Yes it’s still early. I consider it early in the season until we have had a whole month of baseball. But that doesn’t mean we can’t check on Jason Heyward’s Fangraphs page and see if he is still beating the ball into the ground half the time. And then we can smile when we found out that no, no he is not.
One of the main things I worried about with Jason Heyward before the season started was the fact that he put up a 55% ground ball percentage and a 53% ground ball percentage in his first two years in the majors. With those rates he would never be able to put up the home run totals he is easily capable of. But J-Hey might have rounded a corner in 2012.
- 2010- 17.8 LD%, 55.1 GB%, 27.2 FB%, 8.4 IFFB%
- 2011- 13.1 LD%, 53.9 GB%, 33.0 FB %, 21.8 IFFB%
- 2012- 15.0 LD%, 35.0 GB%, 50.0 FB%, 10.0 IFFB%
He decreased the ground ball percentage and increased the fly ball percentage, as well as bringing the IFFB% back down to Earth. It will be interesting to see if he can keep this up the entire year but at this rate he should set a new season high in home runs. At this point (8 games) Jason is batting .346/.414/.577.
Today Jason will help the Braves try and get their first sweep of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers.
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