Braves lead majors in walks, OBP

.386 – the Braves’ on-base percentage this spring, which leads the major leagues. They have drawn a majors-leading 132 walks, including 11 by Martin Prado, 10 apiece by Chipper Jones, Troy Glaus and Jason Heyward, and eight by Brian McCann.

The Braves have four of the National League’s top 10 on-base percentages in Glaus (.518), Eric Hinske (.500), Prado (.500) and Heyward (.469). Meanwhile,  McCann (.574) would lead the league if he had enough plate appearances to qualify.

Guess who manager Bobby Cox suggested Wednesday was behind the spring surge in plate discipline? Hint: He’s 20 years old.

“We’ve had good at-bats, we really have,” Cox said. “Haven’t chased a lot of [bad pitches]. I think it all started with Jason Heyward. People started to talk about it. He has good at-bats, doesn’t swing at pitches that bounce and all that.”

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David

March 31st, 2010
7:21 pm

First?

The young leading the old.. just how it’s supposed to be…

AlDog

March 31st, 2010
7:37 pm

I heard the Say Hey Kid is responsible for sunshine also.

Love the Braves in NC

March 31st, 2010
8:24 pm

I know he is responsible for me be excited about Atlanta Braves baseball again!

Jonathan Simeone

April 1st, 2010
1:11 am

With all of these guys getting on base Cox continues batting one of the few who isn’t, Cabrera, leadoff. Does that make any sense? Cabrera’s a solid player, but he’s a terrible leadoff hitter. Either Prado or, my choice, Heyward should be hitting first. Nothing ruins a good offense than a leadoff man who cannot get on base.

DawgB

April 1st, 2010
8:35 am

I actually saw Heyward for the first time last night, against a lefty. Saw him take a walk and then go with the pitch in his second at bat and hit it to left center field. I like his plate discipline. Hope he can maintain it during the season, especially if he gets a dry spell.

Bravefan

April 1st, 2010
8:40 am

When will Jason Heyward be added to the active, 25 man roster? What’s taking so long?

Trainwreck

April 1st, 2010
8:41 am

Hard to not get excited about the braves, but wish these numbers meant something. I just hope they carry over because in two weeks none of this will matter.

justbiznus

April 1st, 2010
8:42 am

Finally!!! warm weather, baseball, the masters, Life is good!

Fischerking04

April 1st, 2010
9:29 am

Bravefan–because they don’t have to until the season starts so there is no need. The fact that they said publically that he would be our starting RF put any questions about Heyward to rest. They’ll probably do it a day or so before the season kicks off.

Knuckle Sandwich

April 1st, 2010
9:37 am

Jason Heyward strikes lightning. Twice. In the same spot.

Shane

April 1st, 2010
11:26 am

When Jason Heyward falls in water he doesnt get wet. The water gets Jason Heyward.

Renegator

April 1st, 2010
11:35 am

What’s really behind it is the fact that Francoeur is no longer here.

Macon boy

April 1st, 2010
10:38 pm

Renegator……..that’s a good one…………if Francoeur coud hit you could live with it……..

Dorothy Davis

April 5th, 2010
3:41 pm

When will Bobby Cox learn a leadoff batter is supposed to get on base. Can he ever get it right? There are so many options and he consistantly picks the wrong one!

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