While Jason Heyward has seen his all-around game get back to the level of his standout rookie season in 2010, he’s putting up some eye-popping home run numbers.
Heyward had hit two home runs in the Braves past three games entering Sunday to give him a career-high 27 on the season, nine more than he hit in 2010. Heyward said he’s stayed with the same approach, and is playing within himself, and the home runs are still coming.
“I was telling (hitting coach Greg Walker) yesterday after I hit that home run,” Heyward said. “’I just told myself do not try to hit this ball over the fence. Just go up here, try to put up a good AB and everything else is going to take care of itself.’”
His two-run home run in the sixth inning tied the game 4-4 and the Braves went on to win 5-4.
Teammate Dan Uggla thinks Heyward’s power has come with better pitch selection at the plate.
“When you’re more selective and you’re taking swings that are better pitches to hit you’re going to have more success,” Uggla said. “And with him being as strong as he is, he doesn’t have to center it up, center cut, and hit it perfect for it to go out of the ballpark. He can get jammed a little bit, catch it a little bit off the end, and he can go from foul pole to foul pole.”