, the kids will be up for the cheap and Heyward will be able to be paid. This team is made to compete this year for first place. Not giving it to them yet but they can compete.
CAN’T WAIT FOR THE GAMES IN PITTSBURGH!! GO BRAVES

JEZ

March 26th, 2010
10:55 am

SO THRILLED ABOUT THIS! I echo what others have said that there’s finally some REAL excitement to the braves starting this season!

Anthony

March 26th, 2010
10:56 am

Nick Purdy,

I initially agreed with you on letting him stay in the minors for two weeks and saving a year in arbitration. However, two or three losses that could be wins with him in there in the first couple of weeks could cost us the wildcard or divisional race. Bobby Cox won’t be here in 5 years so he wants the best out there every day.

McCann Fan

March 26th, 2010
10:56 am

Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations are in order to Jason Heyward, and to the front office for giving us fans what we want. One game can mean the difference between making the playoffs and watching from home. He had to start opening day.

As for the haters, Heyward has taken more walks this month than Frenchy has taken his whole life. No comparison!

raleighbravesfan

March 26th, 2010
10:56 am

FJR – True. However, how much of the $5M will they make up with extra ticket sales, and Heyward shirts, etc. due to the buzz and excitement. It would be bad PR to start him at AAA.
Also, what if some of those early games are decided because he is here? Even one win in April may be the one that puts us ion the playoffs. What would that be worth in $$$?

Brett Shepherd

March 26th, 2010
10:57 am

The kid has lots of talent and as a Dodgers fan, I congratulate the Braves for this move. But let me caution you Braves fans, I have seen lots of can’t miss products come through my Dodgers and most of them missed….remember Billy Ashley, Greg Brock, Mike Marshall…yuck. The Braves also had a can’t miss product that played right field too…he is now in NY. So give this young man all the time he needs because he will no doubt, be a very good ballplayer. He will also struggle, but be patient. Now if only my Dodgers can find some pitching, maybe the rivalry can be renewed between the Dodgers and Braves.

AJ

March 26th, 2010
10:57 am

Get him comfortable in a non pressure spot in the lineup, then move him up later in the season….his production will be based in part on who bats behind him. Diaz has done well in the 8th hole before….maybe Heyward goes 6th or 7th for now, and can see some fastballs with runners on base.

jokurone

March 26th, 2010
10:59 am

the next Ryan Howard………..

Supes

March 26th, 2010
11:00 am

It’s laughable to see all the PHILLY and MUTS fans on here trying to “spin this” like…enjoy it, you aren’t winning anything this year, he’ll be gone in six years. Nice try you TROLLS.

First, Braves will have ownership who cares in that time, Liberty Media will surely sell by then. So anyone saying that they’ll be stuck with a 95 million payroll in 6 years will pay for their lack of vision.

Second, Braves will LOCK him up. Just like they did Chipper through the years…just like they did McCann with an early deal before time is up.

Third…Everyone knows that 1-5 the Braves have the deepest/best SR in the NL East. So if everything falls into place, Braves should contend for the NL East until the end…this YEAR. Not 2011 or 2012…but 2010.

Congratulations to Mr. Heyward, he’s earned the RF job and will show the failure that is Jessica Francine how to handle “the pressure of being a home town kid with huge expectations on his shoulders while playing for your fav. team”. – That’s the cheap shot return for the MUTS troll(s) who think that Jeff will be anything else other than average OF for them in 2010.

AJ

March 26th, 2010
11:01 am

The next Ryan Howard, hopefully with less strikeouts!!!

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